Marina Lomazov, USA, 2011
Tour Dates
  • 19 Apr - 30 Apr, 2011

Tour Dates: 19 Apr - 30 Apr, 2011

"…In Ms. Lomazov's outgoing performance the work's tongue-in-cheek turns made their point, drawing laughter mixed with admiration for both ...
- The New York Times (May 20, 2009), Allan Kozinn

 

Biography

Called “a diva of the piano” by the Salt Lake City Tribune, Ukrainian-American pianist Marina Lomazov has established herself as one of the most passionate and charismatic performers on the concert scene today. Following prizes in many piano competitions, Ms. Lomazov has given performances throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Lomazov recently became a Steinway Artist, and was presented with a Steinway Grand Piano at a surprise ceremony in June of 2009, an unprecedented and incredibly generous gift from the citizens of Columbia, South Carolina. Recognized by The New York Times for her virtuosity and wit, Lomazov's recent performances include recitals in New York City (Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall and Rockefeller University), Chicago (Dame Myra Hess Concert Series), Los Angeles (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) and Boston (Symphony Hall). As orchestral soloist, Ms. Lomazov has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic (NY), South Carolina Philharmonic, Graz Höchschulorchester (Austria), Bollington Festival Orchestra (England) and Chernigoff Symphony Orchestra (Ukraine).

Ms. Lomazov holds degrees from the Juilliard School and the Eastman School of Music, the latter also granting her the highly coveted Artist’s Certificate, an honor the institution had not bestowed upon a pianist for nearly two decades. Lomazov also performs as part of the Lomazov/Rackers piano duo, which was awarded Second Prize at the Sixth Biennial Ellis Competition for Duo Pianists in 2005, the only national duo piano competition in the United States at that time. She has recorded for Albany Records, Arizona University Recordings, Centaur Records and Innova Recordings. In July of 2009, Centaur Records released her latest recording of solo piano works by Rodion Shchedrin. She has been featured on the "Bravo" cable channel, and her live performances are broadcasted regularly on public radio stations. Lomazov is Associate Professor of Piano at the University of South Carolina School of Music where she is also the founder and artistic director of the Southeastern Piano Festival.

 

Reviews

"…In Ms. Lomazov's outgoing performance the work's tongue-in-cheek turns made their point, drawing laughter mixed with admiration for both Mr. Bolcom's and Ms. Lomazov's comic deftness."
-The New York Times (May 20, 2009), Allan Kozinn

"Big-boned virtuosity..."
-The New York Times (March 27, 2008), Bernard Holland

"… Lomazov brought particular delicacy to it's opening "Reflets dans l'Eau", and her brilliant dexterity made the concluding "Mouvement" a sparkling dazzler... The piano music of Rodion Shchedrin is not frequently heard in this country, though his orchestral scores surface occasionally, but Lomazov made one wish to hear again the suite from "The Humpbacked Horse", originally a ballet score. The folk-like "Girls Roundelay" and the jazz-infused "Scherzino" movements were especially delightful. "Basso Ostinato" seemed like an expressionist film score - one heard echoes of Prokofiev and Moussorgsky."
-The Post and Courier (January 2007 ), Charleston, SC , George Hubbard

"Lomazov was mesmerizing to watch and a delight to the ear as she led the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor... So ferocious was the pace that Lomazov was near impossible to watch while her fingers moved with superhuman speed... An audible "wow" was heard from the audience in the brief moment before the closing allegro... Members of the audience began to lean forward in their own seats as she reached the magnificent climax of the concerto and sparked the room to their feet with the final note."
-San Bernardino Sun (October 2005), Redlands, CA , Steven Sabel

"Lomazov's majestic sweep and passionate conviction made this concert [Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concerto] individual and memorable... Her performance created a frenzied standing ovation at its conclusion."
-The Post and Courier (June 2005) , Charleston, SC, William Furtwangler

"One of the many remarkable things about Lomazov's playing is how she makes every nuance seem perfectly natural and absolutely right. In Lomazov's hands the second-movement Andante [Shostakovich Concerto No. 2] was gorgeous, the soft notes glistening in the air as she flowed over the keys. Her performance was affectionate and personal, like an intimate moment shared with a lover - perfect for this Valentine's weekend concert. The audience returned the emotion with an immediate and universal standing ovation, summoning Lomazov for numerous curtain calls: they just couldn't get enough of her."
-The State (February 2005), Columbia, SC

"Lomazov's performance was a winning combination of vitality, technique and artistry. Her vigorous playing actually seemed almost effortless at times, her fingers shimmering over the keyboard and coaxing cascades of sound... It was simply the best piano playing I have ever witnessed"
-The State (September 2003), Columbia, SC, Phil Melita

"Marina Lomazov gave the well-known work (Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto #1) thrilling dimensions with dazzling fingerwork throughout, remarkable power in the more assertive crescendos and subtle poetry in the quieter passages. She astonished her enraptured audience with a memorably strong performance of the great work."
-The State (October 2002), Columbia, SC, Eugene Jones

"Marina Lomazov thrilled the overflow crowd with power and charm. Her slender figure conceals great tensile strength of backbone and forearms, which fully supported an enormous range of dynamics and of tone color, and made her performance riveting both to watch and to hear."
- The Register (February 2002), Des Moines, IA, Bruce Carr

"Marina Lomazov is certainly one of the best young pianists in America today. She plays with fire in her fingers and such a passion for the music that she carries the audience into a land of musical fantasy, like few pianists do."
-Gainesville Times (April 2002), Gainesville, GA, Tom Nichols

"Her playing was of the highest order of musical excellence. Uncommonly talented, powerful and splendidly accomplished interpreter of whatever music she chooses to perform."
-The Key West Citizen (January 2002), Key West, FL, Chisholm Gentry

"It was a performance that accomplished the seemingly impossible feat of utterly redefining one of the most familiar works in the piano repertoire (Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No.1)."
- The Patriot Ledger (October 2001), Plymouth, MA, Jon Lehman

"In recent months the Myra Hess concert series has shown us a succession of outstandingly gifted pianists. Calling any one of them the best yet is a bit rash, but it is tempting to say that about Marina Lomazov. Her concert June 27 was simply spectacular. Technical power and brilliance can be expected from Russian-trained pianists, but not many combine them with this high degree of musicality."
-International Music Foundation Website (July 2001), Chicago, IL, Dan Tucker

"No pianist performing in Key West has ever played better or more brilliantly than lavishly gifted and dynamically self-confident Ms. Lomazov"
-The Key West Citizen (November 2000), Key West, FL, Ray Baker

"… Lomazov put a real individual stamp on this familiar music (Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto #1)..."
-Boston Herald (June 2000), Boston, MA, T.J.Medrek

"It is easy to make the piano sing. Making it cry is far more difficult. But that's exactly what Ukrainian-born pianist Marina Lomazov did… Execution of dazzling musicianship that demanded not only superior piano technique but also the intelligence to conceive of the music's framework and the emotional range to carry it off."
-The Knoxville News-Sentinel (January 2000), TN, Harold Duckett

"Lomazov has a velvet touch…[Her] fingers were amazingly independent, creating an enormous spectrum in her sound palette. Lomazov has a captivating demeanor to her playing… Lomazov was turbocharged with Beethoven's Op. 111 C Minor Sonata. Her steely fingers sparkled fireworks. When the music required Lomazov to sing, she proved herself a diva of the piano."
-The Salt Lake City Tribune (July 1998), UT, Jeff Manookian

"…a mesmerizing risk-taker… an extroverted pianist who blends emotional zeal with superb control… Lomazov gave the most remarkable performance… (of Beethoven's Fourth Piano concerto). She was poised, confident and heroic and brought an ebullience to the final movement of Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto we don't often hear from pianists of renown."
-The Plain Dealer (August 1995) Cleveland, OH, Donald Rosenberg

"Lomazov's performance was a winning combination of vitality, technique and artistry. Her vigorous playing actually seemed almost effortless at times, her fingers shimmering over the keyboard and coaxing cascades of sound... It was simply the best piano playing I have ever witnessed"
-The State (September 2003), Columbia, SC, Phil Melita

"Marina Lomazov is certainly one of the best young pianists in America today. She plays with fire in her fingers and such a passion for the music that she carries the audience into a land of musical fantasy, like few pianists do."

"In recent months the Myra Hess concert series has shown us a succession of outstandingly gifted pianists. Calling any one of them the best yet is a bit rash, but it is tempting to say that about Marina Lomazov. Her concert June 27 was simply spectacular. Technical power and brilliance can be expected from Russian-trained pianists, but not many combine them with this high degree of musicality."
-International Music Foundation Website (July 2001), Chicago, IL, Dan Tucker

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