Renowned Musicians Perform at MBU
Missouri Baptist University hosted a concert featuring a famous concert pianist and a St. Louis Symphony violinist on Oct. 7 at 4 p.m. in the Pillsbury Chapel and Dale Williams Fine Arts Center.
Admission to the performance was free, and a pre-concert reception with light refreshments was held at 3 p.m. in the Mabee Great Hall.
Valentina Igoshina is a Warner Classics recording artist who first started studying piano with her mother at the age of four. At the age of 12, she began attending the Moscow Central School of Music and became a student of Sergei Dorensky and Larissa Dedova at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
Igoshina has also served as a teacher of piano at the Peter Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. Between recitals and concerts, she currently divides her time between Moscow and Paris.
David Halen is concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony (SLS) and also works as a professor of violin at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance. He earned a BM from Central Missouri State University and an MM from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he studied with the late Sergiu Luca.
Halen joined the SLS in 1991 and was named concertmaster in September 1995, serving under music directors Leonard Slatkin, the late Hans Vonk and, currently, David Robertson.
Missouri Baptist University is a Christ-centered university located in Saint Louis. MBU offers more than 40 undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees in education, business and religion and its new terminal degree, the Doctor of Education. In addition to its 66-acre West St. Louis County campus, MBU offers degree programs at 10 regional learning centers throughout Saint Louis, in Southern Illinois and online. For more information, go to www.mobap.edu or call 1-877-434-1115.