The Cameron University Department of Music will present a solo piano recital by Kristina Pelechova Henckel, adjunct music instructor, on Friday, April 30, at 7:30 PM in McCutcheon Recital Hall. The recital will include Beethoven's "Sonata in F," subtitled "The Appassionata," Chopin's "Ballade No. 1 in G Minor," Franz Liszt's "Concert Etude In D-Flat Major," Novak's "Song of the Moonlight Night," and George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue." Admission is free.
Henckel, who was born in the Czech Republic, started studying voice and piano at the age of 4. She won her first national piano competition at the age of 10. Henckel was admitted to the Prague Conservatory of Music as a piano performance major when she was 14, graduating after only four years. She was them admitted to the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. During her study at the Conservatory and Academy, she received numerous awards, including third prize in the Chopin Piano Competition in Marianske Lazne, Czech Republic, second prize in the Donna Turner Smith Piano Competition at the University of Oklahoma, first prize in National Piano Competition of Conservatories. She was also a finalist in the Feminine Piano Competition for Radio Bern in Switzerland. Henckel made her orchestra debut at the age of 18, performing Beethoven's "Piano Concerto No. 5 Emperor."
After five years of study at the Academy, where she earned a Master's Degree, Henckel served as an accompanist for the Ballet Conservatory in Prague, the National Theater and Music Theater Department of the Conservatory of Music in Prague. In addition to solo recitals and occasional accompaniments and chamber music in the Czech Republic, she has performed in Germany, Hungary, Switzerland and Slovakia.
In 1999, Henckel immigrated to the United States where she joined the U. S. Army Band program. As an Army musician, she learned to play all styles of music including Latin, pop, rock country and various forms of jazz, performing throughout Europe and the Middle East. She was a featured soloist performing George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" at the illustrious Dvorak Hall in Prague. Following seven years in the Army Band, she resumed her solo career.
At Cameron University, Henckel is the piano accompanist for the Cameron University Centennial Singers. She also served as the piano accompanist for the Department of Theatre Arts and Department of Music's production of "My Fair Lady." She plans to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Oklahoma.
For further information, please call the Cameron University Department of Music at 580-581-2440.
April 27, 2010