Talent abounds. It must be recognized and cultivated.
In Charleston, young pianists who show remarkable skill sometimes excel enough to find a seat next to the formidable piano teacher and practitioner Enrique Graf.
Graf is artist-in-residence at the College of Charleston and chairman and artistic director of the Charleston Academy of Music.
Some of his students populate the stage of the Simons Recital Hall during the Piccolo Spoleto Young Artists Series, which ends today with a noon concert featuring three young kings of the keyboard: Micah McLaurin, Irwin Jiang and Diego Suarez.
McLaurin plays Chopin’s Piano Sonata No. 2; Jiang performs Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 7; and Suarez gets the finger-mangling challenge of the first movement of Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 2.
It features “one of hardest cadenzas ever written for piano,” according to Graf. “It’s almost as long as the whole movement. Half is showing off. Then the piece ends quietly as if nothing has happened.”
Tickets for the noon concert at the Simons Recital Hall, 54 St. Philip St., are $11 and available at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival Box Office in the lobby of the Gaillard Auditorium, online at piccolospoleto.com, or by calling (866) 811-4111.
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