Alpin Hong playing the piano

REXBURG, Idaho ­­­­­­­­­- After a four-year absence, pianist Alpin Hong will return to Rexburg to perform in the Barrus Concert Hall at Brigham Young University-Idaho on Friday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Center Stage Performing Arts Series.

The internationally acclaimed pianist will be joined on three songs by the BYU-Idaho Men's Choir and Women's Choir directed by Rebecca Lord.

Performances across the globe have earned Hong the reputation as a modern-day Pied Piper. His combination of stunning technique, emotional range and rare humor continues to bring audiences young and old to their feet.

Rooted in extensive classical training from Juilliard and a background in skateboarding, snowboarding, martial arts and video games, he is a creative force unmatched in his youthful vivacity and boundless energy.

Hong is a native of Michigan and made his orchestral debut with the Kalamazoo Symphony at the age of 10. He moved to Los Angeles soon after and garnered competition victories at a young age with wins at the 1989 Stravinsky Piano Competition, the 1993 Southern Youth Music Festival Competition and the 1994 Los Angeles Spotlight Awards Competition. He was the winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition in 2001.

His teachers include Mark Richman and Emilio del Rosario. He completed his master's degree as a student of Jerome Lowenthal at The Juilliard School.

Tickets for the performance are $12 for the general public and $6 for BYU-Idaho students. They are available online at tickets.byui.edu or on school days from the University Store Ticket Office (496-3170).