Pianist and composer Amir Khosrowpour will return to his alma mater to perform on Wednesday, February 23, 2011, at 7:30pm in Swarthout Recital Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
Khosrowpour graduated with distinction from the University of Kansas, earning a BM in piano performance and music composition. Having completed the Masters of Music at Manhattan School of Music, he is now working on his doctorate.
Khosrowpour has performed in more than a dozen states, in Shanghai, and most recently in a month-long exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. A resident of New York City, Khosrowpour has worked with composers and performers in many new-music groups, including Red Light New Music, Ensemble Pamplemousse, JACK Quartet, and TRANSIT. He also is a company member of The Actors Company Theatre, having written music for their highly successful off-Broadway production of Alan Ayckbourn's Bedroom Farce, and for several of their Salon Series productions. He is working with playwrights Jonathan Goldberg and Edith Freni on two musicals and is collaborating with NYC dance choreographers Kathryn Wilkening, Susan Cherniak, Caron Eule, and Nicoll+Oreck on dance concerts for the 2010-11 season.
He's won numerous competitions, including the national title from the Music Teachers National Association, earning a Steinway grand piano as a prize. Additionally, Khosrowpour has developed programs for students in an advanced video-conferencing program, called Distance-Learning, at Manhattan School of Music. He has also been a faculty member and accompanist at the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp.
Khosrowpour will perform a work of his own entitled DanceTown, USA, as well as works by Haydn, William Horne, Tristan Perich, David Broome and Schumann. He will be joined by KU students Laura Hrivnak and Stanton Nelson. In addition to his concert, he will discuss his career and perform in the student performance lab, REC 100, on Tuesday, February 22, 2011.
For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-9742 or visit music.ku.edu.