Sunday, September 12, 2021 – 3:00 PM
Ordway Concert Hall
345 Washington Street
St Paul, MN 55102
Special Pre-Season Concert
co-sponsored with Schubert Club
"His entire performance brought forth that extra spark of spontaneity and inspiration that distinguishes an exceptionally gifted artist from a solid one.”
—South Florida Classical Review
Photo by Geneva Lewis
Special Pre-Season Concert
The Chopin Society and Schubert Club co-sponsor an all-Chopin recital with pianist Evren Ozel on September 12 before he competes at the XVIII International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw.
This concert will be held at the Ordway Concert Hall in St. Paul.
In March of 2020, Minnesota’s Evren Ozel was awarded Second Prize and special prizes for Best Mazurka and Best Polonaise at the US National Chopin Competition in Miami. In doing so, he secured entry to the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland. Normally this world-renowned event would have taken place in October 2020, but because of the pandemic was rescheduled for October of 2021.
Evren, 22, began his musical studies at age 3 in his hometown of Minneapolis. He started with lessons in the Suzuki program at the MacPhail Center, then continued for seven years with Dr. Paul Wirth. From the age 5, Evren’s love of piano was nurtured by regularly attending Chopin Society concerts with his parents, Burcin Ozel and Tadeusz Majewski, both active members of the Society’s board. At age 15, his schooling moved to Boston, where he studied with Wha Kyung Byun, first at the Walnut Hill School, and then at New England Conservatory. He graduated from NEC in May of 2021 and will enter its Master’s program in the fall. At NEC, Evren won first place in the Honors Piano Competition in 2018 and achieved further recognition by winning the 2016 Boston Symphony Concerto Competition and taking second prize at the 2018 Dublin Competition. He has won nearly every top prize for young musicians in Minnesota, including this year’s first place and the Dorothy Ode Mayeske Scholarship Award at Schubert Club’s Bruce P. Carlson Scholarship Competition. In the summers of 2018 and 2019, he participated in the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. Additional chamber music experience includes ChamberFest Cleveland, New York’s Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, Chamber Music Live! at Queen’s College, and the Mellon Music Festival in Davis, California. During the pandemic year, his senior year at NEC, he gave live-streamed recitals for the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts in Boston, the Paderewski Festival in Raleigh, NC, and Gilmore’s Rising Stars Series in Kalamazoo, MI, among others. Evren is represented by Concert Artists Guild, as an Ambassador Prize winner of CAG’s 2021 Victor Elmaleh Virtual Competition.
"Since I was probably 5 years old I went to the Chopin Society concerts.
Just being able to see live piano music. Five times per year for many years… That had a tremendous influence on me.”
—Evren Ozel, Star Tribune
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