Opening Session

igudesmanandjoo01Saturday, March 18
7:30 pm
Igudesman and Joo
Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo are a wickedly inventive classical musical duo who use pop culture, comedy and slapstick to transform concert stages into musical funhouses. The pair’s uproarious sketches have attracted a wide YouTube following, with some 40 million views. The duo, who met as children at the Yehudi Menuhin School in England, has appeared on television, movies, concert halls and stadiums.
Individually, Igudesman is best known as a violinist and composer and has established himself as an actor, comedian and filmmaker. His music has earned admiration for capturing the essence of diverse musical languages in a uniquely clever and joyful way.
Joo, a pianist and composer, has appeared as a soloist and in chamber ensembles worldwide, with works performed by such renowned orchestras as the New York Philharmonic and London Philharmonic. He made his musical debut at Barbican Hall, with the Warsaw Sinfonia conducted by Sir Yehudi Menuhin, and was the Grand Prize winner of the Stravinsky International Piano Competition.

Evening Concert

fleisherjacobson-2-c-jennifer-bishopTuesday, March 21
8:00 pm
Leon Fleisher & Katherine Jacobson
Legendary pianist and conductor Leon Fleisher and internationally renowned pianist Katherine Jacobson began performing as a duo in 2003. They have played in recital and with orchestras around the world and record for Sony Classical.
The husband-and-wife duo have captivated audiences with the musicality and brilliance of works by Mozart, Brahms, Schubert, Dvořák Slavonic Dances and Ravel at revered concert halls across the United States and abroad. They can also be heard in four-hand works on Fleisher’s albums Two Hands and All The Things You Are.
Fleisher is the Andrew W. Mellon Chair at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Making his debut with the New York Philharmonic in 1944, he established himself as one of the world’s premier classical pianists. He is the subject of the 2006 Oscar and Emmy-nominated documentary film Two Hands and recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2007. Jacobson is critically acclaimed as a soloist, duo pianist and chamber musician. She has performed with leading orchestras throughout the world. Katherine Jacobson is on the faculty of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.

Keynote Address

media_cutler_2Tuesday, March 21
9:15 – 10:45 am
David Cutler
The multifaceted David Cutler is one of the world’s leading voices on arts leadership, career and entrepreneurship training. After 11 years on the faculty at Duquesne University, he is now director of music entrepreneurship at the University of South Carolina.
Cutler’s book The Savvy Musician: Building a Career, Earning a Living, & Making a Difference is considered one of the most valuable resources available for aspiring musicians. Along with teaching and being an author, he is also a jazz and classical composer, pianist, arranger, conductor, collaborator, concert producer, blogger, consultant, advocate and entrepreneur. He has given interactive workshops for organizations such as the Julliard School, Dutch Classical Music Meeting, New World Symphony Orchestra, Indiana University and Italy’s soundSCAPE music festival.

Master Class Advanced Piano

fleisher-c-steve-riskindSunday, March 19
10:30 am – 12:00 noon
Leon Fleisher

Legendary pianist Leon Fleisher represents the gold standard of musicianship, and he continues to impart his life-affirming artistry throughout the world, thriving in a sustained career as conductor and soloist, recitalist, chamber music artist, and master class mentor.
Fleisher made his debut with the New York Philharmonic in 1944 and in 1952, he became the first American to win the prestigious Queen Elisabeth of Belgium competition, establishing himself as one of the world’s premier classical pianists. At the height of his success, he was suddenly struck silent at age 36 with a neurological affliction later identified as focal dystonia, rendering two fingers on his right hand immobile. Rather than end his career, Fleisher began focusing on repertoire for the left hand only, conducting and teaching. Not until some 40 years later was he able to return to playing with both hands after undergoing experimental treatments using a regimen of rolfing and botulinum toxin injections.

Master Class Intermediate Piano

milne_elissahidy_dianeTuesday, March 21
11:00 am – 12:00 noon
Diane Hidy and Elissa Milne

Pianist Diane Hidy made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1991, following her studies with John Perry, NCTM, and Leon Fleisher. She was the first woman Fellow of the American Pianist Association and won the 1982 MTNA Collegiate Artist Competition. Hidy attended the Julliard School of Music and holds music degrees from the University of Southern California and the Peabody Conservatory of Music.
Elissa Milne is one of Australia’s leading composers and teachers, specializing in the composition of educational piano music and creating new resources for 21st-century piano teachers. Her music is included in the syllabuses of the major examination boards around the world. She has more 25 years of experience as a private piano teacher, and has been a featured presenter at piano and music teacher conferences around the world.

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