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 (IPS) is Charleston's longest running, year-round program with a pure focus on piano. Consistent with the School of the Arts’ mission, the IPS 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, IPS 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 artists 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 in the College's historic, newly restored Sottile Theatre. Funded entirely by donations and ticket sales, the performances are offered to the community at affordable prices and are free for youth under the age of 18. Proceeds from ticket sales and donations ensure the longevity of the program and support educational opportunities for music students.

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Will Liverman & Paul Sanchez (Tuesday, April 19)

Liverman/Sanchez IPS concertInternationally recognized operatic baritone Will Liverman and acclaimed pianist Paul Sánchez will debut to Charleston their Grammy-nominated, Billboard chart-topping album, Dreams of a New Day: Songs by Black Composers. The album highlights Black composers across generations, from early 20th-century pioneers Henry Burleigh, Margaret Bonds and Thomas Kerr, to Robert Owens, Leslie Adams and contemporary composers Damien Sneed and Shawn E. Okpebholo. Presented by the Quattlebaum Artist in Residence Fund.

  • CofC Chief Diversity Officer Rénard Harris will lead a pre-concert talk with some of the artists, including Charleston's first Poet Laureate, Marcus Amaker, who wrote text for part of the album's centerpiece song, "Two Black Churches,” a devastatingly beautiful song that reflects on tragic events perpetrated by white supremacists: the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Ala. (1963) that took the lives of four girls; and the Mother Emanuel AME Church shooting in Charleston, S.C. (2015) that killed nine parishioners.
  • TICKET LINK for general public ($30, FREE for youth 18 & under)
  • CofC employees & students can reserve FREE tickets thru box office:, 843.953.4726 or in person at Sottile Theatre. (CofC students also can reserve tickets via online student portal.)


Fabiana Claure & William Villaverde (Feb 8)

Husband and wife, Latin-American pianists William Villaverde and Fabiana Claure will present a musical program entitled A Piano Journey Through Latin America. Works include Bolivian Cuecas, Brazilian tangos, Cuban classical and jazz-inspired music, an original Latin jazz composition and a 4-hands piano arrangement of Piazzolla's "Tango Suite." Having been together for 20 years as a couple and on stage, this dynamic duo will engage audiences through piano music and storytelling, taking them through an exciting journey of diverse cultural influences, historical context and musical reflection. Both artists are alumni of the College of Charleston's Department of Music.


Bobby Mitchell (Oct 12)

American pianist Bobby Mitchell will open the 31st season of the College of Charleston International Piano Series. Mitchell is an American pianist whose interests are embedded in the here and now of music as performance art, as well as the more standard classical repertory of centuries past. A frequent performer of new and rarely heard works, he is interested in the contemporary music canon and combining these works with the standard repertoire in an illuminating fashion. An instrumentalist who is not afraid to cross the traditional boundaries of programming and performance practice, he is active as a solo and collaborative concert pianist on modern and historical instruments and is also experienced in the fields of improvisation, composition and conducting.

Mitchell will premiere the College’s new Steinway Hamburg Model D Concert Grand Piano with a program of Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Concert sans orchestre, Op. 14 by Robert Schumann; and the Franz Liszt transcription of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 with vocalists Saundra DeAthos-Meers, Lisa Chavez, Edward Brennan, and David Templeton.

Generously sponsored by the Remington Master Artist Series.


Volodymyr Vynnytsky (Nov 2)

Acclaimed Ukrainian pianist Volydymyr Vynnytsky will perform an ambitious program of two full Chopin Piano Sonatas (Sonata in B-flat minor, No. 2 and Sonata in B-minor No. 3), among other surprises. A laureate of the Margueritte Long-Jacques Thibaud International Piano Competition in Paris, Vynnytsky has performed with leading orchestras and has appeared in solo recitals in prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Steinway Hall, the Phillips Gallery (Washington, D.C.), the Great (Bolshoi) Hall at the Moscow Conservatory, the Theatre Champs d'Elysees, Amphitheatre Richelieu de la Sorbonne, Salons de Boffrand de la Presidence du Senat (Paris), St. John's Smith Square (London), Philharmonic Big Hall of Columns (Kyiv), Odessa Philharmonic Theatre (Ukraine), Tsai Performance Center (Boston), Teatro de Santa Isabel (Recife, Brazil), Linder Auditorium (Johannesburg) and Baxter Theatre Centre Concert Hall (Cape Town, South Africa), among many others.