German pianist will share talent with students

Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society performance is part of Westobou Festival
German pianist Alexander Schimpf will perform Oct. 7 at the Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre at Augusta State University. The Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society performance is also a Westobou Festival event.



A young, world-class German pianist will come to Augusta on Sunday, Oct. 7, not only to share his talents for listeners of classical music, but also for the next generation of practitioners.

Alexander Schimpf will perform at 3 p.m. at the Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre at Augusta State University as the second concert in the 2012-13 series presented by the Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society.

Tickets are $25 or $7 for up to age 17 from (706) 667-4100 or

“The people we bring to the series, including (Schimpf), are people who spend their life playing music and perfecting their art,” said Quentin Kuyper, artistic co-director for the society. “They are world-class musicians, doing nothing but that. You don’t get that many who come to Augusta, Ga.

“It’s a wonderful experience and opportunity to hear this kind of artistry,” he said. “These people are a different class of performer. It’s just a totally different kind of musical experience.”

The premier classical music concert of the 2012 Westobou Festival, the recital will include the works of Bach, Ravel, Beethoven and Liszt.

Schimpf, born in 1981, has risen in the classical music world by winning notable competitions, including the prestigious Vienna Beethoven Piano Competition, and in 2011, he was the first German pianist to win first prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition.

With a new CD including the works of Ravel, Scriabin and Schubert coming out this year, Augusta is one stop on a tour of the United States this fall.

The society has five master classes in a season, and Schimpf will give a master class for piano majors at Augusta State.

Students will prepare pieces of music and play for the artist, Kuyper said, and he will give feedback to the aspiring musicians.

“It really means something different coming from a world-class artist like that,” he said. “Sometimes they take different approaches to prepare and think about it since they have a different kind of job.

“They think about music seriously and more deeply, and the insights they can give are really valuable to young students who were on the same track that (the artists) were 10 to 15 years earlier,” Kuyper said.

“It’s an eye-opening experience.”

Concerts in the series will include Cantus, a nine-voice men’s a capella choir Nov. 9; the Venice Baroque Orchestra on Jan. 25; Miles Hoffman with the American Chamber Players on Feb. 22; and the Millennium Brass Quintet on April 19.

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WHO: Alexander Schimpf, pianist, Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Series

WHEN: 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7

WHERE: Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University

COST: $25; $7 for children up to age 17; (706) 667-4100,