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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pianists Showcase Concert (Ward Recital Hall, CUA, Sunday, July 26)
Pianist Showcase Concert: Winners of the 2015 Lancaster International
Piano Festival Romantic Music Competition
Called the Van Cliburn of today by the BBC, pianist Alexander Kobrin has placed himself at the forefront of today's performing musicians. His prize winning performances have been praised for their brilliant technique, musicality, and emotional engagement with the audience. The New York Times has written the Mr. Kobrin was a fastidious guide to Schumanns otherworldly visions, pointing out hunters, flowers, haunted corners and friendly bowers, all captured in richly characterized vignettes. This was a performance that will be revered and remembered as a landmark of the regeneration of exceptional classical music in Central New York.-critic wrote after Mr. Kobrins performance of Second Piano Concerto by Johannes Brahms with Syracuse Symphony in Syracuse,NY.
Mr. Kobrin was awarded the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal at the
Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, TX.
His numerous successes in competitions also include top prizes at the
Busoni International Piano Competition (First Prize), Hamamatsu International
Piano Competition (Top Prize), Scottish International Piano Competition
in Glasgow (First Prize), and the International Chopin Piano Competition
in Warsaw (Third Prize).
He has appeared in recital at major halls worldwide, including the Louvre Auditorium and Salle Cortot in Paris, Albert Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, Munich Herkulesaal and Berliner Filarmonia Hall in Germany, the Kennedy Centre in Washington, Avery Fisher Hall in New York, the Great Hall at the Moscow Conservatoire, Sheung Wan Civic Centre in Hong Kong, as well as Sala Verdi in Milan and many others. Other past performances have include recitals at Bass Hall for the Cliburn Series, the Washington Performing Arts Society, La Roque d'Antheron, the Ravinia Festival, the Beethoven Easter Festival, Busoni Festival , the renowned Klavier-Festival Ruhr, the Festival Musique dans le Grésivaudan ,the International Keyboard Institute & Festival, annual concert tours in Japan, China and Taiwan. Mr. Kobrin has also performed a two-piano recital in collaboration with his friend of many years, French pianist Frederic dOria Nicolas at Salle Gaveau, Paris which was broadcast by both Mezzo and ARTE.
acclaimed as a performer, Mr. Kobrins teaching has been an inspiration
to many students through his passion for music. He served on the faculty
of the Gnessin's Academy of Music from 2003 to 2010. Since 2006 he has
been on the faculty of the IKIF at Mannes College of Music and is now
the L. Rexford Whiddon Distinguished Chair in Piano at the Schwob School
of Music at Columbus State University. In 2013, he joined the renowned
Artist Faculty of the Steinhardt School of Piano Studies at New York University.
Mr. Kobrin has also given masterclasses in Europe and Asia, the International
Piano Series and at the Conservatories of Japan and China.
Mr. Kobrin has released recordings on the Harmonia Mundi, Quartz, and Centaur labels, covering a wide swath of the piano literature. Gramophone Magazine raved about his Cliburn Competition release on Harmonia Mundi, writing that in [Rachmaninoffs] Second Sonata (played in the 1931 revision), despite fire-storms of virtuosity, there is always room for everything to tell and Kobrin achieves a hypnotic sense of the musics dark necromancy.
was born in 1980 in Moscow. At the age of five, he was enrolled in the
world-famous Gnessin Special School of Music after which he attended the
prestigious Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire. His teachers have included
renowned professors Tatiana Zelikman and Lev Naumov.
Pianist Showcase Concert: Winners of the 29th International Young Artist
Frankl made his name on the international circuit as a young pianist in
the 1960s and, since that time, he has appeared with the conductors Abbado,
Ashkenazy, Barbirolli, Blomstedt, Boulez, Chailly, Davis, Doráti,
Fischer, Haitink, Kempe, Kertész, Leinsdorf, Maazel, Masur, Muti,
Sanderling, Solti, Szell, among others.
In the USA, Peter Frankl has been regular guestartist at the summer festivals in Aspen, Chautauqua, Hollywood Bowl, Marlboro, Norfolk, Ravinia and Santa Fé and he often performs with well-known artists, such as Kyung Wha Chung, Ralph Kirshbaum, András Schiff, Tamás Vásáry and many string quartets like the Amadeus, Bartók, Borodin, Fine Arts, Guarneri, Lindsay, Panocha, Takács, Tokyo and Vermeer. He has given master classes all over the world, including the Royal Academy and Royal College in London, Liszt Academy in Budapest and the Van Cliburn Institute in Texas.
Peter Frankls discography is very wide-ranging: in addition to his recordings of the complete piano works by Schumann and Debussy, he has also recorded solo works by Chopin, Schubert, Beethoven, Bartok and other Hungarian composers, piano concerti by Mozart, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Schumann and Chopin and chamber works by Mozart, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Dvorak, Dohnanyi, Martinu and Bartok.
Peter Frankl studied at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest with Professors Hernádi, Kodály, Weiner and won first prizes at several international competitions. He lives in London and is visiting professor at Yale University in the USA.
birthday this year was marked with special concerts in the USA and in
Europe and in Hungary he was given one of the highest civilian awards
by the Hungarian Republic for his lifetime artistic achievement in the
world of music.
WIPF Faculty Showcase Concert
WIPF Participants' Concerts (FREE ADMISSION)
The concert, which will be directly webcasted online at www.kennedy-center.org, will be presented by the 2015 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 28, 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 2015 WIPF Participants (FREE ADMISSION)
Pianist Showcase Concert: Winners of
the 2nd Catholic University of America Piano Compeititon
Bax and Lucille Chung Piano Duo
The real life marriage of two great concert pianists, Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung, has led to one of the best piano duos of their generation. To cite from Music and Arts, UK magazine, Theirs is a marriage of wondrous colours and dextrous aplomb, subtly balanced to make a musical performance sound as one.
A musical love story, Bax and Chung first met at the 1997 Hamamatsu Competition. In 2003, the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival had the brilliant idea to have them perform as a piano duo at the National Arts Centre for their Piano Extravaganza, where their performance was hailed as a lucid and deeply moving musical experience (American Record Guide). Since then, the two-piano and piano-four-hand format has become an important addition to both of their solo careers and the duo has appeared with the Israel Chamber Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Strumentale di Prato, Irving Symphony Orchestra, South Dakota Symphony, New Philharmonic Orchestra, Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, and EurOrchestra di Bari among others.
Performing together on many of the worlds most prestigious platforms, Bax & Chung have appeared in the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Iceland, Russia, Israel, Palestine, Cyprus, Korea, China, Barbados, Aruba, Guatemala, USA and Canada. Festival appearances include the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Vid Djupid in Iceland, the opening concert of the Chungmu Hall in Seoul, Korea, the Pau Casals, Castilla y Leon, Denia, Alicante, Torroella de Montgri, and Pamplona International Festivals in Spain, the Felicja Blumental Festival in Tel Aviv, Lübecker Kammermusikfest and Schloss Elmau in Germany, EurOrchestra Piano Festival in Italy, Ottawa Chamber Festival in Canada, Bravissimo Festival in Guatemala, Aruba International Piano Festival, Music@Menlo, Mainly Mozart, Bard, Stony Brook International and Dakota Sky Festivals in the US. Recently, Bax & Chung were also selected by touring organizations Prairie Debut and Debut Atlantic. This season, they will tour throughout Ontario and the US as well as internationally.
Recording the complete works of György Ligeti for piano four hands as well as two pianos on the Dynamic label, The Bax & Chung Duo was garnered the maximum R10 Classica from the French magazine Répertoire and 5 Stars from Fono Forum in Germany. In 2006, they released Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under Miguel Harth-Bedoya and Michael York as narrator. This season, Bax & Chung released their much anticipated self-titled duo album on the Signum Classics recording label. In addition to their recordings, the duos live broadcast performances on CBC radio Canada have established them as one of the most dynamic Canadian piano duos of their generation.
Committed educators at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and co-artistic directors of the Joaquín Achúcarro Foundation, each year, Bax & Chung organize master classes and promote recitals for young artists in Spain and the USA with the help of the Spanish Embassy and local consulates. In addition, the duo gives master classes in reputable institutions such as New York University, the International Keyboard Festival at Mannes, Cornell University, University of Kansas in Wichita, Southern Methodist University and Texas Christian University, to name a few. They also serve together on several juries for international piano competitions in North and South America.
Connecting with audiences as a powerful duo couple, Bax & Chung are a perfect combination of balance, unity and individual personalities.
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