Please join us for a solo piano recital in honor of SPCM faculty member Ivan Konev’s new CD “Bridges.” This concert will feature the wonderful music of prominent modern Russian and American composers in the following program.
Ned Rorem (b. 1923) - Piano Sonata No. 2
Toccata: Allegro molto
Robert Muzcynski (1929 - 2010) - Desperate Measures, op. 48
John Corigliano (b. 1938) - Winging It
Igor Yakushenko (1932-1999) - Tunes
Pereplyasy (Folk Dance)
This concert is free and open to the public. CDs will be available for purchase.
Ivan Konev was born in Ukraine and educated in Moscow where he completed his bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from the Music College affiliated with the Moscow Conservatory and his master’s degree in Piano Performance from Gnessin’s Music Academy. He studied piano and Liberal Arts at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In 2010 Ivan finished his doctoral degree in Piano Performance at the University of Minnesota.
As a soloist, Mr. Konev has won prizes in a number of international and local piano competitions, including the Andorra International Piano Competition, Corpus Christi International Piano Competition, Schubert Club Scholarship Competition, University of Minnesota School of Music Concerto Competition, and the Bell Scholarship Competition.
An active performer in the United States and abroad, Ivan has appeared numerous times in solo and chamber music concerts in such venues as Embassy of the United States in Moscow; Great, Small, and Rachmaninoff Halls of the Moscow Conservatory; Sundin Music Hall, the Ordway, and Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, among others. As a chamber music collaborator, Dr. Konev performs regularly with faculty members of the University of Minnesota School of Music and members of the Minnesota Orchestra and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Although Mr. Konev has built a professional life in the United States, he returns frequently to Russia and Ukraine to present concerts and educational programs.
Dr. Konev is a Founder and Artistic Director of the UWRF Piano Fest & Competition and UWRF Piano & Strings summer camp in River Falls, Wisconsin, where he is a member of the UWRF piano faculty.