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Steinway Concert Grand Piano

COLUMBUS, Miss.-- Mississippi University for Women piano faculty Dr. Julia Mortyakova and Dr. Valentin M. Bogdan will perform a piano recital Friday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Kossen Auditorium, Poindexter Hall.

“Nancy Knight Gilpin Piano Dedication Concert” is an inauguration concert for a newly purchased Steinway Concert Grand Piano. The funds were donated to The W’s Department of Music in memory of Nancy Knight Gilpin, music alumna class of 1969. The gift was from her husband Michael D. Gilpin of Hattiesburg.

“We are extremely grateful to receive this gift. Our students, faculty and guest artists will enjoy playing this piano for years to come. This concert will showcase the beautiful range, sound quality and power of this superb instrument and we are excited to share it with our audience,” said Mortyakova.

The recital will feature solo works by Cécile Chaminade, Teresa Carreño, Fanny Hensel, Domenico Scarlatti, Franz Liszt, Sergei Rachmaninoff and multiple selection of music written for piano four-hands.

In order to adhere to physical distancing recommendations, seating for the event will be limited to 60 patrons. Admission to this event will be free of charge, but prior reservation is required. To reserve a seat, please call the department of music at (662) 241-6399. Masks will be required of all guests at all times while inside Poindexter Hall.

Mortyakova is professor and chair of the Department of Music at the university. She is the recipient of the 2021 Mississippi Arts Commission Performing Arts Fellowship and is the 2017 Honored Artist (Mississippi State Committee National Museum of Women in the Arts). Mortyakova is a laureate of the 2014 American Prize for her performance Cécile Chaminade, and the winner of the 2012 Sigma Alpha Iota Career Performance Grant. She maintains an international performing career and has performed in Bulgaria, Canada, Italy, Romania, Russia, Spain, Ukraine and throughout the U.S. She is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Vanderbilt University, New York University and the University of Miami. The Mortyakova/Bogdan Piano Duo are the second prize winners of the 2017 Ellis Duo Piano Competition.

Bogdan joined The W in 2013 and is currently professor of music. He has concertized in Europe, North America and the Middle East, in the United States, Canada, Netherlands, Great Britain, France, Russia, Italy, Romania and Jordan. He has released two solo albums, “The Grands of Piano” and “Live in Concert” and two piano duo albums “Journey for Two” and “Music by Women,” part of the Mortyakova/Bogdan piano duo. Throughout his career, he has received many awards including:  the 2018 Mississippi Arts Commission Artist Fellowship, the 2nd prize at the Ellis Duo Piano Competition, 2nd Prize at the International Varna Symphonic Workshop (Concerto Competition), winner of the WSU Concerto Competition and semifinalist in the American Prize.

The event will also be streamed live on The W’s Department of Music website at

Sept. 13, 2021
Contact: Tyler Wheat
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