Acclaimed Pianist Martino Tirimo is Featured Performer in Park University International Guest Artist Series Concert on April 21

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

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Martino TirimoPark University’s International Center for Music will host world-renowned pianist Martino Tirimo as part of the ICM’s International Guest Artist Series on Friday, April 21. Tirimo’s concert will be held at the 1900 Building, 1900 Shawnee Mission Parkway in Mission Woods, Kan., starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for this concert are $20 and can be purchased at

The concert is scheduled to include the following performances:
          •  “Sonata in D Major, D. 850,” composed by Franz Schubert
          •  “Fantasy in F Minor, Op. 49,” composed by Frédéric Chopin
          •  “Three Mazurkas, Op. 30,” composed by Chopin
          •  “Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52,” composed by Chopin

Tirimo’s playing is often compared to that of pianists such as Claudio Arrau, Arthur Rubinstein and Artur Schnabel. Born into a musical family in Cyprus, he began piano and violin lessons with his father, a conductor and violinist. He gave his first concert at the age of 6, performed Joseph Haydn’s “Concerto in D” at 8 and when just 12-years-old, he conducted seven complete performances of Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata.” At the age of 13, Tirimo and his family moved to London where he continued his education. At 16, Tirimo won the Franz Liszt Scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with the highest honors, after which he completed his studies in Vienna. In 1971 and 1972, victories at international piano competitions in Munich and Geneva launched his international career.

His repertoire is enormous, including 80 concertos. Among Tirimo’s more than 50 recordings are the two Chopin concertos with the Philharmonia, the two Johannes Brahms concertos with the London Philharmonic and a CD of Sergei Rachmaninov’s “Concerto No. 2” and “Paganini Rhapsody” with the Philharmonia, for which he received a Gold Disc in 1994. Tirimo is particularly renowned for his Schubert interpretations, and in 1975, he became the first pianist to perform a complete cycle of the 21 sonatas in public, with his own completions to the unfinished movements.

The ICM’s 2016-17 concert season will conclude on Sunday, April 30, with a concert by ICM Orchestra starting at 4 p.m. in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University’s Parkville Campus. The concert will include a performance of Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Piano Concerto No. 1” (“Concerto in C Minor for Piano, Trumpet and String Orchestra”), featuring pianist and ICM artist-in-residence Behzod Abduraimov, and Keith Benjamin on trumpet. Admission to this concert is free.