Season News and Highlights
The Covid-19 Pandemic changed the performing world in every way possible. But tours and concerts have started to return to live audiences - let us all hope that this continues!
My two recently released cds have been receiving wonderful reviews. My solo disc of Max Reger's "Aus Meinem Tagebuch, Op. 82" and "24 Preludes and Oskolki by Lera Auerbach" recorded with Katya Moeller as Avita Duo have both been featured in Fanfare Magazine.
Steinway and Sons recently honored Dr. Nosikova by naming her to the Steinway Teachers Hall of Fame! The special dinner and ceremony was following by a tour of the Steinway factory.
We are all so proud of our 2021 DMA graduates! Dr. Alice (Shu-Min) Chang and Bogyeong Lee!
A Special Event rescheduled from 2020 is Celebrating Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonata Festival. In cooperation with Orchestra Iowa, this series will present all 32 Sonatas in a series of recitals performed in the Voxman Music Building Concert Hall on 9 Sundays this school year. The same program will then be performed on the following Tuesday at Opus Concert Cafe in Cedar Rapids. The performers will be guest artists, alumni, current faculty, and current students. More information may be found at UI Events Calendar
Congratulations to Bowen (Peter) Liu winner of the 2019 University Concerto / Aria Competition, who was finally(!) able to perform the Prokofiev Piano Concerto #2 with the UI Symphony Orchestra on October 20, 2021.
Special Mention for Anthony Capparelli for being selected as a Student Repetiteur at the International Opera Academy in Ghent, Belgium.
Congratulations to Mariya Akhadjanova as the first prize winner of the 2021 European Music Competition.
Watch for more information and dates regarding the Beethoven Sonatas project with Orchestra Iowa. All 32 Sonatas will be performed by various musicians in both Iowa City and Cedar Rapids in the months ahead.
The 2019-2020 season was highlighted by return tours to Brazil in August. Venue cities were Brasilia, Rio de Janiero, and Natal. This was followed by a trip to Bangkok and Singapore in January. Along with violinist daughter, Katya Moeller, the Avita Duo performed a program of standard and new chamber music. More information about the chamber duo can be found at avitaduo.com