Truman Hosts 26th Annual Piano Festival

The Truman Department of Music will host the 26th Annual Truman Piano Festival Feb. 20-21.  High school pianists will be auditioning for cash prizes and scholarships, including the Truman Piano Fellowship Award.

These pianists have already submitted a recorded performance of their repertoire and have been invited by the Truman Piano Faculty to compete on campus. The final round of this competition begins at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 21 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. All events are open to the public and are free of charge.  

Serving as the Guest Artist for the 2009 Truman Piano Festival is Tad Hardin from the Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wis. Hardin will perform a recital at 8 p.m. Feb. 20.  The following day, at 3:30 p.m., Hardin will conduct a master class that will feature two Truman piano majors. Both of these events will take place in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. 

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Tad Hardin

Hardin enjoys an active collaborative performance career and maintains a diverse concert schedule with many singers, instrumentalists and chamber groups. His performing engagements have taken him to venues throughout the U.S., Europe and South America.

Hardin has studied with many distinguished artists and pedagogues, including Martin Katz, Graham Johnson, David Allen Wehr, Carolyn Bridger, Tim Hoekman, Doug Fisher and Karyl Louwenaar.

He earned his doctor of music degree in piano performance at the Florida State University College of Music, where he also earned a master’s degree in vocal coaching.

His treatise and ongoing research focuses on the study of effective orchestral accompanying and the comparative analysis of performance editions. He is also a frequent presenter of lecture-performances at national conferences for the College Music Society. Hardin regularly teaches at summer festivals, such as the Songfest Young Artist Program, the Festival Internacional de Bach, and the Asolo Song Festival, where he serves as the Director of Collaborative Performance.

For further information about the Truman Piano Festival, please contact Yukari Yano at 785.4421 or David McKamie at 785.4405 in the music department.

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