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 Russian pianist Mila Belakova will present an evening of solo piano music at Black Hills State University Thursday, May 1 at 7: 30 p.m. in the Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall.
Internationally recognized Russian pianist Mila Belakova will present an evening of solo piano music at Black Hills State University Thursday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall. She will be performing works by Bach, Mozart, Liszt and Chopin.
 

An accomplished concert pianist with 35 years of teaching experience, Belakova was born in the Russian city of Orenburg located on the Ural River. At the young age of five, Belakova made her first steps into music. She received her degree in music from the Rostropovich Institute of Arts, one of the oldest and most prestigious colleges in the country, where she studied under a Russian student of Tchaikovsky’s. In Orenburg, Belakova taught piano, music theory and music literature; accompanied string and wind instrument soloists and ensembles; and played for the choirs and classic ballet dancers at the Pushkin Municipal Children’s School of the Arts, a special experimental preparatory school and afterschool program for music and arts.

Since relocating to Rapid City in 2007, she has been teaching piano and music theory, accompanying for various art groups and college and high school events as well as playing solo recitals for communities across South Dakota, Minnesota, North Dakota and Washington, D.C. 

Her thorough and thoughtful instruction brought her several teaching recognition awards in Russia and has helped her students receive numerous awards for outstanding performances in Russia and the United States.

Since 2010, Belakova has been performing with support of the South Dakota Arts Council. Her repertoire includes many of the most renowned classical masterpieces as well as many pieces by Russian composers little known to American audiences.

The concert is free and open to the public and is funded in part by the South Dakota Arts Council. Donations for student scholarships will be accepted. For more information contact Dr. Symeon Waseen, BHSU assistant professor of music, at Symeon.Waseen@BHSU.edu or 605-642-6241.