Date: 25 July 2013 (Thursday)
Venue: Recital Hall, 3rd floor, Block C, south wing campus.
J.S. Bach: Concerto for two pianos in c minor BWV 1060 Allegro Adagio Allegro
S. Rachmaninoff: Suite #2, Op. 17 for two pianos “Waltz”
R. Nathaniel: Dett Juba Dance from “Suite in the Bottoms”
J. Brahms: Variations on a theme by Haydn
CHRISTINE KEFFERSTAN graduated from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati where she earned her DMA with Israeli pianist David Bar-Illan. She has had additional coaching with Yeeha Chiu, Anna McGrosso, Sedmara Rutstein and Viachaslov Gabrielov. Recent international performances include recitals in London at St. Martin–in-the-Fields (2008 and 2010) and a performance for the 2010 British Flute Society, Manchester, England with Francesca Arnone. Interested in collaborations of all kinds, Kefferstan’s invited presentations in national venues include the 2003 MTNA conference, “Issues of Dance and Duality in Maurice Ravel’s two-piano transcription of La Valse” Salt Lake City, Utah and the 2009 MTNA conference “Dvorak’s Dumky Trio: Czech and Balance” Atlanta, GA. She has also performed for the National Women and Creativity Conference; the College Music Society; the 2009 Music in the Museums of Rio Festival, Rio de Janeiro; and the 2010 9th International Festival of Women Composers. Additional solo performances include recitals at the National Institute of Culture and History in Belize City, Belize, the Stifel Fine Arts Series, Wheeling, WV; the Silver Series, Plymouth, NH; and the Steinway Society Series, Pittsburgh. In 2011 Kefferstan performed the Ravel Concerto for Left Hand with the WVU Symphony Orchestra.
Kefferstan is a founding member of the Sarasvati PianoTrio. Selected appearances include The College Music Society 2006 National Conference in San Antonio, and the 2007 International Conference for Music Teachers National Association-Canadian Federation of Music Teachers and the Royal College of Music in Toronto. The Trio was featured on the 2007 Taft Museum of Art Chamber Music Series, Cincinnati, OH, the 2008 Spencer Memorial Concert Series, Emory, VA, the 2009 Music Teachers National Conference in Atlanta, GA and the 2010 Steinway Society of Western Pennsylvania Recital Series.
Upcoming engagements include guest artist recitals of works for two pianos in Malaysia and Indonesia July 2013; guest master classes at UCSI University, Medan, Maestro and Gloriamus School ; duo piano recital on the Pittsburgh Chatham University Concert Series in Sept 2013; and a lecture recital on the Piano Trio of Jennifer Higdon for the Intersection of Jazz and Classical Music Festival, June 2013.
Recognized by the WVU Division of Music and by the West Virginia Music Teachers Association for her excellence in teaching, Kefferstan is Professor of Piano at West Virginia University, Morgantown, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate piano majors. She is justifiably proud of her students who hold university, church and studio positions throughout the world.
Mary Kefferstan is a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. She has appeared at numerous music festivals throughout the United States and abroad, including Point CounterPoint Vermont, Casalmaggiore Italy International Festival, Apple Hill New Hampshire Summer Center for Chamber Music, ARIA International Academy, Chautauqua NY Music Festival, Brevard NC Music Center, and the Bowdoin Maine International Music Festival. Her enthusiasm for chamber music has led her to coachings with such ensembles as the Enso Quartet, the Penderecki String Quartet, and the Pittsburgh Piano Trio. In 2008, she won the Duquesne University Concerto Competition playing Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto and appeared as soloist with Duquesne University Symphony Orchestra performing Ravel’s Concerto in G. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Duquesne University, where she studied with Natasha Snitkovsky. Ms. Kefferstan recently completed a Master of Music degree from Bowling Green State University, where she studied with Laura Melton and received a full graduate assistantship to teach piano at the university level. Recipient of a post-graduate teaching fellowship for 2012-2013, Mary has taught all age students from children through adult at the New School for Music Study in Kingston, NJ. She will be full-time faculty at the New School beginning in 2013.