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Cliburn Piano Competition Finalist to Play
at BPC on Oct. 11
Davide Cabassi, a finalist in the 2005 Van
Cliburn International Piano Competition, will perform at Brewton-Parker College
on Tuesday, Oct. 11, as part of the
college’s Dennis and Quinelle Sikes Fine Arts Series.
Cabassi’s performance will be in Saliba
Chapel and begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Cabassi made his orchestral debut at the age of 13 with the RAI Symphony Orchestra
in Milan. He has also collaborated with the Munich Philharmonic, the Neue Philharmonie
Westfalen, and the Russian Chamber Philharmonic, as well as with several Italian
In recital, he has been engaged by most of the prominent musical associations
of his native country, including Serate Musicali and Societa dei Concerti in
Milan and Festival Pianistico in Brescia and Bergamo.
Abroad, Mr. Cabassi has played concerts
in Austria, China, France, Germany, Japan, Portugal, Scandinavia, and Switzerland
highlighted by appearances in
Salzburg’s Mozarteum and the Gasteig in Munich.
As a top prize winner of the Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition,
Cabassi embarks on three years of concert engagements throughout the United
During the 2005-2006 concert season, he will appear as soloist with the Big
Spring (Texas) and Enid (Okla.) Symphony Orchestras and present recitals and
educational programs in California, Connecticut, Georgia and Texas. International
engagements will take him to Austria, Germany, Malta, and Russia as well as
Italy this season.
Cabassi has recorded extensively for television and radio broadcasts in Italy.
In December 2004, he recorded a solo disc for BMG records called Dancing with
the Orchestra, featuring works by Bartok, De Falla, Ravel, and Stravinsky.
He will appear in the film documentary about the Twelfth Cliburn Competition,
In the Heart of Music, to be aired on PBS stations across the United States
as well as worldwide beginning in October.
After graduating from Milan’s Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory, Cabassi spent
several years as one of the few select students at the International Piano
Foundation in Cadenabbia, Italy, where he studied with Karl Ulrich Schnabel,
Dmitri Bashkirov, Leon Fleisher, Rosalyn Tureck, and William Grant Nabore,
among others. Currently, he is on the faculty of the Istituto Musicale “G.
Puccini” in Gallarate, Italy.
Dennis and Quinelle Sikes founded Brewton-Parker College's fine arts series
in 1990, to bring worldwide performers to Brewton-Parker College for student
and community audiences. The Sikes Fine Arts Series performance is offered
to the public at no cost.
Inquiries concerning Cabassi’s performance
at Brewton-Parker College may be made by calling Dr. Pierce Dickens, associate
professor of music and
Quinelle McRae Sikes professor of piano at Brewton-Parker, at 583-3133.