Russian pianist will play at March 2 La Rencontre

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LEWISTON — Pianist Mark Demidovich, 24, a native of Kostroma, Russia, will perform works by Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt at La Rencontre on Friday, March 2, at the Franco-American Heritage Center.

French is spoken during La Rencontre, which begins with lunch at 11:30 a.m. and continues to 1:30p.m. with stories shared and friends reunited.

This month’s menu, courtesy of Davinci’s Restaurant, will be seafood lasagna, Caesar salad, garlic knots and dessert. The $7 charge covers the meal and Demidovich’s 12:30 p.m. recital in Performance Hall. For reservations, call Claudette Violette at 786-6936 or the Franco center at 783-1585.

Demidovich, a graduate of the Saratov State Conservatory, has over the past several years given solo recitals and appeared as guest soloist with orchestras in Russia. He has been a prize winner at the prestigious Maria Yudina International Competition, St. Petersburg; and the “Hopes, Talents, Masters” competition in Dobrich-Albena, Bulgaria.

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Demidovich won the Grand Prix at the Stockholm International Competition in 2010; and, in August 2011, he received the Grand Prix of the LISMA International Competition held at the Long Island Conservatory, where he is studying with Tamara Poddubnaya, a concert pianist and teacher well known to Franco center audiences.

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