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SC Arts Commission 2016 Music Performance Fellow

Marina Lomazov

Marina LomazovMarina Lomazov is Ira McKissick Koger Professor of Piano at the University of South Carolina School of Music where she is founder and artistic director of the Southeastern Piano Festival.  Praised by critics as “a diva of the piano” (The Salt Lake City Tribune), Lomazov has received numerous prizes during competitions, including the Cleveland International Piano Competition, William Kapell International Piano Competition, Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, and Hilton Head International Piano Competition.


Lomazov has given major debuts in New York (Weill-Carnegie Hall), Boston (Symphony Hall), Chicago (Dame Myra Hess Concert Series), Los Angeles (LACMA Sunday Live series), Shanghai (City Theater), and Kiev (Kiev International Music Festival). She has performed as soloist with the Boston Pops, Rochester Philharmonic, Eastman Philharmonia, Chernigov Philharmonic (Ukraine), KUG Orchester Graz (Austria), Bollington Festival Orchestra (England), Piccolo Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Brevard Festival Orchestra, and the South Carolina Philharmonic. Lomazov holds degrees from the Juilliard School and the Eastman School of Music, the latter bestowing upon her the highly coveted Artist’s Certificate – an honor the institution had not given a pianist for nearly two decades. She has served as jury member for the Cleveland International Young Artists Piano Competition, Hilton Head International Piano Competition, Eastman International Piano Competition, Minnesota International Piano e-Competition, and National Federation Biennial Young Artist Auditions and is a National Panelist for the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts, the organization that nominates Presidential Scholars in the arts.


Lomazov performs widely as a member of the Lomazov/Rackers Piano Duo. She and her husband and duo partner, Joseph Rackers, formed the duo in 2005 after gathering significant attention as Second Prize winners at the Sixth Biennial Ellis Competition for Duo Pianists, the only national duo piano competition in the United States at that time. Lomazov is a Steinway artist and was gifted a Steinway grand piano by the citizens of Columbia, S.C., in a 2009 surprise ceremony.