Bax (recital and master class only)
Pianist Alessio Bax is praised for creating a ravishing listening experience with his lyrical playing, insightful interpretations and dazzling facility. His playing quivers with an almost hypnotic intensity, says Gramophone magazine, leading to an out-of-body experience (Dallas Morning News). First prize winner at the Leeds and Hamamatsu international piano competitions and a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, he has appeared as soloist with over 90 orchestras, including the London and Royal Philharmonic orchestras, Dallas and Houston symphonies, NHK Symphony in Japan, St. Petersburg Philharmonic with Yuri Temirkanov, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle.
This season, Bax returns as soloist with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic under Temirkanov for the opening concert of the St. Petersburg Winter Festival, and collaborates with Finnish conductor Pietari Inkinen in Denmark . He performs solo recitals in New York City at Rockefeller University , at Boston Conservatory's Piano Masters Series, at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington , D.C. , at the Chopin Society in Saint Paul , and at Spivey Hall in Atlanta , as well as in Venezuela , South Korea and Japan. Bax makes his Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall with cellist Sol Gabetta, with whom he appeared last season at the Kennedy Center. He also returns to the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and tours with violinist Chee-Yun as well as his frequent duo partner, pianist Lucille Chung. October marks the release of Alessio Bax plays Brahms on the Signum Records label, featuring the four Ballades, Op. 10, Klavierstücke, Op. 76 and both books of the Paganini Variations, Op. 35.
Highlights of Bax's recent seasons include appearances with the Dallas Symphony under Jaap van Zweden and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the UK , debuts at New York 's Metropolitan Museum of Art and the 92 nd Street Y, and performances with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, where he recently completed three seasons as a member of CMS Two.
This past summer, Bax participated in nine different festivals in the U.S. and Spain, including first appearances at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival and Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, and a return to the Bard Music Festival. He performed and recorded Mozart's Piano Concertos K. 491 and K. 595 with the Southbank Sinfonia in London for release by Signum Records in 2013.
Bax's most recent disc in his acclaimed discography, Rachmaninov: Preludes and Melodies (Signum Records), received critical praise across the board. Classics Today hailed it as impassioned, world-class Rachmaninov, and American Record Guide designated it as a Critics' Choice 2011. Bax's 2009 CD, Bach Transcribed, also received rave reviews from Gramophone magazine (awesome) and Fanfare (this disc is a must). Baroque Reflections, his 2004 recording for Warner Classics, was selected as a Gramophone "Editor's Choice and American Record Guide Critics' Choice (a disc to treasure). In 2005, Bax and pianist Lucille Chung recorded Saint-Saëns's Carnival of the Animals with conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. They have also recorded the complete works for two pianos and piano four hands of György Ligeti on Dynamic Records. In addition, Bax has chronicled the complete works for piano and organ of Marcel Dupré for Naxos , and Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 1 live with the New Japan Philharmonic, for Fontec. Also on Fontec, Bax released a live recording of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Hamamatsu Symphony Orchestra.
Bax's extensive concerto repertoire has led to performances with such esteemed conductors as Marin Alsop, Sergiu Commissiona, Alexander Dimitriev, Vernon Handley, Jacques Lacombe, Jonathan Nott, Vasily Petrenko, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Sir Simon Rattle, Dimitry Sitkovetsky, Yuri Temirkanov, Christopher Warren-Greene, and Jaap van Zweden. His festival appearances include London 's International Piano Series (Queen Elizabeth Hall), the Verbier Festival in Switzerland , England 's Aldeburgh and Bath festivals, and the Ruhr Klavierfestival, BeethovenFest and Schloss Elmau in Germany . Bax has given recitals at major music halls in Rome , Milan , Madrid , Mexico City, Paris , London , Tel Aviv, Tokyo , Seoul , Hong Kong , New York , and Washington , DC . An active chamber musician, he has collaborated with Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Andrés Diaz, Pamela Frank, Steven Isserlis and Anne-Marie McDermott, among others.
In 2005, Alessio Bax was selected to play the Fugue of Beethoven's "Hammerklavier" Sonata for Maestro Daniel Barenboim in Barenboim on Beethoven. The documentary was produced by Channel 13/PBS in conjunction with Bel Air Media, BBC, and NHK Japan. It was broadcast worldwide and released as a DVD box set in 2006 on the EMI label. His performances have been broadcast live on the BBC, CBC (Canada), RAI (Italy), RTVE (Spain), NHK (Japan), WDR, NDR and Bayerische Rundfunk (Germany), Hungarian Radio Television, Serbian RTE, WQXR (New York) and American Public Media's Performance Today, among others.
Alessio Bax graduated with top honors at the record age of 14 from the conservatory of his hometown in Bari , Italy . He studied in France with François-Joël Thiollier and attended the Chigiana Academy in Siena under Joaquín Achúcarro. He moved to Dallas in 1994 to continue his studies with Achúcarro at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts, and he is now on the teaching faculty there. He and his wife, pianist Lucille Chung, reside in New York City . Alessio Bax is a Steinway artist.
acclaimed Russian pianist Yuri Didenko has performed recitals and with
orchestras in the best concert halls of Moscow, including Great Hall of
Moscow Conservatory and Moscow International House of Music, cities of
the former Soviet Union and abroad: USA, Japan, Great Britain, Germany,
Belgium, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Poland, Greece, Malta, Chile, China, countries
of Western Africa, Turkey, Cyprus, South Korea.
studied piano at the Central Music School affiliated with the Moscow Conservatory
with Alexander Mndoyants and then at the Moscow Conservatory with Professor
Merzhanov. Since 1994, he has been on the piano faculty of the Moscow
Conservatory. Mr. Didenko is a prizewinner of numerous competitions in
Italy, USA, Belgium; he is the winner of the International Concert Artists
Competition in Royal Tunbridge Wells (Great Britain). In 2003, Mr. Didenko
received the Russian Federation Ministry of Culture Award "For Special
Achievements in Culture".
Mr. Didenko is in demand for master classes in many cities of Russia, Ukraine, Greece, Malta, Germany, Poland, as well as USA, South Korea, and China. He has also served on piano juries of several international piano competitions (as a member and as a chairman of the jury) in Russia, Poland, USA, Greece, Kazakhstan, Ukraine. From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Didenko was an active member and secretary of the Rachmaninov Society of Russia. He is also member of the Presidium of the Scriabin Foundation.
acclaimed pianist and Yamaha Artist Nikita Fitenko has performed recitals
and with orchestras in the former Soviet Union, Europe, Asia, and South
and North America. He has appeared as a soloist with such orchestras as
St. Petersburg Capella Symphony, Russian Chamber Philharmonic, Russian
Philharmonic Orchestra of Moscow, St. Petersburg State Conservatory Orchestra,
State Hermitage Orchestra, Slovak National Philharmonic, Corvallis Symphony
Orchestra, Lewisville Symphony, Rapides Symphony, Northeast Texas Symphony,
and Northwestern Symphony Orchestra. His future engagements this year
besides the concerts in the US will bring him to England, Sweden, Malta,
China, South Korea, and Japan.
Ganz is widely regarded as one of the leading pianists of his generation.
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."
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 National Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony, the National Symphony and the City of London Sinfonia, and has performed with such conductors as Leonard Slatkin, Piotr Gajewski, Marin Alsop and Mstislav Rostropovich. After the Brussels competition, La Libre Belgique wrote, "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."
In January of 2011, Mr. Ganz began a multi-year project with the National Philharmonic in which he will perform the complete works of Chopin at the Strathmore Music Center. The inaugural recital, called "masterly" by the Washington Post, featured solo works of the romantic composer. Future recitals will include all the chamber works and songs as well as the complete solo works. The orchestral works will feature Mr. Ganz in collaboration with the National Philharmonic and Maestro Gajewski. The second recital of the series took place in February of this year before a capacity crowd at Strathmore. The next recital, with the theme "Small Worlds," is scheduled for January 19 of 2013 and will feature the 24 Preludes, Op. 28. Also in 2012 Mr.Ganz has performed in the Cartagena International Music Festival in Colombia and the Alba Music Festival in Italy. He has played the Debussy Fantaisie for Piano and Orchestra with the National Philharmonic and Maestro Gajewski, and the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Chesapeake Orchestra on the River Concert Series at St. Mary's College of Maryland.
Mr. Ganz is Artist-in-Residence at St. Mary's College of Maryland and is on the piano faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of Music. He lives in Annapolis.
Prizewinner of international piano competitions and a Bösendorfer Concert Artist, pianist Ivo Kaltchev is enjoying a successful performing career as recitalist, soloist with orchestras, chamber musician and recording artist. "Formidable technique" (Piano Journal, England), "possesses the genius of rubato"(Diapason, France), "superb musicianship" (Phar, Israel), "distinctive and original" (Soviet Culture, Russia), "impressive" (Frankfurter Neue Presse, Germany), "most beautifully and idiomatically played" (International Record Review, England), "glittering," " big technique" (The Washington Post, USA), "his tonal qualities are astounding first class" (American Record Guide, USA), "fine" (Fanfare, USA), "a master of the whole range of pianistic attacks and coloristic effects" (The Star Ledger, USA) - these are some of the words which music critics have used to describe Mr. Kaltchev's unique artistry.
Dr. Kaltchev has performed in musical centers throughout the world, including Carnegie Weill Concert Hall, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center, Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory Malii and Rachmaninov Halls, St. Petersburg State Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw National Philharmonic Hall, Salle Moliere (Lyon, France), Teatro Verdi (Salerno, Italy), Tel Aviv Museum Recanati Auditorium (Israel), Mendelssohn Hochschule für Musik Hall (Leipzig, Germany), Princeton University's Richardson Auditorium, the Library of Congress, and the Bulgaria Great Hall.
He has performed and taught at music festivals throughout the world including
the Washington International Piano Festival (Washington DC), the European
Academy for Music and Arts (Montepulciano, Italy), the Chinese-American
International Piano Institute (Changdu, China), the Perugia International
Music Festival (Italy), Nancyphonies International Music Festival (France),
Mozart International Music Festival (Frankfurt, Germany), the Toledo International
Music Festival (Spain), the Sofia Music Weeks International Festival (Bulgaria),
the Lincoln Center French Music Festival, the Prague Spring International
Music Festival (Czech Republic), the Varna Summer International Festival
(Bulgaria), the Rutgers SummerFest (USA), Vivace International Music Festival
(USA), and Florida University Young Pianist Festival (USA). Some of the
highlights of recent seasons include both a solo recital and a concerto
performance with the New York Festival Orchestra (now EOS Orchestra) in
Alice Tully Hall, performances of the complete solo piano works of Debussy
and the complete songs of Henri Duparc as well as concerts in the U.S.,
China, Russia, Germany, Spain, Finland, Bulgaria, Italy, France, Czech
Republic and the Virgin Islands. A respected chamber musician, Mr. Kaltchev
has collaborated with the New York Metropolitan Opera soloists Sharon
Christman, Fabiana Bravo and Patrick Carfizzi; pianist Ilana Vered; Essex
Quartet; French actress Marie Christine Barrault as well as members of
the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra
and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. His engagements for the 2010-11 concert
season include recitals and master classes in the United States, Thailand,
Singapore, Portugal, Switzerland, Mexico, and China.
Mr. Kaltchev holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Rutgers University (USA), the Master of Music degree from Yale University (USA), the Bachelor of Music degree from the Sofia State Academy of Music (Bulgaria) and a Diploma from the Franz Liszt Hoscschule fur Musik (Weimar, Germany). His principal teachers include pianists Ilana Vered, Boris Berman, Milena Mollova as well as chamber musicians from the Guarneri and Tokyo String Quartets.
Kaltchev is a recipient of pedagogy awards for teaching excellence from
the Piano Teachers Society of America and the Princeton Steinway Society.
He has presented lectures, workshops and master classes at the World Piano
Pedagogy Conference, the European Piano Teachers Association Conference,
the American College Music Society Conference, the Improving University
Teaching International Conference, the Yale University as well as in the
United States, Europe, China, Korea and the Virgin Islands. Dr. Kaltchev
is an active adjudicator and has judged the following international piano
competitions: Maria Clara Cullell International Latin American Piano Competition
(Costa Rica), Louisiana International Piano Competition (USA), Vladigerov
International Piano Competition (Bulgaria), Jacinto Guerrero Piano Competition
(Spain), Florida International Piano Competition (USA), Andorra International
Piano Competition, International Young Artist Piano Competition (USA),
Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition (USA) and Los Angeles International
Liszt Piano Competition (USA). Mr. Kaltchev's students are prizewinners
of more than 20 piano competitions and have performed with numerous orchestras
including I Solisti di Perugia (Italy). Dr. Kaltchev is the Founder and
Artistic Director of the Bulgarian Music Society Concert Series at the
Bulgarian Embassy in Washington DC.
Professor Kim Hae-young graduated from Kyunggi girl's high school, Seoul National University, Korea, and Musik Hochschule in Wien, Austria. After that she continued Musikwissenschaft and musikalische Frueh-erziehung in Germany.
She has performed throughout Korea, in Belgium, Germany, Austria, Greece, Bulgaria, Spain, America and Finland (Helsinki conservatoire) as soloist, chamber music player and with several national and international philharmonic orchestras, including Pleven, Haskobo, and Vidin orchestras. Every summer, she has been on a jury of piano competition in the Forum Barcelona, Spain and has lectured and given master classes in Barcelona. She introduced the new pieces of Jeno Takas, Jukka Linkola, and Edmon Tapio in Korea and other countries. Her most recent performances include "Apollo" by Jukka Linkolla at the Contemporary Music Festrival in Terrassa, Spain; Sonata for 2 pianos & percussion by Bartok, and lecture-recital on Piazzolla's music using as an example "le grand Tango" for cello and piano.
Kim Hae-young is in demand for master class throughout South Korea and
in many European countries. She serves as jury member of the national
and international competitions every year. Most recently she was on a
jury of Vladigerov International Competition in Shumen, Bulgaria and the
Young Pianist International Competition in Sofia, Bulgaria. She serves
as an international adviser and faculty member of the Asian International
Piano Academy & Festival with Competition in Korea.
Scott McBride Smith
Scott McBride Smith is a recognized leader in world-wide music education. As the Cordelia Brown Murphy Professor of Piano Pedagogy at the University of Kansas, he focuses on national issues of teacher training and piano pedagogy. As President and CEO of the International Institute for Young Musicians, he leads a summer program offering specialized training for gifted young performers from around the world. And as co-author of the groundbreaking new series American Popular Piano, he has helped create a course of study for today's student - providing tools that inspire the necessary hard work while playing music they love.
The growing interest in his philosophical and cognitive approach to music teaching has resulted in appearances across the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America, including workshops and showcases at every Music Teachers National Association Conference since 1999. But he has never lost the ability to see humor in the profession and laugh.
A long-time teacher of prize-winning students in Irvine, California, Dr. Smith's students were the California State Champions in the years 1988, 1990, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2009. Former students have been First Prize winners in the Naftsger Competition, Tchaikovsky Competition and in competitions of the Music Teachers National Association. His former student Alan Woo won the Julliard School Concerto Competition in 2010, at the age of 19. His student Chaeyoung Park (whom he co-teaches with his colleague, Dr. Jack Winerock) was the Kansas and West Central Divison champion in the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 MTNA Junior Competitions, won First Place in the 2012 IIYM International Competition and was the youngest contestant and finalist in the 2012 Eastman Competition. The Wakarusa Trio (Puyin Bai, clarinet; Shokhrukh Sadikov, viola; and Kai Yin Crystal Lam, piano), whom he coaches, is the 2013 National Champion, winning First Place in the MTNA Chamber Music (Strings) national competition in Anaheim in March, 2013.
Dr. Smith is co-author of the college text The Well-Tempered Keyboard Teacher and associate editor of the magazine Clavier Companion. He is co-author of Christopher Norton's Guide to Microjazz.
Dr. Smith has served as Visiting Professor at the Bela Bartok Conservatory in Lima, Peru; at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts; in China, at the Sichaun Conservatory of Music and at the Shenzhen Arts School; and in Taiwan, sponsored by the International Piano Teaching Foundation.
Smith received his doctorate from the University of Southern California,
where he was co-winner of the Outstanding Graduate in Piano award. A former
member of the Music Teachers National Association National Board, he is
also a member of the European Piano Teachers Association and a Level One
Certified member the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association. He
is Immediate past President of the California Association of Professional
Music Teachers and a former president of the Southwest Division of the
Music Teachers National Association.
Okada was born in Tokyo in 1954. After graduating from Tokyo National
University of Fine Arts and Music (Currently - Tokyo University of the
Arts) in 1976, she advanced to further graduate studies at the university
and earned the Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Western music on the
recognition of the recital and thesis on Scriabin. Ever since, she has
built a career to become a widely respected pianist and music critic.
pianist Xun Pan received his early musical training from his grandmother
and pianists-parents, Pan Yiming and Ying Shizhen. He continued his studies
at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Syracuse University in
New York, and earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Rutgers University
in New Jersey.
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