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Pianist Rieko Aizawa to Perform at Moravian

Aizawa Replaces Renee Rosnes on October 27

Bethlehem, Pa. October 20, 2005—The Piano Masters @ Moravian College Series continues with a performance by pianist Rieko Aizawa on Thursday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m. Aizawa replaces Renee Rosnes who was previously scheduled to perform on October 27. The concert will be held in Peter Hall, Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, located at the corner of Main and Church Streets in Bethlehem. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online at www.pianoculture.com or at the door. For tickets and more information, call (610) 515-1025.

Pianist Rieko Aizawa is known for her rare combination of technical mastery and musical sensitivity, earning the admiration of musicians and critics alike. While in her teens, Rieko performed at the opening concerts of Tokyo's Casals Hall, followed by her U.S. debut in concerts at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. Concerto highlights include the San Francisco Symphony under Schneider, the New Japan Philharmonic with Seiji Ozawa, the English Chamber Orchestra with Heinz Holliger, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra with Hugh Wolff, the St. Louis Symphony with David Loebel, and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. Recitals have included Seattle's Meany Hall, Houston’s Da Camera Society, Premiere Performances in St. Louis, the Caramoor Festival and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.

Her 02-03 season included her debuts on Ravinia’s Rising Stars and the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival’s series. Rieko has collaborated with the Guarneri Quartet, the Shanghai Quartet, the Orion Quartet, and numerous Musicians from Marlboro touring chamber ensembles. In 1996 Rieko received her Masters degree from Juilliard while studying with Peter Serkin, and is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she studied with Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Seymour Lipkin and Peter Serkin, and was awarded the prestigious Rachmaninoff Prize.

The Piano Masters @ Moravian College Series brings renowned pianists of many different styles to the college. Previous performers include Helio Alves and Joshua Pierce. Juan Jose Chuquisengo and Jung Lin are scheduled to appear on November 10; Benny Green and Eduardus Halim on January 26; Joel Fan on February 9; Cyrus Chestnut on March 2; Frank Kimbrough and Jenny Lin on March 30, and Nadejda Vlaeva on April 6.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the web site at www.moravian.edu.