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Guest artist visits Waco

Jan. 29, 2004

By Hanson Knox, reporter

Baylor will receive one of the world's finest competition pianists today when Stanislav Ioudenitch, co-winner of the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, performs at 7:30 p.m. with the Waco Symphony Orchestra in Waco Hall.

Ioudenitch split the Van Cliburn gold medal with Russian Olga Kern, marking the first time the prestigious award was given to two competitors.

'The Van Cliburn Competition is one of the premier competitions in the world,' Dr. Ann Gipson, associate professor of piano from the music department, said.

'Many of today's fine pianists began their careers as finalists at the Van Cliburn,' she said.

Ioudenitch was featured in the Peabody award-winning piece 'Playing on the Edge,' which documented the 11th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

The Uzbekistan-born Ioudenitch comes from a family of accomplished musicians.

His father, Vladimir, is an accomplished violinist and his mother, Marina, has preformed as a concert piano as well.

Dr. Bradley Bolen, lecturer in piano at Baylor, described Ioudenitch as a 'very fine pianist' whose visit is highly meaningful.

'Any time Waco can bring winners from competitions of this caliber is a special event,' Bolen said.

Following his Waco Hall performance, Ioudenitch will play in Temple and Georgetown as he continues his tour of Texas.

Student tickets can be purchased at the door for $10.