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College of Charleston International Piano Series

Bringing world-class artists to Charleston’s center stage

Presented by the College of Charleston School of the Arts, the International Piano Series is Charleston's longest running, year-round program with a pure focus on piano. Consistent with the School of the Arts’ mission, the International Piano Series plays a distinctive role in the lives of students and the community by implementing excellence in the arts and education and cultivating piano music appreciation.

Each year, the College of Charleston International Piano Series stages concerts for pianists hailing from the United States and around the world.  While on campus, the guest artists offer masterclasses, in which students perform and receive critique. These masterclasses are open to the public. The performers range from young professionals emerging onto the world stage to seasoned performers with long-established careers.  They all bring their unique approach to their instrument and contributions to the field. 

As such, they are role models to our students and a source of sophisticated entertainment for our community.  The concerts take place on the College's picturesque campus and other historic venues in the city. Funded entirely by donations and ticket sales, the performances are offered to the community at affordable prices and are free for students and people under the age of 18.  Proceeds from ticket sales and donations ensure the longevity of the program and support educational opportunities for music students.

2015-2016 Season

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James Tocco | Tuesday, September 29 

James Tocco has a worldwide career as a soloist with orchestra, recitalist, chamber music performer and pedagogue. He has toured the globe extensively including solo appearances with major orchestras such as the Berlin, London and Munich Philharmonics and the Chicago Symphony. The Detroit News describes Tocco in concert: "...intensely concentrated playing, precisely gauged and yet rhythmically fluid, at once virile and poetic."
The September 29th concert is generously sponsored by the Remington Master Artist Series. 

Vassilis Varvaresos |  Tuesday, November 10

"Young Master on the Rise."...The Washington Post. In 2014, Vassilis Varvaresos was a prize winner at the 2014 edition of the prestigious George Enescu International Competition in Bucharest. March 2012 marked Mr. Varvaresos' Carnegie Hall recital debut, to both audience and critical acclaim. Immediately following his debut, he was asked to play at the White House for President Barack Obama.

Robert McDonald |  Tuesday, February 16

Robert McDonald's prizes include the gold medal at the Busoni International Piano Competition, the top prize at the William Kapell International Competition and the Duetsche Schallplatten Critics Award. He has appeared with major orchestras in the United States and was the recital partner for many years to Issac Stern and other distinguished instrumentalists. A member of the piano faculty at Juillard since 1999, Mr. McDonald joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2007.

Soyeon Kate Lee |  Tuesday, April 19

First prize winner of the prestigious 2010 Naumburg International Piano Competition, Korean-American pianist Soyeon Kate Lee has already been hailed by The New York Times as a pianist with "a huge, richly varied sound, a lively imagination and a firm sense of style," while The Washington Post has lauded her for her "stunning command of the keyboard."



All concerts are at 7:30 pm in the Sottile Theatre, 44 George St., Charleston, SC 29401| 843.953.6340 or

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