The Valley Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Peter Dabrowski presents “Exquisite Chopin,” at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 20, at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Performing Arts Complex in Edinburg. Doors open as early as 7pm where guests can enjoy a fully stocked cash bar before and during intermission. Patrons will marvel over classical favorites such as Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro Overture, KI. 492,” Grieg’s “Peer Gynt Suites” and Chopin’s “Piano Concerto No. 1, E minor, op. 11” with Russian virtuoso guest pianist, Asiya Korepanova sponsored by Acura of the Rio Grande Valley.
Korepanova’s piano repertoire includes over 55 concerts, and multiple solo and chamber programs. She has performed across the globe in countries such as Russia, France, Austria, Spain, Greece and the Czech Republic. As a child, Korepanova gained her passion for music growing up with her composer father. She studied music composition and worked with contemporary composers in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Acclaimed conductors she’s collaborated with include Hans Graf, Enrique Mazzola, Alexander Sladkovsky, Joseph Silverstein and Jeffry Rink.
Accolades from her flourishing music career include winning the gold medal first prize at the Nina Wideman International Piano Competition in 2012 in Shreveport, Louisiana, and her most recent transcription of Richard Strauss’ last poem “Ein Heldenleben” in a 40-minute art piece using orchestral techniques and colors. She’s played for an audience at the National Radio Station WFMT when debuting in Chicago as part of the Dame Myra Hess Memorial series and was featured on NPR and WETA as she debuted in Washington, D.C. as part of the Phillips Collection.
Korepanova performs in recitals regularly for the Sarasota Artist Series and the Steinway Series in Boca Raton, Florida. She has also performed with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra. She performed recently with the Sarasota Music Festival to commemorate the event’s 50th anniversary and is a regular staff member for the Endless Mountain Music Festival in Pennsylvania.
An artist talented in many platforms, Korepanova has also published books of poetry and drawings, as well as a series of multidisciplinary projects interweaving art, poetry and music. “Euphoria on the Liszt” features her original poetry and artwork dedicated to the Twelve Transcendental Etudes. Due to the success of this project, similar treatments have been done to Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I” and Tchaikovsky’s “Eighteen Pieces, Op. 72.”
She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. She is learning under the guidance of world-renowned pianist Santiago Rodriguez.
Her website is: asiyakorepanova.com
Valley Symphony Orchestra: valleyorchestra.org