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USD music professor honored for piano concerto by American Prize

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Paul Lombardi, Ph.D., assistant professor of music at the University of South Dakota, placed third in the orchestral division of the American Prize in Composition 2014 with his piano concerto. The piano concerto was composed in 2003–04, and with a grant from the University of New Mexico, was recorded by pianist Dmitry Tavanets and the Kiev Philharmonic with conductor/producer Robert Ian Winstin (ERMMedia 2007).

Founded in 2009, the American Prize provides “evaluation, recognition and reward to America’s finest performing artists, ensembles and composers, based on recorded performances.” One judge commented, “… a true piano concerto, with a big and dramatic part for the soloist.”

An assistant professor of music theory and composition at USD, Lombardi’s music has been performed in more than 20 states across the United States, as well as in other areas in North America, South America and Europe. Recordings of his music are available from Capstone Records, Zerx Records, and ERMMedia. Lombardi’s theoretical work focuses on mathematics and music, and is published in the Music Theory Spectrum, Indiana Theory Review, and Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, among other places.

A photo of Lombardi is available for download at


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News