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Dakota Pianist to perform with Huron Symphony

Posted: Monday, Mar 19th, 2012

Dakota Pianist Eugene Gienger

Guest pianist Eugene Gienger, known as the Dakota Pianist, will be performing during the Huron Symphony Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Huron Community Campus/Fine Arts Center.

He will perform Franck’s Symphonic Variations and Bach’s Piano Concerto in F-minor. The orchestra will also be performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1.

Gienger, who has returned to settle in the Dakotas after an absence of 39 years, is the only classical pianist from the Dakotas to have achieved an international reputation as a performer and master teacher. He now lives in Custer.

The orchestra has been working hard at rehearsals with musicians coming from Huron and surrounding areas such as Mitchell, Parkston, Kimball, and Wessington Springs.

Gienger will be performing on the concert grand piano that has been at the Fine Arts Center ever since it was donated to Huron College years ago by the Hohm family. Since the renovation of the building, the Hohms placed the piano in the care of the Huron Symphony. The instrument recently went through major overhaul.

Refreshments will be provided by the GFWC Fortnightly Club at intermission. Donations for the lunch help fund music scholarships.

Gienger has recently been awarded a Touring Artist’s Grant from the South Dakota Arts Council which will enable him to be heard in concert across South Dakota.

He joined the staff of the International Music Camp during the summer of 2011, on the border of North Dakota and Canada, of which he is an alumnus.

Gienger is also a certified health coach, and graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the world’s largest nutrition school in New York City, and has also pursued theological studies at the Baptist Theological College of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

Gienger accepted a piano position in Australia in 1978, allowing him to lecture in piano at both The University of Queensland (with tenure), and later in 1997 and following years at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in Brisbane.

He has found greatest renown as a teacher working with gifted young children in an independent practice in Toowoomba, Queensland, where he developed a unique method of teaching piano technique and ear-training to the very young.

Gienger is the author of “The Mechanics of Piano Technique,” which he uses in his work with students.

Highlights of his highly acclaimed piano concerts include performances and lectures on all 32 Piano Sonatas of Beethoven, many first performances and recordings for the Australian Broadcasting Commission, performances with chamber groups including The Petra Quartet, The Mayne String Trio, The Paradise Quartet, The Chamber Strings of Toowoomba, Toowoomba Choral Society and Haydn Society of Queensland; and orchestra performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Bismarck/Mandan Symphony Orchestra, the Queensland University Symphony Orchestra, the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra, the Aberdeen University and Community Symphony, and Huron Symphony. His large repertoire spans all styles and periods and includes several dozen piano concerti. He has performed in the United States, Australia, and Canada and Russia.

For the complete article see the 03-18-2012 issue.

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