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Pianist to play 1910’s music

Tribune Chronicle

Pianist Svetlana Belsky will focus on music written a century ago during a September concert at Youngstown State University.

“Into Darkness: Music Written Between 1910 and 1920” will feature works from such composers as Sergei Rachmaninoff, Claude Debussy, Ferruccio Busoni and Maurice Ravel.

Critically acclaimed as “a passionate pianist and scholar,” Belsky is a recitalist and chamber pianist noted for her rapport with audiences and stylistic versatility. She has appeared internationally in recital and as part of concert series.

Belsky plays early music with original instrument ensembles. She has received awards for her interpretation of new American music and has introduced compositions by more than a dozen living composers. She also appears regularly as a harpsichordist with the Chicago Syntagma Musicum Ensemble.

During the 2012-13 season, Belsky celebrated the centennial of Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, with performances of the rarely-heard transcription of the work for solo piano by Vladimir Leyetchkiss. She is a recipient of the 2019 American Prize in piano performance and silver medals from the Global Music Awards.

Currently the coordinator of piano studies at the University of Chicago, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music and her doctorate in performance at the Manhattan School of Music.

She will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6 in Bliss Recital Hall. Admission is free.

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