Promising pianist Igor Lovchinsky will return to Franco center to give solo recital

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LEWISTON — Igor Lovchinsky, hailed as a “star of the future” by Gramophone magazine following his debut CD in 2008, will perform Friday, May 7, at the Franco-American Heritage Center.

His solo piano recital is the sixth and final program of the center’s 2009-2010 Piano Series season.

At age 25, Lovchinsky’s repertoire ranges from Renaissance to 21st century composers, and his innovative programs often combine classical repertoire with jazz. He makes it a practice to speak to his audiences about his programs.

The 7:30 p.m. concert will include works by Haydn, Chopin, Liszt and Russian composer Nikolai Medtner.

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A native of Kazan, Russia, Lovchinsky began playing piano at age 2. By age 4, he was playing recitals for family and friends, and entered the Kazan Special Music School for Gifted Children.

He moved with his family to Columbus, Ohio, when he was 10. He then studied with Nina Polonsky and Steven Glaser and went on to garner first prizes in the Eastman International Piano Competition and the National Chopin Piano Competition of the Kosciuszko Foundation.

Lovchinsky completed his undergraduate education at the Juilliard School and last year received his master’s degree from the New England Conservatory.

He has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Auditorium; Hartford’s Bushnell Center; Rochester’s Eastman Theater; and the Ohio Theater. Foreign tours have included recitals at National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw, the American Embassy in Beijing and the Rosza Center in Calgary, Alberta.

His appearances have included solo recitals, chamber music presentations and concerto performances with orchestra. In June, he will give several concerts in Poland, including one at the Chopin Memorial in Warsaw and another at Chopin’s former home; and in July, he will participate in the New Musical Generation Festival in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Lovchinsky has championed works by contemporary composers, including the late virtuoso performer Earl Wild, who after hearing his “Etudes on Themes of Gershwin” performed by Lovchinsky, immediately offered to produce the young artist’s debut disc. on That CD, released on Wild’s Ivory Classics label, received glowing reviews and was chosen as one of the Top 5 recordings of 2008 by Time Out International.

Last summer, Lovchinsky performed as a member of the trio Elektra Ensemble at the Franco center, where a soon-to-be-released CD of classical works was recorded.

Go and do

WHAT: Piano recital by Igor Lovchinsky

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 7

WHERE: Franco-American Heritage Center, 46 Cedar St., Lewiston

TICKETS: Adults, $16; seniors, $14; students 21 and younger, free. Call 689-2000 or purchase online at www.francoamericanheritage.org

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