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.
It was wonderful to get a chance to talk to Tom Mastoianni, who has been involved with the festival from it's very conception. He takes some time out of his day to talk about the origins of ACMF, his dedication to the music of Franz Liszt, and his involvement with the American Liszt Society.
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.
What a treat! Our Video Interview series begins with the very woman who started this whole festival. Executive director Leslie D. Hyde, along with general direction Sasha Katsnelson, started the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival from the ground up 19 years ago. Here she takes some time out of her busy day to give us her insight into what it takes to make such an inspiring story happen.
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...