Prize-winning pianists to perform

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 17, 2011

At 7 p.m. Friday, “An Eclectic Mix” — a night of tango duets and romantic solo piano, featuring Dr. Julia Mortyakova, piano professor at Alcorn State University and guest artist Valentin Bogdan, piano professor at Arizona Western College, will take place at Elms Court (542 John R. Junkin Drive) in Natchez.

The pianists will perform solo piano works by Busoni, Chaminade, Schumann, Ginastera and Argentinean Tango Duets. The concert is a benefit for the Alcorn State University Piano Competition, There is a $15 suggested donation. A reception will follow the performance.

Originally from Moscow, Russia, Julia Mortyakova is a true romantic pianist. A champion of music written by women composers, she has performed solo piano recitals, appeared as a soloist with orchestras and participated in numerous music festivals across the United States and abroad. Dr. Mortyakova is a published author and her first independent solo piano album has sold internationally.

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She invites you to visit her website at

Valentin Bogdan is a prize winner in national and international piano competitions, and an award-winning composer.

He concertized in North America, Europe and Asia, and his music was performed by members of Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony and the Beta Collide Ensemble. Dr. Bogdan’s website is

Larry Konecky is the chairman of the Department of Fine Arts at Alcorn State University.