Russian Virtuoso Pianist to Perform

by Public Relations Office—Cedarville, Ohio

Cedarville, Ohio—Come hear what Beethoven couldn’t. The Cedarville University orchestra and chorus will present the “Choral Fantasy for Piano, Orchestra, and Chorus” by the famous deaf composer, Ludwig van Beethoven.

Director Jun Kim, assistant professor of music at Cedarville University, has invited six vocal soloists from Ohio University and Cedarville University to perform. Orchestra selections include Holst St. Paul Suite and Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G minor.

Polina Bespalko will star as the guest pianist. An accomplished virtuoso from Russia, she exhibits a “complex, vigorous and demanding energetic attitude at piano,” according to one Brazilian newspaper. Bespalko began her performance career at the age of 8 while studying at the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, performing several times in the Russian capital as well as neighboring cities and countries. She has been a soloist for the Moscow Philharmonia since 1996.

Bespalko made her American debut in 1998 in Cincinnati and returned to the city two years later for the 90th anniversary of Matinee Musicale, the nation’s longest running music recital series. She also performed for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

Bespalko has won awards in the Rachmaninov Piano Competition in Sicily, the World Piano Competition, and the Wideman International Piano Competition. She is currently on the piano faculty of Xavier University in Cincinnati.