THIBODAUX – The Nicholls State University Department of Music will present a recital by guest pianist Ariane Alexander-Liao at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 4, in Talbot Theater on campus.
Alexander-Liao has performed as a soloist and led master-classes at both the preparatory and collegiate levels throughout the United States and Great Britain. As a collaborative artist and chamber musician, she has performed with artists including Janos Starker, Yair Kless, Angela Fuller, Tanya Reminikova and Sally O’Reilly. She has a private studio in Houston, Texas, where she prepares students for collegiate studies. She also serves as assistant director and piano faculty member at the “Bravo! Summer String and Keyboard Institute” at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Performing her first recital at age 3, and soloing with an orchestra by age 12, Alexander-Liao received her early pianistic training at the Julliard School of Music, studying with Richard Faber. She continued her studies at Indiana University, the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of Houston Moores School of Music, earning a doctoral degree in piano performance working with Abbey Simon, Horacio Gutierez and Ruth Tomfohrde.
Alexander-Liao’s Nicholls performance will include works from the 20th century piano repertoire, including Geroge Crumb’s “Makrokosmos,” a masterpiece associated with the avant-garde movement of the 1960s. Based on the signs of the zodiac, the piece uses unconventional methods to create new sonorities on the instrument including playing inside of the piano. The performance is free and open to the public.