Pianists duoARtia to perform Sunday

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The piano duo duoARtia, guest artists, will present a recital at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Carl F. W. Ludwig Recital Hall on the Kent State University campus.

The pianists of duoArtia are Jeri-Mae Astolfi and Holly Roadfeldt. They will perform a concert of music of the 20th and 21st centuries, featuring compositions by Kent State University alumni composers Daniel Perttu, James Wilding and James Leatherbarrow. The program will also include music by Witold Lutoslawski, Béla Bartók, Kirk O'Riordan, and Maurice Ravel. Admission will be free.

Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi is a Canadian-born pianist lauded for her "versatile artistry." Her performances embrace a repertoire that ranges from the Renaissance era through the present. 

Astolfi frequently serves as a piano clinician, adjudicator, coach and master class instructor. An active member in various local, state and national music associations, she is the college faculty representative for the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association and serves on the board of directors of PianoArts, a North American piano competition, festival and fellowship program.

Astolfi is a member of the music faculty at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh.

Holly Roadfeldt holds degrees in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, and the University of Colorado in Boulder. As a soloist, she made her orchestral debut with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra at the age of 13.

As a solo pianist, Roadfeldt performs standard and eclectic recital programs and was one of 12 selected pianists to compete in the World International Competition held in Santa Fe, N.M., in the fall of 2007.

Roadfeldt is currently teaching at Lafayette College, has a private studio in New York City, and serves as piano faculty with distinction at The Music School of Delaware.

Following the true spirit of chamber music, pianists Jeri-Mae Astolfi and Holly Roadfeldt created duoARtia with the hope of introducing audiences to the sonic wonders of contemporary music.

The launch of duoARtia for the 2011-12 concert season combined the established oeuvre from contemporary masters with expressive new works by living composers.

For upcoming seasons, audiences may expect concerts that include newly commissioned works, multi-media approaches and, most importantly, the commitment of exploring the timbres heard only from two pianos.

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