Colorado State University - Pueblo hosts Pueblo Keyboard Arts Festival for pianists

Colorado State University - Pueblo hosts Pueblo Keyboard Arts Festival for pianists

PUEBLOColorado State University-Pueblo will host the Pueblo Keyboard Arts Festival, March 14-17, to provide aspiring young and college age pianists with an opportunity to immerse themselves in classical piano and the art of keyboard playing through master classes and concerts at no charge. Three Master classes will be offered as part of the festival, framed by opening and closing faculty concerts.  The Festival Finale Concert on Thursday March 17 will serve as a fundraiser for the CSU-Pueblo Music Department’s piano fund. The master classes and festival opening recital are free and open to the public.

According to festival organizer Dr. Zahari Metchkov, assistant professor of music at CSU-Pueblo,  he festival will serve as a source of inspiration and knowledge as well as help students develop into more complete pianists and musicians.

The Music Department seeks to replace and/or rebuild its well-worn collection of pianos. Ranging in age from 25 to 80 years old, the music department’s instrument collection is in dire need of a major overhaul. Piano rebuilding is a financially prudent and effective way to save the best pianos; at the same time, financial planning for the purchase of new instruments is essential for the survival of the CSU-Pueblo Music Department’s vitality.

“Pianos are necessary in every aspect of music education from the applied lessons to music theory and are essential for the effective work of any musical establishment,” Metchkov said.  

The event schedule follows:

MONDAY 14  (free)

Opening Faculty Recital, 7:30 p.m., Hoag Recital Hall

Celebration of Franz Liszt 200th Year Anniversary

Dr. Zahari Metchkov & Mr. Michael Schneider

TUESDAY 15 (free)

Grades 8-12 Piano Students Masterclass led by Dr.Zahari Metchkov, 6 p.m., Hoag Hall


WEDNESDAY 16 (free)

CSU-Pueblo Piano Students Masterclass led by  Mr. Michael Schneider, 6 p.m., Hoag Hall

THURSDAY 17 (free)

 CSU-Pueblo Students and Grades 8-12 Ensemble Piano Masterclass led by Ms. Victoria Markowski, 5:30 p.m., Hoag Hall


Faculty Artist Duo-Piano Concert Gala Fundraising Event, ($20) 6:30 p.m., Hoag Hall

Johannes Brahms-Hungarian Dances, Book I

Alexander Borodin-Polovetsian Dances

Aram Khachaturian-Saber Dance

Dr. Zahari Metchkov & Mr. Michael Schneider

Reception to Follow


For more detailed information about the festival, including registering for master classes or reserving tickets for concerts, call 719-549-2126, or visit



Dr. Zahari Metchkov is a pianist and organist, who has performed at such venues as New York’s Avery Fisher Hall and Washington’s Kennedy Center. He has held concerts in Israel, Bulgaria, and the United States. Dr. Metchkov released his first CD in 2008 ­- a recording of works for piano and orchestra by Franz Liszt and Cesar Franck. A native of Sofia, Bulgaria, Metchkov holds a Bachelor of Music in piano and organ performance, a Master of Music in piano performance, and a doctoral degree in piano performance with a minor in music theory from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, Ohio. He joined the CSU-Pueblo Department of Music as an assistant professor of music, teaching applied piano as well as music theory. Metchkov has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music as well as Youngstown State University. He enjoys an active artistic life as a soloist, chamber artist, as well as church musician. He has been a guest artist with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, Suburban Symphony, University Circle Chorale, University Circle Wind Ensemble, and Pleven Philharmonic.

 Victoria Markowski joined the faculty of Southern Colorado State College as Artist in Residence in 1969. She retired in 1999 and continues to serve as adjunct professor. She was part of the piano team Markowski and Cedrone (the first Artists in Residence in the Rocky Mountain Region). This team won the Concert Artists' Guild Award, which resulted in a New York City debut at Carnegie Recital Hall and led to 1000 performances throughout the U.S. Their CD Two Piano Magic was released in 2000. She was awarded the Outstanding Woman Faculty Award, the Outstanding Faculty Award, and the KAWAII American Piano Competition Silver Medal. She holds National Certification from Music Teachers National Association and is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory.

Michael Schneider ( has been called a critically acclaimed pianist “with exceptional insight and a performer with great panache” at venues including Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, the Library of Congress, and the International Chopin Festival at the legendary château of George Sand in France.  He recently appeared with the Lake Lewisville Symphony performing Brahms First Piano Concerto and has performed solo recitals at the 2nd Hungarian Festival in Cancun, Mexico, and in the famed Liszt Museum in Budapest. Upcoming 2011 appearances include featured artist at the California Music Teachers Annual State Convention, a performance of the Liszt First Concerto with the San Angelo Symphony, and recitals in Texas,

Ohio, and Belgium. He holds degrees from the University of North Texas and the Cleveland Institute of Music and spent two years as adjunct professor of piano at Youngstown State University in Ohio and as a visiting adjunct professor of piano at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, TX in 2010.

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.