Release Date: March 3, 2008
Kennesaw State presents guest recital and master class by pianist Jason Kwak
Contact: Cheryl Anderson Brown, Assistant Director of Public Relations, 770-499-3417 or firstname.lastname@example.org
KENNESAW, Ga.—The Department of Music at Kennesaw State University will present a guest recital by pianist Jason Kwak on March 13 at 8 p.m. in the concert hall of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey and Family Performance Center. Kwak will perform a variety of pieces. Selections include Franz Schubert’s Sonata in A Minor, Op.143, and Franz Liszt’s Sonetto 123 del Tetrarca. He will also present a public master class at 5 p.m. on March 14 in the concert hall.
Kennesaw State’s Professor of Piano David Watkins has known Kwak for a very long time. In fact, Kwak made his first performance on the KSU campus at the age of 9 as a student of Watkins.
“Kwak is a fine example for our students of an outstanding professional pianist who is active, not only as a teacher and performer, but who also gives back time and expertise to the professional music community by his involvement in professional organizations dedicated to promoting music in our schools and in our lives,” Watkins says.
Jason Kwak was born in Seoul, South Korea but grew up in Atlanta. He began his piano studies at the age of four and received his degrees in piano performance from Eastman School of Music and The University of Texas at Austin. Kwak’s career includes several piano competition awards from the Atlanta Steinway Society, Southern Keyboard Competition, the Atlanta Music Club, and the Peter Petroff Piano Competition. Kwak has given solo performances in outstanding venues including the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. Furthermore, he has collaborated with notable artists including mezzo-soprano Shin Ja Kim, pianists José Feghali and Nikolai Petrov, and violinist Vincent Fritelli. Currently, Kwak is an assistant professor of piano at Texas A&M University-Kingsville where he received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2003.
The recital and the master class are both free and open to the public. For more information, call the box office at 770-423-6650.
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Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population exceeding 20,000 from 132 countries. The third largest state university out of 35 institutions in the University System of Georgia, KSU offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts programs.