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World-renowned concert pianist to play at UALR

Submitted by Melissa Ibbotson on February 23, 2011 – 4:37 pmNo Comment

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Sarkis Baltaian, world-renowned concert pianist and multi-award winner, will perform a solo recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall. Admission is free.

The program will include Vallee d’Obermann by Liszt, Beethoven’s “Moonlight” sonata, Klavierstucke Op. 119 by Brahms, as well as a piece by Bulgarian composer Pancho Vladigerov.

According to, Baltaian began studying piano at the age of four, at the “Dobrin Petkov” Music High School for gifted students in his native Bulgaria. He received his doctorate of music at the University of Southern California, and made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1999.

He has traveled all over the world doing concerts and solo performances, appearing in the Aspen International Music Festival, Holland Music Sessions, Bad Bertrich Klaviersommer, Pan Pacific Music Festival, Mammoth Lakes Music Festival, and Plovdiv International Chamber Music Festival. He has been featured on NBC and NPR, as well as other television and radio stations.

Baltaian is currently an assistant professor of music at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and has previously taught at the University of Southern California and California State University.

For more information about the concert, contact the UALR music department at 501-569-3294.

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