USD Music Department to host Russian duo The Department of Music at The University of South Dakota presents Russian tenor Alexander Dedik in recital accompanied by Anastasia Dedik, piano, on Monday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. The recital will take place in Colton Recital Hall in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on the USD campus and is free and open to the public. Mr. Dedik will also present a voice master class for USD vocal students on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 10 a.m. to noon. This event will also be in Colton Recital Hall and is open to the public. Famed dramatic tenor, Alexander Dedik, was born and raised in the former Soviet Union. He graduated from the Novosibirsk Glinka Conservatory in 1970 and then entered the Tchaikovsky competition and was one of the prize winners. This propelled him into the national limelight where he quickly rose, becoming a regular leading performer at the internationally famous opera house, The Mariinsky Theatre. During this time, he sang many roles, including the Italian repertoireâ�?�?s most dramatic part, Otello, which garnered him an international reputation that follows him to this day. He has performed leading roles internationally at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Covent Garden in London, England, The Hamburg Opera in Hamburg, Germany, Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona, Spain, the Bolshoi theatre in Moscow, Russia and many others. His repertoire consists of 42 leading roles, including Lohengrin from Lohengrin by Wagner, Otello from Otello and Radames from A�?¯da by Verdi, Calaf from Turandot and Des Grieux from Manon Lescaut by Puccini, Hermann from Pique Dame and Lensky from Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky and Hoffmann from Les Contes Dâ�?�?Hoffmann by Offenbach. Alexander Dedik has received highest awards for artistic and musical achievement, namely the Peopleâ�?�?s Artist of Russia in 1983 (awarded by then President Mikhail Gorbachev), the Peopleâ�?�?s Artist of Byelorussia in 1979 and the Honored Art Worker of Poland in 1978. He has performed with some of the worldâ�?�?s most recognized singers and conductors including Valery Gergiev, Olga Borodina and many others. Alexander Dedik often performs with his wife, pianist Tatiana Dedik. The duo has performed concerts together in over 20 countries including the USA, throughout Europe, Israel, China, Egypt, Peru and Scandinavia. Mr. Dedik will be accompanied by his daughter, Anastasia Dedik, for his Vermillion recital. She studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory where she earned a bachelor of music and a master of music degree in 2004. In 2006, Ms. Dedik earned an artist diploma at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, following studies on a full talent scholarship with Professor of Piano Sedmara Z. Rutstein. She has participated in the master classes and studied with Yoheved Kaplinsky, Natalia Trull, Andrey Diev, Lev Naumov, Vladimir Krainev, Edith Fisher, Russell Sherman, Vladimir Viardo and Mario Delli Ponti. She is currently studying at Juilliard, pursuing a performance diploma under the tutelage of professors Matti Raekallio and Yoheved Kaplinsky. Ms. Dedik has won top prizes in numerous international piano competitions. Her first prize awards include those from the Frederic Chopin Piano Competition (St. Petersburg, Russia, 2000); the Maria Judina International Piano Competition (St. Petersburg, Russia, 2002); the Oberlin Concerto Competition (Oberlin, OH, 2004); the Russian International Piano Competition (San Jose, CA, 2005); the Lee Biennial Piano Competition (Sioux Falls, 2006); the Rovero dâ�?�?Oro International Piano Competition (San Bartolomeo, Italy, 2006); and the Buono and Bradshaw International Piano Competition (New York, NY, 2007). Ms. Dedik has performed as soloist with orchestras in Russia, Germany, Italy, Greece, Slovakia, Poland, Finland, Estonia, Holland and the United States. Her 2007-08 concert season included a performance at Carnegie Hall (as part of her first prize award at the Buono and Bradshaw competition) and other venues throughout the U.S. as well as concerts in Italy, Germany and Russia. She participated in the Van Cliburn Piano Festival in Fort Worth, TX in June 2007. Ms. Dedik appeared at USD last year as the 2007 Rawlins Series fall artist. She played a solo piano recital and conducted a master class for USD piano students. Anastasia is also the pianist of The Prima Trio, which includes violinist Farhad Hudiyev and clarinetist Boris Allakhverdyan. Formed in 2004 at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, The Prima Trio won the grand prize and gold medal in the prestigious 2007 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.