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March 18: Carnegie Mellon's School of Music Hosts World-Renowned Guest Artists Russell Sherman and Wha Kyung Byun


Kristi Ries                        

Eric Sloss

Carnegie Mellon's School of Music Hosts World-Renowned
Guest Artists Russell Sherman and Wha Kyung Byun

ShermanPITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's School of Music will host two guest artists from Boston's New England Conservatory, Russell Sherman, a world-renowned pianist and educator, and Wha Kyung Byun, a highly acclaimed piano teacher, March 30-31.
"The School of Music is honored to host these extremely accomplished pianists. Our students will undoubtedly benefit from their expertise," said Noel Zahler, head of the School of Music.
The New York Times calls Sherman "an extraordinary pianist and one of the most important piano teachers in America." Sherman will appear in recital at 8 p.m. on Monday, March 30 in Carnegie Mellon's Kresge Recital Hall, where he will perform Franz Liszt's 12 Transcendental Etudes. Sherman also will give a master class at noon on Tuesday, March 31 in Alumni Concert Hall.
Sherman, who made his debut at age 15, has been a soloist with many major orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has presented recitals throughout the U.S., Europe, South America and the former Soviet Union. Sherman is the first American to record both Beethoven's complete piano sonatas and his five piano concertos. He currently serves as Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at the New England Conservatory.
Byun, a professor of piano at the New England Conservatory, will lead a master class at noon on Monday, March 30 in Alumni Concert Hall. A native of Korea, Byun won several competitions and was chosen by Seoul's leading newspaper as the most talented young artist in the country. She has appeared as a soloist with many major orchestras in Korea, including the National Symphony Orchestra, and has performed in solo and chamber concerts throughout her homeland. Byun also has performed throughout the U.S. and has taught many students who have gone on to win major competitions.
Sergey Schepkin, associate professor of piano at Carnegie Mellon's School of Music, studied with Sherman at the New England Conservatory from 1990 to 1994. "Mr. Sherman is an artist of genius," Schepkin said. "He creates sublime performances that open completely new interpretive horizons. Both he and Ms. Byun are profoundly inspiring and nurturing mentors. It is our great privilege and honor to host them."
The events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the School of Music's Web site at


Pictured above is Russell Sherman, a distinguished artist-in-residence at the New England Conservatory.