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Summit Music and Arts presents an afternoon with pianist Katie Mahan

Summit Music and Arts will complete its 2013-14 concert series by welcoming celebrated international pianist Katie Mahan upon her return from a concert tour of Spain and Germany. The concert will be held at Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Dillon on Sunday, April 27. Mahan will be performing the music of Debussy, Beethoven, Wagner-Liszt and Gershwin.

Praised as “one of the most outstanding talents coming up today,” American pianist Mahan is capturing the attention of audiences throughout the world for her poetic interpretations, unique musical personality and graceful, charming stage presence. She possesses an unquestioned technical mastery combined with a kaleidoscopic palate of tone colors and has been recognized as “a daring and innovative performer.”

A multi-faceted artist for whom music is an endless passion, Mahan is at home in a broad repertoire ranging from Bach to Gershwin, and she is especially distinguished as an interpreter of the music of Claude Debussy and George Gershwin, as well as the Viennese classical repertoire.

About the artist

Mahan’s life has always been filled with music, and at the age of 4, inspired by attending a concert given by the Labeque Sisters, she decided that she wanted to be a concert pianist. She subsequently began piano studies with her mother, Bobette Mahan, and gave her first solo recital two years later at the age of 6.

Mahan’s greatest musical influence came from her studies with the celebrated French pianist Pascal Roge, with whom she studied the music of the French Impressionists. Rogé, who traces his musical heritage directly back to the great French tradition of Debussy and Ravel, was not only an important pianistic influence on Katie, but also inspired her to devote years of study to the search for understanding of French music, art and stylistic tradition. Today, Mahan’s playing epitomizes the French style of elegance, beauty and poetry.

“Seasoned concertgoers who have already heard Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, long acclaimed as the best interpreter of Debussy and Ravel, were impressed by Katie Mahan,” said Thomas Veszelits, of the Münchner Abendzeitung. “With such richness of color, perfection of tone and structural clarity, she takes her world class place alongside the Maestro.”

Since making her orchestral debut in 1999 performing Gershwin’s Concerto in F with the

Breckenridge Symphony, Mahan has appeared in concert throughout the U.S., Europe, Canada, the Middle East, Russia and Japan. She has performed with such celebrated conductors as Jiri Belohlavek, Marin Alsop — who described her as a pianist “in the style of Clara Schumann — Grant Cooper and Lawrence Leighton-Smith, among others, and in such famous halls as the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Prinzregenten Theatre in Munich and the Smetana Hall in Prague.

Mahan has participated in master classes by such musicians as Lang Lang, Simon Trpceski and Michel Béroff and has recently performed with orchestras including the Prague Philharmonia, Colorado Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, Cheyenne Symphony, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Boulder Philharmonic, Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra and the Wiener Residenz Orchestra, among others.

During the 2013-14 season, Mahan will be presented by Weltklassik am Klavier in a concert tour of Germany, along with recitals and concerto performances throughout Europe and the U.S. She has recorded six independently released CDs, featuring diverse repertoire, and is currently in the process of recording a series of three CDs at the famous Emil Berliner Studios in Berlin. The first CD, a Chopin album, was recorded in February, followed by a Debussy album and a Beethoven album, both scheduled for July.

Mahan was a protégé of Howard Waltz — himself a student of the legendary French pianist Robert Casadesus — and studied with Robert Spillman at the University of Colorado College of Music, where she graduated with highest honors. Mahan is a

Steinway artist and was awarded the Classic Superstar 2008 award by the Berliner Salon.


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