Internationally Acclaimed Russian Pianist Alexander Kobrin to Perform at YHC

Monday, October 22, 2012

Media Contact: Krystin Dean
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Internationally Acclaimed Russian Pianist Alexander Kobrin to Perform at Young Harris College
Free concert presented during 2012 Georgia Music Teachers Association Annual Conference

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Join the Georgia Music Teachers Association (GMTA) for its conference headliner recital with internationally acclaimed Russian pianist Alexander Kobrin on Friday, Nov. 2, at 8 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of the Clegg Fine Arts Building on the YHC campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

Kobrin will delight audiences with performances of well-known pieces by famous German composers. The program includes Sonata in D Major, Op. 28 by Beethoven, Variations on a Theme by Schumann, Op. 23 by Brahms and Carnaval, Op. 9 by Schumann.

Hailed by Gramophone Magazine as “memorably personal and stylish” and “hypnotic,” Kobrin is the winner of numerous international piano competitions—most notably the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He has also won top prizes at the Neigauz, Busoni, Hamamatsu, Glasgow, Caltanissetta and the Warsaw Chopin international piano competitions.

Kobrin studied at the world-famous Gnessin’s Special School of Music is Moscow, Russia, before furthering his skills at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire. He currently divides his time between performing around the world and teaching, while also regularly undertaking recording projects with various well-known labels.

He has toured extensively in Europe, Asia and the United States, collaborating with many major orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic and Berliner Symphony. He serves on the faculty of the International Keyboard Institute & Festival at Mannes College of Music in New York City and is the L. Rexford Whiddon Distinguished Chair in Piano at Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University.

The 2012 GMTA Annual Conference is hosted by Young Harris College. YHC Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Music Keith DeFoor, Ph.D., currently serves as GMTA president.

The GMTA, a state affiliate of the Music Teachers National Association, is a nonprofit organization comprised of more than 700 independent and collegiate music teachers throughout the state who are committed to furthering the art of music through programs that encourage and support teaching, performance, composition and scholarly research.

For more information about the event, call the Young Harris College Division of Fine Arts at (706) 379-5182.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,000 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit