Pianist Koji Atwood to perform March 6



Pianist Koji Attwood will perform at Northwestern State University Tuesday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. The concert is part of the Louisiana Piano Series International. Tickets are $15. Students are admitted free. Dr. Francis Yang and Dr. Christine Burczyk Allen are the organizers of the Louisiana Piano Series International.

The program will be works by Scriabin, Liszt, Mozart and Schubert.

Attwood, a Kansas native, made his solo debut at the age of 10, and one year later won 2nd prize at the Young Keyboard Artists International Competition. He earned 2nd prize at both the Stravinsky and Missouri Southern International Keyboard competitions, and was a participant in the International William Kapell Keyboard and the Hamamatsu International Piano competitions. Attwood received honorable mention at the VII International Web Concert Hall Competition, which entitled him to a performance that will continue to be broadcast on the internet, via the Web Concert Hall Artist Series, over the next seven years. He was also a winner of Astral Artistic Services’ 2003 International Auditions, and was the featured artist on yamahamusicsoft.com’s “New York City Rising Star” series.

Attwood has performed numerous solo recitals across much of the country, including concerts in Steinway Hall, Lincoln Center and on the Kosciuszko Foundation Concert Series. He appeared regularly on the “World of the Piano” series at the Juilliard School and was frequently heard on a weekly radio show on New York’s WQXR, hosted by David Dubal entitled, “Reflections From the Keyboard: the Pianist in Comparative Performance” and currently on Dubal’s new show, “The Piano Matters” on WWFM.

His recent performances include a highly acclaimed recital at Merkin Hall in New York City, a European debut at the prestigious Husum festival in Germany, debut in Canada, performing in Montreal at the Theatre Outremont and invitation by the Fondation Cziffra to perform at the Chapelle Royale Saint-Frambourg in France. He is featured, along with pianists Marc-Andre Hamelin, Lev Vinacour, and Daniel Berman on the 2009 “Rarities of Piano” Danacord release, and as an avid transcriber, has more than 20 arrangements to his credit.

Prior to receiving a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, Attwood studied at the University of Kansas. He then went on to earn a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Juilliard School. Attwood currently serves on the faculty of the Gifted Music School, in Salt Lake City, Utah, as well as at Utah Valley University.