Alexander Schimpf, winner of the 2011 Cleveland Piano Competition, will be the featured performer for the Jamestown Concert Association's second concert of the 2012-13 season. The concert will be at 8 p.m. Friday at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 410 N. Main St., Jamestown.
Schimpf has established himself as a rising star in the classical music world. He quickly rose to the top of the Competition's field of 26 gifted pianists as his performance enthralled audiences, gained the respect of the jury and earned rave reviews from the critics.
Born in Gottingen, Germany in 1981, Schimpf attended the Musikhochschule Dresden and the Musikhochschule Wurzburg. Pianists Cecile Ousset and Janina Fialkowska also played and important role in his artistic development.
In addition to the Cleveland Competition, Schimpf won First Prize at the 2008 German Music Competition in the solo piano category, as well as the 2009 Beethoven Competition in Vienna. He also was awarded the Audience Prize by vote of those in attendance at the final round of the Cleveland Competition.
Schimpf has performed with numerous orchestras in Germany as well as the Vienna Chamber Orchestra in Austria. He has performed recitals in France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, England and South America. Schimpf also played with the Chautauqua Symphony this past summer.
The program for the evening will include Bach's French Suite No. 5, Debussy's Images II and L'isle joyeuse, Beethoven's Piano Sonata c minor op. 13 and Ballade No. 2 in b minor by Liszt.
Tickets for this concert are $20 adult and $17 senior with at $2 discount for tickets purchased in advance. College students are $7.50. Students 18 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. Tickets may be purchased at the Reg Lenna Box Office, Germaine and Pappalardo, Wright's Music Shed and Trinity Guitar. Special sponsors for this concert are Jamestown Community College and Jamestown's Rental Properties, LLC.
The association is supported in part by the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation, New York?State Council for the Arts, United Arts Appeal and the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.
For more information please call 484-7070, 487-1522 or visit www.jamestownconcertassociation.org.