World-Renowned Israeli Violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi to Open Park University’s International Center for Music 10th Concert Season

Friday, September 13, 2013

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Sept. 13, 2013 — Park University’s International Center for Music will open its 10th anniversary concert season series with world-renowned Israeli violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University’s Parkville Campus.

Called a “genuine talent and profoundly gifted” by The Vienna Express, Ashkenasi will be joined by ICM faculty in performances of Dvořák’s “Romantic Pieces,” Moszkowski’s “Suite for Two Violins and Piano” and Mendelssohn’s “String Quintet No. 2.”

Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Ashkenasi attended the Musical Academy of Tel Aviv prior to coming to the United States on a scholarship to study with Efrem Zimbalist at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He has been on the faculty at the Curtis Institute since 2007. Ashkenasi won the Meriweather Post Competition, was a finalist in Belgium’s Queen Elisabeth competition and received second prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. He is first violinist of the famed Vermeer Quartet, gaining a reputation as one of the world’s outstanding chamber musicians.

Tickets for the concert are — general admission: $15 in advance, $20 at the door; senior citizens age 60 and older: $10; students with a valid student ID: $5; Park University students, faculty, staff and their children age 12 and under: free. To purchase tickets in advance, visit

In addition to the concert, a master class with Ashkenasi will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 25, starting at 4 p.m. in the Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel. The class is free and open to the public.

The ICM’s 2013-14 concert season will continue with the Kansas City area debut of acclaimed Spanish pianist Luis Fernando Perez on Saturday, Nov. 16. Perez, “among the most individual and gifted pianists of today’s generation” according to Gramophone magazine, is scheduled to present a program of compositions by Granados and Albéniz.

Please note: Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel has restricted physical access. Park University wants to make available to everyone access to all programs and activities conducted in this building. Requests for physical access accommodations should be addressed in a timely manner to Park University’s Office of Campus Safety at (816) 584-6444. Park University will make all reasonable modifications to ensure that individuals with physical challenges have an equal opportunity to enjoy all programs and activities.

The International Center for Music at Park University trains and educates the next generation of accomplished musicians for careers in music at the highest level, in a focused and creative atmosphere with an international faculty of renowned excellence. Established in 2003 under the guidance of renowned pianist and gold medalist of the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Stanislav Ioudenitch, the ICM is a premier institution for advanced study in piano and string performance. For more information about the International Center for Music, contact ICM Director Ingrid Stölzel, D.M.A., at or (816) 584-6484, or visit

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