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 email@example.com.
Pianists Showcase Concert: Winners of the 2016 Lancaster International
Piano Festival Romantic Music Competition
(Ward Recital Hall, CUA, Sunday, July 24)
Nakamatsu (Ward Recital Hall, CUA, Sunday, July 24)
Pianists Showcase Concert: Winners
of the 31st International Young Artist Competition (Ward
Recital Hall, CUA, Monday,
Jae Hong Park (The Gold
Medalist of the 2016 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition) (Ward
Recital Hall, CUA, Monday, July 25)
Pianists Showcase Concert: Winners of the 2016 Young Musicians Inspiring
Change Competition (Ward
Recital Hall, CUA, Wednesday,
Ganz (Ward Recital Hall, CUA, Wednesday, July 27)
Pianists Showcase Concert (Ward
Recital Hall, CUA, Thursday, July 28)
Kharitonov (Ward Recital Hall, CUA, Thursday, July 28)
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)
Winners of the 2016 Catholic University Piano Competition (Ward Recital
Hall, CUA, Monday, August, 1)
Pianist Showcase Concert: Winners of the 2016 Lancaster International
Piano Festival Romantic Music Competition
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. Nakamatsus 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 Gershwins 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 Goodwins double concerto The Single Step, written for Mr. Nakamatsu and his longtime artistic partner, clarinetist Jon Manasse. Also this season, Mr. Nakamatsu performs Rachmaninoffs Paganini Rhapsody in the Reno Philharmonics season opening concerts and joins Floridas Atlantic Classical Orchestra for Beethovens 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. Nakamatsus busy summer 2015 season included appearances at New Yorks 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 Thuilles 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 Philharmonics 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. Nakamatsus first collaboration with Jon Manasse with Brahms op. 120 Sonatas; an all-Gershwin recording with Jeff Tyzik and the Rochester Philharmonic featuring Gershwins Rhapsody in Blue and Concerto in F which rose to number three on Billboards 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. Nakamatsus 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 Nakamatsus
electrifying performance of Rachmaninoffs 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 bachelors degree in
German Studies and a masters degree in Education.
Pianist Showcase Concert: Winners of the 31st International Young Artist
Jae Hong Park (The Gold
Medalist of the 2016 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition)
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.
Pianist Showcase Concert: Winners of the 2016 Young Musicians Inspiring
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.
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).
Pianist Showcase Concert featuring adult pianists participating in the
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).
WIPF Participants' Concerts (FREE ADMISSION)
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.
Concert of the 2016 WIPF Participants (FREE ADMISSION)
Pianist Showcase Concert: 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.
of the 3nd Catholic University of America Piano Compeititon
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