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Listen: Steinway Artist Maria Asteriadou and Violinist Kurt Nikkanen LIVE from WRTI 90.1

Join us for the second live broadcast in our series celebrating the 165th anniversary of Steinway & Sons pianos, featuring the Greek pianist Maria Asteriadou and her husband, violin soloist and concertmaster of the New York City Ballet Orchestra Kurt Nikkanen. WRTI's Kevin Gordon is host. 

Maria and Kurt perform the Saint-Saens Sonata for Violin and Piano in D minor, op.75, Tuesday, February 27 at 12:10 pm LIVE from our Performance Studio. Watch on the WRTI Facebook Page!

WRTI's Kevin Gordon with pianist Maria Asteriadou and her husband, violinist Kurt Nikkanen

Maria’s performances have taken her throughout the world, appearing in recitals and as soloist with orchestras in the United States, South America, Canada and Europe. She’s the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including first prize in performance from the State Conservatory of Greece, and top prize in the Maria Callas International Piano Competition.

She teaches at Manhattan School of Music and at Kutztown University, serves as director of the Chamber Music Outreach Program and is the Artistic Director of the Kutztown University Summer Chamber Music Festival.

Maria has been an artist-faculty member at many festivals including the University of Michigan's Summer Arts Institute, Canada's International School of Musical Arts, El Paso Pro Musica, and the West Branch International Music Festival in New York.

*Special thanks to Jacobs Music for making our "WRTI 90.1 Celebrates Steinway" series possible.

A veteran broadcaster, Kevin garnered a wealth of experience in radio before taking the weekday classical host position from 2 to 6 PM at WRTI . He served as host on the classical music station WQXR in NYC for 15 years, on Classical South Florida WKCP in Miami, and on WINS, NBC News, and the RKO Radio Network, all in New York.