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NFSO Concert April 12 - A German Spring Celebration

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


Asiya Korepanova, Guest Artist
Asiya Korepanova, Guest Artist

3/28/2014 - NFSO Season Finale Concert April 12 – “A German Spring Celebration” with Return Engagement of Guest Artist Asiya Korepanova

The mainstage of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center will be filled to capacity Saturday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. as the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, guest artist Asiya Korepanova, and more than 70 vocalists present the orchestra’s season finale concert “A German Spring Celebration” with the music of Mendelssohn, Schumann and Beethoven.

The concert features a return engagement of Wideman Competition Gold Medal winner Asiya Korepanova, formerly of Russia, who wowed NFSO patrons at the orchestra’s season opening concert with her remarkable piano talent and delicate beauty. Korepanova accepted an invitation to return to the stage with the NFSO to perform Beethoven’s majestic ,Fantasia in C Minor (Choral Fantasy) Op. 80 following the cancelation, due to personal reasons, of the previously announced piano soloist.

“The audience at our September concert was simply enthralled with Asiya and as a result we had already booked her to return for a smaller recital this summer which is nearly sold out,” said Jeffrey Rink, NFSO conductor and music director. “Thus, we are thrilled to be able to bring her back to the mainstage theater for our April 12 concert and allow more folks to hear her talent and one of Beethoven’s greatest works for piano and vocal chorale.”

Vocal soloists who will perform the Choral Fantasy along with Korepanova include Northwest Florida State College scholarship students Katie Pickler, soprano; Sivu Schlegel, tenor; and Donovan Black, bass, all three of Niceville, as well as NWFSC faculty members Jennifer Boudette, Alto; Maija Currie, soprano; and Jeremy Ribando, tenor. More than 60 talented community and student voices of the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale, and the Bell Voci and Madrigal vocal ensembles from Northwest Florida State College also perform.

Rink noted that Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy has an aura of exaltation that, with all the voices and musical talent on stage, will combine to make a magnificent conclusion to NFSO’s 27th performance season. In addition to the Choral Fantasy, the April 12 NFSO concert includes Beethoven’s Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, and Mendelssohn’s Overture to the Beautiful Melusine, a musical depiction of the story of the Little Mermaid. Spring will also be in the air with Robert Schumann’s “Spring” Symphony No. 1.

Tickets for the NFSO “A German Spring Celebration” concert are on sale now for $22.50 each for adults and $16 each for youth age 18 and younger. Active duty military members may purchase discounted tickets for $16 each with ID. NWFSC students may request one free ticket with a student ID in—person from the box office. For tickets, contact the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box office at (850) 729-6000 or purchase tickets online at the center's website at

The box office phone and in-person hours are Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. the evening of the concert for any available at-the-door tickets. The orchestra also sponsors a KATS program - Kids at the Symphony - which allows students in grades 2 to 12 who are selected by their school, to attend NFSO performances free of charge with their parents or family.

The NFSO is operated by Northwest Florida State College as a non-profit organization and relies on tax-deductible donations and corporate underwriting to continue the musical excellence and the symphony’s numerous educational endeavors for youth. The NFSO performs in residence at the college’s Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center in Niceville, where a custom orchestral shell provides an optimum acoustical experience for symphony patrons.

See NFSO season information on the symphony website at There is a $2 per ticket Box Office processing fee on all ticket sales.

GUEST ARTIST: Asiya Korepanova Bio

Born in Izhevsk, Udmurtia, near Pytor Tchaikovsky’s birthplace in a family of professional musicians, Asiya Korepanova started playing piano at the age of four.

Asiya has been a prizewinner of numerous international piano competitions, the most recent of which was the Wideman International Piano Competition in Shreveport, Louisiana, where she won the First Prize and the Gold Medal in 2012. Other prizes won have been at the Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Paris and the Classical Heritage and Young Artists Skriabin Competitions in Moscow.

Asiya has appeared as an orchestral soloist with the State Academic Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra of Russia under Mark Gorenstein, “The Moscow Virtuoses” chamber orchestra and National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia under Vladimir Spivakov, Hans Graf, Enrique Mazzola and Ion Marin, Ural Philharmonic Orchestra under Dmitri Liss, St. Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra, and many others. She has made numerous appearances on television and radio. She also performed in solo recitals and with various symphony orchestras in major concert halls in Russian Federation, Germany, Austria, Greece, Spain, France, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Israel, Kuwait, Syria, India, United States, Great Britain and Australia.

She has been invited to international music festivals including the Sarasota Music Festival , Oxford Philomusica Piano Festival (Great Britain), Vladimir Spivakov’s International Music Festivals in Colmar (France), in the Theatre Chatelet (Paris) and Tchaikovsky International Festival at the Tchaikovsky birthplace in Udmurtia.

Her talent has also been recognized by the “National Award” from the Republic of Udmurtia (2002), the “Berliner Salon” Award (2003) and prestigious Russian prize for the encouragement of the achievements in art and literature “Triumph” (youth category, 2005). In 2009 she became an Honored Artist of her native Udmurtia Republic and a soloist of Moscow Philharmonic Society.

Her extensive repertoire includes more than 50 concertos with orchestra including complete concertos of Prokofiev, Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Brahms, Liszt, Chopin and Ravel. The special place among the solo programs of her repertoire is occupied with fundamental cycles – The Well Tempered Clavier of Bach (both volumes) and his Goldberg Variations, Liszt’s Twelve Transcendental Etudes, Chopin’s complete Ballades, Scherzos, Impromptus, and significant works of Schubert, Schumann, Brahms and Tchaikovsky to name a few.

She made her solo debut recital at the age of eight and subsequently appeared with orchestra performing Mozart’s Eighth Concerto with her own cadenza. She completed her tertiary school education in Moscow Central Music School, graduated with degrees both in piano performance and composition.

Between 2001 and 2006, Asiya studied with Professor Elisso Virssaladze in the Moscow State Chopin College and the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. In 2009 she was chosen as the best graduate from the piano studio of Peter Laul of St. Petersburg Conservatory. Currently she is in a DMA program in the Frost School of Music, University of Miami, studying with Professor Santiago Rodriguez. She has also taken part in master classes with such great musicians as Roselyn Tureck, Menahem Pressler, Robert Levin and Claude Frank.

She was given at the age of 12 The Russian Federation’s President Award for “Exceptional Achievement in the Arts.” Since 1999 she’s been supported by the International Charity Foundation of Vladimir Spivakov.

Since childhood Asiya was very interested in graphic arts and writing poetry. In 1994 and 1998 she published two collections of her combined poems and graphics. Since 2007 she has implemented an unique project where she is presents fundamental piano cycles by great composers together with her commentary on each of the works in forms of pictures and poems.

Her first project “Euphoria on the Liszt” included a compact disc with the recording of the twelve Transcendental Etudes of Liszt as well as a personal recording of her poetry. An accompanying printed visual contained her personal drawings and poems which correlated with each of Liszt’s etudes. This project has had enthusiastic critical response and has been recognized as unique in the performing arts.

In 2008 Asiya gave a presentation of her second project performing The First Volume of Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier with 24 personal drawings for each piece and in 2010 she issued her newest project combining original poetry and watercolors with Tchaikovsky’s 18 pieces Op. 72, dedicated to the 170th anniversary of composer’s birth.