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March 29: World-famous musician is this year's Carhart Guest Pianist

FREDERICK, Md.—An internationally acclaimed concert pianist will perform a recital at Hood College March 29.

Antonio Pompa-Baldi is this year’s Carhart guest pianist. He will play music of Edvard Grieg and Anton Rubinstein at 7:30 p.m. in Brodbeck Music Hall.

Pompa-Baldi has regularly appeared at major concert venues across the U.S. and abroad, including a recital in the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. He also conducted master classes at the China National Conservatory, where he was named an honorary guest professor.

Pompa-Baldi’s recent noted performances include all of the Rachmaninoff Concertos and Paganini Rhapsody with the Cape Town Philharmonic, a recital at the First Lang Lang International Piano Festival in Shenzhen, China, and all of the Beethoven Concertos in Fresno, Calif., under the baton of Maestro Theodore Kuchar.

He has recorded 20 CDs, including the entire piano repertoire of Grieg for Centaur Records in 12 CDs, a live recital of his award-winning Cliburn Competition performances for Harmonia Mundi and piano arrangements of songs by Francis Poulenc and Edith Piaf on the Steinway Label.

A Steinway artist, Pompa-Baldi is on the piano faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music. He is the founder and faculty member of Todi International Music Masters, a summer festival in Todi, Italy, that attracts piano students from all over the world.

Born and raised in Foggia, Italy, Pompa-Baldi won the Cleveland International Piano Competition in 1999 and embarked on a career that continued to extend across five continents. A top prizewinner at the 1998 Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition of Paris, France, Pompa-Baldi also won a silver medal at the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Past Carhart artists have included Ann Schein, Leon Fleisher, Martin Jones, Jeffrey Biegel, Brian Ganz and Malcolm Bilson.

The concert is free and open to the public, thanks to the endowed gift from the late Homer Carhart. For more information about Pompa-Baldi, visit www.pompa-baldi.com. For further information about the concert, call Noel Lester at 301-696-3429.