February 15, 2017

Jessica Pope
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator

Liza Stepanova Performs Feb. 19 at VSU

Liza Stepanova

VALDOSTA — The Valdosta State University Department of Music will present Liza Stepanova live in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19, in Whitehead Auditorium. Admission is free of charge and open to all faculty, staff, students, alumni, retirees, and friends of the university.

A piano player praised by The New York Times for her “thoughtful musicality” and “fleet-fingered panache,” Stepanova is in demand as a soloist, collaborator, and educator. Her program lineup features music by Robert Schumann, J.S. Bach, Fanny Hensel, Claude Debussy, György Ligeti, and George Crumb.  

Stepanova has performed extensively in the United States and Europe and was a top prizewinner at the Liszt-Garrison, Juilliard Concerto, Steinway, and Ettlingen competitions. As a member of the Lysander Piano Trio, she won the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Competition and received the Grand Prize at the 2011 Coleman Competition.

A member of the faculty of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia since the 2015-2016 academic year, Stepanova earned a Doctor of Musical Arts from The Juilliard School with a Richard F. French Award for an outstanding dissertation. She is also a graduate of the Hanns Eisler Academy in Berlin, Germany. She previously taught at The Juilliard School and Smith College. Since 2010, she has been on the faculty at SongFest at The Colburn School in Los Angeles and also served as the festival’s associate artistic director and Piano Program director for two years.

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