The Vienna International Piano Duo to Perform Sept. 21

Sept. 15, 1999

by Richard Veit

The Vienna International Piano Duo--a keyboard collaboration between Krassimira Jordan and Wolfgang Watzinger--will present a concert at Baylor University at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, in Roxy Grove Hall.

Bulgarian-born Krassimira Jordan studied in Sofia, Vienna and Moscow, where she was a pupil of Stanislav Neuhaus and Emil Gilels. She has appeared as a recitalist and orchestral soloist in Russia, Hungary, Poland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Mexico and Brazil. A professor of piano for 10 years at the world-renowned Vienna Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, she made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1989. She now serves as Artist-in-Residence in the Baylor School of Music.

Watzinger was born in Darmstadt, Germany, and studied at the music academies in Freiburg, Germany, and Salzburg, Austria. A former student of Rudolf Serkin at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, he has performed as recitalist and orchestral soloist in major European cities, the United States, South Africa, Asia and South America. For 15 years he served as professor of piano at the Music Academies in Berlin and Detmold. In 1994 he was appointed professor of piano in the concert performance department of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.

The Vienna International Piano Duo will open their concert with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Sonata in F for piano duet, K. 497. "Two Characteristic Marches" for piano duet, D. 886, by Franz Schubert will follow.

After intermission, the Duo will turn to music of the 20th century, beginning with Dmitri Shostakovich's Suite for Two Pianos, Op. 6. Concluding the program will be Victor Babin's duo-piano arrangement of "Three Movements from Igor Stravinsky's Petrouchka."

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

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