School of Music


March 24–25, 2017


YouTube link for the live-stream of tomorrow night's WIU Piano Festival Guest Performance by
The Lomazov/Rackers Piano Duo, featuring Marina Lomazov and Joseph Rackers...

Marina Lomazov and Joseph Rackers, Guest Artists

The Lomazov Rackers Piano Duo garnered wide attention as the Second Prize Winners of the Sixth Biennial Ellis Duo Piano Competition, the only national competition for piano duo in the United States at that time. Since then, they have performed as recitalists and in concert with orchestras throughout the United States and Europe, including performances at the Kiev International Music Festival (Ukraine), Varna International Piano Festival (Bulgaria), Moulin d'Andé Arts Festival (France), Burgos International Music Festival (Spain) and Infiorata di Genzano (Italy) in addition to appearances in every region of the United States.

Praised as a "diva of the piano" (Salt Lake City Tribune), Marina Lomazov has performed throughout the United States, Europe, South America and China. She has won prizes in the Gina Bachauer, Cleveland, William Kapell and Hilton Head international piano competitions and was the first pianist to be awarded the Artist Diploma at the Eastman School of Music in nearly two decades. Praised for "unflappable virtuosity" (American Record Guide), Joseph Rackers has performed throughout the United States, Bulgaria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Spain and Ukraine at venues including the Shanghai and Sichuan Conservatories of Music (China), Dame Myra Hess Concert Series (Chicago), Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), Yantai International Music Festival (China). He is the recipient of the prestigious Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music.


Ms. Lomazov and Mr. Rackers each hold the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance from the Eastman School of Music and both serve on the piano faculty of the University of South Carolina School of Music where they co-direct the Southeastern Piano Festival.

More Information about the Guest Artists

Marina Lomazov
Joseph Rackers

Schedule of Events

Friday, March 24, 7:30PM: Recital
Saturday, March 25, 9:30AM–12:00 noon: Masterclass for high school and college pianists

Masterclass Auditions

Students interested in performing in the masterclass should submit a recording of the solo work they would like to play no later than March 3, 2017. Recordings can be submitted as an mp3/mp4 attachment or web link to Dr. Jeffrey Brown at Please contact Dr. Brown with repertoire questions or other inquiries related to the Piano Festival.
All events are free of charge and will take place in the College of Fine Arts and Communication Recital Hall at Western Illinois University.

The 2017 WIU Piano Festival is made possible by the generous support of Professor Emeritus Hyung Ja Kim.

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