Horowitz Lecture Recital
Featuring: Sergei Polusmiak
What: Horowitz Lecture Recital featuring Sergei Polusmiak, concert pianist, performing on the world-famous Horowitz Steinway that was personally owned by Vladimir. This is the very piano that Vladimir Horowitz performed on during his victorious 1986 recitals in Moscow and Leningrad, USSR.
Where: Willis Music Performing Arts Center: 7567 Mall Rd, Florence, KY 41042
When: Sunday, August 4th at 2PM (reception to follow)
Who: Sergei Polusmiak
Sergei Polusmiak is an Honored Artist Ukraine and a graduate of Kharkiv Conservatory where he studied with Vladimir Horowitz’s sister, Regina Horowitz. Please see his bio below for more information.
Horowitz Lecture Recital program to include works by: Scarlatti, Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Shchedrin.
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Contact: Stella Fukumura – 859-525-6050 x5 or StellaF@willismusic.com
Sergei Polusmiak Bio
Sergei Polusmiak, “Honored Artist of Ukraine”, was born in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Sergei Polusmiak graduated from Kharkiv Conservatory where he studied with Regina Horowitz, sister of Vladimir Horowitz.. After receiving the Post Graduate Diploma from Kyiv Conservatory and undergoing professional training at Moscow State Conservatory Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, he became the youngest Professor of Piano at the Kharkiv Conservatory and started his professional career as a pianist and a music educator.
Since 1974 Sergei Polusmiak as a Performing Artist has toured Russia, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Mexico, Taiwan and the United States.
In 1998 Sergei moved to America and became the Artist-in-Residence and the recipient of the Tom and Christine Neyer Family Endowed Professorship of Music at Northern Kentucky University. As an influential pianist and educator, Professor Polusmiak has been a jury member of major International Piano Competitions including Competition for Young Pianist in memory of Vladimir Horowitz, Kyiv, Ukraine; Lysenko International Piano Competition, Kyiv, Ukraine; Vladimir Krainev Young Pianist International Piano Competition, Kharkiv, Ukraine; Svyato Muz, Lugansk, Ukraine; Milosz Magin International Piano Competition, Paris, France; Rameau au Chateau International Piano Competition, Cosne sur Loire, France; Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition, Palm Desert, California; World Piano Competition, Cincinnati, USA and George Gershwin International Piano Competition, Philadelphia, USA.
The students of Sergei Polusmiak have won numerous prizes at international piano competitions and performed with orchestras such as The Kyiv State Symphony Orchestra, Kharkiv Philharmonic; Lugansk Philharmonic; The Moscow Philharmonic, The St. Petersburg Philharmonic, The Moscow Virtuosi, The Israel Philharmonic, L’Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Netherland Symphony Orchestra; Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra; Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra; Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Russian Chamber Orchestra of San Francisco; Minnesota Sinfonia; Jefferson Symphony Orchestra; Shanghai Philharmonic; The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Sergei Polusmiak has conducted master classes in colleges and universities all over the world. Among those were the Moscow Music College; Russia, Kyiv Music College, Ukraine; Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, USA; College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, USA; Joanna Hodges International Symposium, Vancouver , USA; “Musicalia”, Toulouse, France; “Encuentro International de Pianistas” , Argentina; Oriental Arts Center, Shanghai, China and others.
Sergei Polusmiak is the founder and artistic director of the Ukrainian-France Summer Music Festival, the founder and director of the Ukrainian Children’s Music Theater of Kharkiv (which performed in 1992 and 1994 with Cincinnati’s May Festival Chorus), the founder and director of Russian Summer Piano Institute. He also founded his own private school – Sergei Polusmiak’s Russian School of Music – to provide professional trainings for young pianists from countries around the world.
Upcoming concerts of Sergei Polusmiak include performing Rachmaninoff 2ndConcerto with Shanghai Philharmonic under direction of 88 years old Maestro Cao Peng, one of China’s most distinguished conductors at Shanghai Music Hall with live radio broadcast in the fall of 2013. Another venue is Solo Piano Recital at the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center which is often called “The Carnegie Hall of China” in the spring 2014.
Sergei Polusmiak has recorded 5 compact discs including “Sergei plays Sergei” (piano works by Rachmaninoff and Scriabin);“Hommage a Shostakovich” (music for two pianos, with French pianist Therese Dussaut); “Music for Clarinet and Piano” (with Ukrainian prodigy Alexander Bedenko); “Beautiful Music For Friends” (music by Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Rachmaninoff); “Therese Dussaut, Sergei Polusmiak, Piano 4 hands” (music by Tchaikovsky and Dvorak).