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Kasman Piano Duo to Premiere in Performing Arts Series

 

The Lee University School of Music Performing Arts Series will welcome the Kasman piano duo, comprising Yakov Kasman and his daughter Aleksandra “Sasha” Kasman, on Friday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Squires Recital Hall.

The duo will play “Sonata for Piano, Four Hands” by Paul Hindemith, “Two Pieces for Two Pianos” by Nikolai Medtner, and “Symphonic Dances, Op. 58” by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Kasman Piano Duo
Piano duo Yakov Kasman and daughter Sasha Kasman


Born in Orel, near Moscow, Yakov began studying piano at age five. A graduate of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, he is now a professor of piano at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. His students are winners of regional, national, and international competitions.

Yakov made his American debut in 1997 as a Silver Medalist in the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas. Since then, he has given concerts in South America, Europe, Russia, and Asia. He has appeared as soloist in orchestras such as the Buffalo, Memphis, Miami, and Nashville symphonies.

Daughter and student of Yakov, Aleksandra is a junior at the University of Alabama. She has won numerous awards including the Silver Medal at the International Competition for Young Pianists, the Young Jury Winner Award at the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition, and the PianoArts North American Competition Scholarship Award.

Aleksandra has performed solo recitals in the United States, France, Ukraine, Russia, and Japan, as well as with the Alabama Symphony and the Symphonic Orchestra of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine.

The concert is open to the public and free of charge, but tickets are required due to limited seating. Tickets will be available beginning Oct. 23 in the Dixon Center Box Office from 3-6 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by calling (423) 614-8343.

For more information about the Performing Arts Series or other music events, contact the School of Music at (423) 614-8240.

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