College of Charleston International Piano Series

Bringing world-class artists to Charleston’s center stage

The College of Charleston's International Piano Series (IPS) is Charleston's longest running, season-long program with a pure focus on piano. IPS plays a distinctive role in the lives of students and the community by implementing excellence in the arts and education and cultivating piano music appreciation.

Performers range from young professionals emerging onto the world stage to seasoned artists with long-established careers. 

2023-2024 Season at the Sottile Theatre

The 33rd season of the International Piano Series features Joseph Rackers, Eunmi Ko, Jeffery Lauder, and Petronel Malan.
  • Joseph Rackers (Sept. 12)

    International Steinway artist Joseph Rackers opens the 33rd season of the College of Charleston International Piano Series. His recordings as soloist, collaborative pianist and producer are available on MSR Classics, Navona, Centaur, Equilibrium, Beauport Classics and Steinway Spirio, and his performances have been broadcast on radio and television across the United States and Europe.

    He is currently the professor of piano at the Eastman School of Music, cofounder of the Southeastern Piano Festival and artistic director of the Vivace Music Foundation. He has performed for enthusiastic audiences in New York, Boston, Chicago, Kiev, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Seoul and Washington, D.C., at venues across Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, South Korea, Spain, Bulgaria, Ukraine and extensively throughout the United States. This concert is generously sponsored by the Remington Master Artist Series.

  • Eunmi Ko (Oct. 31)

    Renowned artist Eunmi Ko performs for the 33rd season of the College of Charleston International Piano Series. 

    Hailed as “exceedingly interesting” (New York Concert Review) and “kaleidoscopic” (San Francisco Classical Voice), Ko concertizes as a recitalist and chamber musician throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas. 

    As a sought-after collaborator and champion of new music, she works with contemporary composers, ensembles and performers from around the world. Ko is the cofounder and president of the Contemporary Art Music Project (CAMP).

    She teaches at the University of South Florida as an associate professor of piano. Praised for original interpretations, abundance of piano technique, and interesting programming, she performs a wide range of piano repertoire, from premieres of new works by living composers to the traditional and rarely played piano works

  • Jeffrey Ladeur (Feb. 6)

    Accomplished musician Jeffrey LaDeur performs for the 33rd season of the College of Charleston International Piano Series.

    He is known for his rare blend of insight, spontaneity and approachable, communicative stage presence. Clic Musique Magazine (France) lauded: “an irreproachable legato, a beautiful palette of nuances, and an always well-balanced sound.” 

    Having inherited a rich tradition of pianism and interpretation from Annie Sherter, student of Vlado Perlemuter and Alfred Cortot, LaDeur has established himself as a compelling exponent of classic and new repertoire.

    In March 2018, LaDeur made his solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall on the centennial of Claude Debussy’s death. He appears regularly with orchestras and maintains a repertoire of over 40 concerti. LaDeur is the founder and artistic director of the San Francisco International Piano Festival and president of the American Liszt Society, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.

  • Petronel Malan (April 9)

    Renowned musician Petronel Malan performs the season finale of the College of Charleston International Piano Series. "Formidable…dizzying…magical”: These words from New York reviewer Harris Goldsmith vividly illustrate Malan’s uniquely captivating style.

    Indeed, as a multiple Grammy® nominee and gold medalist of several international piano competitions, she continues to enthrall audiences worldwide.

    Lauded by reviewers as an unmistakably creative force in the classical music industry, Malan's critical acclaim culminated in the nomination of three Grammy Awards, including Best Instrumental Solo Album for her debut disc Transfigured Bach. She maintains a full performance schedule as recitalist, orchestral soloist and chamber musician in major venues throughout the world.

    After her European debut in Rome, further highlights have included Carnegie Recital Hall, Théâtre du Châtelet & Salle Cortot (Paris), Mozarteum (Salzburg), Liszt Museum (Budapest), Orchestra Hall (Chicago), Alte Handelsbörse (Leipzig) and Bass Hall (Fort Worth), as well as the Ravinia, Gilmore & Music in the Mountain Festivals.

Tickets & Support

Buy tickets to the International Piano Series and support the series at a patron.
  • Buy Tickets

    George Street Box Office is open (Tue.-Fri., 10a.m.-4p.m.) to help you navigate the online system or to take your order by phone at 843.953.GSBO (4726), by email, or in person at the Sottile Theatre (44 George St.) All attendees must obtain tickets (free or paid).

    SEASON SUBSCRIPTION (discounted tickets for 4 concerts, preferred seating, flex ticketing)
    INDIVIDUAL TICKETS ($30 adults, FREE for youth 18 & under with student I.D. at the door) 
    CofC students can purchase $10 tickets through student portal or in person at box office.
    CofC employees can reserve FREE tickets at online faculty/staff link or in person at box office. 

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  • Patron Info & Support

    Each year, we stage concerts for pianists hailing from the United States and around the world. While on campus, guest artists offer masterclasses in which students perform and receive critique. These masterclasses are open to the public. 

    These performers are role models to our students and a source of cultural entertainment for our community. The concerts take place in our historic, newly restored Sottile Theatre.

    Funded entirely by donations and ticket sales, the performances are offered to the community at affordable prices and are free for youth under the age of 18.

    Proceeds from ticket sales and donations ensure the longevity of the program and support educational opportunities for our students.  

    Patrons of the International Piano Series not only enjoy world-class concerts and meeting artists from around the world, their generosity has a direct impact on piano students at the College of Charleston School of the Arts and our community. For more information email Tiffany Gammell, IPS Program Director.

    Ways to give:

    • Mail your check made out to International Piano Series to:

      Attn: Donna DuPre
      Music Department
      College of Charleston
      66 George St.
      Charleston, SC 29424

    • Credit Card: Make your gift here (Under "Designation" select "Other" and under "How Would You Like to Direct Your Donation" type "International Piano Series - R215") 


    Prelude: $100-$249

    •  Recognition on the International Piano Series website and in the program

    Nocturne: $250-$499

    •  Recognition on the International Piano Series website and in the program
    •  Invited to post-concert receptions with guest artists, faculty and students
    •  Reserved seating at IPS concerts

    Etude: $500-$999

    • All benefits above, plus
    • Two Season Tickets
    • Invitation to special season preview in May
    Waltz: $1,000-$2,499
    • All benefits above, plus
    • An honorary Visionary membership in the Friends of the School of the Arts which includes invitations to special events including a dinner at the Dean’s home with faculty and special guests
    • Invitation to one special event during the season highlighting students, IPS artists or an in-home musicale 

    Ballade: $2,500-$4,999

    • All benefits above, plus
    • ¼ page recognition or advertisement in one program

    Sonata: $5,000-$9,999

    • All benefits above, plus
    • ½ page recognition or advertisement in one program
    • Invitation to a private dinner with the Director of Piano Studies and Chair of the Music Department

    Concerto: $10,000 and above

    •  All benefits above, plus
    •  Exclusive sponsorship of one season concert
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