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August 23, 2014

Getting a chance to speak with the lovely Barbara Hill Moore is such a pleasure; she is warm and wise, and her generousity of spirit and joy in life is immediately apparent.  Here she discusses her involvement with ACMF, and the evolution of the festival over the years.

(Apologies for the background noise.  This was one of our first interviews and the ideal location was not yet hit upon).

 

August 9, 2014

by Jeannette Fang

Maiori - Palazza Mezzacapo

July 24, 2014

 

Usually when I hear “piano duo concert” I think of this:

It’s generally not a bad idea to keep to having only one pianist on the stage.  Except for…

The Festival Duo! 

Vigilantes against stereotypes, the festival darlings of Jim Giles and Yoshikazu Nagai strode calmly to their pianos, perfunctorily bowing and launching immediately into a perfectly coordinated Lutoslawski wi...

August 7, 2014

It was a pleasure to sit down and chat with Hee Song Joo, a lovely new addition to the ACMF piano faculty of 2014.  She takes some time to sit down with me and discuss how much her students have benefitted from being in Italy, and the differences that she's noticed between Asian and American musical training. 

 

August 1, 2014

Shots from the Young Artist's Series no.3 and the Liszt Mini-Festival

(The only time you'll see the words "mini" and "liszt" in the same line"

recaps to follow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 24, 2014

It was such a pleasure to get a chance to chat with such a kind and thoughtful individual.  Professor James Giles took some time out of his busy schedule to talk about his experiences with Italian culture, his teaching life, and his work with living composers.

 

July 22, 2014

by Jeannette Fang

Maiori - Palazzo Mezzacapo

July 19, 2014

Saturday night's faculty recital was a study of the very different effects that intense concentration can bring to piano performance. 

Hee Song Joo's focus was of a reflective nature, as if she were looking back at a certain significant moment and modulating it carefully in her mind.  Reflective does not mean hazy, for there's a velvet density to her conceptions.  You know...

July 19, 2014

by Jeannette Fang 

July 16, 2014

Maiori: Salone degli Affreschi, Palazzo Mezzacapo

 

There was not an inch of space left in the Town Hall on Wednesday night, but no one minded the sweaty squeeze. We were all just eager to hear the masterful musical personalities that would be presented at this year’s Meet the Faculty concert.  

Newcomer Hee Sung Joo started the evening with the Allegretto of Beethoven's Piano Sonata op.31 no.2.  Sh...

July 17, 2014

by Jeannette Fang

On her last day in Maiori, Professor Wilson allowed me to interrupt her morning tea to chat about how she enjoyed her first experience teaching at the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Vocal Program.  Still glowing from her time here, she talked about how beneficial the workshop was for springing forward the progress of a young singer.

 

“This festival is the kind of opportunity that is so important for the young tale...

July 11, 2014

by Jeannette Fang

 

We are thrilled to welcome the international powerhouse of Boris Slutsky to the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Piano Program.  Professor Slutsky is currently the chair of the Peabody Conservatory’s Piano department, where he has taught since 1993.  His activities as a performer, teacher, and adjudicator are in high demand, as evidenced by his packed summer itinerary, which involves judging at the Gina Bachauer I...

June 29, 2014

by Jeannette Fang

 

Everyone's pumped for the new Jazz Workshop coming up in a just a few days.  Not only is it a chance to see the great jazz duo of Ellen Rowe and Sunny Wilkinson in action; the program itself is uniquely structured with an intense focus on what Professor Rowe describes as "one of the most intimate chamber experiences in jazz." 


Both of the faculty are excited by this new concept.  "I have been faculty on...

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