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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

Young Pianists Showcase Concert (Ward Recital Hall, CUA, Sunday, July 26)
Alexander Kobrin (Ward Recital Hall, CUA, Sunday, July 26)

Young Pianists Showcase Concert (Ward Recital Hall, CUA, Monday, July 27)
Peter Frankl (Ward Recital Hall, CUA, Monday, July 27)
2015 Faculty Showcase Concert (Ward Recital Hall, CUA, Thursday, July 30)
Concerts of the 2015 WIPF Participants (Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, July 31 and August 1)
Closing Concert of the 2015 WIPF Participants (Ward Recital Hall, CUA, Sunday, August 2)
Young Pinanist Showcase Concert: Winners of the 2015 Catholic University Piano Competition (Ward Recital Hall, CUA, Sunday, August 2)
Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung Piano Duo (Ward Recital Hall, CUA, Sunday, August 2)

 

Young Pianist Showcase Concert: Winners of the 2015 Lancaster International Piano Festival Romantic Music Competition
Sunday, July 26, 6:45-7:15 pm, Ward Hall, CUA

Program TBA

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Alexander Kobrin
Sunday, July 26, at 7:30 pm, Ward Recital Hall, CUA

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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 Schumann’s “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. Kobrin’s performance of Second Piano Concerto by Johannes Brahms with Syracuse Symphony in Syracuse,NY.

In 2005, 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).
Mr. Kobrin has performed with many of the world’s great orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, Russian National Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra,
Orchestra Verdi, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Moscow Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Berliner Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, Swedish Radio Symphony, Birmingham Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductors he has collaborated with include Mikhail Pletnev, Mikhail Jurovsky, Mark Elder, Vassiliy Sinaisky, James Conlon, Claus Peter Flor, Alexander Lazarev, Vassiliy Petrenko and Yuri Bashmet.

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 d’Oria Nicolas at Salle Gaveau, Paris which was broadcast by both Mezzo and ARTE.

Though widely acclaimed as a performer, Mr. Kobrin’s 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 been a jury member for several international piano competitions, including the "Prix Animato" in Paris, the Blüthner International Piano Competition in Vienna, E-Competition in Fairbanks, AZ and the Neuhaus International Piano Festival in Moscow.

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 [Rachmaninoff’s] 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 music’s dark necromancy.”

Mr. Kobrin 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.

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Young Pianist Showcase Concert: Winners of the 29th International Young Artist Competition:
Monday, July 27, 6:45-7:15 pm, Ward Hall, CUA

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Peter Frankl
Monday, July 27, 7:30 pm, Ward Recital Hall, CUA

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Peter 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.

Following his London debut in 1962 and his New York debut with the Cleveland Orchestra, he has been performing with many orchestras in the USA (Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Pittsburg etc), the Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Orchestre de Paris, Israel Philharmonic, all London orchestras and many others in Europe. He has also toured Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, playing with orchestras, in recitals and also in chamber music concerts. He has appeared over twenty times at London’s BBC Promenade Concerts and has been a regular participant at the Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Aldeburgh, Verbier and Kuhmo Festivals. Among the highlights of his many Edinburgh Festival appearances were his performance of the Britten Concerto under the baton of the composer and the opening televised concert with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Muti. He was the soloist at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest with the Budapest Festival Orchestra at one of the last concerts Yehudi Menuhin ever conducted.

In the USA, Peter Frankl has been regular guest–artist 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 Frankl’s 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.

His 70th 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.

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2015 WIPF Faculty Showcase Concert
Thursday, July 30, at 7:30 pm, Ward Recital Hall, CUA

Program TBA

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Selected WIPF Participants' Concerts (FREE ADMISSION)
Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1, 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 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.

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Closing Concert of the 2015 WIPF Participants (FREE ADMISSION)
Sunday, August 2, 11:00 am
Ward Recital Hall, CUA

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Young Pianist Showcase Concert: Winners of the 2nd Catholic University of America Piano Compeititon
Sunday, August 2, at 3:15-3:45 pm
Ward Recital Hall, CUA

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Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung Piano Duo
Sunday, August 2, at 4:00 pm
Ward Recital Hall, CUA

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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 world’s 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 duo’s 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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