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Guest Violinist and Composer to Visit
UW-Eau Claire for Performance and Classes

RELEASED: April 25, 2007

Piotr SzewczykEAU CLAIRE — Violinist and composer Piotr Szewczyk will give a guest artist recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 7, in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert program, titled "Violin Futura," will feature 14 works composed by living composers especially for Szewczyk, and he will open and close the program with two of his own compositions. Composers represented include Lawrence Dillon, Carson Cooman, Nathan Williamson, Hiro Morozumi, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of music Ethan Wickman, and others.

Szewczyk was born in Poland in 1977. He is currently a violin fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, where he plays under Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas. As a violin soloist and leader, Ssewczyk has won international competitions, performed as a soloist with the Lima Symphony, World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Queen City Virtuosi, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, CCM Philharmonia Orchestra, CCM Concert Orchestra and others, and led the New World Symphony, CCM Philharmonia, Concert, Chamber, I.N.T.Y. Contemporary Orchestra, and others. Described as a "mature virtuoso," "gifted violinist with remarkable facility" and as a "superb violinist" and "an excellent young violinist with a beautiful musical taste," Szewczyk has given solo and chamber recitals in the United States, Poland, Germany and Austria. He has performed as part of the FAZA String Quartet, the Roggero Trio and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble and has been featured in the New World Symphony Chamber Music Series, Xchange concerts and Musicians' Forum concerts.

Szewczyk will also give a violin master class at 4 p.m. Monday, May 7, in Phillips Recital Hall, and a composition master class at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, also in Phillips Recital Hall. The public is also invited to attend these free events.

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