Pianist presents free local concert

Published: Thursday, March 27, 2014 8:40 a.m. CDT
Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi

Guest pianist Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi will present a free concert titled, “Here (and there): music for piano and electronics,” at 8 p.m. April 11 in the Northern Illinois University Music Building Recital Hall.

The program will feature works by composers Jeff Herriott, Tom Lopez, Phillip Schroeder, Brian Belet, Jim Fox and Ed Martin.

Lopez and Martin, who will attend the evening concert, will join Astolfi for a preview and discussion from 3 to 3:50 p.m., also in the Recital Hall.

These events are made possible through the support of the NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts and the Harry Castle fund.

Astolfi is a Canadian-born pianist whose playing has been lauded as “brilliant” (New Music Connoisseur), “persuasive” (Sequenza21), and “beautiful” (American Record Guide).

Her repertoire, ranging from the Renaissance era through the present, clearly affirms her keen interest in new music, which has led her to commission and premiere many new solo and collaborative works – music that has been featured on live radio broadcasts and released by Albany Records, innova recordings, and Ravello Records’ Capstone Collection (including multiple CDs for the Performers’ Recording Series of the Society of Composers, Inc.).

Astolfi is the soloist for the Wisconsin Soundscapes commissioning and touring project (sponsored by the Wisconsin Alliance for Composers and the Wisconsin Arts Board) and a founding member along with Holly Roadfeldt, of the duoARtia piano duo.

Astolfi’s tireless devotion to the dissemination of new music has been recognized by numerous awards, grants, and invitations to regional, national and international music forums, where she has premiered and lectured on new piano music. Astolfi also frequently serves as a piano clinician, coach and master class instructor. An active member in various local, state, and national music associations, she serves on the governing board of both the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association and PianoArts (a North American piano competition, festival, and fellowship organization). Her advanced studies in piano performance were with pianists Helmut Brauss (University of Alberta), Tom Plaunt (McGill University), and Lydia Artymiw (University of Minnesota), with whom she completed doctoral studies. Astolfi currently holds the position of Artist-in-Residence at Piedmont College (GA).

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