April 4, 2003 :: No. 188
At seven, Serge Nikolay Martinchuk
began his piano studies at a music school in the Ukraine.
By age 16 he graduated with honors and moved to the United
States. Since moving to the US he has studied piano with Vitally
Margulis and Walter Ponce, and has taken first place in the
Pasadena (California) Piano Competition and was a prizewinner
in the Los Angeles Liszt Competition. He has participated
in master classes of Lev Vlasenko—former chair of the
Tchaikovsky Competition, Leon Fleisher and Jerome Lowenthal.
Martinchuk’s performances have run on television, including
a performance of Brahms' Paganini Variations, and earlier
this month he performed Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto with
the West Coast Symphony, which was aired on central coast
classical radio station 93.7 KDB.
Martinchuk received his Master of Music degree in piano performance
from UCLA. He is currently finishing a Doctor of Musical Arts
degree in piano performance under the guidance of Paul Berkowitz
at UCSB. His dissertation deals with the Moments Musicaux
Op. 16 of Rachmaninoff.
Martinchuk has taught piano at Master's College in Santa
Clarita and Westmont College in Santa Barbara and currently
holds a teaching assistantship at UCSB. He was asked to join
the keyboard faculty at California State University, Fullerton
on a part-time basis in the Fall of 2001.
||Frederick Chopin ................... Etude, Op.
10 No. 1-12
Frederick Chopin ................... Etude, Op. 25 No. 1-12
||Elizabeth Champion, College of the Arts at 657-278-2434