CU to host two-piano concert

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By Joan C. McKinney

Eugene and Elisabeth Pridonoff will perform a two-piano concert Thursday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. in the Gheens Recital Hall of the Gosser Fine Arts Center on the Campbellsville University campus.

The Pridonoffs are duo-in-residence and professors of piano at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.

They will be performing works by Poulenc, Stravinsky, Ravel and Liszt. The two will also give a master class for university piano students Friday, Jan. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon in The Gheens Recital Hall.

The public is invited to both events.

Both artists have played solo recitals at Campbellsville University previously.

Elisabeth and Eugene Pridonoff formed the Pridonoff Duo in 1982, making their formal debut with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Paul Nadler. They have been compared to the great husband-wife piano duos of Josef and Rosina Lhevinne, and Vronsky and Babin and made successful debuts in New York's Tully Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in 1986, according to Dr. Wesley Roberts, professor of music at Campbellsville University.

The Pridonoff Duo has performed throughout the United States in such venues as the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, the Lyric Arts Festival of Houston, the Shreveport Festival, the Arcady Festival, the Music Teachers National Association Conventions both national and state, including New Mexico, Texas, South Carolina, Ohio and Kentucky, the World Piano Pedagogy Conferences, and on recital series and with orchestras throughout the country.

They have also been featured on National Public Radio's "Sunday Show" and with Bill McGlaughlin of "St. Paul Sunday."

In 2005-2006, they were the featured artists for the 25th anniversary of the Friends of Four-Hands in Detroit, the Michigan Music Teachers Association State Convention, the Great Romantics Festival in Hamilton, Ontario, and at Cedarville University.

For the 2006-2007 season, they were reengaged for the Great Romantics Festival, and performed recitals at The College of New Jersey, Asbury College, Waldorf College in Iowa, Adams State College and Mesa State College in Colorado, were the featured artists and clinicians for the Tennessee Music Teachers Association State Convention, and gave a lecture and duo performance at the MTNA National Convention in Toronto, Canada.

In 2008, in addition to their performance at Campbellsville University, the duo will perform at Mount Union College in Ohio, and at the University of Colorado in Boulder before departing for their sixth tour of Japan in the past two years with performances in Tokyo, Sendai, Sapporo, and in March of 2008 will perform in the city of Yamagata.

They have performed throughout China in Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan, and Hong Kong, as well as in Seoul, Korea, and throughout Taiwan.

They are on the faculty of the Ichionkai School in Tokyo, and in the summers teach at various festivals including the Amalfi Festival in Italy, International Piano Week of Belgium, the Prague International Masterclasses, the Barcelona Festival, the Chautauqua Festival, and Elisabeth Pridonoff is on the faculty of the Brevard Festival.

Elisabeth and Eugene Pridonoff are Steinway Artists.

For more information about the concert, contact the School of Music at 789-5237.

- Joan C. McKinney is director of university communications at Campbellsville University.