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Southeastern Piano Festival


Southeastern Piano Festival
June 9-15


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.

SEPF offers nightly concerts for music lovers featuring a rich lineup of world-class pianists, such as Inon Barnartan, Marina Lomazov, Joseph Rackers, Lisa Moore, and Rachel Breen. The concerts will be held at two locations: Marina Lomazov and Joseph Rackers will perform in Darla Moore School of Business, Johnson Hall, while all other concerts will take place in the USC School of Music Recital Hall. The tickets for general admission are priced at $20. Please note that there won't be any live stream or on-demand viewing available.


Sunday, June 9 • 4:00 p.m.

Opening Celebration Concert

USC School of Music Recital Hall • $20

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

Monday, June 10 • 7:30 p.m.

Artist Showcase: Rachel Breen

USC School of Music Recital Hall • $20

Internationally prize-winning American pianist 
Rachel Breen brings her beautiful artistry to USC. 
The 26-yr-old’s performances have been described as “truly show-stopping” (Gramophone UK).

Tuesday, June 11 • 7:30 p.m.

Artist Showcase: Lisa Moore

USC School of Music Recital Hall • $20

Original pianist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the NYC-based Australian pianist is one of the most electrifying performers of the music of our time.

Wednesday, June 12 • 7:30 p.m.

Artist Showcase: Marina Lomazov & Joseph Rackers

Darla Moore School of Business, Johnson Hall • $20

Praised for “demon precision and complete dedication” (Audio Society), SEPF’s founders return for an unmissable duo performance.

Thursday, June 13 • 7:30 p.m.

Artist Showcase:
Inon Barnatan

USC School of Music Recital Hall • $20

“One of the most admired pianists of his generation” (New York Times), Inon Barnatan brings his masterful playing to USC. Come hear why this soloist is a regular performer with many of the world’s foremost orchestras and conductors.

Saturday, June 15 • 7:30 p.m.

Winners Recital

USC School of Music Recital Hall • $20

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

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