Mark Irchai, a solo pianist and chamber musician from Gainesville, Florida, is the first prize winner of the XIV International Orfeo Music Competition. He is currently pursuing a B.M. in Piano Performance under Anna Balakerskaia at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Past teachers include Ruth Lewis and Read Gainsford. He has received numerous other awards, including the Paderewski Gold Medal and a High School Diploma from the National Guild of Piano Teachers, along with the John Phillip Sousa Band Award and the Alma Fennel Award. In 2015, he won the George Mason University School of Music Concerto Competition, and performed in May the same year with the Mason Symphony Orchestra Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Other recent orchestral appearances include a performance with the Piedmont Symphony of Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals”.
Mark was a competitor at the San Jose International Piano Competition of San Jose, California, in 2015, and performed at the Grand Piano Celebration and “Arts by George!” at George Mason University in September 2015. In masterclasses, he has performed for many highly regarded pianists and educators, including George Li, Awadagin Pratt, and Faina Lushtak. As a chamber musician, he has worked with internationally renowned artists such as Jamie Reimer, Eric Tucker, Janet Hopkins, and Vasilisa Berzhanskaya of the Bolshoi Young Artist Program. Most recently, Mark was a judge at the Music & Arts at Providence Competition in January of 2016. Mark is also honored to be a Junior Teaching Artist at Potomac Arts Academy at George Mason University, and a SHADD performing artist.
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