LEWISTON — Concert pianist Igor Lovchinsky will play at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at the Dolard & Priscilla Gendron Franco Center.

One of the most dynamic and popular pianists to have appeared at the center, he will perform works by Ravel, Chopin, Prokofiev and Balakirev.

Lovchinsky showed extraordinary promise at an early age. He began playing the piano at age 2, and by age 4, he was giving recitals for family and friends in his native city of Kazan, Russia, and soon entered the Kazan Special Music School for gifted children.

When he was 10, his family moved to Columbus, Ohio, where he continued his study with Nina Polonsky and Steven Glazer. 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.

Upon completing his undergraduate work at the Juilliard School, where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal, Lovchinsky moved to Massachusetts to obtain 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 and the U.S., as well as to give recitals in Eastern Europe, Asia and North and South America.

Franco Center fans will remember his thrilling interpretation of Grieg’s A minor concerto with the Midcoast Symphony during the Gala Concert in 2011. In September 2015, he and fellow Juilliard alumnus, Matthew Graybil, inaugurated the 10th Piano Series season with the New England premiere of Maine native Walter Piston’s Concerto for Two Pianos Solis. His debut CD, released in 2008, was voted one of the top five classical recordings that year by Time Out International.

While pursuing a career as concert artist, Lovchinsky is completing doctoral studies in physics at Harvard University, expressing his longstanding passion for mathematics and science. He finds that these dual interests — performing the classical piano repertoire and conducting scientific research — are most compatible and complementary. He and his wife, violinist and neuroscientist Alice Wang, have an 18-month-old daughter.

Admission is $15, $10 for seniors, and free for students and veterans. Price includes parking. The center is wheelchair-accessible.

FMI: 207-783-1585, francocenter.org.


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