About Us
Faculty
Schedule
Concerts
Lectures
Competition
Registration
Accommodations
Past Festivals
Contribute
Contact Us

 

 


 

WIPF is proud to present internationally acclaimed pianists as part of its concert series. The cost of tickets is included in the participants' tuition. The concerts are open to the community, and tickets to individual concerts can be purchased at the door or reserved by emailing us at washingtonpianofest@gmail.com.

Ticket Prices:
Adults: $20; Seniors and students: $10; CUA's students with a valid student ID: free admission
. There will be two after-concert receptions - Sunday, July 24 and Monday, August 1. Each reception admission is $50 (including the concert ticket).

Young Pianists Showcase Concert: Winners of the 2016 Lancaster International Piano Festival Romantic Music Competition (Ward Recital Hall, CUA, Sunday, July 24)

Jon Nakamatsu (Ward Recital Hall, CUA, Sunday, July 24)

Young Pianists Showcase Concert: Winners of the 31st International Young Artist Competition (Ward Recital Hall, CUA, Monday, July 25)

Jae Hong Park (The Gold Medalist of the 2016 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition) (Ward Recital Hall, CUA, Monday, July 25)

Young Pianists Showcase Concert: Winners of the 2016 Young Musicians Inspiring Change Competition (Ward Recital Hall, CUA, Wednesday, July 27)

Brian Ganz (Ward Recital Hall, CUA, Wednesday, July 27)

Adult Pianists Showcase Concert (Ward Recital Hall, CUA, Thursday, July 28)

Arsentiy Kharitonov (Ward Recital Hall, CUA, Thursday, July 28)

Concerts of the 2016 WIPF Participants (Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, Friday, July 29 and Sunday, July 31)

Closing Concert of the 2016 WIPF Participants (Ward Recital Hall, CUA, Monday, August, 1)

Young Pianist Showcase Concert: Dmitry Ishkhanov (Ward Recital Hall, CUA, Monday, August, 1)

Winners of the 2016 Catholic University Piano Competition (Ward Recital Hall, CUA, Monday, August, 1)

Young Pianist Showcase Concert: Winners of the 2016 Lancaster International Piano Festival Romantic Music Competition
Sunday, July 24, 6:45-7:15 pm, Ward Hall, CUA

Program TBA

back to top

Jon Nakamatsu
Sunday, July 24, at 7:30 pm, Ward Recital Hall, CUA

Click here to view the program

The distinguished American pianist Jon Nakamatsu, known internationally for the panache and elegance of his solo, concerto, and chamber performances, has become a favorite with audiences throughout the world. As a prolific recording artist, Mr. Nakamatsu has set to disc numerous seminal performances on the harmonia mundi label. In his review of Mr. Nakamatsu’s recent performance of Saint-Saëns' Piano Concerto No. 2, Daniel J. Kushner writes in The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: “Nakamatsu evinced brilliant musicianship. His tone and articulation sparkled and shimmered, while his use of dynamics and energy brought out the lifeblood of each and every phrase.” (May 1, 2015).

During the 2015/16 season, Mr. Nakamatsu joins the Seattle Symphony Orchestra for performances of Gershwin’s Rhaposdy in Blue in October 2015 and returns to the Cape Cod Symphony in September 2015 for the world premiere performances of Grammy-winning composer Gordon Goodwin’s double concerto The Single Step, written for Mr. Nakamatsu and his longtime artistic partner, clarinetist Jon Manasse. Also this season, Mr. Nakamatsu performs Rachmaninoff’s Paganini Rhapsody in the Reno Philharmonic’s season opening concerts and joins Florida’s Atlantic Classical Orchestra for Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto in March 2016. Further orchestral appearances include the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Meridian Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, Stockton Symphony, New Mexico Philharmonic, Las Cruces Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, and the San Jose and Mission Chamber Orchestras. Both as a solo recitalist and as part of the Manasse-Nakamatsu duo, Mr. Nakamatsu will perform in San Francisco, Forth Worth, Hawaii, and other American cities.

Mr. Nakamatsu’s busy summer 2015 season included appearances at New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival, the Chautauqua Music Festival, and the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, where he is co-artistic director together with Mr. Manasse. During the 2014/15 season, Mr. Nakamatsu appeared with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, the Peninsula Symphony Orchestra, Symphoria Syracuse, and the Rochester Philharmonic. He joined the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet for performances of Ludwig Thuille’s Wind Quintet in Austin, TX, Santa Fe, NM, and in Charlottesville, VA, and in January he was heard in Phoenix, AZ and in San Jose, CA with the Jupiter String Quartet in the Brahms Piano Quintet. Mr. Nakamatsu also continued his celebrated collaboration with clarinetist Jon Manasse for a series of concerts across the United States throughout the season. As a solo recitalist, Mr. Nakamatsu appeared in recitals across California and at the Sanibel Music Festival. In February 2015, he joined the jury of the Ninth U.S. International Chopin Competition in Miami.

Mr. Nakamatsu has been an active guest soloist with leading orchestras throughout his career; among them the orchestras of Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Rochester, San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, Berlin, Milan, and Tokyo. He has collaborated with such esteemed conductors as James Conlon, Philippe Entremont, Marek Janowski, Raymond Leppard, Gerard Schwarz, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Michael Tilson Thomas and Osmo Vänskä. His numerous summer engagements have included appearances at the Aspen, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Caramoor, Vail, Wolftrap, and Britt festivals. In 1999, Mr. Nakamatsu performed at the White House at the special invitation of President and Mrs. Clinton.

Among the many chamber ensembles with which Mr. Nakamatsu has collaborated are the Brentano, Jupiter, Miami, Tokyo, Prazak, St. Lawrence, and Ying String Quartets. He also tours frequently with the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet and in 2008 debuted on the Philharmonic’s chamber music series performing with the Quintet and members of the orchestra. In 2008, the Manasse/Nakamatsu Duo released its first CD (Brahms Sonatas for Clarinet and Piano) which received the highest praise from The New York Times Classical Music Editor James R. Oestreich, who named it a “Best of the Year” choice for 2008. In addition to their joint concert performances Mr. Nakamatsu and Mr. Manasse serve as Artistic Directors of the esteemed Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, founded by pianist Samuel Sanders in 1979.

Mr. Nakamatsu records exclusively for harmonia mundi USA, and has released twelve critically acclaimed CDs to date. Notable releases include Mr. Nakamatsu’s first collaboration with Jon Manasse with Brahms’ op. 120 Sonatas; an all-Gershwin recording with Jeff Tyzik and the Rochester Philharmonic featuring Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Concerto in F which rose to number three on Billboard’s classical music charts; and a recently released trio disc of works by Brahms, Beethoven, and Weber with Mr. Manasse and cellist Clive Greensmith, which has elicited brilliant reviews from The New York Times (“Mr. Nakamatsu’s fleet-fingered clarity enhancing the vivacious outer movements and all three playing with deep expression in the Adagio”), Gramophone (“a most enjoyable disc, beautifully played and recorded, with the three players joining together to make a perfect ensemble”), and audiophile edition (“Every once in a while a disc comes along so good that I would award it six stars if my editor allowed such things”).

A high school teacher of German with no formal conservatory training, Jon Nakamatsu’s electrifying performance of Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto won him the Gold Medal at the 1997 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition amidst a field of experienced competition warriors. Mr. Nakamatsu had studied privately with the late Marina Derryberry from the age of six, and worked with Karl Ulrich Schnabel, son of the great pianist Artur Schnabel. He also studied composition and orchestration with Dr. Leonard Stein of the Schoenberg Institute at the University of Southern California, and pursued extensive studies in chamber music and musicology. Mr. Nakamatsu is a graduate of Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in German Studies and a master’s degree in Education.


back to top

Young Pianist Showcase Concert: Winners of the 31st International Young Artist Competition:
Monday, July 25, 6:45-7:15 pm, Ward Hall, CUA

Program TBA

back to top

Jae Hong Park (The Gold Medalist of the 2016 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition)
Monday, July 25, 7:30 pm, Ward Recital Hall, CUA

Click here to view the program

Jae Hong Park began his piano studies at the age of seven. After entering the Korean National Institute for the Gifted in Arts, he went on to attend the Seoul Art High School. He now studies with Prof. Daejin Kim at the Korean National Institute for the Gifted in Arts. He is the 1st Prize winner of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition for Young Artists and the Cleveland International Piano Competition for Young Artists, as well as the 4th Prize winner of the Ettlingen International Competition for Young Pianists and winner of the Sascha Gorodnitzki Prize at the Hilton Head International Piano Competition. Also, he was selected by Prof. Andrea Bonatta as the ‘Eppan Prize Winner’ of the Junior Academy Eppan. In addition, he won numerous prizes at several important competitions in South Korea. Besides the Eumag-Chunchu, Jae Hong won prizes at the Samick-Seiler, the TBC, the CBS, the International Haydn Piano Competition and Ehwa-Kyunghyang, which is considered one of the most prestigious piano competitions in Korea. He has performed debut recitals in New York City at the Frick Collection, and in Amsterdam and Utrecht, Netherlands through invitations by the Liszt International Piano Competition and Grachten Festival. He has performed with the Utah Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rei Hotoda, the Canton Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gerhardt Zimmermann and many others. He also performed Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.1 with Banatul Philharmonic in Timisoara, Romania and received outstanding reviews. Jae Hong recently performed a recital in Busko-Zdroj, Poland through an invitation of ‘XXII Chopin Festival, Lato z Chopinem.’ In addition, he performed a successful debut recital in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Pablo Bardin of the Buenos Aires Herald noted, The Bartók Sonata was simply dazzling; the fantastic rhythmic precision and excitement of the outer movements and the strong phrasing of the slow middle one were the work of an already mature artist of enormous dexterity. Including the Prodigy Recital for the Kumho-Asiana Cultural Foundation in Seoul, he played in Salzburg including the Wien Saal, Bosendorfer Saal and Solitar. Jae Hong was also nominated as one of the most outstanding participants in both the 2014 and 2015 Mozarteum Summer Academy.

back to top

Young Pianist Showcase Concert: Winners of the 2016 Young Musicians Inspiring Change Competition
Wednesday, July 27,
6:45-7:15 pm, Ward Hall, CUA

Program TBA

back to top

Brian Ganz
Wednesday, July 27, at 7:30 pm, Ward Recital Hall, CUA

Click here to view the program

Brian Ganz is widely regarded as one of the leading pianists of his generation. A laureate of the Marguerite Long Jacques Thibaud and the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Piano Competitions, Mr. Ganz has appeared as soloist with such orchestras as the St. Louis Symphony, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony, the National Philharmonic, the National Symphony and the City of London Sinfonia, and has performed with such conductors as Leonard Slatkin, Marin Alsop, Mstislav Rostropovich and Piotr Gajewski.

The Washington Post has written: "One comes away from a recital by pianist Brian Ganz not only exhilarated by the power of the performance but also moved by his search for artistic truth." For many years Mr. Ganz has made it his mission to join vivid music making with warmth and intimacy onstage to produce a new kind of listening experience, in which great works come to life with authentic emotional power. As one of Belgium's leading newspapers, La Libre Belgique, put it, "We don't have the words to speak of this fabulous musician who lives music with a generous urgency and brings his public into a state of intense joy."

Mr. Ganz's 2016 performance highlights include Beethoven's Choral Fantasy in May with the Cathedral Choral Society at Washington's National Cathedral, and Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto with the National Philharmonic in September. In January of 2011 Mr. Ganz began a multi-year project in partnership with the National Philharmonic in which he will perform the complete works of Chopin at the Music Center at Strathmore outside of Washington D.C.. After the inaugural recital, The Washington Post wrote: "Brian Ganz was masterly in his first installment of the complete works [of Chopin]." The seventh recital in the series, scheduled for February 18, 2017, will feature the theme "Chopin: Young Genius," and will include the brilliant and stunningly original 12 Etudes, Op. 10.

Mr. Ganz is on the piano faculty of St. Mary's College of Maryland, where he is artist-in-residence, and is also a member of the piano faculty of the Peabody Conservatory. He is the artist-editor of the Schirmer Performance Edition of Chopin's Preludes (2005).

back to top

Adult Pianist Showcase Concert featuring adult pianists participating in the festival
Thursday, July 28, 6:45-7:15 pm, Ward Recital Hall, CUA

Program TBA

Arsentiy Kharitonov
Thursday, July 28, at 7:30 pm, Ward Recital Hall, CUA

Click here to view the program

A prize winner of national and international competitions, including the Sergei Rachmaninoff Competition (Russia), Slavic Music Competition (Ukraine), Beethoven Piano Sonata Competition (Memphis, USA), and the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition (Los Angeles, USA), pianist Arsentiy Kharitonov has been heard in solo recitals and with orchestras in Russia, Europe, Asia, and the USA. He started his piano studies at the age of sixteen, in the Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music of the famed St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia, where his musical progress was immediate and astounding. Within three years, he was giving solo recitals, which featured his own compositions and improvisations in variety of musical styles in addition to the standard piano repertoire. Kharitonov's first orchestral appearances in Russia included solo performances with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and the Mariinsky Theatre Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. His major teachers have been Galina Osipova and Igor Lebedev in St. Petersburg, and Nikita Fitenko and Joseph Banowetz in the United States. Recently, Kharitonov recorded multi-CD series of piano music by Leo Ornstein, as well as the chamber music by Robert Kahn (in collaboration with violinist Julia Bushkova), all of which have been released internationally by Toccata Classics (London, UK).

back to top

Selected WIPF Participants' Concerts (FREE ADMISSION)
Friday, July 29 and Sunday, July 31, at 6:00 pm
Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage

The concert, which will be directly webcasted online at www.kennedy-center.org, will be presented by the 2016 WIPF selected participants and will include both solo and piano ensemble music.

Auditions and the Catholic University Piano Competition (free and open to public) will be held on Tuesday, July 26, in Ward Recital Hall on CUA's campus.

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO WIPF PARTICIPANTS: Due to time limitations, we recommend to select a piece (group of pieces) that is 5-10 minutes in length.

back to top

Closing Concert of the 2016 WIPF Participants (FREE ADMISSION)
Monday, August 1, 2:00 am
Ward Recital Hall, CUA

Program TBA

back to top

Young Pianist Showcase Concert: Dmitry Ishkhanov
Monday, August 1, 6:45 pm
Ward Recital Hall, CUA

Program TBA

Dmitry Ishkhanov was born in 2005 in Moscow, Russia. By the age of 8, he completed 5 grades in Practical Piano of the ABRSM (The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, UK) in Malta. At the moment Dmitry is studying in Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. His music teacher is Lolita Poghosyan and his consultant is professor Nina Tichman. Dmitry was a prize-winner in numerous prestigious competitions such as International Competition of Young Music Talents "Rovere D'Oro" in Italy (2nd prize), XXII Young Pianists International Competition "Citta di Barletta" in France (1st prize), Malta International Music Competition “Violin & Friends” (special prize), International Piano Competition “Golden Key” in Germany (1st prize), laureate in "Münchner Klavierpodium der Jugend" in Germany, “Jugend Musiziert” in Germany (1stprize), XXV Young Musicians International Competition "FLAME" in France (1st prize), International Piano Competition "Maria Herrero” in Spain (2nd prize and special prize), "Euregio Piano Award" International Piano Competition in Germany (1st prize) and International César-Franck Competition in Belgium (1stprize). The young musician participated in numerous festivalssuch as International Festival “New Names” (Armenia), International “Violin & Friends” Festival (Malta), Valletta International Piano Festival (Malta), Malta International Music Festival (Malta), Rachmaninoff Festival (Germany), Clavicologne International Piano Festival(Germany), “Moscow meets friends” festival organized by Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation (Russia), Piano-Festival Ruhr (Germany), International Piano Festival (Italy) and “Three Palaces” Festival (Malta).In addition, he has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras such as the WDR orchestra in Cologne philharmonic, symphonic orchestra “Duchi d'Acquaviva”, the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia and the chamber orchestra NRW.Dmitry performed in concerts in France, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Armenia, Russia, Czech Republic, Belgium, Spain and Malta.

back to top

Winners of the 3nd Catholic University of America Piano Compeititon
Monday, August 1, at 7:30 pm
Ward Recital Hall, CUA

Program TBA

back to top

About Us | Faculty | Schedule | Concerts | Competition | Lectures | Registration | Accommodations | Contribute | Past Festivals | Contact Us

Copyright © 2009-2016 Washington International Piano Festival. All rights reserved.
Email the Webmaster