July 12, 2013

by Kyoo Hye Lim

 

Yoshikazu Nagai, professor of San Francisco Conservatory, began the masterclass, instantly infusing the Reginna Auditorium with his friendly down-to-earth character to set up the highly communicative atmosphere.

The first piece was Haydn Sonata in B minor, Hob.XVI:32, performed by Rebecca Wuu, who displayed a mature interpretation and musical ideas. Nagai worked on details with Wuu to make the sound more refin...

July 11, 2013

by Jeannette Fang

 

They emerged regally, Mina a column of diaphanous black and John shiny granite.  Without any fanfare, they launched immediately into Debussy’s Petite Suite, whose easy charm reminded many of us of our favorite experiences playing four hand music. 

En Bateau (Sailing) had an instantaneous flow that was never lost. Mina shaped her melodies with a perfect Debussy-ian sound, paying attention to the length of eac...

July 10, 2013

by Moon Kyoung Kim

 

Professor Thomas Mastroianni, renowned president of American Liszt Society, gave a stimulating masterclass to four enthusiastic pianists from all over the world.

The afternoon began with Chopin’s lyrical Nocturne Op. 9 in E-flat major, performed by Mark Germer. His beautiful sound quality and tasteful timing created an inspiring moment for the audience. The suggestions Professor Mastroianni gave to Germer w...

July 9, 2013

by Jeannette Fang

 

As mentioned before, Barnes is an out of the box thinker, which he demonstrated at Tuesday’s masterclass by using his newly purchased shoes as a “dolce analogy.”  Crazy?  But effective!  He passed it around the audience, having them touch the rather indecently delightful leather, which, truth be told, made quite an impression of connecting what feels SO good to what would sound as good.  

Chia...

July 9, 2013

by Kyoo Hye Lim

 

Thomas Hecht, Professor of Piano at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore, gave a masterclass on July 9, 2013 at the Reginna Auditorium, Maiori, Italy. Hecht’s compelling way of communicating and interacting with the student and the audience allowed everyone to enjoy fascinating glimpses of Hecht’s musical concepts, thoughts and pianism.

The class began with Natalie Nedvetsky playing the elegiac slow mov...

July 9, 2013

by Jeannette Fang

This was the perfect venue for Liszt, and especially for the program chosen.  The dark, almost gothic décor, mixed with the opulence and rather bloody coloring, connoted the sort of mystery one might imagine in depicting the afterworld.  The virtuosity of the architecture paralleled the brilliant pyrotechnics of the Horowitz-ed Hungarian Rhapsody, its height was reflected by the tinkling register of La Campane...

July 8, 2013

by Jeannette Fang

 

Paul Barnes is all about communication.  He’s the dream conduit for new music.  Not only is he a personable and engaging speaker, introducing new works with enthusiasm and humor, but he is an out of the box thinker, constantly coming up with new ways to connect his audience.  In introducing Monday night’s concert, he tied his first piece, three of his own transcriptions from Philip Glass’s Orphée, to Schubert...

July 7, 2013

by Jeannette Fang

 

In the spirit of active generosity, the directors of the Amalfi Coast Music Festival came up with the creative idea of having Pedagogy Sessions, a sort of workshopping of ideas to introduce to the Hotchkiss kids into the mind of a teacher.  As Thomas Mastroianni introduced it, students would get a chance to know how teachers thought, why they did and said certain things, and what they believed was the most ef...

July 7, 2013

by Jeannette Fang

 

With an unassuming serenity, Daniel Shapiro bows at the piano with an endearingly wry smile, not at all preparing us for the roaring blasts of his opening octaves.  His whole body heaving into the piano, Shapiro embraces the majesty of the Schubert’s Impromptu Op.90 no.1, allowing the reverberations to pulse away, the smoke falling to reveal the heartfelt murmur of the theme.  And this whole-hearted dedicatio...

July 7, 2013

by Josh Wright

 

John Perry never ceases to amaze audiences, and this masterclass was no exception. Students played Beethoven Sonata Op.109, Chopin Ballade No.4, and Chopin Sonata No.2. All performances were skillfully executed and played beautifully, but each student's playing was greatly enhanced by this master teacher's knowledge and instruction.

Various concepts were covered, and a few were particularly noteworthy. On the B...

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