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Master Class with RICHARD CIONCO, pianist at UC Irvine

Date: Friday, 10/05/2012 – 1:00pm
Venue: Winifred Smith Hall (WSH)
Event Type: Master Class

Praised by the New York Times for his “sensitive pianism,” pianist Richard Cionco has performed in recital and as concerto soloist in
apan, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic,
lovakia, Denmark, Canada, and throughout the U.S.

A Steinway Artist since 1997, Mr. Cionco is a graduate of the University of Maryland and The Juilliard School where he studied with Thomas Schumacher, Rudolf Firkusny, and Audrey Bart Brown.

During 2012-13, Richard Cionco celebrates his 20th year as Professor of Piano at California State University, Sacramento where he teaches, performs, and composes. He also teaches each summer in Italy at the Orfeo International Music Festival and in Germany at the Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival.

His performances of Liszt’s complete Transcendental Etudes have brought rave reviews, most notably from the Washington Post. And his first solo CD recording, Latin American Music for Solo Piano, received rave reviews, the American Record Guide calling it “sultry and sexy”, and his live recording from Japan of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3 has received international notoriety. He has also recorded solo and chamber music by Daniel Kingman for Innova Records.

Important performances include those at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall and Steinway Hall, as well as The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., the Chicago Cultural Center, the American Liszt Society Festival in Dallas, and at the Mondavi Center for the Arts in Northern California.

Mr. Cionco has just released a new solo CD recording of late piano music by Beethoven, and appears on a new CD by composer/pianist Sunny Knable titled American Variations, both on the Centaur label.

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