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Argentinean Pianist to Give Masterclass, Recital at McPherson College

posted Feb 11, 2013 in CAMPUS EVENTS

Pianist Marcelo Lian will visit McPherson this coming weekend to work with the piano students of McPherson College. While on campus, Lian will give a masterclass and present a piano recital in Brown Auditorium.

Born in Buenos Aires, Marcelo Lian started his musical studies at an early age guided by the pianist and pedagogue Nilda Somma. While attending classes at the Beethoven Conservatory he took part in several masterclasses given by well-known pianists like Ralph Votapek, Rosalyn Tureck, Mark Seltzer, Andrei Jasinsky, Josef Stompel, Sylvia Kersenbaum, and Pia Sebastiani among others.

In August 1996 he attended a Piano Seminar given by Ana Maria Trenchi Bottazzi and Marcelo’s plans to study in Germany changed completely: he decided to travel to New York instead. Dr. Trenchi Bottazzi not only taught him but also gave him performance opportunities, including appearances at Carnegie Weill Hall and Manhasset Reformed Church.

In October 2005 the Ukranian pianist Sergei Polusmiak invited Mr. Lian to perform and give a lecture on Argentinean music during the Summer Piano Institute at Northern Kentucky University. Thanks to this collaboration he received the Toyota Scholarship that allowed him to take further studies with Professor Polusmiak.

During his career Marcelo has been distinguished with several first prizes in Piano Competitions (Latin American Association of Pianists and Pedagogues Competition-Buenos Aires 2006; Concorso Pianistico Il suono e il tempo-Brescia 2000; VII Franz Liszt Piano Competition-Buenos Aires 1999; IX Beethoven Piano Competition-Buenos Aires 1999; Steinway Piano Competition-Buenos Aires 1998) as well as scholarships, like Toyota Scholarship-Kentucky 2005; Beethoven Foundation Scholarship-Buenos Aires 2000, Konex Foundation Scholarship for its Chamber Music Summer Camp-Mar del Plata 2000 and the Germain Pinault School of Music Scholarship-New York 1997.

His solo recital appearances include performances at the Teatro Colon during the Martha Argerich Piano Festival, Carnegie Weill Hall, Archambault Hall in Montreal and concerts as soloist with The University Orchestra and Saint Martin Symphonic Orchestra.
In January 2006 Marcelo Lian was invited to play a recital in California playing on the legendary Vladimir Horowitz’s piano.

Marcelo’s interest in performing and teaching led him to often give solo recitals and master classes in Nebraska, Oregon, Buenos Aires, Cordoba, and Texas.

He is a Doctoral Student at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he studies under the guidance of Drs. Paul Barnes and Ann Chang. He will complete the doctorate degree in piano performance in May 2013. He is currently on the faculty at Peru State College in Nebraska.

The masterclass will take place on Friday, February 15 in Hess Hall. It is free and open to the public. Lian’s recital will be held in Brown Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16. It is also free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dr. Josh Norris at 620-242-0529 or norrisj@mcpherson.edu


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