CUA to Host Piano Series, 2/28

CUA to Host Piano Series, 2/28

Nikita Fitenko, associate professor of piano at The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at Catholic University, will perform at 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Ward Recital Hall, as part of the newly established Washington International Piano Series at CUA.

Fitenko co-directs the Washington International Piano Festival along with Ivo Kaltchev, associate professor and head of the Piano Division. In his performance, Fitenko will be joined by cellist Michael Mermagen and pianist Katerina Zaitseva. The program includes Prokofiev-Pletnev's "Cinderella Suite for Two Pianos," Prokofiev's "Sonata in A Major, Op. 82," and Rachmaninov's "Sonata for Cello and Piano in G Minor, Op. 19."

The Washington International Piano Series at CUA, sponsored by the Piano Division, showcases the school's new 9-foot New York Steinway D concert grand piano. All concerts in the series are free.

Fitenko has performed recitals and with orchestras in the former Soviet Union, Europe, Asia, and South and North America. He has appeared as a soloist with such orchestras as St. Petersburg Capella Symphony, Russian Chamber Philharmonic, Russian Philharmonic Orchestra of Moscow, and others. In addition to concerts in the United States, his future engagements this year will take him to Italy, England, Spain, China, South Korea, Japan, and Russia.

While performing a wide and diverse repertoire, Fitenko is an acknowledged master of Russian piano music. A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, he graduated from the St. Petersburg State Conservatory. After receiving the Anton Rubinstein Memorial Award, he came to the United States to study, pursuing his master's and doctoral degrees at the University of North Texas. Fitenko has been invited to serve on many international piano competition juries. Among his students are winners of national and international competitions including the National MTNA Competition.