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Pianist Daniel Epstein to perform at Messiah College


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GRANTHAM, Pa. (Oct. 13, 2005) — The Messiah College Department of Music will host pianist Daniel Epstein in concert on Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. in Poorman Recital Hall in the Climenhaga Fine Arts Center on the college’s Grantham campus. The concert is free and open to the public. During the program, Epstein will perform “Chaconne, Opus 32” by Carl Nielsen, “Eight Pieces, Opus 76” by Johannes Brahms, “Barcarolle, Opus 60” by Frederic Chopin, and “Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Opus 58” also by Chopin.

Pianist Daniel Epstein received international acclaim in 1973 with his performances of the “Yellow River Concerto” – the first piece of Chinese classical music to be performed in the United States – with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Since then, he has become recognized as one of the most vital and versatile solo and chamber pianists of his generation, as well as an articulate communicator, sharing musical ideas with audiences beyond the footlights.

Winner of the prestigious Kosciusczko Chopin Award, the national Arts Club Prize, the Prix Alex de Vries in Paris, and the Concert Artists Guild Award – which afforded him his Carnegie Hall debut recital, Epstein was selected for an NEA Recitalist Grant. He appears often as a guest soloist with such eminent American orchestras as Philadelphia, San Francisco,  Houston, Detroit and Rochester. He has given recitals at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the 92nd Street Y, as well as in major cities throughout the United States, complemented by master classes and intensive seminars for pianists at colleges and universities. He has also toured in Japan and Europe.

As pianist and founding member of the famed Raphael Trio, for the past 29 years he has performed virtually the entire piano trio repertoire. The Trio has appeared regularly in New York’s Carnegie and Town Halls, The Kennedy Center in Washington, London’s Wigmore Hall, Vienna, Paris, Geneva, Budapest, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, as well as numerous other musical centers throughout the United States and Europe. In 2001, the Trio celebrated its 25 th anniversary with a performance of the complete cycle of Beethoven trios in New York. The performances were broadcast live by National Public Radio. The Trio's recordings of Beethoven, Dvorak, Mendelssohn, and Wolf-Ferarri have received wide critical and public praise. He has collaborated with many renowned string quartets, including the Ying, American and Talich, and has played with members of the Juilliard and Guarneri quartets as well as many other distinguished chamber musicians and soloists.

In 2001, Epstein was invited to join the distinguished piano faculty of the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. In the brief time he taught there, he established a reputation as one of the most sought-after teachers in the United States. He also teaches chamber music and music history.

In the fall of 2004, Epstein was invited to Shanghai, China, to serve as a visiting faculty member at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. He visited China twice in 2004-05, teaching and giving master classes at the conservatories of Shanghai, Beijing, and Xian, and performing a solo piano recital at the Shanghai Conservatory. In August, Epstein was a featured artist and teacher at the Intituto Musicale Vaccaj in Tolentino, Italy, performing a solo recital and giving lessons and master classes.

Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls more than 2,900 undergraduate students in 50 majors. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Grantham, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg. A satellite campus affiliated with Temple University is located in Philadelphia.

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