Pianist Assaff Weisman will be in residence at the University of South Dakota from Feb. 26 through the 28. All events are free and open to the public.
Mr. Weisman, the 2006 Iowa International Piano Competition winner, will perform a recital of works by Haydn, Brahms and Schumann on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in Colton Recital Hall of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. On Friday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m., University of South Dakota piano students will perform for Mr. Weisman in a master class in Colton Recital Hall.
Mr. Weisman's appearance is in conjunction with the Sixteenth Annual Genevieve Truran Piano Competition for Grades 8-12. On Saturday, Feb. 27 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Colton Recital Hall, more than 20 young pianists will compete for cash prizes. Mr. Weisman will serve as adjudicator of this event. The competition is named for Genevieve Truran who taught piano at USD on a full-time basis for forty-seven years. The Genevieve and John Truran Endowed Fund supports the competition as well as other University of South Dakota keyboard activities.
Assaff Weisman has been captivating audiences with his intensity, lyricism and communicative style since his solo debut at the age of 12. The Greenville News observed "this piano virtuoso has facile fingers that toss off daredevil passages with ease and a mind for music that is as nimble as his fingers."
As first prize winner in the 2006 Iowa International Piano Competition he has appeared as soloist with the Sioux City Symphony, American Chamber Orchestra, Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra, Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra as well as the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional of Peru.
Mr. Weisman's performances have taken him to some of the major venues in Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. These include appearances at the Rudolfinum in Prague, Beethovenhalle in Bonn, Philips Hall in The Hague, the Millennium Piano Festival in Spain as well as in Italy, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.
Making his home in New York City, Mr. Weisman can often be heard in such local venues as Alice Tully Hall, Bargemusic, St. Paul's Chapel, Trinity Church and Rockefeller University. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School where he studied with Herbert Stessin and where he now is a member of the Evening Division piano faculty. Prior to his studies in New York Mr. Weisman studied with Professor Victor Derevianko in Israel and was supported by scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.
For further information call the USD music department at 605-677-5274.