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World-Famous Horowitz Piano to be at Willis Performing Arts Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – The legendary, world-traveled Steinway & Sons Model D Horowitz Piano has been on tour and is making its way to the Willis Performing Arts Center in Florence, KY July 25- August 9, 2013.

“This provides a rare opportunity for the public to see, hear, touch and even play the stunning nine-foot grand piano,” said Willis Music President Kevin Cranley.

This very instrument is the magnificent, 9-ft Steinway Concert Grand piano that accompanied classical titan Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989) on tour, including this famous 1986 return to Moscow recital. His personally-owned piano, known as the CD 503, is said to have been his favorite instrument.

“Willis Music is deeply honored that the Horowitz Steinway will be at our Willis Performing Arts Center for the first time ever and we are excited to be able to invite the public to be a part of this once-in-a lifetime event,” added Cranley. “All guests will have the opportunity to play the piano if they choose, have their picture taken with the Horowitz Steinway and receive a certificate to commemorate the occasion.”

Horowitz is widely considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century. His use of tone color and brilliant performances enthralled audiences for decades. He was born in the Russian Empire in 1903. By age 20 he had performed 23 concerts in St. Petersburg alone. In 1925 he came to New York to perform concerts and then back to Berlin for his debut. In 1927 Horowitz became a Steinway artist. The next year he joined the New York Philharmonic Orchestra as a piano soloist and became the legend that he is today. Horowitz owned the CD 503 since the early 1940’s. This is the piano Horowitz kept in his New York townhouse. He used it in many recitals and recordings in the 70’s and 80’s, and he famously demanded that the piano be his exclusive touring instrument during the last four years of his life, including for his triumphant return to the former Soviet Union for performances in Moscow and Leningrad in 1986.

What: Horowitz Steinway Piano On Tour
Where: Willis Performing Arts Center in Florence, KY
7567 Mall Rd. Florence, KY 41042
When: July 25th – August 9th, 2013
Who: Open to the public to see, hear, touch and play. To schedule a time to play the Horowitz Steinway, please call (859) 525-6050 or email: florence@willismusic.com

Written by Christy Schutte

Horowitz Piano Lecture Recital

Horowitz Lecture Recital

Sergei Polusmiak at the piano

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


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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

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).