A guest recital by doctoral students in piano at the University of Michigan.
Sonata No. 9, Op. 68 (“Black Mass”)
From 12 Etudes, Op. 8
No. 2 in F-sharp Minor
No. 8 in A-flat Major
Fantasie, Op. 28
Augusta Read Thomas
Étude V: Rain at Funeral
Homage to Morton Feldman
from Six Piano Etudes (1996–2005)
Love Twitters (2007)
based on Irving Berlin’s “They Say It’s Wonderful”
“Serenade de Don Juan”
from 3 Masques, Op. 34 (1882–1937)
Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 28
Hailed for his “passion and virtuosity” by the East Hampton Star, Stijn de Cock has been a major prize winner in multiple competitions, including the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, the Ann Arbor Society for Musical Arts Young Artist Competition, the Poland International Music Festival Piano Competition, and the Prix des Jeunes and Lions Club music competitions in Belgium. At just 15, he was admitted to the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels and graduated with a Premier Prix three years later. De Cock received his master’s degree from the University of Michigan where he is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in piano performance as a student of Logan Skelton.
De Cock has performed in music festivals in the United States and Europe, including the International Youth Music Festival in Philadelphia, the Interventions New Music Festival at the Great Gallery of the Toledo Museum of Arts, the Prague International Piano Master Classes, Pianofest in the Hamptons, and PianoTexas. Also an avid collaborator, De Cock is currently recording a CD of art songs by Ignatz Waghalter with soprano Jennifer Goltz. Recent appearances include a fellowship at the Toradze Piano Institute at Indiana University South Bend and an appearance with the Naleczow Chamber Orchestra in Poland.
Pianist Agnieszka Zick is a graduate of the Frederic Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Poland. She has earned a Master of Music degree in piano performance and chamber music from the University of South Florida. Zick is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in piano pedagogy and performance at the University of Michigan, and is an experienced soloist, accompanist, and teacher. Before moving to Michigan she held a piano instructor position at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, and was a teaching assistant at University of South Florida, Tampa. She is currently a graduate piano instructor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
A graduate of Peabody Conservatory, the Korean-born pianist Jin Hwa Lee is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the University of Michigan. Before she came to the United States, she studied at Seoul National University where she earned her bachelor’s degree with high honors. She won numerous top prizes in national competitions in Korea including the Bechstein Samick Piano Competition, Nanpa Music Competition, Eumak Journal National Music Competition, and the Competition of the Piano Society of Korea. She earned the grand prize at the Republic of Korea Music Competition, through which she was selected as the “Representative Korean Member of the Arts.” In addition, Lee won top prize at the International Concerto Competition in New York. She has received many awards including the Beverly Franzblau Baker Fellowship, Edward Frolich Fellowship, a Rackham Research Award by University of Michigan, Peabody Career Development Award, and SNU Development Funds Scholarship. Lee was the recipient of the Lillian Hirschmann Konowitz Memorial Scholarship during her studies at Peabody Conservatory and has been fully supported by a Rackham Graduate Fellowship for her doctoral studies at the University of Michigan. Lee’s principle teachers have included Arthur Greene, Yong Hi Moon, and HaeSun Paik.
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