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Juilliard Graduate to Give Recital and Class at USD

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VERMILLION, S.D. -- Pianist Gregory DeTurck, the Rawlins Fall Visiting Artist at the University of South Dakota for 2015-16, will present a solo piano recital in Colton Recital Hall in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on the USD campus at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 1. He will conduct a master class for USD piano students on Tuesday, Feb. 2, from 10:00 a.m. to noon in Colton Recital Hall. Both events are rescheduled from last November and are free and open to the public.

DeTurck, currently on the music faculty at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, is a graduate of the Juilliard School and the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Julian Martin and Thomas Schumacher, respectively. As the winner of the 2010 William Petschek Award, he gave his formal debut recital at Alice Tully Hall. Notable solo recitals include appearances at Carnegie Hall during Liszt Discovery Day, on Radio Suisse Espace 2 and at the Deutsch-Amerikanische Institute as part of the Heidelberger Klavierwoche. He has won several top prizes on the international piano competition circuit, including the Raeburn Prize for Artist of Special Promise at the 2006 Honens Competition in Calgary, Alberta.

DeTurck has appeared as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Thomas Ades's Concerto Conciso with the composer as conductor and with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, International Festival Orchestra Beijing, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Lakes Area Music Festival Orchestra and several others. As an alumnus of the Academy (a program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School and the Weill Music Institute), he has given concerts and helped lead outreach residencies in Tokyo, Merida, Abu Dhabi, Mumbai, Asturias, Baltimore and New York. 

For his USD recital, DeTurck will perform music by Dutilleux, Albeniz and George Crumb. “The Crumb work, Makrokosmos I, 12 Fantasy-Pieces after the Zodiac for Amplified Piano, is of particular interest, as it is very rarely performed. It requires the pianist to play both on the keyboard and inside the piano and to vocalize. I believe this is the first time it has ever been performed in its entirety in Vermillion, if not in South Dakota,” said Dr. Susanne Skyrm, professor of music at the University of South Dakota. “It will be a treat to watch the piece being performed as well as listen to it!”


USD's College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.


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 84 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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