Cellist in Hudson Hall Sept. 19th

Cellist Marek Szpakiewicz, winner of the 16th Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition, will perform Sunday, Sept.19, at 7 p.m. in Hudson Hall at Willamette University.

Sponsored by the Phi Lambda chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon, International Professional Music Fraternity, the recital will include works by Beethoven, Popper, Brahms and Piazzolla. Szpakiewicz will be accompanied by Jennifer Garrett.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Proceeds will benefit the fraternity's numerous projects and philanthropic efforts throughout Salem.

Szpakiewicz, born in Lubin, Poland, gained recognition in America when he won the Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition in August 2003. He was also a finalist in 1996 in both the Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition in Zabreb, Croatia, and the Tansman International Competition in Lodz, Poland. His work as a soloist with various orchestras in Europe and in the United States has drawn praise from critics who have described him as "a gifted player, with expansive vision and immense authority, and no technical limitation."

Szpakiewicz has won awards at the National Cello Competition in Elblag and the Governor's Scholarship Prize in Poland. In 1991, he became a scholarship student of Professor Steven Kates at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore. The following year he was awarded the Gabor Rejto Fellowship to study at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. In subsequent years, he won a scholarship to study at the Piatigorsky Seminar in Los Angeles, where he worked with Nathaniel Rosen and Zera Nelsova.

As a winner of the Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition, Szpakiewicz was awarded a two-year contract of nationwide concerts with management. He will perform with various orchestras in the United States under renowned conductors, in addition to solo and duo recitals. He started his concert tour at the University of Southern California in October 2003.

Szpakiewicz will hold a free workshop for community cello students on Saturday, Sept.18, at 1:30 p.m. in Rogers Rehearsal Hall on the Willamette campus.

For more information, contact the Willamette Music Department at 503-370-6255.