Rawlins Visiting Artist Stephen Beus to perform at USD Oct. 25

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Department of Music welcomes pianist Stephen Beaus for the 2010 Rawlins Series Fall Visiting Artist recital and master class.

Beus will play a recital at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 25 and present a master class for USD piano students from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Oct. 26. Both events, free and open to the public, will take place at Colton Recital Hall in the Warren M.  Lee Center for the Fine Arts.

Born and raised in eastern Washington, Beus holds degrees from Whitman College and The Juilliard School where his teachers have included Leonard Richter and Robert McDonald. He has recorded on the Endeavor Classics and Harmonia Mundi labels. An award-winning pianist, Beus won first prize in the 2006 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, first place in the Vendome Prize International Competition and was awarded the Max I. Allen Fellowship of the American Pianists Association.

As a result of winning the Juilliard School Concerto Competition, Beus made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Juilliard Orchestra and James DePreist, playing “Prokofiev Concerto No. 3.” In addition to performing across the United States as well as in Kazakhstan, Russia, Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany and Morocco, Beus has performed as guest soloist with the Gulbenkian Symphony (Lisbon), Oxford Philomusica, the Tivoli Symphony (Copenhagen), the Northwest Sinfonietta (Seattle), the Royal Philharmonic of Morocco (Casablanca), the Vaasa Symphony Orchestra (Finland) and with the Hamburg, Indianapolis, Nashville, Santa Fe, Utah, Fort Worth, Tucson, Yakima, Bellevue, Salt Lake, Eastern Sierra, Corvallis and Walla Walla Symphonies.

The Rawlins Series is made possible by a gift from the late Mrs. R.E. Rawlins of Balboa Island, Calif. A USD music alumna, Rawlins studied piano with Genevieve Truran, graduating with a piano performance degree. She was an avid supporter of the arts both at The University of South Dakota and in California.

For more information about the Rawlins Fall Visiting Artist, please contact Susanne Skyrm at (605) 677-5723 or e-mail sskyrm@usd.edu. For more details about Stephen Beus, visit www.stephenbeus.com. A photo of Beus is available for download at www.usd.edu/press/news/images/releases/Stephen_Beus.jpg.