LEWISTON — Concert pianist and master teacher Tamara Poddubnaya will be joined by rising star Vasily Panteleev in the Piano Series recital at 7 p.m. Friday, June 9, at The Dolard and Priscilla Gendron Franco Center.

This sixth and final program in the 2016-2017 Piano Series will feature solo and two-piano pieces, including works by Mozart, Johann Strauss, Scriabin and Rachmaninov. The center’s two Steinway grand pianos will be showcased together.

Poddubnaya is a distinguished graduate of the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory in St. Petersburg and has performed to great acclaim in Europe and the United States. Renowned for her dynamic teaching style and much sought after as a juror at international piano competitions, she teaches and performs in Europe and the United States, where she is professor and head of the piano department at the Long Island Conservatory, Albertson, New York.

She co-founded the Portland Conservatory International Piano Festival in 2004 and, in July 2007, she established the Music without Borders International Piano Festival at Gould Academy in Bethel. It begins its 11th season in July.

Panteleev, 27, a student from Saratov, Russia, graduated with honors in piano performance from the Saratov Regional College of Arts in 2008. He continued his piano studies at Saratov State University, where he followed a curriculum in international relations and English studies.

He came to the United States in 2014 to study with Poddubnaya and that summer he won first prize in the Morgan Park Summer Music Festival, Glen Cove, Long Island. In 2016, he was the Grand Prix winner at the “Musical Fireworks” international competition, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

Last July, he received the Grand Prix of the Music without Borders International Piano Competition, held at the close of that festival’s 10th season.

He is completing his diploma studies at Long Island Conservatory. He travels in two worlds — classical piano performance and as interpreter/translator (Russian, English, and Chinese) for international commerce.

Admission is $15, seniors $10 and students are free.

The center is at 46 Cedar St. in Lewiston. Parking is included in the price of the ticket. All proceeds to benefit the Franco Center.

Contact or visit the box office at 46 Cedar St., or go to www.franocenter.org. Call 207-783-1585. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m., and two hours before every show.

Vasily Panteleev

Tamara Poddubnaya


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