Regional
4:53 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

World-Renowned Pianist To Perform In Las Cruces

Las Cruces – An American musician recognized as one of the most promising pianists of his generation will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 14 at Atkinson Recital Hall at New Mexico State University.

Pianist Stephen Beus made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2008, performing Prokofiev Concerto No. 3 with the Juilliard Orchestra. He has also performed as a guest soloist with the Gulbenkian Symphony the Tivoli Symphony, the Royal Philharonic of Morocco of Casablanca and more and as a soloist in various cities throughout the world.

During his performance at NMSU, Beus will play works by Bach-Busoni, Griffes, Medtner and Liszt.

Beus has received various awards and recognition for his music. In the space of four months, Beus won first prize in the 2006 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, first place in the Vendome Prize International Competition in Lisbon and was awarded the Max I. Allen Fellowship of the American Pianists Association in Indianapolis.

He also won the Junior Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition at age 14 and the precollege division of the Corpus Christi International Young Artists Competition at age 15. At 17, he was the national high school winner of the Music Teachers National Association and won the collegiate level of the same competition four years later, for which he received a Steinway Model M piano.

Blake Espy, NMSU music professor and musician, said Beus will also teach a master's class for NMSU piano students, and he encouraged the campus community to attend the concert.

"This is a great opportunity for the NMSU community to see a fantastic pianist perform," Espy said.

Tickets are free for students and $10 for the general public and will be available at the door.

For more information, visit http://www.stephenbeus.com, or contact Espy at bespy@nmsu.edu.