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Guest Artists Here for Violin-Piano Recital Saturday

February 12, 2007

Bedelian 2.jpgFebruary 12, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - The husband-and-wife team of violinist Haroutune Bedelian and pianist Lorna Griffitt bring their talents and international reputations to DePauw University for a Saturday, February 17 recital. The duo -- regularly featured in chamber music festivals in Italy and in Brazil -- will perform in Thompson Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center. The 7:30 p.m. concert is free and open to all.

Griffitt, member of the DePauw University School of Music faculty from 1984-93, currently teaches along with Bedelian at the University of California - Irvine.

Lorna Griffitt began her performing career at 16 as a soloist with the Louisville lorna griffitt.gifOrchestra under the direction of Robert Whitney, in a performance of the Grieg "Piano Concerto in A Minor." She received her doctorate with distinction in piano performance from Indiana University. Haroutune Bedelian is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, London, where, at age twenty, he won the first prize in the BBC Violin Competition.

The program they will play at DePauw will be repeated in London on April 1 as part of the London Chamber Music Society Sunday Concert Series. The origins of this series can be traced back to the Victorian Peoples Concert Society, which gave its first concert in Whitechapel in 1879. Famous artists such as Arthur Rubenstein, haroutune bedelian.gifEugene Ysaye, Percy Grainger and Myra Hess have also appeared on the series.

Bedelian and Griffitt's most recent recording is A Century of American Music for Violin and Piano, and they recently recorded a compact disc for Centaur Records of Six Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin of J.S. Bach with piano accompaniment by Robert Schumann.

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