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Published: February 21, 2018

Zamparas, Zdrava to Perform Piano Duo Recital at UT Feb. 23

On Friday, Feb. 23, pianists Grigorios Zamparas and Andi Zdrava will perform a piano duo recital at The University of Tampa's Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Zamparas and Zdrava will perform works for two pianos by Rachmaninoff, Mozart and Milhaud. The program includes Mozart's Sonata for Two Pianos in D major, Rachmaninoff's Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos and Milhaud's Scaramouche.

Zamparas is an associate professor of music and director of piano studies at UT. Over the years, Zamparas has received critical acclaim for his versatile performing career as recitalist, orchestra soloist and chamber musician in Greece, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, former Yugoslavia, Austria, Russia, Brazil, South Korea and the U.S.

Born in Elbasan, Albania, pianist and conductor Zdrava is the music director at Incarnation Catholic Church and School in Sarasota. Zdrava is working on a research project with the rector, Matthew Grady, focused on the impact of music on the academic, social and physical development of students.

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