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April 21 Piano Concert Concludes Catawba College Artist Series for Spring

April 12, 2013

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HeymanA piano concert by Steven Heyman at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel will conclude the Catawba College Artist Series for spring semester. This concert is free and open to the public.

Heyman is currently an Associate Professor and Co-Chair of the Keyboard Department at Syracuse University. In the central New York area, he has an active performing career including being the soloist with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra 27 times over a 35 year period. This season, he has numerous solo recitals, chamber music concerts and is appearing as concerto soloist in works of Mozart, Gershwin and Rachmaninoff.

Heyman has appeared in solo recitals, chamber music concerts, and as concerto soloist throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. He has appeared in London, Paris, Prague, Munich, Vienna, Salzburg, Oslo, Montreal, Quebec, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Washington, Salt Lake City, Juneau, Philadelphia, and New York, among others. In New York, he has appeared in Lincoln Center, Columbia University, Carnegie Hall, and as an invited artist for a Juilliard tribute to the late legendary artist/teacher Adele Marcus. He received his education at the Juilliard School as a scholarship student of Adele Marcus and at the Hochschule fur Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna with Hans Graf. Heyman has won prizes in over a dozen national and international competitions. As a result of winning the Juilliard School's Concerto Competition, he appeared with the Juilliard Orchestra in Lincoln Center.

Very active in new music, he has been involved in dozens of premieres, including premieres in Mexico, Europe and Asia, and has CD recordings on the Opus One, Leonarda, Renegade Classics, Innova, and Squires labels. Recent CD releases include a double CD on Innova dedicated to new music commissioned by the Society for New Music titled Serendipity (which has two works written for and dedicated to Heyman). Serendipity won the SAMMY Award, a Central New York award for excellence in recorded music. On the Black Box label, he contributed the Chiaroscuro, a two piano work in quartertones along with pianist and former student Andrew Russo on an all Corigliano CD. From England, BBC Magazine listed this CD as their North American Record of the Month for August, 2006 and this recording went on to be nominated for a Grammy Award in the category for Best Chamber Music Performance. In early 2012 along with violist Laura Klugherz, the duo released a CD titled Echoes on the Centaur label, which includes premiere recordings of works for viola and piano. Several composers have written and dedicated music for Heyman. He has played with the nationally recognized and award winning ensemble The Society for New Music for over 25 years and received a special tribute from this organization in 2008.

At Syracuse University, he has been the recipient of the School of Music's Most Outstanding Faculty Member Award, as well as serving as the Artist-in-Residence at Colgate University. In the summer of 2007, Heyman gave concerts and classes in Beijing and Shenyang China. At the conclusion of a residency at the Shenyang Conservatory of Music, he was appointed a Visiting Professor.

Heyman frequently performs with his wife Amy, a pianist and Syracuse University School of Music faculty member, in both four-hand and two-piano concerts. The couple has two children, Daniel and Rachel.

The Catawba College Artist Series was kicked with a January concert by Catawba College adjunct faculty member, Wei Jiao, who performed works of Scarlatti, Mozart, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and modern Chinese composer Zhou Long. In all, six free concerts together created the Artist Series.

For additional information about the Catawba Artist Series, contact Jacob Hahn at jahahn@catawba.edu or by phone at (336) 456-4017.


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