January 25, 2010
Writer: Writer: Don Sparhawk

Pianist Stephen Beus will perform Rachmaninoff 's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini in A minor Opus 43 with the Brigham Young University-Idaho Symphony Orchestra Thursday and Friday, Feb. 11 and 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Barrus Concert Hall at Brigham Young University-Idaho.

Under the direction of Robert Tueller, the orchestra will also perform Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 4 Romantic.

Described by the Fort Worth Star Telegram as a pianist of "artistic instinct and natural charisma," Beus is recognized as one of the most promising pianists of his generation. In the space of four months, he won first prize in the 2006 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, first place in the Vendome Prize International Competition (Lisbon), and was awarded the Max I. Allen Fellowship of the American Pianists Association.

The fourth of eight children, he was born and raised in Othello, Wash., and started lessons at age five. Four years later he made his orchestral debut playing Mozart's Concerto K. 488. He holds degrees from Whitman College and The Juilliard School, where his teachers have included Leonard Richter and Robert McDonald.

Tickets are $8 for the general public and $4 for BYU-Idaho students and employees. They may be purchased from the BYU-Idaho Ticket Office, by calling 496-2230, or online at www.byui.edu/tickets.