International Keyboard Institute & Festival 2006 Features Earl Wild, Marc-Andr_ Hamelin and $10,000 in Scholarship Prizes

Classic Arts News   International Keyboard Institute & Festival 2006 Features Earl Wild, Marc-Andr_ Hamelin and $10,000 in Scholarship Prizes
 
New School University's Mannes College of Music in New York is hosting the 8th annual International Keyboard Institute & Festival (IKIF), which runs from July 16-30. The event includes lectures, master classes and seminars, along with a series of evening recitals by renowned soloists and a late-afternoon series of Debut Artist concerts, this year given in memory of Ruth Laredo, who died in May 2005.

Among the highlights will be performances by Nikolai Demidenko, Earl Wild and Marc-Andr_ Hamelin. On July 19, Demidenko plays Schubert's Sonata D. 850 and Bach as arranged by Liszt; on July 22, Wild will perform "A Chopin Bouquet", a program of nocturnes, waltzes, etudes and preludes. The next day at 11 a.m., he will conduct a master class for students participating in the institute.

Also on July 23, at 3 p.m., WQXR radio host David Dubal will host a free Memorial Tribute Recital in honor of three recently deceased pianists: Ruth Laredo, Constance Keene and Gy‹rgy Sšndor. In addition, Dubal will give a lecture, "Liszt — A Transcendental Life," at 8 p.m. on July 24.

Marc-Andr_ Hamelin gives the final evening concert of the festival on Saturday, July 29, performing the Dukas Sonata in E-flat minor and Schubert's Sonata in B-flat, D. 960.

Among the other artists in the main concert series are Fabio Bidini, Fou Ts'ong, Jeffrey Swann and Jerome Rose, a faculty member at Mannes and founder/director of the IKIF.

The closing event of the festival/institute is on Sunday, July 30: the final performances by participating students and the presentation of the Dorothy MacKenzie Artist Recognition Scholarship Awards, worth $10,000.

Complete information on the event can be found at the International Keyboard Institute & Festival website, www.ikif.org.


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