Friday, June 4, 2010

Michael Stewart

Michael, age 20, is from West Valley City, Utah. His Solo Recital will take place on Saturday, June 5 at 9:10 am:

CHOPIN Nocturne no. 8 in D–flat major, Opus 27, no. 2

FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN Étude no. 24 in C minor, Opus 25, no. 12

JOHN MUSTO Improvisation and Fugue

FRANZ LISZT Rhapsodie Espagnole, S. 254


He will give his Duo, Concerto, and Solo Recital on Monday, June 7 at 6:05 pm:

IV. Alborada del gracioso
(“The Comedian’s Aubade”)

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Sonata for violin and piano in D major, Opus 12, no. 1
I. Allegro con brio

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Concerto no. 20 in D minor, Köchel 466
I. Allegro



“I knew from a very early age that music, and especially the piano, would play a pivotal role in my life,” says Michael Stewart. “The piano gives me motivation… it provides an emotional and creative outlet… it has been a good friend…and it has taught me life skills such as being dedicated, patient, perseverant, and goal-oriented.” This has led Michael to excellence in piano and academic performance. He has been on the Dean’s List at the University of Utah since 2007, is a member of three honor societies, was valedictorian of his high school class, and has received several academic awards, including the West Valley City Mayor’s “Star of Excellence” Award.

Highlights of his piano awards include first prizes in the Utah Symphony “Salute to Youth” Auditions, the University of Utah Concerto Competition, Aloha International Piano Competition in Hawaii, and the Coeur d’Alene Symphony National Competition in Idaho. He was also a prizewinner in the Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition in Maryland, and the Snowy Range Piano Competition in Wyoming.

Michael’s goals are to complete his undergraduate studies and earn a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree that will prepare him to teach as a piano faculty member in collaboration with other faculty, and to research and write about music. He further plans to be actively engaged in improving his community by working on projects with service organizations. Michael is currently studying at the University of Utah with Susan Duehlmeier.

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