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Cliburn Piano Competition Finalist to Play at BPC on Oct. 11


Davide Cabassi, a finalist in the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, will perform at Brewton-Parker College on Tuesday, Oct. 11, as part of the college’s Dennis and Quinelle Sikes Fine Arts Series.

Cabassi’s performance will be in Saliba Chapel and begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Cabassi made his orchestral debut at the age of 13 with the RAI Symphony Orchestra in Milan. He has also collaborated with the Munich Philharmonic, the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, and the Russian Chamber Philharmonic, as well as with several Italian orchestras.

In recital, he has been engaged by most of the prominent musical associations of his native country, including Serate Musicali and Societa dei Concerti in Milan and Festival Pianistico in Brescia and Bergamo.

Abroad, Mr. Cabassi has played concerts in Austria, China, France, Germany, Japan, Portugal, Scandinavia, and Switzerland highlighted by appearances in Salzburg’s Mozarteum and the Gasteig in Munich.

As a top prize winner of the Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Cabassi embarks on three years of concert engagements throughout the United States.

During the 2005-2006 concert season, he will appear as soloist with the Big Spring (Texas) and Enid (Okla.) Symphony Orchestras and present recitals and educational programs in California, Connecticut, Georgia and Texas. International engagements will take him to Austria, Germany, Malta, and Russia as well as Italy this season.

Cabassi has recorded extensively for television and radio broadcasts in Italy. In December 2004, he recorded a solo disc for BMG records called Dancing with the Orchestra, featuring works by Bartok, De Falla, Ravel, and Stravinsky. He will appear in the film documentary about the Twelfth Cliburn Competition, In the Heart of Music, to be aired on PBS stations across the United States as well as worldwide beginning in October.

After graduating from Milan’s Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory, Cabassi spent several years as one of the few select students at the International Piano Foundation in Cadenabbia, Italy, where he studied with Karl Ulrich Schnabel, Dmitri Bashkirov, Leon Fleisher, Rosalyn Tureck, and William Grant Nabore, among others. Currently, he is on the faculty of the Istituto Musicale “G. Puccini” in Gallarate, Italy.

Dennis and Quinelle Sikes founded Brewton-Parker College's fine arts series in 1990, to bring worldwide performers to Brewton-Parker College for student and community audiences. The Sikes Fine Arts Series performance is offered to the public at no cost.

Inquiries concerning Cabassi’s performance at Brewton-Parker College may be made by calling Dr. Pierce Dickens, associate professor of music and Quinelle McRae Sikes professor of piano at Brewton-Parker, at 583-3133.


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Updated on: April 15, 2010 8:26 PM