Philip Lorenz International Keyboard Concert Series celebrates 50 years

Garrick Ohlsson. Photo by Dario Acosta.

“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.”

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Keyboard Concerts presents Natasha Paremski

Natasha Paremski in a room with a grand piano. by Clarence Chan

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.

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Pianist Michael Krikorian in Concert at Fresno State

Michael Krikorian

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.

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Sofya Melikyan to perform as part of Young Armenian Talent series

Sofya Melikyan

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.

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Philip Lorenz International Keyboard Concerts brings world-class artists to Fresno State

Steinway Model D in the Fresno State Concert Hall

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.

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