Polli Chambers-Salazar and Rafael Liebich to Present Duo Piano Recital

May 2, 2023 Torrance, CA

El Camino College faculty members Polli Chambers-Salazar and Rafael Liebich will join forces to present a duo piano recital at 5 p.m. May 20 in Marsee Auditorium. The pair will perform compositions that follow the theme of “Dances,” and will include “Gazebo Dances” by John Corigliano, “Andalusian Dances” by Manuel Infante, and “Symphonic Dances” by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Polli Chambers-Salazar joined the keyboard faculty of El Camino College in 2008, and currently serves as director of piano studies. She has performed across the United States and Canada, with recent concerts at Zipper Concert Hall, the AT&T Center Theater, and Liberty Hall – all in Los Angeles. In addition, she recently performed “Ships and Skyscrapers: Lyonel Feininger and the Music of his Time,” at Pasadena’s Norton Simon Museum. Chambers-Salazar has been featured as the “Artist of the Morning” on KUSC radio, and has received awards in many competitions, including the Simon-Fiset Competition, the New Orleans International Piano Competition, and the Seattle Young Artists Music Festival. Music from her recording “First Flight” can be heard on Classical KUSC. In addition, Chambers-Salazar is the author of “Essential Piano Techniques: A Guide to Practice and Performance,” published by Kendall Hunt. She earned a doctorate in musical arts from USC, where she previously served on the keyboard faculty of the Thornton School of Music.

Brazilian-American pianist Rafael Liebich teaches classical piano classes at El Camino and is a strong advocate of contemporary music, working as assistant director to the “People Inside Electronics” concert series. He is an award-winning musician who continues to perform with various ensembles and concert series throughout California. Highlights of his career include workshops with musicians of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, a paper presentation at the International Society for Music Education world conference in Beijing, and a publication on music interpretation and aesthetics for a journal in Brazil. Liebich earned degrees from the State University of Campinas, the Federal University of the Rio Grande do Sul State, and a doctorate in musical arts from the USC Thornton School of Music, in the studio of Stewart Gordon. He received full scholarships throughout his entire education and was a teaching assistant for the keyboard department at USC.

The El Camino Community College District encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation, or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the Center for the Arts as soon as possible, but no later than seven days prior to the event.

Tickets are $10-$21 and may be purchased at www.centerforthearts.org using the online ticketing system. Campus parking is free for this performance; no permit required. El Camino College is located at 16007 Crenshaw Boulevard, Torrance.