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Pianist Scott Cuellar '11 to perform Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Oberlin Orchestra on Wednesday, May 11 at 8 p.m.

Apr 25, 2011

OBERLIN, OHIO (April 15, 2011) — Oberlin Conservatory piano student Scott Cuellar ’11 will perform Prokofiev’s immensely popular Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Oberlin Orchestra on Wednesday, May 11 at 8 p.m. in Finney Chapel. Last fall, Cuellar was one of four winners of the conservatory’s annual Concerto Competition. Each of the winners earned the opportunity to perform with either the Oberlin Orchestra, or the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra over the course of the school year; this concert marks the final of the four.

Featured guest conductor Kevin Noe will lead the performance, and the concert is free; no tickets are required. The program will also include Vaughan William’s “Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis,” and Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Orchestra.

About Scott Cuellar ‘11

Twenty-two-year-old pianist Scott Cuellar is currently in his fourth year at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he is a student of Alvin Chow. During his high school years, the Minneapolis native studied at the MacPhail Center for Music with Gary Sipes, after whom the school named its new recital hall. During his time at Oberlin, Cuellar has collected awards from more than fifteen competitions from across the country including eleven first-place prizes. He is the winner of three of the largest competitions offered to pianists at Oberlin: the John Elvin Prize for Juniors, the Arthur Dann Piano Competition, and the Oberlin Concerto Competition. He has performed with several orchestras, including the Minneapolis and St. Paul Civic Symphonies, and has engagements with a number of others. In the summer of 2009, Cuellar studied at the Banff Centre with Julian Martin, and in 2010 he was named one of ten fellows for piano study at the Music Academy of the West with Jerome Lowenthal. He has performed in master classes with several prominent pianists, including Stephen Hough, Angela Hewitt and Jeffrey Kahane. Next fall, Cuellar will continue his education in the Master of Music program at The Juilliard School, where he will study with Julian Martin.

About Kevin Noe

A passionate supporter and promoter of composers, creators, and the arts of our time, Kevin Noe has commissioned and premiered over fifty new works written for new music ensembles and orchestras in the last ten years. He is currently the Executive Artistic Director and Conductor of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, a group that has experienced a six hundred percent audience growth under his leadership. Noe is currently a guest conductor at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington, where for the last six years he has regularly conducted opera, ballet, and a wide variety of symphonic programs. He has also held conducting and teaching posts at the University of Texas at Austin, Duquesne University, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Opera Center. He completed his graduate studies at Rice University in Houston, Texas where he received the prestigious Sally Shepherd Perkins Prize in Music and was the recipient of the Maurice Abravanel Fellowship as a conductor at the Tanglewood Festival. Noe’s principal conducting teacher was Larry Rachleff, and he also studied conducting with Robert Spano, Gunther Schuller, and Seiji Ozawa.


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