NSU to host ‘Teepen-Sugiura Piano Duo: Piano Romantics Plus’ recital Jan. 9

Nariaki Sugiura

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University will host a piano duo recital from two pianists on the faculty at the University of North Dakota.

“Teepen-Sugiura Piano Duo: Piano Romantics Plus” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Harvey and Cynthia Jewett Theater. The performance, which is free and open to the public, will feature international concert artists Nariaki Sugiura and Keith Teepen.

Sugiura has performed solo recitals and concerto engagements in the U.S., Europe, South America and Asia. He has appeared as soloist with the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra, Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra, UND Chamber Orchestra and many others.

Sugiura is assistant professor of piano and collaborative piano at UND while holding visiting faculty positions at East China Normal University in Shanghai. He has recorded eight CD albums and has won prizes at numerous competitions. He was laureate of the 1993 National Music Competition in Tokyo, and of the Annual Competition of Music from Spain and Latin America in 1999.

Teepen, a piano instructor/collaborative pianist at UND, has performed in Europe, Asia, South America and North America. He has collaborated with many of today's important artists, and has taught on the piano faculty at Pró-Música Music Festival in Juiz de Fora, Brazil, and the International Music Camp at the Peace Garden.

For the past three years, Keith has been the “official pianist” for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions – North Dakota-Manitoba District. He is also a collaborative pianist for the International Euphonium and Tuba Festival in Atlanta, Ga. 

About Northern State University

Northern State University is a regional university that offers outstanding academics and exceptional extracurricular activities at an affordable price on a safe, welcoming campus. Northern State recently announced its Educational Impact Campaign, with a goal of raising $55 million for a new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, new athletic and recreation fields, and an on-campus regional sports complex. Once the campaign is complete, NSU will be the recipient of more than $100 million in privately funded building projects and scholarships within a decade. To learn more, visit NSU Admissions.