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Sidney Foster: The Radio Story of the Little Known Artist and Master Teacher

Sidney Foster
Courtesy of Justin Foster
Sidney Foster

Sidney Foster's Cadenza for Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto. On the Keys host, David Kiser at the piano.

Sidney Finkelstein (changed later to Foster) was born in Florence and lived on West Evans Street. He attended the famed Curtis Institute of Music and played at Carnegie Hall numerous times. 

He had the aplomb of Horowitz and the instincts of a composer. All of his recordings, the few that were made, exude meaning. But you might have not heard of this South Carolina native because he dedicated his life to his students. You will hear about Foster through the voices of students, Carlisle Floyd, Hans Boepple, Mary Samulski Parekh, and Imelda Delgado, and stories about the state’s piano teachers of piano teachers. 

Credit Justin Foster
looking dapper at the piano.

Credit Photo by Kubey Rembrandt Photos, Curtesy of Curtis Archives
Student at Curtis

classical Stations: Thu, Oct 20, at 8 p.m.

Special thanks to International Piano Archives.

Imelda Delgado's book An Intimate Portrait of Sidney Foster was used as source material. 

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David Kiser is host and producer of On the Keys, an hour of piano music played by virtuoso pianists, for South Carolina Public Radio's Classical Stations. David began studying piano at 10. More recently he obtained a Masters Degree in Piano Performance from Converse College with Professor Douglas Weeks. Formerly he studied at the University of South Carolina and before that the College of the Charleston with full scholarship. (Not to mention a stint at Wofford College studying government). He he has also studied organ with Brennan Szafron of Converse College and has passed the playing portion of the AGO Associate Exam.