Bearcat Piano Festival organizer Awadagin Pratt.

Bearcat Piano Festival organizer Awadagin Pratt.

Celebrate the sounds of the piano during the second-annual Bearcat Piano Festival, which includes master classes, recitals, competitions and concerts from April 14-17 at CCM. Internationally renowned pianist and recording artist Ann Schein, who has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony and many other major orchestras, will lead several events including a recital and master class.Bearcat Piano Festival schedule of events*

  • April 14, 5-7 p.m. – Markus Groh master class
  • April 14, 8 p.m. – Liszt Etude Competition; Ann Schein, judge
  • April 15, 11 a.m. – Ann Schein talks piano pedagogy
  • April 15, 8 p.m. – Ann Schein recital
  • April 16, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Ann Schein master class
  • April 16, 8 p.m. – CCM Concert Orchestra with Zachary Lopes, soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy
  • April 17, 2:30 p.m. – 20/21st Century Piano Recital, including works by Joel Hoffman, Kirchner, Gubaidulina, Takemitsu, Mumford, Rorem and others.
  • April 17, 7 p.m. – Pianopalooza Benefit for Japan

The Bearcat Piano festival is directed by Awadagin Pratt, CCM associate professor of piano, whose recently released CD titled Brahms: Works for Cello and Piano debuted at number three on the Billboard Classical Charts.

*Schedule subject to change.

The CCM Concert Orchestra and Pianopalooza events take place in Corbett Auditorium. The remaining events take place in the Robert J. Werner Recital Hall.

April 16 CCM Concert Orchestra: $10 general admission, $5 non-UC students, UC students free.
April 17 Pianopalooza Benefit for Japan: $15 general admission, $10 non-UC students, UC students free.
The remaining Bearcat Festival events are free.

For tickets or more information
CCM Box Office: 513-556-4183 or

About Ann Schein
“Thank heaven for Ann Schein…what a relief it is to hear a pianist who, with no muss or fuss, simply reaches right into the heart of whatever she is playing – and creates music so powerful you cannot tear yourself away.” – The Washington Post

From her first recordings for Kapp Records and her highly acclaimed Carnegie Hall recital debut as an artist on the Sol Hurok roster, Ann Schein’s amazing career has earned her high praise in major American and European cities and in more than 50 countries. She has performed with conductors including George Szell, James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, James dePreist, David Zinman, Stanislaw Skrowacewski and Sir Colin Davis, and with major orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony, the Washington National Symphony, the London Philharmonic, the London Symphony, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. She performed at the White House during the Kennedy administration.

From 1980 to 2000, she was on the piano faculty of the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. She has been an artist-faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School since 1984. She taught at Indiana University as visiting professor throughout the 2008-09 school year. From 2007 to 2010, she served on the jury of the Irving S. Gilmore Keyboard Festival, culminating in the naming of Kirill Gerstein as winner of the prestigious 2010 Gilmore Artist Award.

CCM is proud to be an “All-Steinway” school.

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