World-Renowned Pianist To Perform

World-Renowned Pianist To Perform Critics around the world have hailed Slovenian pianist Marina Horak’s performances as “lyrical romanticism translated into noble poetry of the keyboard” and called her “an exemplary musical talent having achieved a standard that takes the audience's breath away.” This acclaimed performer comes to Rowan University for a free recital on Thursday, February 17, 2006 at 8:00 p.m. in Boyd Recital Hall.

Her performance will feature Wolfgang A. Mozart’s Sonata KV 330 C dur; Janez Maticic’s Miniature Variations (1957); Lucijan M. Skerjanc’s Sonata (1956); Claude Debussy’s Préludes; and César Franck’s Prélude, choral et fugue.

Horak was born into a distinguished musical family and showed herself to be a gifted musician in her own right from the very beginning. She began her studies at age seven, and made her debut with orchestra at age nine, premiering a work written specially for her by Pavel Šivic. Her studies took her to Munich, Paris and London before she embarked on an acclaimed career. She has been honored with prizes at the International Competition "Claude Debussy" (St.Germain-en-Laye, France), the National Yugoslav Competition of Young Artists (Zagreb, now Croatia), the International competition "G.B.Viotti" (Vercelli, Italy) and the International Competition for Contemporary Music (La Rochelle, France). She has performed in recital, as a soloist with orchestra, in piano duo and in chamber music settings all over Slovenia and the former Yugoslavia as well as touring throughout Europe, Australia, Asia, India and the United States. Horak’s recordings include a miniature harpsichord recital of Bach, Händel, Couperin and Mozart; Robert Schumann’s Papillons, Nachtstücke and Kreisleriana; Slovene Piano Sonatas by Škerjanc, Lipovšek, Šivic and Maticic; and “The Unknown Chopin” featuring Sonata Op. 4 and Polish Songs Op. 74 with soprano Pija Brodnik.

Boyd Recital Hall is located in Wilson Hall on the campus of Rowan University in Glassboro. Admission to this concert is free and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For directions and information, call 856-256-4545 or visit www.rowan.edu.

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