Baylor's Artist-In-Residence Presents Faculty Recital

March 5, 2004

by Richard Veit

Pianist Krassimira Jordan, Baylor University's Artist-in-Residence, will perform a solo faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 8, in Roxy Grove Hall.

Her program will open with two major works by the great German composer, Ludwig van Beethoven -- his Piano Sonata No. 25 in G major, Op. 79, and his Thirty-two Variations on an Original Theme.

The second half of the recital will consist of music by Russian composers, opening with Dmitri Shostakovich's Three Fantastic Dances, Op. 5, followed by the Two Poems, Op. 32, by Alexander Scriabin. Jordan also will perform Sergei Prokofieff's piano suite from his ballet Romeo and Juliet and the Humoresque and Basso ostinato by Rodion Shchedrin.

Jordan has established an international reputation as a concert pianist and recording artist. Born in Varna, Bulgaria, of Russian and Bulgarian parents, she studied in Sofia, Vienna and Moscow, where she was a pupil of Stanislav Neuhaus and Emil Gilels. During her years of study, she was awarded a series of prestigious international prizes, including the International Piano Competitions "Alfredo Casella" and "Alessandro Casagrande," as well as the Mozart "Clara Haskil" Prize. As a representative of Austria, Jordan was the Gold Medal winner at the Rio de Janeiro International Piano Competition.

A professor of piano for 10 years at the world-renowned Vienna Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Jordan made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1989. She joined the Baylor music faculty as professor of piano that same year.

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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