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Del Mar College Cultural Programs Series `Begins 2022-2023 Season with Piano Recital on Oct. 7 with International Artist Enrique Graf

Guest pianist also giving masterclass on Saturday, Oct. 8; public welcome to attend both free events

Article by Melinda Eddleman

The New York Times described one of his appearances as “a triumph, in all respects,” and The Washington Post has called him on different occasions “memorable, elegant, masterful and refined.” The Del Mar College (DMC) Music Department and DMC Cultural Programs Committee have teamed up to present international pianist Enrique Graf on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7-8, for two musical events that bring his artistry to Corpus Christi.

During his two-day visit, Graf will perform a free recital on Friday, Oct. 7, featuring works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Eduardo Fabini and Hector Tosar, along with the monumental Sonata by Franz Liszt. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.

For the curious interested in how Graf “masters his craft” or for those wanting to expand their own piano-playing techniques, the guest artist will give a free two-hour masterclass from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Oct. 8.

Both music events are open to the public and are scheduled in Wolfe Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Music Building on the College’s Heritage Campus, 101 Baldwin Blvd. (78404), get directions and online campus map. For more information, contact DMC Professor of Piano Dr. David Sutanto at 361-698-1614 or dsutanto@delmar.edu or the DMC Music Office at 361-698-1214.

Pianist Enrique Graf with hands on piano keys

The Uruguayan-born pianist gained international attention when he won the First Prize during the William Kapell International Piano Competition in 1978. As a soloist, Graf has performed with numerous orchestras across the United States as well as around the world––including in Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Russia, Chile, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Peru, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia. His U.S. performances have included those in the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

Graf taught for 14 years at the Peabody Preparatory at Johns Hopkins University and became Chairman of the Piano Department as well as received the Director’s Award for Outstanding Teaching. Additionally, he created an outstanding piano program at the College of Charleston where he was awarded the Distinguished Research Award and named University Artist in Residence. Graf was also Artist Lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University and taught at the Charleston Academy of Music.

Learn more about the artist on his official website atenriquegraf.com/.

Enjoy the video below of Graf’s performance of Piano Concerto No.13, K 415 by Mozart with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle (Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill, NC.) with Conductor Lorenzo Muti.


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