Md. Piano Olympics to test students' keyboard prowess

June 10, 1994|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,Special to The Sun

The Olympics are coming to South County.

Tomorrow and Sunday, Christ Church in West River will be the site of Maryland's first Piano Olympics.

Some 50 youngsters from across the state, ages 7 to 19, have registered to attend a series of lessons, lectures, demonstrations, master classes and performances that will be presided over by Getha Klejnot and Judith Ann Ferencze, two Maryland piano teachers.

The star soloist-in-residence will be Alexander Peskanov, the fiery concert pianist who has performed with the National Symphony under Mstislav Rostropovich as well as with the London Philharmonic, the English Chamber Orchestra and other international ensembles.

Piano Olympics is not so much a competition as it is an opportunity for young pianists to measure the progress of their musical skills. In small groups, teachers will offer constructive criticism in such areas as concentration, rhythm, tone quality, articulating and fingering.

Students gain a sense of companionship and teamwork as they perform for each other and listen to their teachers perform for them.

Getha Klejnot is delighted to have an artist of Mr. Peskanov's caliber available to her students. "It's unusual for a concert pianist to want to work to work with kids," she says. "We're very appreciative of his efforts."

To sign up Olympians of the keyboard, call 757-6485 for information on rules and fees.

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