Arts at UNCW

Norman Bemelmans (piano)

Born into an Austrian family prominently involved in the arts, Norman Bemelmans gave his first public solo concert at the age of seven. He has studied with international luminaries Jean Houpt, Stefan Bardas, Richard Cass, Patrizia Benkman and Ozan Marsch and toured professionally under the sponsor ship of Pobitzer Artists International and the Franz Liszt Foundation.

From 1993-2000 he served in Atlanta as the Executive Director for Georgia Public Radio, Georgia's 14-station public radio network, and in 2005 was appointed the Director of Cultural Arts at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

An active recitalist in both the United States and Europe, Mr. Bemelmans' interpretations of the works of Franz Liszt and Frederic Chopin in particular have received enthusiastic critical acclaim.

Elizabeth Loparits

Elizabeth Loparits (piano)

Elizabeth Loparits received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, Master of Music in piano performance from Illinois State University, and a Diploma in piano education and chamber music performance from the Pécs Institute of the Hungarian Franz Liszt University.

As soloist Loparits has given recitals in Europe, Costa Rica, and the United States including guest appearances with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra (2009, 2012), UNCG's Focus on Piano Literature, and on the UNCW Piano Masterworks Series.

Recently she performed the world premiere of Meira Warshauer's Ocean Calling III and the North Carolina premiere of Ocean Calling I-II. She served for two summers as principal Young Artist at New Hampshire's Opera North Company, and the past two years as the pianist for Opera Wilmington.

Top prizes include the National Bartók Piano Competition in Hungary (1995), the Kodaly-Bartok Chamber Music Competition (1996), and the North Carolina Symphony/UNCG concerto competition (2000).

Currently Elizabeth serves as vocal and instrumental accompanist at UNCW Department of Music, where she also teaches introductory music courses and collaborative piano, in addition to maintaining a private piano studio through the UNCW Community Music Academy.