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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...

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 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 6, 2013

by Stijn De Cock


By measuring the quality of a masterclass by the ability of the teacher to connect with the student on stage, broaden his or her approach to performing a selected piece of music, all while actively engaging and informing the audience, it became clear this Saturday that James Giles is a world-class teacher, artist, and communicator. Using wit and humor, Giles captivated student and spectator alike, while his in...

July 4, 2013

by Moon Kyoung Kim


The Independence Day concert was a very special experience both for the performers and the audience. The piano was placed in the beautifully decorated garden of the Town Hall. The scent of flowers was carried on the gentle breeze, the audience in attendance delightfully waiting for the concert.

The concert began with an impromptu performance of the national anthems of U. S. A. and Italy. Immediately followi...

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