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March 24: Prize-winning Bulgarian musician is annual Carhart Guest Pianist

A prize-winning Bulgarian pianist will present a concert as part of Hood College's annual Homer Carhart Guest Pianist series.

Viktor Valkov will perform works by Beethoven, Chopin, Froberger, Wagner, Nenov, Bartok and Liszt March 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the College's Brodbeck Music Hall.

Since 2002 Valkov has given a number of recitals in the U.S., Japan and Europe. In Bulgaria, he has appeared in performances with most of the country's major orchestras and important music festivals. His concerts reflect his interest in the chamber music repertoire as well as in lesser-known piano music.

Valkov has performed with the Sofia and Louisiana philharmonic orchestras; the Baton Rouge and Acadiana symphony orchestras; and debuted in 2009 at Carnegie Hall. He has made a number of recordings for the Bulgarian National Radio archive, Bulgarian National Television and Macedonian Radio and Television. In 2011 he released a recording of Nikolay Roslavets' entire collection of music for cello and piano.

He is the winner of the 2012 New Orleans International Piano Competition and, performing as a duo with cellist Lachezar Kostov, won first prize, the overall Liszt Prize as well as special prizes in the collaborative artists category in the Liszt-Garisson International Competition.

The annual Carhart Guest Pianist concerts at Hood were established with an endowed gift to Hood by the late chemist and amateur composer, Homer Carhart. This series has featured such renowned artists as Leon Fleisher, Santiago Rodriguez, Brian Ganz, Ann Schein, Malcolm Bilson, Jeffrey Biegel, Yong Hi Moon and Martin Jones.

The concert is free and no tickets are required.

For more information about the concert, contact Noel Lester, concert manager at Hood, at 301-696-3429 or by email at nlester@hood.edu.