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Hailed as “the new Clara Schumann,” American pianist Katie Mahan is capturing the attention of audiences throughout the world for her profound artistry, depth of musical understanding, and stunning performances. She possesses an unquestioned technical mastery combined with a kaleidoscopic palate of tone colors, and has been recognized as “a daring and innovative performer” and as “one of the most outstanding talents coming up today.” A multi-faceted artist for whom music is an endless passion, she is at ease playing a wide repertoire ranging from Bach to Gershwin.

Katie joins Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra for the season opening concerts on September 28 and 29, to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto #3 in c minor. MSCO’s theme for the season is “The Matter of Music,” and “Fabric” is the Matter for the season opener. More than any composer, Beethoven is known for his painstaking and meticulous work, intricately weaving the notes of his scores together like a velvet tapestry. This will be the first time Katie has performed this concerto in public.

 

She has appeared as recitalist or soloist with orchestra throughout the USA, Europe, Canada, the Middle East, Russia and Japan.  Katie has performed with such celebrated conductors as Jiri Belohlavek, Marin Alsop (who described her as a pianist “in the style of Clara Schumann,”), Grant Cooper, and Robert Lehrbaumer, and in such famous halls as the Konzerthaus in Berlin and the Smetana Hall in Prague.

Katie is a Steinway artist and was recently awarded the prestigious 2008 Classical Superstar Award by the Berliner Salon, a Berlin-based foundation dedicated to discovering and furthering the careers of young and gifted individuals in the arts and sciences both in Germany and abroad.  She has recorded four independently released CDs featuring highly imaginative and diverse repertoire, including “Rêverie” an all-Debussy album, “Liebestod” containing works of Chopin and Liszt, a recital program of Brahms, Rachmaninov, and Prokofiev, and “Fantasy” containing works of Schumann and Schubert. Later this year she will release a new album of music by Debussy and Gershwin, as well as a highly anticipated all-Beethoven album which will be produced in Germany.

 

Katie’s life has always been filled with music, and at the age of four she decided that she wanted to be a concert pianist. She subsequently began piano studies with her mother, Bobette Mahan, and gave her first solo recital two years later at the age of six. Katie studied with the celebrated French pianist, Pascal Rogé – who traces his musical heritage directly back to the great French tradition of Debussy and Ravel – emphasizing the music of Claude Debussy and Johannes Brahms.  Katie was a protégé of the late Howard Waltz, himself a pupil of the legendary French pianist Robert Casadesus, and has participated in master classes by such musicians as Lang Lang, Simon Trpceski, and Michel Béroff.  She received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance Degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder where she was a full-tuition scholarship student of Robert Spillman, and graduated with highest honors.  She has also studied with pianist-conductors Daniel Lipton in Germany and Robert Ward in Austria.

 

For further information on Katie, please visit her website, www.katiemahan.com. MSCO is an Augustana Arts ensemble. To purchase tickets for this performance with MSCO, click the Buy Now button below. You will be directed to the correct page on Augustana Arts’ site to purchase tickets.

 

All ticket purchases are conducted on our parent organization’s website, Augustanaarts.com

 

Friday • September 28, 2012 • 7:30p

Colorado Christian University • Lakewood

Saturday • September 29, 2012 • 7:30p

Augustana Lutheran Church • Denver