Keyboard Studies News from the 2013-2014 Academic Year

Keri Hui (BM, ’15) wins Concerto Division of Aloha International Piano Competition

June 26, 2014

Keri Hui, a senior in the Keyboard Studies department studying under faculty Norman Krieger, recently won the Concerto Division of the Aloha International Piano Competition in Honolulu, Hawaii. As part of her prize, Hui will perform with the Hawaii Youth Symphony at the winter concert on December 7, 2014 at Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu. […]


Somang Jeagal awarded grand prize at Washington International Competition for Piano

June 9, 2014

Somang Jeagal, a student in the Keyboard Studies Artist Diploma Program studying under faculty Kevin Fitz-Gerald, was awarded the grand prize in the 61st Washington International Competition for Piano on June 8, 2014. The award comes with a $10,000 financial prize, as well as a debut solo recital and concerto appearance at the Kennedy Center in […]


Evan Pensis wins Grand Prize at Kennedy Center VSA International Young Soloists Competition

May 13, 2014

Thornton student Evan Pensis was selected as a Grand Prize Winner for the Kennedy Center VSA International Young Soloists Competition. As a part of the award, he will travel to Washington, D.C. for a performance at the Kennedy Center on June 1.


Bernadene Blaha, Kevin Fitz-Gerald and Pepe Romero to perform at Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival

March 15, 2014

Keyboard Studies faculty Bernadene Blaha and Kevin Fitz-Gerald, as well as Classical Guitar faculty Pepe Romero, will perform at next week’s Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival. The event, which features a variety of performances by musicians from around the world, runs through March 21. A full schedule of the festival’s scheduled performances can be found on […]


Daniel Pollack to receive USC Associates Award for Artistic Expression

February 18, 2014

Keyboard Studies faculty Daniel Pollack has been named one of two University faculty members who will be awarded the 2014 University of Southern California Associates Award for Artistic Expression. The award is the highest honor bestowed upon faculty involved in the arts and is accompanied by a $3,500 monetary award. Pollack will receive the award […]


Norman Krieger performance featured in Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

January 30, 2014

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette recently interviewed keyboard studies faculty Norman Krieger in advance of his performance of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Arkansas Symphony. “It’s a privilege to play it,” Krieger said of the piece. “Every time I play it it’s a great challenge. The older I get, the more elegant and refined the […]


Norman Krieger to play Sun Valley Artist Series Piano Festival

January 10, 2014

USC Thornton professor of Keyboard Studies Norman Krieger is scheduled to perform at the 2014 Sun Valley Artist Series Piano Festival in Sun Valley, Idaho according to MagicValley.com. The three-day festival, which is free and open to the public, features a slew of solo recitals and concerto performances by the world’s most renown pianists. Krieger is […]


Thornton Doctoral Student featured in New Bedford Symphony Orchestra season opener

September 25, 2013

South Coast Today covered a pre-concert talk and performance by pianist and USC Thornton School doctoral student Keenan Reesor for the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra’s (NBSO) season opener. Reesor praised NBSO’s educational programs before giving performances of Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Highlighting Reesor, it was said in […]


Thornton Piano Performance DMA candidate debuts with Manila Symphony Orchestra

September 8, 2013

Doctoral student Oliver Salonga’s debut performance with the Manila Symphony Orchestra was featured on INQUIRER.net. Salonga’s performance included his interpretation of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21.


Thornton Piano Performance student wins Grand Prize at international competition in Germany

September 6, 2013

Sophomore classical pianist Evan Pensis recently won the Grand Prize at the 9th International Siegfried Weishaupt Piano Competition in Baden-Wurttemburg, Germany. He was also distinguished with the Audience Award for his recital.


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