LINDSBORG — The Central Kansas Piano Quintet will perform at the Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery on March 3 at 2 p.m. The quartet is composed of Betul Soykan on violin, Lillian Green on viola, Leonid Shukaev on cello, Mark Foley on bass, and J. Bradley Baker on piano. The concert is a part of the Sandzen Gallery's 2017-18 chamber music series.
Turkish-American violinist Betul Soykan is known for her exciting and poignant performance style as a recitalist and soloist. She has performed on the world's stage and currently serves as assistant professor of violin at Wichita State University.
Lillian Green is an assistant professor of music at Bethany College in Lindsborg. She has performed in the United States and Europe, recently giving a solo recital at the Sandzen Gallery. Dr. Green earned a DMA in viola performance and a master's degree in music theory pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. Previously she earned degrees from West Virginia University and the University of Delaware.
Leonid Shukaev is a cellist who belongs to a strong Russian cello tradition. As a student at St. Petersburg Conservatory, he studied with Emanuel Fishmann, the teacher of many great cellists who are now playing in major Russian and European orchestras. Shukaev founded the St. Petersburg Quartet in 1986 and currently serves as principal cello of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and assistant professor of cello at Wichita State University.
Mark Foley is principal double bass of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and professor of double bass and head of jazz studies at Wichita State University. He has been a featured soloist with the Symphony Orchestra, performs extensively as a jazz artist, and is an avid bluegrass player. Passionate about promoting new and diverse music, he records a radio commentary titled Musical Space for kmuw.org.
Pianist J. Bradley Baker enjoys an accomplished career as a soloist, collaborative pianist, vocal coach, and educator. Baker has performed in concert halls throughout the United States and Canada. He is a dedicated arts educator and currently teaches music theory, directs the Music Preparatory School, and coaches vocal students at Tabor College.
The Sandzén Gallery is located at 401 North First Street in Lindsborg. There is no charge for the concert, however, donations are appreciated. For further information, please call the Gallery at 785-227-2220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.