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PHILADELPHIA, PA - - Cunningham Pianos continues its Collaborative Pianist series celebrating renowned talent and their 120th anniversary with a special performance by Russian-born pianist Svetlana Smoline, October 21, 2011 at 7p.m. in their showroom.

Cunningham Piano Company located in Philadelphia's Germantown section is honoring its 120th birthday  with a series of free piano concerts featuring local, regional and national talent, as well as an array of pianos ranging from fully restored, historic or rare pianos including Steinway Grands to newly imported Bosendorfer  Grands from Vienna.

This series, referred to as "The Collaborative Pianist", gives listeners the rare opportunity to get a glimpse into the artists mind. Each performer is encouraged to share his thoughts, ideas, and challenges presented by the pieces performed. The audience will be able to interact directly with the musicians in an intimate setting. Additionally, the performers are encouraged to select an instrument from Cunningham Pianos vast inventory that they feel best fits the material at hand.

Smolina, born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, has performed with orchestras and in recitals worldwide. She recently performed with the Mariinsky Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, New York Philharmonic at Avery Fischer, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestra National de France, Odessa and Nizhny Novgorod Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Toledo Symphony, Florida Philharmonic, Shreveport Symphony, New York Chamber and many other ensembles.

She is a frequent guest at festivals worldwide, and has performed at the Salzburg Festival, Hollywood Bowl Festival in Los Angeles, Ravinia Rising Stars Festival in Chicago, White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg , Maggio Musicale in Florence, Mikkeli Festival, Ruhr Festival, Easter Festival in Moscow, Rotterdam Phillips Gergiev Festival in Holland, International Gilmore Keyboard Festival, Settimane Musicali di Stresa, Festivale di Bologna, Michelangeli Festival in Brescia, Hennessy Artists Series at Hanoi Opera House, Vietnam, festivals in Greece, Philadelphia International Festival, and many others.

 Smolina is DMA graduate from the University of Michigan, a recipient of “ New Names” Scholarship program in Russia and has been a prizewinner of many international competitions, including Citta di Senigalia International Piano Competition (Italy), Kingsville International Piano Competition, Wideman Piano Competition and the Murray Dranoff International Duo Piano Competition in Miami, Florida. In the fall of  2011, Smolina was appointed as the Samuel Barber Artist -In-Residence at West Chester University of Pennsylvania's School of Music in The College of Visual and Performing Arts