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Otterbein Department of Music to Host Pianist Sergei Polusmiak

November 15, 2016
Otterbein University

Westerville, OH—Otterbein University’s Department of Music will host pianist Sergei Polusmiak for a recital at 2 p.m. and a masterclass at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20 in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St. Both events are free and open to the public.

Polusmiak will be performing works by Bach and Schumann, to be followed by a set of solo piano works by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

More information about the Otterbein University Department of Music and its concert schedule can be found at http://www.otterbein.edu/music. For more information about this event, visit the following link: https://www.facebook.com/events/763048937168141/

About the Artist

Polusmiak, an “Honored Artist of Ukraine,” was born in Kharkiv, Ukraine. He graduated from Kharkiv Conservatory. As a student he was awarded the First Prize of Lysenko International Piano Competition. After receiving a post graduate diploma from Kyiv Conservatory, he pursued further professional training at the Moscow State Conservatory Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. He became the youngest professor of piano at the Kharkiv Conservatory and started his professional career as a pianist and a music educator. Since 1974, he has performed in Russia, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Mexico, Taiwan and the United States.

In 1998, Polusmiak moved to America and became an artist-in-residence and recipient of the Tom and Christine Neyer Family Endowed Professorship of Music at Northern Kentucky University. As an influential pianist and educator, Polusmiak has been a jury member of major International Piano Competitions including Competition for Young Pianist in memory of Vladimir Horowitz, Kyiv, Ukraine; Lysenko International Piano Competition, Kyiv, Ukraine; Vladimir Krainev Young Pianist International Piano Competition, Kharkiv, Ukraine; Svyato Muz, Lugansk, Ukraine; Milosz Magin International Piano Competition, Paris, France; Rameau au Chateau International Piano Competition, Cosne sur Loire, France; Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition, Palm Desert, California; World Piano Competition, Cincinnati, and George Gershwin International Piano Competition, Philadelphia.

His students have won numerous prizes at international piano competitions and performed with orchestras such as The Kyiv State Symphony Orchestra, Kharkiv Philharmonic; Lugansk Philharmonic; The Moscow Philharmonic, The St. Petersburg Philharmonic, The Moscow Virtuosi, The Israel Philharmonic, L’Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Netherland Symphony Orchestra; Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra; Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra; Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Russian Chamber Orchestra of San Francisco; Minnesota Sinfonia; Jefferson Symphony Orchestra;  Shanghai Philharmonic; The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Polusmiak has conducted master classes in colleges and universities all over the world, including: Moscow Music College, Russia; Kyiv Music College, Ukraine; Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Ohio; College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, Ohio; Joanna Hodges International Symposium, Vancouver, Canada; “Musicalia,” Toulouse, France; "Encuentro International de Pianistas," Argentina; Oriental Arts Center, Shanghai, China and others.

He is the founder and artistic director of the Ukrainian-France Summer Music Festival; founder and director of the Ukrainian Children’s Music Theater of Kharkiv (which performed in 1992 and 1994 with Cincinnati’s May Festival Chorus); and founder and director of the Russian Summer Piano Institute. He also founded his own private school, Sergei Polusmiak’s Russian School of Music, to provide professional training for young pianists from countries around the world.

Polusmiak has recorded five compact discs including “Sergei plays Sergei” (piano works by Rachmaninoff and Scriabin); “Hommage à Shostakovich” (music for two pianos, with French pianist Therese Dussaut); “Music for Clarinet and Piano” (with Ukrainian prodigy Alexander Bedenko); “Beautiful Music For Friends” (music by Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Rachmaninoff); and “Therese Dussaut, Sergei Polusmiak, Piano 4 hands” (music by Tchaikovsky and Dvorak).

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