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Dr. Joseph Rackers – The University of South Carolina

Hailed as an "American virtuoso," pianist Dr. Joseph Rackers has performed for enthusiastic audiences at venues across Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, Ukraine and extensively throughout the United States. Gramophone writes, "The results are consistently compelling…as if Dr. Rackers' response were primarily to his relationship with the composer as some sort of kindred spirit."

Dr. Rackers is an International Steinway Artist and has given recent concerts at the Infiorata di Genzano in Italy, Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival in Germany, Burgos International Music Festival in Spain, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and Piccolo Spoleto Festival, among others. He has recorded for the MSR Classics and Beauport Classical labels and his performances have been broadcast on WFMT Chicago, Radio Libera Tutti in Italy and on NPR affiliate stations throughout the United States.

Dr. Rackers is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where he earned the doctor of musical arts and master of music degrees and was awarded the Performer's Certificate. His principal teachers were Natalya Antonova and Raymond Herbert with additional study or masterclasses with Julian Martin, Misha Dichter and Blanca Uribe. Also active as a chamber musician, he has performed widely as a member of the Lomazov/Rackers Piano Duo. The duo garnered significant attention as the Second Prize Winners of the Sixth Ellis Competition for Duo Pianists, the only national duo piano competition in the United States at that time. Dr. Rackers is associate professor of piano at the University of South Carolina School of Music. A devoted teacher, Dr. Rackers has taught at the Eastman School of Music and was awarded the school's annual prize for Excellence in Teaching. He has been invited to residencies at the Sichuan Conservatory and Yantai International Music Festival in China and has given masterclasses at major universities and colleges across the United States.