“The unique experience of watching a master perform live music is transformational: One feels the vibrations, feels the emotion and hears the vital energy of life, flowing from the heart through the fingertips,” Fresno State President Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval said. “For 50 years, the Philip Lorenz International Keyboard Concert Series has brought us this gift that elevates and revitalizes the soul. Fresno State is honored to host this community and international treasure.”
A true rising star among classical musicians, Monica Czausz has quickly made a name for herself as one of the finest young American organists on the scene today receiving praise for her “artistic mastery far beyond her years” (The American Organist).
Natasha Paremski is lauded for her “fiery and widely dynamic playing” (London Classical Source), and has performed as a soloist with such noted orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Houston Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, and the Moscow Philharmonic.
Just days after her Fresno performance, Claire Huangci will play dates in Umeå and Sundsvall, Sweden ahead of other tour highlights such as the Lucerne Festival, Philharmonie de Paris, and Festspielhaus Salzburg.
Kenny Broberg, an international award-winning pianist, will perform works by J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Franck and Medtner at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 22, at the Concert Hall as part of his 2019 tour with dates in the United States, Canada and Australia.
Fresno State alumnus Michael Krikorian will perform in recital as part of the “Young Armenian Talent” series of the Philip Lorenz International Keyboard Concerts at Fresno State. The performance will take place at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 20, at the Fresno State Concert Hall.
Educated at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid and the École Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris, Melikyan has gained international attention while performing in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall in New York, Jordan Hall in Boston, Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, and Salle Cortot in Paris.
It was the early 1990s in New York City when Professor of Piano Andreas Werz found himself in Steinway Hall tasked with purchasing three pianos for Fresno State. Even though he was surrounded by first-rate instruments, he struggled to find that perfect one worthy of the world-class musicians he was bringing to campus for the Philip Lorenz International Keyboard Concert Series.