A Bulgarian pianist will be the next visiting artist for the OCU Distinguished Artists’ Series.
Emile Naoumoff will perform at 3 p.m. Feb. 11 in Petree Recital Hall in Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center.
Naoumoff is the last student of Nadia Boulanger, a 20th century French composer, conductor and teacher. He has performed as a featured soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestra. He also has recorded for various music companies and record labels.
Past Distinguished Artist performances this year included Sergio Monteiro, Gerard Schwarz and the OKC Jazz Orchestra.
The Distinguished Artists’ Series is developed by officials from the Wanda L. Bass School of Music and led by Dr. Mark Parker, dean of music and theater.
“Faculty and I create a list of outstanding artists that we would like to perform for the campus and for the community,” Parker said. “We are always looking for those models for students to learn from as part of this series.”
Naoumoff will perform two original compositions and his transcription of Faure Requiem, a piece originally composed for choir, organ and orchestra.
Naoumoff also will lead a masterclass for music students from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 10 in Wanda L. Bass Music Center.
“I really appreciate the Distinguished Artists Series because I get the opportunity to talk to real professionals and see how they perform,” said Tomi Vetter, piano performance freshman.
“It’s a great chance for musicians all across the board, and not many schools get the opportunity either.”