Mount Union to Host Masterclass, Guest Artist

January 15, 2013

ALLIANCE, Ohio — Dr. Ryan Behan will teach a masterclass and perform as a guest artist at the University of Mount Union on Wednesday, January 30 in Presser Recital Hall.

Behan will teach a piano masterclass at 4 p.m., followed by a piano performance at 7:30 p.m.

Behan, adjunct faculty pianist at The Ohio State University, has won acclaim from audiences in Europe and the United States as a soloist and collaborative pianist. In recent years he has presented bicentennial celebration concerts devoted to the solo, chamber music and vocal literature of Franz Liszt, Frederic Chopin and Robert Schumann and as a strong proponent of new music he has premiered numerous compositions, with performances of the solo piano works of Alexander Müllenbach and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Joseph Schwantner at the Contemporary Music Festival in Columbus.  

A winner in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Behan has served as a collaborative pianist for the Mozarteum International Sommerakademie in Salzburg and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. He also performs regularly with members of the Columbus Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic and Indianapolis Symphony, with performances broadcast on BBC Radio and NPR.

Presser Recital Hall is located in Cope Music Hall on the corner of Simpson Street and Union Avenue. The masterclass and recital are both free and open to the public. For more information, contact Mount Union’s Department of Music at (330) 823-2180.

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