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UAS to honor Tutunov with reception Sunday

Posted: March 29, 2012 - 12:04am

University of Alaska Southeast artist-in residence Dr. Alexander Tutunov will be honored with a reception on Sunday, April 1, following the last student recital of his Piano Master Class at UAS. The recital begins at 3 p.m. in the Egan Lecture Hall. 

This spring is the last semester Tutunov will teach the class, which he has led since 2005.

Tutunov, winner of the Russian National Piano Competition, is widely recognized as one of the outstanding virtuosos of the former Soviet Union. He has taught at the Minsk College of Music, the University of North Texas, and Illinois Wesleyan University. Currently he is Professor of Piano and Artist in Residence at Southern Oregon University and is the artistic director of the Chinese-American International Piano Institute in Chengdu, China. He also maintains a busy performance schedule in Europe, China, Mexico, and the United States.

Tutunov’s recording of the Abeliovich Piano Concerto was featured as part of the Emmy award winning soundtrack for the History Channel documentary, “Russia: Land of Tsars,” and his CD of the Tchaikovsky Concert Fantasy with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra was produced in January 2008. Other recordings include: Concerto for Piano & Orchestra by Peter Sacco with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and the solo piano works of Lev Abeliovich, Sonatas & Frescoes. Trio, Songs. The CD America’s Millennium Tribute to Adolphe Sax on the AUR label, which includes Tutunov’s recording of “Transformations” by Todd Barton, received a Grammy nomination.

More information about Tutunov and lists of his repertoire, recordings, and concert schedule are available at www.tutunov.com. For more about the recital and reception, visit www.uas.alaska.edu/arts_sciences/humanities/events.html.

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