From noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University’s weekly series “A Little Lunch Music” will present pianist Jeremy Samolesky, Professor of Piano and Head of Keyboard Studies at Auburn University.
The program, titled “Light through Darkness,” will feature music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Leoš Janáček and Marjan Mozetich. This performance is made possible in part by a gift from Larry Gerber and Louise Katainen and an anonymous gift.
A native of Manitoba, Canada, Samolesky has appeared on concert stages across four continents including a full recital at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., that was broadcast nationally on NPR’s “Performance Today.” Samolesky performs and teaches around the world, with recent appearances in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Colombia, Ecuador, Serbia, Italy and the U.S. His students are frequent competition winners and regular recipients of esteemed scholarships and assistantships at highly regarded music programs throughout the country.
Samolesky’s debut solo CD on Centaur Records was praised by critics as “brilliant,” “distinguished,” and “full of intensity and drama.” His subsequent CD with clarinetist David Odom, “Max Reger: Complete Works for Clarinet and Piano,” was released by Albany Records.
Samolesky achieved the rare distinction of graduating with two doctoral degrees—one in piano performance and one in collaborative piano—from the Eastman School of Music. He was selected as the first-place winner of the 2016–17 American Prize in Piano Performance, Professional Division and was awarded the “Excellence in Teaching” award from Auburn University.