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Noted musicians tune up to Meridian

By Staff
FEATURED CELLIST Patrice Jackson will appear in concert at part of Meridian Symphony Orchestra's upcoming season. Submitted photo.
special to The Star
May 18, 2003
Several noted musicians are expected for Meridian Symphony Orchestra's 2003-2004 season, including Stanislav Loudenitch and Patrice Jackson.
Loudenitch won the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal at the 11th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in June 2001.
Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Loudenitch has grown into one of the music world's most promising young artists exhibiting a strong individuality and musical conviction that sets him apart from other artists of his generation.
He has netted top prizes at the Busoni, Kapell, and Maria Callas competitions and took first prize at both the 1998 Palm Beach Invitational and the 2000 New Orleans International Piano competitions.
He has performed in Germany, England, Finland, Greece, Italy, Spain and the United States, as well as throughout the former Soviet republics including appearances with the Munich Philharmonic, the Philharmonie der Nationen and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington.
He will appear in recital at Carnegie Hall's eagerly anticipated new Zankel Hall in spring 2004.
Jackson, a native of St. Louis, is a 2000 graduate of Kirkwood High School. She is the sixth generation in her family to play a string instrument.
She began piano lessons at age 3 with her mother and cello at age 8 with her father.
Jackson made her debut at 13 with the Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra performing the Elgar Cello Concerto.
The Detroit News praised her for her "liquid bowing and solid, rich tone."
The Dallas Morning News described her as a "big-toned, boldly projected soloist." Jackson has already performed with the Atlanta, Philadelphia, Detroit, Dallas, New Jersey and Omaha symphonies.
Among many others, her 2002-2003 engagements include the Detroit, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Dallas, Hartford and Colorado symphonies. Jackson is presented through the Sphinx Professional Development Program, sponsored by Target.