Pianist Michael Sheppard to Perform
At Hope College on
Posted January 28, 2003
HOLLAND -- Hope College will present pianist
Michael Sheppard in concert on Friday, Jan. 31, at 8 p.m. in
Dimnent Memorial Chapel.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
Sheppard has won several awards and prizes,
including the Cafferata-Jackson Memorial Competition, the
Miecyslaw Munz Competition, the Harrison Winter Competition,
the National Federation of Music Clubs Biennial National
Competition and the Poulenc Plus! Competition. He was
recently a semi-finalist in the Hilton Head International
Piano Competition, and he is one of only five national
finalists in competition for the American Pianist
Committed to new music as well as the traditional
repertoire, he has worked closely with composers such as
Nicholas Maw, Michael Hersch and Robert Sirota. Recently,
he played privately for John Corigliano. Sheppard also
composes his own music.
Sheppard spent two summers at the Aspen Music
Festival on full scholarship, and more recently was a piano
Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. At Tanglewood, he
worked closely with distinguished musicians such as Emanuel
Ax, Ursula Oppens and Pamela Frank. In recent summers, as a
prizewinner of the La Gesse Foundation Fellowship given by
the Princess Cecilia di Medici, Sheppard presented concerts
of solo and chamber music in Toulouse, France and Verona,
Italy. Also, as part of the La Gesse prize, he performed
three times in Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall in New York City.
Sheppard has been playing piano since he was two
years old, and holds bachelor's and master's degrees from
the Peabody Conservatory of the John Hopkins University. He
has appeared in solo recitals, concerts and chamber music
all across the United States, as well as in France and
Italy. His teachers include Ann Schein, who performed at
Hope in 2002, and Leon Fleisher.
Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located on College
Avenue at 12th Street.