The International Piano Series at the College of Charleston School of the Arts will present a performance by celebrated pianist Stephen Beus on Tuesday, Feb. 3.
Within a span of four months, Beus won first prize in the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, first place in the Vendome Prize International Competition (Lisbon) and received the Max I. Allen Fellowship of the American Pianists Association (Indianapolis).
Born and raised on a farm in eastern Washington, Beus began lessons at age five and made his orchestral debut four years later. He went on to win numerous national and international competitions throughout his youth, capturing the attention of both audiences and critics. Commenting on Beus’ competition success, Fanfare magazine writes: “In some ways Beus doesn’t fit the mold of the typical competition winner. His playing is strikingly original and, despite his youth, he has an interpretive voice all his own… Above all, his playing is so natural as to seem effortless and the sound he produces has extraordinary richness and depth, not quite like anyone else’s.” [Learn more about Beus.]
DETAILS: The concert is generously sponsored by the Remington Master Artist Series and will take place on Tuesday, February 3 at 7:30 p.m., in the Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. General admission is $20 and free for students. Tickets may be purchased online, at the door, or by calling (843) 953-6575.
The program is scheduled to include Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 903 by J.S. Bach; Les cloches de Geneve from Annees de Pelerinage Bk. 1 by Franz Liszt; Variations on a Theme of Bach “Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen” by Liszt; Fur Alina by Arvo Pärt; Grand Etude No. 7 “The Flight Over the Ocean” by Ronn Yedidia; Prelude in G Major, Op. 32 No. 5 by Sergei Rachmaninov; and Sonata tragica, Op. 39 No. 5 by Nikolai Medtner.
Beus also will offer a master class, free and open to the public, on Wednesday, February 4, at 10 a.m., at the Recital Hall in the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St.