The first thing we noticed when we listened to his audition CD was the fine touch, and when it was over, we sat back to savor the taste and elegance of the performance. Brian Billion, the first prize winner of the 2014 ICS Luciana Montanari Mendola Award for piano performance, is in his junior year as a piano major at Catholic University. On Sunday, October 19, he will be featured in a varied piano program of both Italian composers and others at our 3:00 pm ICS social meeting at the Friendship Heights Village Center, Chevy Chase, MD. In his program, Mr. Billion intends to include relevant remarks of either musical or historical interest about each piece.
Hailing from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, this remarkable young man with a stage presence and sophistication well beyond his 20 years has won top prizes in both national and international competitions, including numerous MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) and MTA State competitions, and the DAR Nellie Love Butcher Music Scholarship, to mention just a few. Brian was named the first-prize winner of the first annual Catholic University International Piano Competition this summer. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie’s Weill Hall, and Sioux Falls Washington Pavilion. His concerto debut was in 2009 with the Aberdeen, S.D. Civic Orchestra. He also has participated in multiple international musical festivals and performed this summer as a soloist with the Orquestra De Camara De Cascais e Oeira in Cascais, Portugal.
To quote Prof. Ivo Kaltchev, head of the piano division at Catholic University, “Such professional accomplishments are absolutely incredible for a student who is only 20 years old. I am so proud of Brian. It is an honor to be his piano teacher.”
Please come and join us on Sunday, October 19, 3:00 pm to enjoy the music of this fine young pianist.
Sonata in F minor, K 184, Domenico Scarlatti
Three Preludes, Brian Billion
Piano Sonata No. 13 in A major, D 664, Franz Schubert
Etude in B minor, Op. 25 No. 10, Fryderyk Chopin
Sonata in A major, K 101, Domenico Scarlatti
Piano Sonata “Quasi una fantasia” No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2, L.V. Beethoven
Nocturne in B major, Op. 9 No. 3, Fryderyk Chopin
Etude in G-flat major, Op. 10 No. 5, Fryderyk Chopin
Note: this program will also be performed at the 17th edizione del Premio internazionale pianistico “Alexander Scriabin” in Grosseto, Italy in February, 2015.