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Renowned Italian Pianist Performs for FVS Music Students

Music students had the opportunity to learn from, and play for, a well-known Italian pianist last week.
All Fountain Valley School of Colorado music students experienced an incredible treat last Friday when award-winning Italian composer and concert pianist Daniel Espen performed in the Lewis Perry Jr. Chapel. Espen played two of his original compositions, as well as Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition: The Great Gate of Kiev, a personal favorite of Music Director Charlie Kurchinski.

Epsen is an accomplished musician from Brescia, Italy, recognized around the world for his compositions and performances. You can hear him play here.

Kurchinski saw Espen perform at a local house concert and invited him to come play at Fountain Valley. In addition to performing, he held two “mini” master classes for talented FVS pianists Koyo Song ’17 and Konami Ogino ’20 who courageously played for Espen and the audience. He critiqued their performances.

Song said of the experience: “I was nervous to play in front of a professional pianist, though he was very understanding and kind, so he did not scare me. The critique I got from him actually has been my weak point for a while. I tend to shift my tempo back and forth. However, I did not know that Chopin is particularly focused on tempo in his pieces, which was very helpful information."
    • Pianist Daniel Epsen working a master class with Konami Og. ’20, seated, and Koyo S. ’17.

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