Monday, January 30, 2012

StetsonU’s Kroumovitch, Rickman to perform Faculty Recital on Feb. 5

Violinist Routa Kroumovitch and pianist Michael Rickman, both critically acclaimed professors in the Stetson University School of Music, will give a Faculty Recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, in Lee Chapel of Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand.
The concert will include works by Mozart, Gabriel FaurĂ©, Beethoven and the Concert Fantasy on Themes from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess by composer Igor Frolov.
Kroumovitch studied at the prestigious Latvian Music School. She toured and recorded on radio and television throughout the former USSR. She was a student of David Oistrach at the Moscow Conservatory and completed her formal studies at the Universidad de Chile. She was a first violinist of the Santiago Chamber Orchestra, concertmaster of the Chilean Philharmonic Orchestra, and concertmaster of the Chilean Symphony Orchestra. She received the Critic’s Award for the best solo performance in Santiago, Chile, and a Fulbright Award.
She continues to tour all over the world, and her master classes in Australia, China, Korea, Japan, Israel, and Europe are in high demand. She represents the United States as a judge in international violin competitions. She has been the concertmaster of numerous orchestras, and is currently the concertmaster of the Bach Festival Orchestra in Orlando. She is a regular guest at festivals such as Grand Teton, the Florida International Festival, Frutillar Music Festival in Chile, Schlern International Music Festival, Orfeo Music Festival, and The Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival.
Rickman was honored in 2010 when Steinway & Sons added him a new member of its prestigious roster of Steinway Artists. A highly sought-after performer and teacher, Rickman has served on the faculty at Stetson since 1983. He has performed in cultural centers around the world – Wagnersaal in Riga, Latvia; Alice Tully, Bruno Walter and Carnegie halls in New York; Frutillar International Music Festival, Chile; as well as Miami, Palm Beach, Philadelphia, Louisville, Kansas City, Sacramento, Toronto, London, Paris and Frankfurt.
Rickman has won the university’s Homer and Dolly Hand Award for Creative Activity and Research and the William Hugh McEniry Award for Excellence in Teaching. He also was a visiting professor at Stetson’s sister institution, the Paedogogische Hochschule in Freiburg, Germany, and in summer 2007, joined the artist faculty of the prestigious Schlern/Orfeo International Music Festival in Italy as a performer and teacher. He earned his undergraduate degree and performer’s certificate from Mars Hill College and a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas.
Admission to the Faculty Recital is $10 general public; $8 senior citizens; and $5 area students. For more information: Concert Line (386) 822-8947; School of Music at (386) 822-8950; www.stetson.edu/music.

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