BU Presents Acclaimed Violinists in Concert

BLOOMSBURG—Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania presents Gale Szczepkowski, a 13-year-old violinist from Elysburg, collaborating with Russian pianist Svetlana Rodionova in a program of music by Mozart, Bach, Corigliano and Paganini on Monday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. in Carver Hall, Gross Auditorium. This concert is free and open to the public.

Svetlana Rodionova has captivated audiences in Europe and America with her ability to play the piano. She recently performed as a soloist in the Rachmaninoff second piano concert with the Nittany Valley Symphony. She began her performing career in Russia, where she earned her doctorate from the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. After performing all around Europe, she immigrated to America and settled in State College. Her playing can be heard on the album “American Tango,” on the CALA record label. 

Gale Szczepkowski started playing the violin at age five. The Susquehanna University Violin Pedagogy Program and the Suzuki Program influenced her at an early age where she showed remarkable progress. Since then, her teachers Riana Ricci-Muller, Peter Sirotin, Daniel Han, have helped her grow as a violinist. She studies with Kenneth Sarch, Ph.D., the concertmaster for the Bloomsburg University orchestra and former concertmaster of the Williamsport Symphony.

In 2018, Szczepkowski won the Phyllis Triolo Competition held at Pennsylvania State University. She also won the 2018 Bloomsburg Young Artist Competition performing the Wieniawaski Polonaise.

Szczepkowksi, a triplet, will be performing the Paganini Violin Cercerto in Williamsburg with the Intergenerational Orchestra as well as the Vivaldi Concerto for Three Violins with her brother and sister as soloists.

Features of Szczepkowski’s program are “Red Violin Caprices” for solo violin written for Joshua Bell and taken from the award-winning score of the movie by American composer John Corigliano and Violin Concerto by Paganini.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,900 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.