Pianist, Pierce Emata, Performs at SUU

Published: April 07, 2022 | Author: Ashley H Palmer | Read Time: 3 minutes

Pierce Emata, Pianist***Concert Canceled***

The Department of Music at Southern Utah University will host guest pianist, Pierce Emata, on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. in the Thorley Recital Hall. This concert is free and open to the public.

Dr. Christian Bohnenstengel, Director of Piano Studies at SUU, states, “We are delighted to have pianist Pierce Emata return for a recital and a masterclass. He is a wonderful pianist and has recently been added to an international roster of Blüthner piano concert artists. It will be a privilege for our students to learn from a pianist of his caliber and to see him realize the concepts he teaches in concert.”

With his Bachelor and Master degrees from Indiana University, Emata coached with international concert pianists Alfonso Montecino, John Ogdon, and Gyorgy Sebok. He has also coached with Istvan Nadas, as well as John Simms of the University of Iowa. Emata is currently living in Las Vegas. Mr. Emata has also been on the summer piano faculty at the internationally renowned Interlochen Center for the Arts, which brings together 2700 students from 50 countries annually, where he teaches master classes and private lessons to gifted students. 

Pierce Emata, pianist residing in Las Vegas, Nevada, shares, “I endeavor to provide an eclectic range of programming for both the general as well as the academic community. For this program, I also include a little-performed work by the Spanish composer Manuel de Falla as well as a transcription by the famous jazz pianist, Bill Evans.”

Emata has appeared in many solo and orchestral concert series, such as the Dame Myra Hess nationally broadcast concerts in Chicago. His popular series of informal commentary concerts, trademarked and titled Concerts & Conversation, has been widely presented throughout the midwestern and western United States, with broadcasts on NPR affiliates in various states. He has been awarded artist grants and fellowships from the Indiana, South Dakota and Nevada arts councils in recognition for his work in concertizing, recording, advanced teaching, and composition. He has served on national grant committees for the Music Teachers National Association, as well as performance grant committees for the Indiana Arts Commission.

Relish in the sound of concert piano music with Pierce Emata on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. For more information about arts events at SUU, please visit www.suu.edu/arts.

About the College of Performing and Visual Arts

The College of Performing and Visual Arts (CPVA) at Southern Utah University comprises 26 academic programs including liberal arts (BA/BS) and professional (BFA, BM, BMEd) degrees in art, design, dance, music, and theatre. It includes graduate programs in the fields of arts administration (MFA, MA), music education (MME), and music technology (MM). More than 60 full-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring over 900 majors in the College. CPVA presents over 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions each year and is affiliated with the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA), Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the Center for Shakespeare Studies. Southern Utah University is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD), National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) making SUU the first public university in the state of Utah to be accredited by all four associations. For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, visit www.suu.edu/pva.

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