Huntingdon News

April 06, 2010
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Huntingdon College
News Release

Van Cliburn Winner Performs for Huntingdon’s Cheek Piano Concert Series

Montgomery, Ala.—Huntingdon College will present Evgeni Bozhanov, winner of the 13th International Van Cliburn piano competition, as the guest artist for the final concert in the Elizabeth Belcher Cheek Piano Concert Series for the 2010–11 academic year, Tuesday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the College’s Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

About Bozhanov’s performance at the 2009 Van Cliburn competition, journalist Scott Cantrell of the Dallas Morning News wrote, “Evgeni Bozhanov ... is the most compelling musical personality I’ve heard in the 3-1/2 Cliburns I’ve covered. He can produce more nuances of tone in a measure of music than most pianists find in a lifetime, but everything seems so organic. [...] On musical grounds, he’s clearly ready for a major career, and he’s got the makings of a legend.”

Born in Rousse, Bulgaria, Bozhanov made his orchestral debut with his hometown orchestra at age 12. Currently pursuing post-graduate studies at the Robert Schumann Musikhochschule in Duesseldorf, Germany, he earned top prizes at the 2008 Casagrande (Terni, Italy), 2006 Carl Bechstein (Ruhr, Germany), and 2004 Chopin competitions. He has performed in several major concert halls in Germany and is planning a tour of Italy.

The Cheek Piano Concert Series has brought some of the world’s greatest young pianists to Montgomery for free public performances in Ligon Chapel, thanks to the generosity of Ben F. Cheek III and his family in memory of his first wife, Huntingdon alumna Elizabeth Belcher Cheek.

Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college. The College motto, “Enter to grow in wisdom; go forth to apply wisdom in service,” is inscribed in stone above the front door of John Jefferson Flowers Hall.


Su Ofe
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1500 East Fairview Avenue • Montgomery, Alabama 36106
Office: (334) 833-4515 • Cell: (334) 324-6591


Su Ofe
Associate Vice President for
Communications and Marketing
Office: (334) 833-4515
Cell: (334) 324-6591

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