Renowned Kazakh Pianist Jania Aubakirova to Perform and Teach at Ithaca College February 28-March 2

Jania Aubakirova, director of the Kazakh National Kurmangazy Conservatoire, will perform Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin on Thursday, March 1, at 7:00pm, in the Hockett Family Recital Hall at Ithaca College. Aubakirova will also give masterclasses to Ithaca College students. A masterclass featuring piano chamber music will be held on Wednesday, February 28, at 7:00pm, and another on Friday, March 2, at 7:00 pm, featuring solo piano repertoire. Both masterclasses will be held in the Hockett Family Recital Hall. Aubakirova will also judge the annual Mary Hayes North Competition for Senior Piano Majors, held the afternoon of Friday, March 2, also in Hockett Family Recital Hall.

Aubakirova has won numerous international competitions, and been honored not only in her own country of Kazakhstan, but many others, including the lauded Grand Prix of the Long-Thibaud Piano Competition. She appears regularly with well-known orchestras in Kazakhstan, as well as throughout Europe, Central Asia, and the United States. Aubakirova is also an active pedagogue, teaching at the Kazakh National Kurmangazy Conservatoire since 1983, and spearheading many educational initiatives in her country. She is also regularly invited to teach and conduct masterclasses worldwide.

Aubakirova’s recital on March 1 will feature Bach’s Italian Concerto, Mozart’s Piano Sonata, K. 330, and Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, commonly known as the "Pathétique" sonata. The second half of the program will feature selections of Chopin: Waltz in E-flat major, op. 18, no. 1; Waltz in A minor, op. 34, no. 2; Nocturne in D-flat major, op. 27, no. 2; Nocturne in F-sharp major, op. 15, no. 2; Ballade No. 3 in A-flat major, op. 47; and Ballade No. 4 in F minor, op. 52.

All events free and open to the public.

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Jania Aubakirova