THIBODAUX, La. — Romanian pianist Dr. Catalin Dima has performed all over the world and his next stop is Nicholls State University.
The award-winning musician and instructor at Southeastern Oklahoma University will perform masterpieces from Frédéric Chopin and Maurice Ravel at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in the Mary and Al Danos Theater.
Dr. Dima has won the Fr. Chopin International Piano Competition, Shenandoah Concerto Competition, Yamaha Piano Competition, Karl Filtsch International Piano Competition and the Pro Piano International Competition. He was a student of the world-renowned Irish pianist John O’Conor, and has collaborated with the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra in Bucharest, the Washington Sinfonietta, the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, the Symphonic Winds and the Pitesti Philharmonic Orchestra.
“The music is filled with simplicity and virtuosity, passion and anger, calm and storm, fantasy and nightmare,” said Dr. Richard Jeric, Nicholls instructor of music. “Guest artists challenge what we believe we know, even music for which we have a great understanding. Guest artists also gain exposure to the excellence of Nicholls State University, including our all-Steinway program, the stunning Danos Theater, and the skilled and talented students of the department of music.”
Dr. Dima has performed at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Cosmos Club in Washington D.C., the International House in Washington D.C. and New York, the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, the Klavierhaus in New York, the Preston Bradley Hall in Chicago and the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest. He co-founded a project that includes lectures and promotes Romanian classical and folk music throughout the U.S.