VIOLINIST LARS BJORNKJAER PERFORMS AT JBU

Siloam Springs, Ark (March 25, 1999) — Violinist Lars Bjornkjaer accompanied by pianist Albert Tiu will perform at John Brown University’s Jones Recital Hall at 7:30 on April 8, 1999, as part of JBU’s Lyceum Series.

At age 29, Bjornkjaer is quickly becoming one of Scandinavia’s premier violinists. Since age 13, he has performed all over Scandinavia as a chamber musician, recitalist and soloist. He was also recently knighted by Denmark’s Queen Margrethe.

In 1990, Bjornkjaer graduated from the prestigious Juilliard School of Music in New York. Among the many awards he has received are the Gold Medal in the Danish National Competition in 1986 and the Jacob Gade prize in 1987 for young, outstanding musicians.

Art critic Naomi Donson said this young Dane has "extraordinary inventiveness and subtlety" while displaying "seemingly effortless technical mastery."

Among his many engagements, pianist Albert Tiu has appeared as a soloist with the Singapore Symphony, the Illinois Chamber Symphony and the Manila Chamber Orchestra.

Most recently, Tiu was honored with the 1998 Juilliard William Petschek Piano Recital Award. He also won the Juilliard Gina Bachauer Piano Competition in 1996 as well as the Grand Prize in the St. Charles (Illinois) International Piano Competition in 1995.

The performers will play seven works, among which are Kreisler’s Recitativo and Scherzo Caprice for Violin Solo and Brahms’ Sonata No. 2 in A Major.

JBU’s department of music offers the opportunity for Siloam Springs and the surrounding communities to enjoy the Arts through its Lyceum Series. This concert is open to the public at no charge.

Since 1919, John Brown University, an interdenominational, Christian university, has provided top-quality Christ-centered higher education. JBU embraces a three-fold emphasis on training the "Head, Heart and Hand" of 1,400 students from over 44 states and 38 countries.

For ten consecutive years, JBU has been on the John Templeton Foundation Honor Roll of Character Building colleges. The University has also been repeatedly included in the U.S. News & World Report’s list of top regional colleges and universities.