CSUN Symphony

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 7:30pm

The Soraya Great Hall / Doors open 30 min. before performance
Adults $20 / Faculty, Staff, & Seniors $17 / Students $15
CSUN Symphony


CSUN Symphony presents: Colorful Soundscapes

Program will include works by:

  • Griffes - The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Kahn
  • Scriabin - Piano Concerto with faculty guest artist, Dmitry Rachmanov, piano
  • Pin Hsin Lin - For the Chinese New Year (World Premiere)
  • Ravel - Rhapsody Espagñol

Artist Biographies
Dr. Rachmanov studied at Moscow's Gnesins School; he is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he received the William Petcheck Scholarship, and he holds the DMA from Manhattan School of Music, where he was awarded the George Schick Award for Outstanding Musicianship. His teachers include Nadia Reisenberg, Arkady Aronov, and he coached with Yvonne Lefebure, Karl Ulrich Schnabel, Menahem Pressler, John Browning and Andras Schiff. He won prizes at the Kapell, Senigallia and Awerbuch competitions, received the ArtsLink grant and held a fellowship from the American Pianists Association.

Rachmanov has been heard at venues such as London's Barbican and South Bank Centres, Washington DC's Kennedy Center and New York's Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall and the 92nd Street Y, and at festivals such as Banff in Canada, Prussia Cove in England, Moulin d'Andé in France, Upbeat-Hvar in Croatia, Spoleto USA, Bard and the IKIF in New York. He has recorded for Omniclassic, Master Musicians and Vista Vera labels, and has collaborated with the Manhattan Philharmonia, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Orlando Symphony, London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, Ukraine National Symphony, National Orchestra of Porto, Portugal, and others. A strong proponent of the Russian repertoire, he gave the US premiere of Boris Pasternak's Piano Sonata, broadcast nationwide by the NPR, and his recital "The Art of the 19th Century Russian Character Piece" was noted by the New York Times for "considerable color and focus" he brought to each work.

A sought-after master class clinician, lecturer and adjudicator, Professor Rachmanov has served on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music, Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and Long Island Conservatory, SUNY, and has appeared as a guest artist at schools such as UCLA, University of Chicago, Indiana University at Bloomington, Brandeis University, Queens College, University of Washington, University of Iowa, University of Alaska at Anchorage, Tulane University, Wesleyan University and Middlebury College. Dr. Rachmanov has been a frequent adjudicator at competitions in the US and in Europe. He is a Professor of Music at California State University, Northridge, where he serves as Chair of the Keyboard Studies area.

Lyrical composer Pin Hsin Lin
(林品妡) tells stories through her music.

Her composition Enchanting Shadow for piano trio won the 2006 first prize at the premiere national competition for composers, the Centrum Chamber Music Composer’s Competition in Washington State, and Ms. Lin herself was featured in the Festival’s Experience Magazine Spring 2007 issue. This haunting yet dynamic piece, which tells the tale of a Chinese ghost story was so significant, it was played at the Festival’s benefit dinner, and featured in a master class with John Corigliano at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 She presented Enchanting Shadow and other new works at the Bowdoin International Music Festival and gave a lecture regarding the composition analysis at the Aspen Composers’ Conference in summer 2010. Recently, Ms. Lin shared her new music and her compositional analysis at Athena Festival in Kentucky, University of Central Missouri “Old and New” Music Festival in Missouri, and Sound Exchange at National Taiwan Normal University Music Festival in Taipei, Taiwan. In 2011, Her new composition, Memories of Autumn (2010), is awarded as Honorable Mention by Minnesota Orchestra Composers Institute.

 Ms. Lin’s interests in composition also extend into experimental and collaborative works. In 2008 she composed Conceptual View of Complexity, in cooperation with dancers and computer scientists. This work, where the artist juxtaposed several layers of sonorities, was designed to help the physically disabled safely regain strength. This project culminated in a performance at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts titled Tele-immersive Environments for Everybody (TEEVE). Dancers worked in a 3-D virtual reality to her composition—their movements were recorded on a video for patients. In the same year, Ms. Lin was selected to participate in the St. Magnus Festival in Orkney, Scotland where her melodic piece Soaring Journey, inspired by Emily Dickinson’s “Hope Is Something With Feathers, premiered. Her visit to the English countryside during the St. Magnus Festival resulted in her next piece Orkney Sunrise, premiered by the Trio Capriccio in 2009 at the Oro Valley United Church in Arizona.

 In 2006, Ms. Lin’s imaginative and lyrical orchestral work Our Chance Meeting, based on a poem of the same name by Chinese poet Chi-Mo Hsu, was performed by the Peabody Symphony Orchestra at Friedberg Concert Hall in Baltimore. In 2007, the chamber ensemble version of Our Chance Meeting was performed at the Bard Music Festival in New York.

 Ms. Lin grew up in Kaohsiung and Taipei, Taiwan. She studied composition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Peabody Institute, and Roosevelt University. Her music has been performed in Terre Haute (IN), West Virginia, West Chester (PA), Ann Arbor, England, Tucson (AZ), Chicago, Baltimore, New York, Washington State, Brunswick (ME), and Champaign-Urbana.

 In spring of 2012, Ms. Lin’s newest orchestral work, Symphony No. 3, is selected to participate in American Composers Orchestra’s 21st Annual Underwood New Music reading, to be held at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, New York. In addition, the contemporary music ensemble, Turks Head Knot, in their concert tour, will premiere Ms. Lin’s Still Motion Rolling Cycle, featuring Horn Professor Adam Unsworth. The University of Illinois Percussion Ensemble, conducted by Professor William Moersch, will premiere her Dancing Ocean. Also, the Horn Professor Brian Kilp presents her Sonata No. 1 at the Indiana State University.


Performance Date:
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 -- Doors open at 7pm

The Soraya Great Hall