9/13/2012 9:07:00 AM LLCC Recital Series opens Sunday with acclaimed pianist Dr. Pei-I Wang All Sunday afternoon recitals at 4 p.m. in LLCC's Trutter Center; free and open to public
SPRINGFIELD — Highly acclaimed pianist Dr. Pei-I Wang, a native of Taiwan, will open the Lincoln Land Community College Recital Series on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 16, with a performance entitled, “A Musical Journey.” She will perform works by Bach, Mozart, Rachmaninoff and others.
The public is invited, free of charge, to this and all recitals in the series. The Sunday afternoon recitals begin at 4:00 p.m. and are held in the Trutter Center on the LLCC Springfield campus.
Dr. Wang was one of the top prize winners in the prestigious 2011 Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition, celebrating Franz Liszt’s bicentennial, sponsored by the American Liszt Society.
She has received numerous other awards and scholarships, including the Yamaha and Kawai awards for outstanding young musicians, the Taiwan National Music Competition, the 2002 Asian Audition of International Piano Competition “Mauro Paolo Monopoli Prize,” the 2007 Ninth Annual 21st Century Piano Commission Competition with composer John Ritz, the 2009 University of Illinois –Urbana/Champaign (UIUC) Concerto Competition, and was a finalist of the 2008 Krannert Debut Artist Competition and the 2009 Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship Competition. Her name has appeared in the “Treasury of Young Talented Musicians” program of the Council for Cultural Affairs of Taiwan.
She has performed extensively in the United States, Europe and Asia as a soloist, chamber musician and with orchestras. Her performances have been broadcast on China Television Co. and WILL-FM. As a dedicated researcher, Dr. Wang was a recipient of a dissertation travel grant and conference travel award at UIUC. She is currently on the faculty of Blackburn College.
She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in piano performance from UIUC, where she studied under pianist and conductor, Dr. Ian Hobson.
Other recitals scheduled in the LLCC Recital Series, Sundays, 4 p.m., Trutter Center, are: Dec. 2 “My Grown-Up Christmas Wish” - The Jane Hartman Trio; Jan. 27 “Dragonfly Dreams” Native American Flutes - Paul van Heuklom; Feb. 10 “An Afternoon of Blue Grass Music” - The River Ramblers; Feb. 24 “La Vie en Rose” - Melinda Pitt Kaye, Soprano; April 7 “Musical Soup” - Jason Waddell and Friends; April 14 “Perspectivas Cubanos” - Millikin University Latin Jazz Project; April 28 “88 Keys for 2” - Piano duet recital by Maria Horváth and Pei-I Wang; May 12 “Music of the Lincoln Era” - The Lincoln Troubadours.