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Maxim Mogilovsky and Svetlana Smolina Offer Faculty and Guest Recital of Solo and Duet Works Entitled "Almost All American"

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As part of the award for receiving a top prize at the Eighth International Murray Dranoff Duo Piano Competition in December 2001, Svetlana Smolina '03 will perform later this year with her partner, pianist Maxim Mogilevsky, at New York's Merkin Hall. The duo also walked away from the Dranoff with the Audience Award and the Robert Casadesus Prize for their rendition of the Casadesus Double Piano Concerto. Their Dranoff performance of Camille Saint-Saëns' Variations on a Theme of Beethoven, was broadcast in January and April 2002 on National Public Radio's Performance Today. The program's web site noted: "Sometimes even the winners don't give the best performances: At last month's Murray Dranoff Two Piano Competition in Miami, the third-place winners gave the most dynamic performance."

The duo, members of the Alexander Toradze Studio, also performed Scriabin at New York's Society for Ethical Culture last November as part of the city's Rock Hotel PianoFest. Paul Griffiths wrote in The New York Times that "Smolina created a storming, breathing piano in the Fantasy in B minor," and, in a three-piano arrangement of "Prometheus" with Mogilevsky and Toradze, she demonstrated "qualities of power and convulsive attack that were inimitable." Smolina is a piano performance major studying with Oberlin Professor of Pianoforte Monique Duphil.

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