International Keyboard Institute & Festival, Featuring Kern and Hamelin, Opens at Mannes College

Classic Arts News   International Keyboard Institute & Festival, Featuring Kern and Hamelin, Opens at Mannes College
The ninth annual International Keyboard Institute & Festival (IKIF) got started this past weekend at Mannes College The New School for Music with a July 15 recital by Jerome Rose, the festival's founder and director.

IKIF 2007 runs through July 29, with two concerts daily through July 28 and lectures and master classes scheduled throughout the festival's two weeks. Tomorrow, for instance, features recitals by the rising young pianist Benjamin Hochman at 6 p.m. and the admired Georgian veteran Eteri Andjaparidze at 8:30 p.m.

Among the many other noteworthy performances are a July 20 recital of Chopin and Rachmaninoff by 2001 Van Cliburn Competition winner Olga Kern; a July 23 lecture/performance, titled "Music, Madness, and Mortality," hosted by WQXR radio's David Dubal; a July 27 recital by 2005 Cliburn gold medalist Alexander Kobrin; and IKIF's final evening concert on July 28, at which Marc-Andr_ Hamelin performs music by Haydn, Alexis Weissenberg, Chopin and Leopold Godowsky as well as two of his own etudes.

Other performers on the schedule include Denis Kozhukhin, Ivšn Martin, Alexander Gavrylyuk, Jeffrey Swann, Boris Giltburg, Matti Raekallio, Anna Polonsky, Sa Chen, Michel B_roff, Alberto Nosè, Andrew Brownell, Stephen Beus, Yuan Sheng, Xiayin Wang, Joaquin Ach‹carro, Alessio Bax, Akiko Ebi and Jean-Fr_d_ric Neuberger.

IKIF closes on Sunday, July 29, with the finals of the MacKenzie Awards, given to students at the institute.

A complete schedule, with ticket information, is available at the International Keyboard Institute & Festival website,

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