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Southeastern Piano Festival


Southeastern Piano Festival
June 11 - June 17


For one week every June, the Southeastern Piano Festival (SEPF) transforms the University of South Carolina School of Music and the city of Columbia into a major cultural destination that draws in audiences and young piano talent from across the United States. The Southeastern Piano Festival embraces a multi-faceted personality.

Twenty of the most accomplished pre-college pianists on the piano scene today take part in a rigorous program that includes daily lessons with University of South Carolina piano faculty, master classes with guest artists, and up to five hours of practice a day. The week’s events culminate with the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition, adjudicated by a distinguished panel of judges. Winners of the competition receive cash awards and the opportunity to perform with the South Carolina Philharmonic. Visit for a full listing of masterclasses, lectures and public concerts.

For music lovers, SEPF offers nightly concerts by a rich lineup of world-class pianists including Ying Li, Roman Rabinovich, Anthony de Mare and the legendary John O’Conor. Tickets for these concerts are $20 general admission. All concerts are in the USC School of Music Recital Hall. No livestream or on-demand viewing is available.


Sunday, June 11 • 4:00 p.m.

Opening Celebration Concert

Celebrating the opening of the week-long Festival with SEPF’s illustrious piano faculty in solo, duo and piano ensembles.

Monday, June 12 • 7:30 p.m.

Artist Showcase: Roman Rabinovich

Praised by The New York Times for his ‘uncommon sensitivity and feeling’, the eloquent pianist has won critical acclaim for interpretations of the music of Haydn.

Tuesday, June 13 • 7:30 p.m.

Artist Showcase: Ying Li

Prize winner in the 2021 Young Concert Artists Susan Wadsworth International Auditions.

Wednesday, June 14 • 7:30 p.m.

Artist Showcase: Anthony de Mare

A champion of contemporary music, de Mare presents “Liaisons,” reimagined songs by Stephen Sondheim.

Thursday, June 15 • 7:30 p.m.

Artist Showcase: John O’Conor

Legendary Irish pianist and Steinway Artist John O’Conor brings his masterful playing to the School of Music Recital Hall.

Saturday, June 17 • 7:30 p.m.

Winners Recital

The winners of the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition are featured in an evening of dazzling showstoppers.