College of Fine Arts and Design

UCO to Present an Evening with Resident Artist Valery Kuleshov

November 22, 2011

The University of Central Oklahoma will present Maestro Valery Kuleshov, UCO artist-in-residence, in the College of Fine Arts and Design's annual fundraising concert titled "Toast to the Maestro" at 7 p.m., Nov. 27 at the UCO Jazz Lab.

An honored artist of the Russian Federation, Kuleshov will perform "The Seasons, Op. 37 bis" by Pyotr Tchaikovsky as well as works by Alexander Scriabin and Camille Saint-Saens.

Kuleshov has won numerous international and national awards for his expert piano performances.  He was the silver medalist, second prize and special prize-winner at the Ninth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and won first prize at the Pro Piano International Competition in New York.  Kuleshov is also credited with transcribing by ear ten unpublished piano transcriptions from listening to long-playing recordings of pianist Vladmir Horowitz.

"Valery is a true master of piano.  His artistry has earned a loyal following.  Each time he performs we have new audience members and undoubtedly, we see their faces again the next year," said Lori Alspaugh, UCO College of Fine Arts and Design Development Director.

Paul Sweet, UCO graduate student in piano studies, will open the concert with three movements from "Pétrouchka" by Stravinksy.  Sweet's competition credits include semifinalist finishes in the Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International Piano Competition and the Nina Wideman International Piano Concerto Competition and first place in UCO's Concerto Competition.

Guests attending the event will have a chance to sample a variety of custom-made cupcakes from Gigi's cupcakes paired with champagne and wine selections from Edmond Wine Shop.

To make reservations for "Toast to the Maestro," contact Lori Alspaugh at (405) 974-3778 or  There is a recommended donation of $50 for the event with all proceeds benefitting the College of Fine Arts and Design.

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