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West Virginia pianist Dr. Peter Amstutz to perform Sept. 6

Aug. 31, 2011
For Immediate Release

By Natasha West, student news writer

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Dr. Peter Amstutz, professor of piano and coordinator of keyboard studies at West Virginia University, will present a guest piano recital on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. at Campbellsville University in The Gheens Recital Hall in the Gosser Fine Arts Center at 210 University Drive, Campbellsville, Ky.

Dr. Peter Amstutz 
 Dr. Peter Amstutz

He will be performing works by Beethoven, Byrd, Liszt and Bolcom, plus one of his own original compositions. Some of the numbers performed will be: “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 3” by Liszt, “Sechs Bagatellen” by Beethoven and his original work, “Long Ago (Improvisation).”

The recital is free and open to public.

A prizewinner in the Maryland International Piano Competition (subsequently renamed in honor of William Kapell) and medalist in the Casagrande International Piano Competition in Italy, Amstutz has performed throughout Europe and the United States. In recent years, he has also made frequent tours of Asia, presenting recitals and master classes in major cities of Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the People’s Republic of China.

Amstutz has also served as judge for the National Piano Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and for the William S. Boyd International Piano Competition.

During his student days at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Amstutz earned his master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees as a student of Leon Fleisher and his bachelor of music degree with Walter Hautzig.

As a Fulbright Scholar, he also studied in Austria for two years with Dieter Weber and Noel Flores at the Vienna Academy of Music.

Prior to joining the WVU faculty in 1988, Amstutz taught at the University of Colorado and at Oklahoma State University, where he received that institution’s highest prize for individual faculty members, the Burlington-Northern Faculty Achievement Award. Among his former students are many competition prizewinners and current faculty members at universities throughout the United States and Asia.

Examples of critical acclaim for performances by Amstutz come from, among many others, The New York Times (“Sweetly singing tone…”), the Denver Post (“Crisp, crystalline touch…a joyous performance”), the Edinburgh, Scotland Evening News (“Fresh and stylish…a fine performance”) and the Saarbruecken, Germany Saarbruecker Zeitung (“A great talent unforgettable).

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