The Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series will commence on February 16, 2011 with prize-winning pianist, Ilya Itin who will perform Beethoven's last piano sonata, Op. 111, followed by Rachmaninoff Preludes on the concert's second half. Itin's residency also includes a lecture and a master class for pianists. The Series will continue on April 27 with a performance by the Imani Wind Quintet. The Imanis' residency at Willamette will include a master class and a student composers' score reading session. All events are in Hudson Hall, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center, Willamette University.
Ilya Itin has been a much lauded soloist on tours throughout the capitals of Europe, Asia, South America, and the United States. The 2009-2010 season has included sold-out recitals including appearances at the Mariinsky Theater (St. Petersburg), the Miami International Piano Festival, with the Jupiter Chamber Players (New York), and at Princeton University, where he has been a featured artist at the Golandsky Institute, giving master classes, teaching, and performing. Born in Ekatarinburg, Russia, Itin was awarded top honors in the William Kapell Competition, First Prize in the Casadeus Competition and in 1996, the Gold Medal and all top prizes at the Leeds International Piano Competition.
The Imani Winds has established itself as one of the most successful chamber music ensembles in the United States. Since 1997, the Grammy nominated quintet has taken a unique path, carving out a distinct presence in the classical music world with its dynamic playing, culturally poignant programming, genre-blurring collaborations, and inspirational outreach programs. With two member composers and a deep commitment to commissioning new work, the group is enriching the traditional wind quintet repertoire while meaningfully bridging European, American, African and Latin American traditions.
The group is in the midst of its Legacy Commissioning Project, an ambitious five-year endeavor to commission, premier and tour ten new works for woodwind quintet written by established and emerging composers of diverse musical backgrounds from around the globe.
For more information call the Willamette Music Department at (503) 370-6255.