College of Fine Arts and Design

Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Medalist To Visit UCO

Sept. 20, 2012

The University of Central Oklahoma School of Music will welcome 1966 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Silver Medalist Barry Snyder for a solo piano performance at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4 at the Radke Fine Arts Theatre located in the UCO Center for Transformative Learning.


The program is free and open to the public and will include music by composers Domenico Scarlatti, Claude Debussy, Sydney Hodkinson, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Robert Schumann.

An acclaimed pianist and teacher, Snyder became an international sensation after winning three major prizes including the Van Cliburn silver medal.  Since then, Snyder has recorded over 40 CDs and has given concerts and master classes around the world.           

His home base is in Rochester, N.Y. where he is Professor of Piano at the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music, a role he has been in since 1970.  He is one of the 48 pianists listed in "The Most Wanted Piano Teachers in the USA," a book written by Benjamin Saver.

During Snyder's visit to Central, he will present two master classes for both Central students and the public.  The first master class will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, Oct. 5 and will focus on piano music for small chamber ensembles.  The second master class will take place from 2 to 4 p.m., Oct. 5 and will focus on solo piano works.  Both classes will take place in the Radke Fine Arts Theatre.              

For further information about Snyder's performance or for directions to the theatre, call the School of Music at 405-974-5004.  For a complete listing of UCO College of Fine Arts and Design performances and events, visit www.uco.edu/cfad/events.