Sergey Schepkin, an acclaimed pianist and faculty member in Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Music, will give two recital performances on campus this fall. The recitals, which are free and open to the public, will begin at 8 p.m., Monday, Sept. 14, and 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 19, in the College of Fine Arts’ Kresge Recital Hall.
The first half of the first recital, “Sonatas, Suites, Songs, and Celebrations,” will include Purcell’s Trumpet Tune (“The Cibell”), Handel’s Suite No. 5 (“The Harmonious Blacksmith”), Haydn’s Sonata No. 26 in A, and Mendelssohn’s Three Songs Without Words. The second half of the recital will feature works by distinguished School of Music faculty composers Leonardo Balada and Nancy Galbraith, as well as two “New Fantasies” by 2006 Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Yehudi Wyner, who celebrated his 80th birthday earlier this year.
The Oct. 19 recital will feature Book II of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier. The New York Times has hailed Schepkin as “a formidable Bach pianist,” and the American Record Guide has called him “the major Bach interpreter of his generation.” His recording of Book I of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier has been judged by International Piano magazine as one of the best ever made, and The Boston Globe called his live rendition of Book II a “sublime statement.”
A native of Russia, Schepkin began his studies in St. Petersburg Conservatory with Alexandra Zhukovsky, Grigory Sokolov and Alexander Ikharev. He later moved to the United States to study with legendary pianist Russell Sherman at Boston’s New England Conservatory. Schepkin’s extensive performing career has included recitals and performances with chamber ensembles across the globe in some of the world’s most renowned concert venues. He has served as associate professor of piano at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Music since 2003.