Kent State University at Stark Music Department presents a piano recital by Laurent Boukobza on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Main Hall Auditorium, 6000 Frank Ave. NW in Jackson Township. The concert is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.
Boukobzaâ€™s piano performance for the Kent State Stark audience will include selections from notable composer Franz Liszt.
Born in Villemomble, France, Boukobza began studying piano at the age of 10. He graduated from the Paris Conservatory where he later worked as an assistant piano instructor. He made his first professional recording at the age of 21.
In addition to receiving the First Prize of Piano and Chamber Music Award from the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris, he has won many competitions, including the International Piano Competition of Radio France, the International Academy Maurice Ravel and the International Piano Competition of Sofia (Bulgaria). He was also a semi-finalist in the prestigious Queen Elizabeth International Piano Competition of Brussels. Boukobza enjoys his concert tours in conjunction with an active teaching career. His worldwide performances as a dazzling piano soloist and virtuosic chamber musician have earned him critical acclaim. He is the pianist in the famous Sirba Octet, featuring the world renowned Orchestre de Paris.
Boukobza immigrated to the United States in 1998, and is currently the professor of piano and chair of the Piano Studies Program at the University of Central Florida. He regularly performs at prestigious festivals all over the world.
For more information, contact the Music Department at 330-244-5151. To view a list of Kent State Starkâ€™s music events and learn more about the music program, visit www.stark.kent.edu/music.