Whittier College News Release

For Immediate Release - March 4, 1999
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Classical piano recital by Katia Skanavi, a finalist in the Tenth Annual Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

WHAT: Classical piano recital by Katia Skanavi, a finalist in the Tenth Annual Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

WHEN: Wednesday, March 17 at 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: The Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts at Whittier College
13406 Philadelphia St., Whittier


COST: $15.00 orchestra, $12.00 center balcony/mezzanine, $10.00 side balcony/mezzanine

ADD: One of the three finalists at the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Katia Skanavi, will perform at the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, Whittier College--her only Southern California appearance this year.

Skanavi--originally from Russia--received a $5,000.00 cash award and concert engagements as a finalist in the competition, and a $1,000.00 cash award as one of the three winners of the "Steven De Groote Memorial Award for the Best Performance of Chamber Music," in the same competition.

Her recital (with one intermission) will feature numerous selections from Frederic Chopin, as well as Johann Sebastian Bach's "Italian Concerto in F major," Carl Vine's "Piano Sonata (1990)" and George F. Handel's "Chaconne in G major."

Skanavi concertizes extensively in Europe and Japan, where she has appeared with the Sinfonia Varsovia under the baton of Sir Yehudi Menuhin in Vienna, and the Moscow Soloists conducted by Yuri Bashmet. She has also appeared in recitals in Paris at the Salle Pleyel, Salle Gaveau and the Theatre des Champs Elysees; in Milan at La Scala; and in Vienna at the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus. She has also made four recordings on the Lyrinx label in France, featuring the works of Brahms, Chopin and Schumann, as well as others.

As a graduate of the Paris Conservatory, Skanavi is now under the tutelage of Nikolai Petrov at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and also studies privately with Sergei Babayan in Cleveland, Ohio.

This recital--featuring music from some of the world's most acclaimed classical composers and performed by the accomplished pianist, Katia Skanavi--is not one to be missed.


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