VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota will host the 2017 South Dakota Music Teachers Association Conference and Competitions on Nov. 2-4.
Read Gainsford, an artist, pianist, and professor of piano at Florida State University, will be the main guest of the conference and will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Colton Recital Hall Nov. 3.
Following studies in his native New Zealand, at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and at Indiana University, Gainsford has performed widely in the U.S., Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.
His career has included successful solo debuts at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall, as well as playing in the Kennedy Center, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and others. Gainsford is known for for his insightful introductions from the stage and reaching beyond the footlights to be what a magazine profile described as “Pianist of the People.” He is also a member of Trio Solis.
The performance is free and open to the public.