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Dutch pianist to perform

March 18, 2004

A talented young pianist from Amsterdam, Thomas Alexander, will be performing at the B.J. Haan Auditorium, Sioux Center, on Thursday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m.

Alexander, 24, has performed throughout the United States, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, France and England, where he blends classical repertoire with the amazing talent of improvising tunes requested by the audience.

Alexander began taking piano lessons at the age of 11 and only three years later was accepted in “young talent department” of the Sweelinck Conservatory, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. There he studied with Marcel Baudet, who is especially known for his experience with young, gifted pianists.

At the age of 16, Thomas was awarded a diploma of honor at the “Princess Christina Competition” in Haarlem, the Netherlands. In June of that year he participated at the Prinsengrachtmarathon in Amsterdam, which earned him a place in the Guinness book of records. That year he also earned second place at the national final of the “Stichting jeugd en muziek Nederland” in Breda, the Netherlands.

As a teenager, he performed on Dutch television, at the Amsterdam concert hall, in national competitions and recitals. In 2000 he made his first record, “Thomas Alexander plays the piano.” Earlier this year he was featured in a live broadcast of Prairie Home Companion held in Sioux City, Iowa.

The concert is free and open to the public.

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