JANUARY 14, 2004


Petronel Malon poses in front of the piano.

SOSU artist receives Grammy nomination

Ms. Petronel Malan, who serves as Southeastern Oklahoma State University Department of Music Artist-in-Residence and who provides accompanying and vocal coaching for students, has been nominated for a Grammy Award.

Her solo piano CD "Transfigured Bach" was nominated in the "Best Instrumental Soloist Performance Without Orchestra" category. Her work was also nominated in the “Producer of the Year” and “Best Engineered Album” in the classical music categories.

"It (nomination) opens doors for the rest of my life…Grammy-nominated artist will always be in front of my name,’’ she said in a recent interview. “The Grammy voting is not done by the critics or fans, rather by your musical peers – that means a lot to the artist.”

Malan was notified of her nomination via the telephone after a national press conference in Beverly Hills, California to announce the complete list of nominees.

"The chairman of my record label called me (to tell her of the nomination),” she said. “I thought he was pulling my leg until I saw it on-line and then later printed in the newspaper – then I believed it.”

The 46th Grammy Awards will be held February 8, 2004 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be nationally telecast. Malan will be accompanied to the event by a group of family members, she said.

Malan hails from South Africa, and makes her living as a concert pianist. She leaves later this week for a series of concerts in Paris.

"We are very fortunate to have an artist of this caliber working with our students on a regular basis,” said Dr. Michael Miles, chair of the music department at Southeastern. “Every music major has the opportunity to rehearse and perform with her each semester. We are extremely proud of Petronel.’’

Contact: Alan Burton, 1-580-745-2440