Vienna International Piano Duo Performs At Baylor Feb. 23

Feb. 9, 2004

by Richard Veit

Baylor University's School of Music will present a guest recital by the Vienna International Piano Duo -- pianists Krassimira Jordan and Wolfgang Watzinger -- at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, in Roxy Grove Hall.

The duo will open their program with Franz Schubert's "Lebenstnrme" Duo, D. 447, scored for piano, four hands, followed by Samuel Barber's arrangement for piano duet of music from his ballet Souvenirs. Following intermission, Jordan and Watzinger will play a pair of works for two pianos -- Leonard Bernstein's arrangement of the Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story" and Manuel Infante's Andalusian Dances.

Born in Varna, Bulgaria, to Russian and Bulgarian parents, Jordan has established an international reputation as a concert pianist and recording artist. She studied in Sofia, Vienna, and Moscow, where she was a pupil of Stanislav Neuhaus and Emil Gilels. After serving for 10 years at the world-renowned Vienna Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, she joined the Baylor faculty in 1989 as professor of piano and artist-in-residence. That same year, she made her Carnegie Hall performing debut.

Watzinger was born in Darmstadt, Germany, and studied at the music academies in Freiburg, Germany, and Salzburg, Austria. In 1973-74 he studied with Rudolf Serkin at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. He has performed with much acclaim as recitalist and orchestral soloist throughout Europe, the United States, South Africa, Asia and South America. Since 1994, he has served as professor of piano in the concert performance department of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.

The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor School of Music at 710-3991.

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