COLUMBUS, Miss. – Pianist Awadagin Pratt will lead a master class on the campus of Mississippi University for Women Friday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m. in Poindexter Hall, Connie Sills Kossen Auditorium, in addition to an on-campus performance Saturday, April 18 at 7 p.m.


Pratt’s guest artist recital on Saturday is being made possible through the Columbus Arts Council with the support of Dr. Julia Mortyakova, chair of the Department of Music at The W. Tickets are $12 in advance through the Columbus Arts Council and $15 at the door.

The public is welcome to observe the master class at no admission, and 40 free tickets will be given to faculty, staff and students of The W’s music department.

Among his generation of concert artists, pianist Pratt is acclaimed for his musical insight and performances in recital and with symphony orchestras.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pratt began studying piano at the age of six. Three years later, having moved to Normal, Ill., with his family, he also began studying violin. At the age of 16 he entered the University of Illinois where he studied piano, violin and conducting. He subsequently enrolled at the Peabody Conservatory of Music where he became the first student in the school's history to receive diplomas in three performance areas--piano, violin and conducting. In recognition of this achievement and for his work in the field of classical music, he recently received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Johns Hopkins.

In 1992 Mr. Pratt won the Naumburg International Piano Competition and two years later was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Since then, he has played numerous recitals throughout the United States, including performances at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles and Chicago's Orchestra Hall. His many orchestral performances include appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra and the Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Baltimore, St. Louis, National, Detroit and New Jersey symphonies among many others. Summer festival engagements include Ravinia, Blossom, Wolf Trap, Caramoor and Aspen, the Hollywood Bowl and the Mostly Mozart Festival in Tokyo.

Recent and upcoming appearances include recital engagements at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark and in Baltimore, La Jolla, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and at Duke University, as well as appearances with the orchestras of Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Seattle, Colorado, Portland, Utah, Richmond, Grand Rapids, Winston-Salem, Allentown and Springfield, Ohio.

For more information, please call the Columbus Arts Council at (662) 328-2787.



April 7, 2015

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