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Distinguished Visiting Professor of Violin Preucil in recital Aug. 29

Distinguished Visiting Professor of Violin William Preucil

Distinguished Visiting Professor of Violin at Furman University William Preucil will present a recital Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on campus.

The event is free and open to the public and is hosted by the Furman Department of Music.

Preucil, now in his 11th year as visiting professor at Furman, will be accompanied in the performance by Furman Associate Professor of Piano David Gross.

The program includes Sonata No. 2 in A Major for Violin and Piano, Op.100 by Johannes Brahms; Sonatensatz: Scherzo in C Minor for Violin, Op. posth., Johannes Brahms; and Beethoven’s Sonata No. 7 in C Minor for Piano and Violin, Op. 30, No. 2.

Preucil was appointed concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra in 1995 and has appeared regularly as a soloist with the orchestra in concerto performances at both Severance Hall and the annual Blossom Festival.

Prior to joining The Cleveland Orchestra, Preucil served seven seasons as first violinist of the Grammy-winning Cleveland Quartet, performing more than 100 concerts each year in the world’s major music capitals. Telarc International recorded the Cleveland Quartet performing the complete cycle of Beethoven’s 17 string quartets, as well as a variety of chamber works by Haydn, Mozart, Schubert and Brahms.

From 1982 to 1989, Preucil was concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, after previously holding the same position with the orchestras of Utah and Nashville. During his tenure in Atlanta, he appeared with the Atlanta Symphony as soloist in 70 performances of 15 different concertos. He has also made solo appearances with the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Hong Kong, Minnesota, Rochester and Taipei.

Preucil regularly performs chamber music as a guest soloist with other orchestras and at summer music festivals. His North American festival performances have included Santa Fe, Sarasota, Seattle and Sitka, with international appearances in France, Germany and Switzerland. Each summer, he serves as concertmaster and violin soloist with the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra in San Diego. Preucil also continues to perform as a member of the Lanier Trio, whose recording of the complete Dvorak piano trios was honored as one of Time magazine’s top 10 CDs for 1993.

Actively involved as an educator, Preucil serves as Distinguished Professor of Violin at the Cleveland Institute of Music and at Furman University. He previously taught at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Georgia.

For more information about the event, contact the Furman Music Office at 864-294-2086, or email the department at

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