Black Hills State University will welcome American pianist Stephen Swedish to campus Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m.. Swedish, along with Symeon Waseen, BHSU assistant professor of music, and area string players, will present a recital in the Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall.

Swedish has built an international reputation as an outstanding soloist and one of the great chamber music pianists and collaborators on the stage today. He has performed on five continents with some of the world's great artists. He received his bachelor, master, and doctorate degrees in music from the renowned School of Music at Indiana University. While only in his second year at Indiana, he was invited by cellist Janos Starker to be his regular recital partner. Together they toured the world and recorded some of the great literature for cello and piano. He has produced recordings with several record labels. Swedish is sought after as a master teacher and as a soloist with symphony and chamber orchestras around the world. He is currently serving as artistic ambassador for the U.S. State Department and, in that capacity, has recently traveled to many places including Azerbaijan, Kazahkstan, the Republic of Georgia, and Chile.

During his visit to the Black Hills, Swedish will also perform with the Central High School Chamber Orchestra Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.; conduct a masters class at Black Hills Piano Gallery Friday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.; present at Spearfish High School Saturday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m.; and present at the Dahl Arts Center Sunday, Sept. 30 at 3 p.m.

The recital at BHSU is free and open to the public. Donations will be taken to support the BHSU Friends of Music, an organization that raises money for BHSU music student scholarships.

For more information contact Dr. Randall Royer at 605-642-6255 or Randall.Royer@BHSU.edu. To learn more about the BHSU Music Department visit www.BHSU.edu/Music.