Park University’s International Center for Music Presents Gala Concert at Kansas City’s Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

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NOTE: This concert has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 7. In addition, violinist David Radzynski, a former ICM student and current concertmaster of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, will now be a part of the program, accompanied by Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich, ICM collaborative pianist. Ticket information will be announced at a later date.


ICM Gala ConcertThe International Center for Music at Park University will present a special gala concert featuring pianists Stanislav Ioudenitch, gold medalist of the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and founder of the ICM, and his protégé and rising star Behzod Abduraimov, 2009 winner of the London International Piano Competition, along with the Park Piano Trio, on Wednesday, May 4. The concert will be held in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts starting at 8 p.m.

Ioudenitch, associate professor of music/piano in the ICM, is widely regarded for his strong individuality and musical conviction. His artistry won him the top prize at the 11th Van Cliburn event in 2001, where he also received the Steven DeGroote Memorial Award for Best Performance of Chamber Music. Ioudenitch has been featured in “Playing on the Edge,” a Peabody Award-winning documentary for PBS about the 2001 Van Cliburn competition and in the PBS “Concerto” series.

Abduraimov, ICM artist-in-residence, won the LIPC at the age of 18, and his captivating performances have received international praise. He is described by The Times (London) as the “master of all he surveys,” while The Washington Post noted to “keep your ear on this one.” Following a performance at the Folly Theater, The Kansas City Star’s Patrick Neas said, “It’s the only piano recital I can recall when a standing ovation was given after the first piece on the program…The audience left the Folly dazed and elated.”

Joining the pianists for the concert are violinist Ben Sayevich and cellist Daniel Veis, both members of the Park Piano Trio with Ioudenitch. Sayevich and Ioudenitch are founding members of the Trio, which was established in 2006, and Veis joined the group in 2010.

Sayevich, professor of music/violin in the ICM, is one of the most distinguished violinists and teachers of his generation. He maintains a vigorous schedule as chamber musician as a violinist of the London-based Rosamunde Piano Trio, of which he has performed widely throughout Europe. In addition, Sayevich is a founding member of Quartet Accorda, which began in the 1990s and was officially incorporated in 2002.

Veis, assistant professor of music/cello in the ICM, has been recognized as the finest Czech cellist since winning first prize at 1976 Prague Spring Competition and the silver medal at 1978 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. In addition to his teaching at Park University, he is the vice-dean at the Music Faculty of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

The Park Piano Trio will open the concert will a performance of Maurice Ravel’s “Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in A Minor.” Abduraimov will then take the stage to perform Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” suite. The concert will conclude with Abduraimov and Ioudenitch performing Ravel’s “La valse” (a choreographic poem for orchestra transcribed for two pianos).

Tickets for the concert range in price from $40 to $75 and can be purchased through the Kauffman Center’s Box Office at (816) 994-7200 or at www.kauffmancenter.org. For more information about the concert, visit https://tickets.kauffmancenter.org/single/eventDetail.aspx?p=10386.