LEWISTON — Concert artist Igor Lovchinsky will present the final program of the 2013-2014 Piano Series season at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 23, at the Franco Center. The recital, offering an all-Russian program, will include works by Tchaikovsky, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and Nikolai Kapustin.

Lovchinsky is one of the most popular pianists to have given recitals at the Franco Center, where he has also appeared as soloist with the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra. His electric interpretation of the Grieg A minor piano concerto was the highlight of the Midcoast’s Gala Concert in October 2011. Since then, he has continued his concert career here in the United States, with performances in Texas, Florida, Illinois, New York, and Washington, D.C., and a concert tour of three cities in Brazil.

Born in Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia, he showed extraordinary promise at an early age, giving recitals for family and friends even before entering the Kazan Special Music School for Gifted Children. When he was 10, his family settled in Columbus, Ohio, where he began his study with Nina Polonsky and Steven Glaser of the Ohio State University. He was only 18 when he won first prize in the 2002 Eastman International Piano Competition; the following year, he won the National Chopin Piano Competition of the Kosciuszko Foundation.

Lovchinsky went on to complete his undergraduate work at the Juilliard School, where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal; he then obtained his master’s degree at the New England Conservatory, where his teachers were Patricia Zander and Wha-Kyung Byun.

His career has taken him to perform with orchestras in Europe, as well as to give recitals in Poland, Lithuania, China, and Canada.

His repertoire ranges from the Renaissance to the 21st century, and he often speaks to his audience, engaging both seasoned and first-time listeners.

The Franco Center is at 46 Cedar Street. Tickets are $16 for adults; $14 for seniors; and free for students 21 and under. Call 207-689-2000, or purchase online at www.francocenter.org.


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