The UTC Music Dept. presents guest artist Dr. Sarkis Baltaian, piano, on Saturday, October 17, 7:30 p.m., Roland Hayes Concert Hall, UTC Fine Arts Center. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public free of charge.
Baltaian has gained an international reputation as a concert pianist, chamber musician, recording artist and pedagogue. He has been compared to George Gershwin and Oscar Levant for his performance of Gershwin’s Concerto in F. Baltaian made his Carnegie Hall Debut in 1999 and has performed extensively both as recitalist and concerto soloist with major orchestras throughout the United States, Europe and Australia.
Baltaian began to study piano at the age of four with Rositza Ivancheva at the “Dobrin Petkov” Music High School for gifted students in his native Bulgaria. He continued his education at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles where he received the Bachelor of Music, Master’s of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees under the direction of renowned pedagogue and concert artist John Perry who describes Baltaian as “a musical talent of genius quality.”
Baltaian has won numerous national and international competitions. He has recorded for both television and radio and has appeared in live interviews on both NBC and NPR. Baltaian is in demand as clinician and regularly presents Master Classes at Universities across the United States. He is frequently invited to adjudicate for such organizations as the Music Teachers National Association, Music Teachers Association of California, Junior Bach Festival and Southwestern Youth Music Festival. He is currently on the faculty of University of Alabama at Huntsville.
His program for UTC includes the Mozart “Fantasy in C minor” (K. 475), Four Schubert Impromptus (D. 899), Brahms’ “Three Intermezzi” (Op. 117), and Schumann Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13.
For further information contact the UTC Music Dept. Office, 423-425-4601 or visit our website at http://www.utc.edu/music.