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COM Symphony Orchestra

International Piano Duo Highlight College of Marin Orchestra Performances

Szervánsky, Cavaye to perform with Paul Smith as conductor

Kentfield, CA—March 15, 2012—Internationally renowned piano duo Valeria Szervánsky and Ronald Cavaye will headline at two spring concerts featuring the College of Marin Symphony Orchestra and COM Music Instructor Paul Smith as conductor.

The concerts are open to the public and admission is free.

Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Fusselman Hall, Room 120
Kentfield Campus
Free admission and parking

Sunday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Unity in Marin, Hamilton Center
600 Palm Drive
Novato, CA 94949
Free admission and parking

The evening performances will include Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky; Catfish Row, a symphonic suite from Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin; and The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns. The acclaimed London-based piano duo has performed and taught internationally.

Szervánsky, a Hungarian pianist, studied at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, studied with Hans Leygraf in Hanover and returned to teach gifted children at the Liszt Academy. She later became a professor of piano at the Musashino Academy of Music in Tokyo before moving to London in 1986. She continues to teach and perform professionally, including music courses at the International Bartók Festival in Hungary, the British Kodaly Academy, the Centre Acanthes in Avignon, the Orlando Festival in Holland and at the International Musician's Seminar at Prussia Cove.

Cavaye is a British pianist and author who has been playing piano since he was 11 years old. He attended the Winchester School of Art and studied with Canadian-born Carlina Carr before attending the Royal College of Music in London to study with Malcolm Binns and Oliver Davies. In 1973 he gained a German merit-based grant to study at the Staatliche  Hoschschule für Musik und Theater Hannover, and another scholarship from the British Council enabled him to continue his studies at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest.

He has taught master classes at the International Bartók Festival in Hungary, the Central Conservatory in Beijing, the Royal College of Music as well as the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College of Music in London. He also regularly serves on the jury of international piano competitions and works as a translator/narrator for the kabuki and bunraku theatres in Japan.

After marrying, the couple became professors of piano at the Musashino Academy of Music in 1979 in Tokyo before moving to London. They have concentrated on playing together primarily in  Europe, the Far East and the U.S.

Cavaye authored Music Education of the Japanese (in Japanese): Shinchosha, Japan and numerous newspaper articles in addition to coauthoring Kabuki – A Pocket Guide, with Charles E. Tuttle; and A Guide to the Japanese Stage with Paul Griffith and Akihiko Senda. He has also translated numerous kabuki pieces.

Conductor Paul Smith teaches a wide variety of music courses at the college including piano, Music Fundamentals, orchestra and ensemble techniques. Last year, Smith conducted the college symphony orchestra in the 200th birthday celebration of Franz Liszt a performance that included playing the piano as well. He was in charge of musical direction for the San Francisco Opera performance of JACKIE, a 90-minute chamber opera and has worked with the Marin Youth Orchestra and served as director of the Tiburon Music Festival.


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