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Music Department to Present Duo Pianists

September 29, 2016

KUTZTOWN, Pa., - Kutztown University Department of Music will present Duo Pianists on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium.  The concert is free and open to the public.


The duo consists of pianists Julia Mortyakova, music department chair, and Valentin Bogdan, assistant professor of music, both at Mississippi University for Women.

Originally from Moscow, Russia, Mortyakova has given solo recitals throughout the United States as well as in Italy, Russia, and the Ukraine. She is a 2014 laureate of The American Prize international competition and won the 2012 Sigma Alpha Iota Career Performance Grant.  Mortyakova is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Vanderbilt University, New York University and the University of Miami. 

Bogdan, a native of Romania, has toured throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, the Netherlands, Great Britain, France and Jordan.  He has released two albums, "The Grands of Piano" and "Live in Concert."  His compositions have been performed at numerous concert series and festivals.  He was the 2015 Mississippi Music Teachers Association commissioned composer of the year and the 2010 Florida State Music Teachers Association commissioned composer of the year.  He is a graduate of the University of Miami, Michigan State University and Wayne State University.

For more information contact the Kutztown University Department of Music at 610-683-4550 or melchionne@kutztown.edu.