For Immediate Release — Monday, November 28, 2005


Mary E. McCrank

Media Relations Officer

(585) 245-5516

Rebecca Penneys to Perform Dec. 4 at SUNY Geneseo

GENESEO, N.Y. — Internationally acclaimed pianist Rebecca Penneys will perform a concert at the State University of New York at Geneseo at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in Wadsworth Auditorium.

Tickets to the concert are $5 for students and $8 for adults and will be available at the door. It is sponsored by Geneseo's Friends of Music. For more information, call (585) 245-5824.

"She is one of the most dynamic, engaging and memorable performers of our century," said Amy Stanley, associate professor in Geneseo's School of the Arts.

Penneys leads a distinguished career as a recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral soloist, educator and adjudicator. For five decades, her passionate and insightful performances have held audiences spellbound. Hailed as a pianist of prodigious talent, she possesses a daredevil technique, the sort of charismatic stage presence that demands attention, and an interpretive gift that make her performances revelatory.

Penneys has been a professor of piano at the Eastman School of Music since 1980 and chair of the Chautauqua Institution Piano Department since 1985. She has been a resident artist at the Chautauqua Festival since 1978, and in 2003 she celebrated her 25th anniversary season by performing Beethoven's "Emperor Concerto" with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. In 2001, she was appointed visiting artist at St. Petersburg College, Florida.

Performing in the Unites States, East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Europe, Israel and Canada, Penneys is a popular guest artist, keynote speaker and teacher at national and international music conventions. Her artistry and deeply poetic insight have won her a large and loyal following. In 2002, she officially became an exclusive Steinway Artist and since then has given many concerts for Steinway & Sons.

Born in Los Angeles, Penneys made her recital debut at the age of 9 and performed as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra when she was 11. At 17, after winning many national young artist competitions, she was awarded the unprecedented Special Critics' Prize at the Seventh International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland. Critics there described her as a genius of the piano. Subsequently, she won the Most Outstanding Musician Prize at the Fifth Vianna Da Motta International Piano Competition (Portugal) and was Top Prizewinner in the Second Paloma O'Shea International Piano Competition (Spain). In 1974, she founded the acclaimed New Arts Trio, which won the prestigious Naumburg Award for Chamber Music (New York) on two separate occasions. The Trio has been Trio-in-Residence at the Chautauqua Institution since 1978.

A renowned pedagogue, Penneys has received extensive recognition for her ability to teach keyboard technique (motion and emotion) that allows pianists to achieve individual performance goals without physical strain or injury. At the Chautauqua Festival, she has created an extremely popular summer program combining traditional and innovative methods that is unique in the world of piano instruction. An annual four-day residential Pedagogy Workshop for teachers (Pedagogy As Art & Craft) inaugurated in August 2004 is part of the exhilarating piano events that conclude each season's activities.

Audiences everywhere are drawn to her keen musical intelligence, effortless technique, and seemingly endless imagination. The San Francisco Examiner wrote in a review, "Her performance was nothing short of revelatory: a taut, kinetic brand of music making that had you holding on to your seat."

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