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School of Music Presents Bair Shagdaron Piano Concert Feb. 9

BOONE — Bair Shagdaron, the newest member of the Appalachian State University School of Music keyboard faculty, will perform Friday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m. in Appalachian’s Rosen Concert Hall in Broyhill Music Center.

Admission is free and the public is welcome.

Shagdaron will perform Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Ten Preludes, Op. 23″ and Frederic Chopin’s “Ballade in F minor, Op. 52″ and “Polonaise in A-flat Major, Op. 53.”

For more information, call (828) 262-3020.

Shagdaron was born in Moscow, Russia, and began studying music at age 4.

In 1964, he entered the prestigious Moscow Gnessins Music School for Gifted Children. He earned a doctorate degree in piano performance from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory where he studied under the renowned Tatiana Nikolaeva.

He became an assistant professor at the conservatory in 1988.

In 1990, he earned a second degree from the conservatory in composition, studying with Albert Leman.

An accomplished soloist, Shagdaron took fourth prize at the 1980 International J.S. Bach Competition in Leipzig, Germany and third prize at the 1992 International Competition for Piana and Orchestra in Mazara del Vallo, Italy.

Also in 1992, he was awarded the honorary title of “The People’s Artist of Buryat Republic.”

He has taught master classes in Japan and has performed throughout the United States Russia, Japan, Germany, Italy, Protugal, Belgium and Mongolia.

Shagdaron came to the United States in 1996 to teach at Ottawa University in Kansas.

He joined Appalachian’s music faculty in the fall of 2000 as an assistant professor of piano.