Guest Artist Svetlana Belsky Returns to Campus
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. –– The School of Music will host guest artist Svetlana Belsky for
a recital on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Presser Hall’s Westbrook
Svetlana Belsky is an in-demand recitalist and chamber pianist, noted for her remarkable
rapport with audiences and stylistic versatility. A world renowned pianist, her performance
credits include Carnegie Recital Hall, Kiev Philharmonic Hall, Dame Myra Hess Series,
Music in the Loft, countless university concert series, live recitals on Chicago’s
WFMT and New York’s WQXR, and guest appearances with the University of Chicago Symphony,
Southern Illinois Symphony, Chicago Chamber Orchestra and the Tutti Orchestra.
Belsky is a diverse musician, and her love for a wide variety of music has led her
to play early music with original instrument ensembles, and receive awards for her
interpretation of new American music. In the past few years alone, she has premiered
compositions by no fewer than a dozen living composers. She also appears regularly
as a harpsichordist with the Chicago Syntagma Musicum Ensemble.
Belsky was born in the Soviet Union but trained mostly in the United States. She received
a Bachelor of Music and master’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Later,
she earned her Doctorate in Performance at the Manhattan School of Music.
Belsky has won prizes in numerous national and international piano competitions, including
the Frinna Awerbuch and the AMSA World Piano Competition.
For more information on this and future events, please contact the School of Music
at (309) 556-3061.
By Megan Baker ’21