Pianist Jan Jiracek von Arnim to Perform Recital at Park University

Thursday, January 28, 2016

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Jan Jiracek von ArnimThe third concert in the Park University International Center for Music’s 2015-16 season will feature pianist Jan Jiracek von Arnim performing a piano recital on Saturday, Feb. 13. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University’s Parkville Campus.

Jiracek is scheduled to perform the following selections:
          •  “Chaconne” from “Partita No. 2 in D minor,” written by Johann Sebastian Bach and transcribed for piano by Ferruccio Busoni
          • “Fantasie in C major, op. 15 (D 760)” (also known as the “Wanderer Fantasy”), by Franz Schubert
          • “Liebestod” by Franz Liszt, from the 1859 opera Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner
          • “Ballade No. 2 in B minor, S. 171” by Liszt

Born into a family of musicians, Jiracek von Arnim was described by BBC Music Magazine as one of the leading pianists of his generation. He won first prize at the Steinway Competition in Hamburg, Germany, at age 10, and made his formal debut the following year in his hometown of Hannover, Germany, performing a piano concerto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. He has since performed extensively throughout Europe.

A top prize winner at the Busoni Competition (Italy) and Maria Canals Competition (Spain), Jiracek von Arnim advanced to the finals of the 10th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1997. Following his success at the Cliburn Competition, Jiracek von Arnim was invited to join the roster of Community Concerts, resulting in more than 80 performances throughout the U.S.

A graduate of the Berlin University of the Arts, Jiracek von Arnim was appointed professor for piano at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria, in 2001, making him the youngest tenured professor in the history of the school. He is also the artistic director of the International Beethoven Piano Competition, Vienna, and chair of the competition’s jury. In 2012, Jiracek von Arnim received an honorary professorship from the China Conservatory of Music, Beijing. Read more about Jiracek von Arnim at www.jiracek.com/bio.html.

Individual tickets for the concert are $10 and can be purchased at the door or at www.park.edu/concert. Park University students, faculty and staff with Park ID are admitted free. Jiracek von Arnim will also hold master classes in the Chapel on both Thursday and Friday, Feb. 11-12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The master classes are open to the public and admission is free.

The next concert on the ICM’s 2015-16 season schedule is a recital billed as “An Evening of Chamber Music” featuring the ICM’s faculty. The concert is set for Saturday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel.

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.