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Southeastern Piano Festival

The Southeastern Piano Festival transforms the University of South Carolina School of Music and Columbia into a major cultural destination that draws in audiences and young piano talent from across the United States.

Marina Lomazov and Joseph Rackers, artistic directors

Save the date SEPF is back!
June 12-19, 2022 at the University of South Carolina
School of Music.  

Don’t miss the prestigious piano festival that draws audiences and young pianists from across the United States. This year’s schedule features Winner of the Naumburg International Piano Competition and the recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant , Awadagin Pratt; Gilmore Young Artist Award winner Natasha Paremski; Beethoven aficionado Richard Goode and many more!

SEPF celebrates 20 years! Celebrating SEPF alumni in sound, word and image. 

9 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Soda City Market

SEPF Preview on THE CONCERT TRUCK. Come enjoy the hustle and bustle of Soda City and enjoy the SEPF preview on The Concert Truck.


Featuring 20 illustrious alumni in solo, duo and piano ensembles.  This show will be true piano fireworks come live in sound, word and images.


Artist showcase Canadian pianist and Gold Medalist of 1984 Leeds International Piano Competition, John Kimura Parker is known for his charisma, infectious enthusiasm and dynamic performances.

7:30 p.m. | ERIC LU, alumni showcase.

An alum of SEPF and Gold Medalist of 2018 Leeds International Piano Competition as well as top prize winner of the Chopin Warsaw International Piano Competition.

7:30 p.m. | FABIO BIDINI, artist showcase.

Awarded first prize in eleven of Italy’s most prestigious national piano competitions and the recipient of the top prizes awarded in eight international competitions - Terni, Köln, Busoni 1988 and 1992, Pretoria, Marsala, London and the Van Cliburn. 

7:30 p.m. | JOYCE YANG, artist showcase.

Silver medallist of Van Cliburn and Grammy-nominated pianist Joyce Yang captivates audiences with her virtuosity, lyricism, and interpretive sensitivity.

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. | Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition.

Sponsored by the Symphony League of South Carolina Philharmonic free.

7:30 p.m. | Winners Recital
The winners of the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition are featured in evening of dazzling showstoppers. 

Johnson Performance Hall (Darla Moore School of Business).

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About the Festival

The Southeastern Piano Festival is a high-level training platform for young pianists, a presenter of new and world-renowned concert pianists and master teachers, an advocate for new piano music, and a vehicle for exploring different roles the piano plays on stage and beyond.

Twenty of some of the best precollege pianists on the piano scene today take part in a rigorous program that includes daily lessons with USC piano faculty, master classes with guest artists and up to five hours of practice a day.

The week's events culminate with the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition, adjudicated by a distinguished panel of judges. Winners of the competition receive cash awards and the opportunity to perform with the South Carolina Philharmonic.

For music lovers, the Festival offers nightly concerts by a rich lineup of world-class pianists.

The Southeastern Piano Festival presents a perfect symbiosis of the new generation of pianists in search of inspiration and challenge and the world-class guest artists who provide that inspiration.

The attraction of the Festival lies in its versatility: whether you're a budding piano virtuoso, an educator or a music aficionado, the Festival offers something for everyone who loves piano.

The Southeastern Piano Festival is solely supported through generous contributions from people like you. Many Festival concerts are sold-out affairs. You can ensure that you will have a seat at the next outstanding concert by making a contribution to the festival. Your support will allow the University of South Carolina School of Music to continue to bring the festival to you. To make a contribution, please contact Polly Laffitte, 803-777-4337, or you may contribute online here.

Konzert Kidz

KonZert KidZ, an initiative begun in summer of 2016, became a full-fledged movement with more than 300 children and adults attending concerts at the Southeastern Piano Festival, with free tickets for  kids and reduced ticket prices for adults. Designed to attract young audiences to concert halls, KonZert KidZ gives children the foundation for a life-long appreciation of the concert experience. Learn more.

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