Faculty Piano Recital at Ashland University Sunday, Feb. 12

1/30/12 ASHLAND, OH -- The Department of Music at Ashland University presents a faculty recital with pianist Pavlina Draganova on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert program begins with J. S. Bach's "The Well-Tempered Clavier" followed by Beethoven's “Sonata Nr. 21 in C Major,” and "Reflections in the Water" from Debussy's Book 1 of "Images."  After a brief intermission, Draganova performs Rachmaninov's “Variations on a Theme by Corelli, Op. 42” and Liszt's “Hungarian Rhapsody in A minor.”

A native of Bulgaria, Draganova is a staff accompanist at Ashland University and the principal pianist of Ashland Symphony Orchestra. She earned her first master’s degree in piano performance from Pancho Vladigerov State Academy of Music, Sofia, studying with Stela Dimitrova and the prominent Bulgarian piano duo Konstantin and Julia Ganev. After moving to the United States, she graduated with a master’s in piano performance from The University of Michigan, where she was a student of Louis Nagel. 

Draganova has been on the faculties of the Music High School, Plovdiv; The Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts, Plovdiv; and Pancho Vladigerov State Academy of Music, Sofia. An active performer as a collaborative and solo musician, she has performed in major cities in Bulgaria, Michigan and Ohio, and appeared as a soloist with the Plovdiv Symphony Orchestra under Maesto Dobrin Petkov. As a member of the Michigan Music Teachers Association, she performed at the organization's 120th State Conference.

For more information about the recital, visit the web site at www.ashland.edu/music or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950 or tapplega@ashland.edu.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2012, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.