PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University and Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum will sponsor four programs as part of the Young Artist Concert Series for 2002-03.

Alexandre Bouzlov, an 18-year-old cellist from Moscow, Russia, will kick off the series with a program Sept. 25 in Kimbrough Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Bouzlov has performed and competed in venues throughout the world. He began his cello studies at the age of 6 and rapidly gained recognition in the music world. He won first prize in the 2001 Young Concert Artist International Auditions at the age of 17. Bouzlov currently studies at the Moscow Conservatory with Natalya Gutman.

Paavali Jumppanen, the acclaimed pianist from Espoo, Finland, is scheduled to perform in Kimbrough Concert Hall on Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. He began to play the piano at the age of 5. The New York Times Music Review reports “this young man is quiet looking, but when he puts his hands to the keyboard, he is full of intensity, strength and imagination.” Jumppanen won first prize in the 2000 Young Concert Artist International Auditions and has performed as soloist with all of Finland’s orchestras.

Nicolas Kendall, a 23-year-old American violinist, is scheduled to perform in Bryan Hall Auditorium on Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Kendall has won numerous awards, including first prize in the 2002 Young Concert Artist International Auditions. His grandfather, John Kendall, was the first string teacher to introduce the Suzuki method in the United States. An enthusiastic participant, the young violinist follows in his tradition through outreach performances. Kendall studied with Victor Danchenko at the Curtis Institute of Music from 1996 to 2001.

Alexander Fiterstein, a world-class clarinetist and native of the former Soviet Union, will complete the concert series March 6 in Bryan Hall Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Fiterstein began playing with a small group of child musicians and attended the Juilliard School where he earned a bachelor’s degree and is completing a master’s degree. He was selected to perform with Arab musicians in a program presented by the peace organization “Search for Common Ground” and won first prize in the 2001 Carl Nielson International Clarinet Competition.

All seats are general admission. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students. They can be purchased at all TicketsWest outlets or by phone at 1-800-325-SEAT.

For more information, call Beasley Coliseum at (509)335-3525 or check its Web site at www.wsu.edu/beasley.