Evgeny Rivkin, professor of piano, will give the first 2nd Thursday concert of the year Jan. 12 at 8 p.m. in Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall. Rivkin’s performance will feature works by Beethoven, Schubert, Rachmaninov and Chopin. Tickets for Rivkin’s performance are $18, $5 for UGA students, and may be purchased from the Performing Arts Center box office at 706-542-4400.
Rivkin’s performance will begin with Ludwig van Beethoven’s Rondo in C major, followed by Beethoven’s 32 Variations in C minor. The concert’s first half is rounded off with Schubert’s Sonata in B minor. Three Rachmaninoff preludes will open the concert’s second half, followed by three pieces by Frederic Chopin—the Scherzo no. 4, Nocturne in C-sharp minor and Barcarolle.
A world-renowned performer, Rivkin earned his bachelor of music from Nizhny Novgorod College of Music and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the Moscow Conservatory. As a performer, he has won top prizes in competitions around the world, including the International McMahon Piano Competition, the Bavarian Radio Musik Competition, the International Tchaikovsky Competition and the Russian National Piano Competition.
Rivkin joined the faculty at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music in 1995. He previously taught at the Latvian Academy of Music in Riga. As a performer, Rivkin has released three recordings: A collection of Tchaikovsky pieces for solo piano; music for piano and violin by Johannes Brahms, in collaboration with UGA faculty member Levon Ambartsumian; and a collaboration with David Starkweather, UGA professor of cello, featuring cello sonatas by Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich.