Lenoir-Rhyne University's Concert Series will open its 2018-19 season with a performance by Tatiana Gorbunova, Russian pianist, Friday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at P.E. Monroe Auditorium.
Gorbunova is an active soloist, teacher, and chamber musician. A champion of new music, she performed a world premiere in spring 2018 of a composition written for her by the Presser Foundation Scholar Jon Lin Chua. Last December, she premiered piano compositions by Lera Auerbach and Boris Tischenko in a solo recital in Teatro de las Artes in Monterrey, Mexico.
As a chamber musician, Gorbunova has performed with members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Sichuan Symphony Orchestra, Handel and Haydn Society, Mobile Symphony Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Nizhny Novgorod Philharmonic, and Bowling Green Philharmonic orchestras.
Gorbunova is a founding member of the contemporary piano duo project Duo One. In collaboration with pianist Huizi Zhang, they perform and promote contemporary piano duet music. In 2018, the ensemble gave a world premiere of a composition by Pulitzer-finalist American composer Carter Pann, among others.
This past summer, Gorbunova was featured as a guest artist/clinician at the Carmel Klavier International Piano Competition and Festival in Carmel, Indiana, as well as a member of the faculty at the Midsummer Piano Retreat at the Prague Piano Festival in the Czech Republic.
Gorbunova's recent awards include first prize in the Chapman-Neesen graduate solo piano competition at Florida State University, a Tallahassee Music Guild scholarship, and a ProMusica grant with a special scholarship to attend the Brevard Music Festival.
In fall 2016, Gorbunova was appointed to the piano faculty of Wallace Community College in Alabama. She teaches at the Interlochen Arts Camp in the summer. Gorbunova has earned degrees in piano from Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory (Russia), Bowling Green State University, and Florida State University. Visit gorbunovatatiana.com to learn more about the performer.
The 2018-19 Concert Series will continue with the following performances:
Feb. 10, 2019, 3 p.m., Grace Chapel
With a deep, rich tone and commanding stage presence, bass-baritone classic vocalist Adrian N. Smith will return to his alma mater for this featured performance. Gregory Knight, also an alumnus of LR, will accompany Smith as the featured pianist.
Feb. 22, 2019, 7:30 p.m., Grace Chapel
Audience favorites and top prize winners in international competitions, the Tesla String Quartet returns for an encore performance.
April 13, 2019, 7:30 p.m., Grace Chapel
Michael Burritt, marimba soloist, will perform in coordination with the LR percussion studio and as part of the North Carolina Day of Percussion. Burritt is one of the world's leading percussion soloists and has three solo recordings.
The Gorbunova performance is free and open to public. Doors will open at 7 p.m. For more information, visit lr.edu/publicevents or call the LR Box Office, which is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 828.328.7206.
Established in the fall of 2000, the Concert Series at Lenoir-Rhyne University serves the university community and the greater Hickory area by providing opportunities to hear and interact with superb musical artists. The Concert Series brings musical artists to the University to present concerts and recitals, work with students in the master class setting, lecture to music classes, and provide examples of professional artistry in music.