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Pianist Arnaldo Cohen performs with Symphony Orchestra

11/19/2010

Pianist Arnaldo Cohen
Arnaldo Cohen, pianist, will perform with the Miami University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ricardo Averbach, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, in Hall Auditorium, part of the Miami University Performing Arts Series.

Brazilian-born Cohen has been called “one of the world’s best-kept secrets.” He graduated from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro with an honors degree in both piano and violin, while studying for an engineering degree. He became a professional violinist in the Rio de Janeiro Opera House Orchestra but continued his piano studies and was the first-prize winner of the 1972 Busoni International Piano Competition.

He has performed as soloist with orchestras including the Philadelphia, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Royal Philharmonic and the Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome and has also played numerous recitals all over the world.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, and taught at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He is currently professor of music at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington.

The Miami University Symphony Orchestra was recently named one of eight orchestra finalists for The American Prize, 2010. Averbach received The American Prize 2010 for conducting, College/University level.

The concert will feature Robert Schumann’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 54 — commemorating the 200th anniversary of Schumann’s birth — and “Romeo and Juliet: Suite No. 2” by Sergei Prokofiev.

The concert is presented by the Performing Arts Series in collaboration with the department of music, and sponsored by Jerome Conley and the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies with support from the Ohio Arts Council.

Tickets, $8 students/youth, $15 seniors and $16 general, are available at the box office in Shriver Center, 529-3200.

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