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Palmetto Trio

Join Sigal Music Museum for an evening with Palmetto Trio featuring Alexander Shlifer, Ismail Akbar, David Kiser, and Lisa Kiser

Event Types: Music

Oct 8, 2021 3:30 PMOct 8, 2021 5:00 PM

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  • $20.00 — $20 General Admission ($5 Students)

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Violinist Alexander “Sasha” Shlifer holds a master's degree from the prestigious Gnessin Academy in Moscow where he won numerous regional competitions, and upon graduation, became assistant concertmaster of the Russian State Symphony Orchestra, touring extensively in Russia and Europe as a featured soloist.

Shlifer has now settled in New York City as concertmaster and soloist with several orchestras in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. He previously served as an assistant concertmaster with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, and as a guest artist with various ensembles across the Carolinas. Mr. Shlifer performs on a 1743 Matteo Gofriller violin.

David Kiser began piano at age ten with Deborah Freeman in Greenville, who introduced him to the world of the National Federation of Women’s Music Clubs and piano festival events at Converse College. He later studied under Converse College faculty Douglas Weeks. In addition to his work performing and teaching music theory at Anderson University, Kiser is also a writer and a historian focusing on the history of music in the Palmetto state. He was the first writer in residence at the Pat Conroy Literary Center. Kiser is one half of the piano duo with Lisa Won Jung Oh Kiser, KiserPiano. His recent performances include Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand Alone, with the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, and a solo recital featuring music by Carlise Floyd among other South Carolinian composers at the Sigal Music Museum. Listen to David Kiser’s weekly radio program for South Carolina Public Radio, On the Keys (SCPR Classical Stations or Internet Stream, Thursdays, 8 pm).

Lisa Kiser began studying piano at the age of four. She has won numerous awards in Korea, including The President’s Award. She first performed with the Daegu Symphony Orchestra at age ten. After graduating from Yonsei University, she came to the United States to further her study, where she was chosen as Best Artist of 1994 by the St. Louis Artist Society. She completed her doctoral coursework at USC. Now in Greenville, she is the principal keyboardist of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. She concertizes around the state on artist series like ‘Winter Classics’ at Christ Church and the ‘Piccolo Spoleto Festival’ in Charleston. She has performed internationally in South Korea and Italy. She was recently featured with the Anderson Symphony Orchestra in Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, as well appearances at the Sigal Music Museum with the principal oboist of the Baltimore Symphony, Katherine Needleman and clarinetist Igor Begelman. In addition to her performing activities, she is one of South Carolina’s most sought-after private teachers.

Hailed as a cellist with "warmth and panache in solo flight" (Atlanta Journal Constitution) Ismail Akbar received his BA degree in cello performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and Masters of Music from Mercer University. Mr. Akbar has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Panama, the Bahamas, Russia, Italy, and on National Public Radio, "From the Top". As a graduate of the prestigious Talent Development Program, he performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Robert Spano. He has also performed as a soloist throughout the Southeast. Mr. Akbar is currently a professor of cello and chamber music at Clayton State University, Spelman College, and Clark Atlanta University. He has served as Faculty Cello Instructor at Laurel Ridge Music Festival in Helen, Ga for 12 years. Mr. Akbar is on the Board of Directors of the Italian Music Festival Orvieto Musica. As Cello Teaching Artist of the Atlanta Music Project, Akbar is an advocate for social change through musical excellence.

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