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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...

July 7, 2013

by Hyae-jin Hwang

 

On Sunday afternoon at the Reginna Auditorium in Maiori, the audience was treated to the third concert in the Young Artist Series. 

Bit Nal Choi opened the recital with an energetic performance of Chopin’s Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49, full of color and character. She maintained an unerring sense of direction and clarity throughout, phrasing beautifully in this long and difficult work. An expressive pianist w...

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 6, 2013

by Josh Wright

 

The second Young Artist Concert was a treat for those in attendance at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival, highlighting three of the world's best and brightest young students. Starting off the concert was Elliot Wuu, whose crystalline technique and polished finesse may have left his older colleagues feeling the urge to hit the practice room hard the next day. His performance was charming, to say the least, and neve...

July 5, 2013

by Jeannette Fang

 

The avuncular John Perry began his masterclass with the task of humorously trying to locate his performers, setting up an easy interaction that was friendly and entertaining.

Sophia Pileggi was the first to play, delivering with poise Bach’s Toccata in e minor.  Perry talked about the appropriate Baroque touch to use, advising against using a Romantic sound or using “winsome endings” that would be anachronis...

July 5, 2013

by Josh Wright

 

Set atop a hill in a beautiful Abbey with long, curved hallways and an intimate recital room, the first Young Artists' Concert portrayed the incredible potential and skill of the students here at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival. Starting off the concert was Hyae-jin Hwan, playing two movements from Ravel's Miroirs. The ethereal "Oiseaux triste" was longing, atmospheric, and painted the perfect picture of distant...

July 4, 2013

by Kyoo Hye Lim

 

In the heart of the beautiful city of Maiori, Daniel Shapiro, Professor of Piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music, taught a masterclass to three eager pianists from the Amalfi Coast Festival. 

Yuiko Ohaka opened the masterclass with the majestic C minor Toccata by J.S Bach. Her performance demonstrated the kind of keen intelligence and sensitivity so crucial to presenting such a tour de force with convictio...

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...

July 4, 2013

by Moon Kyoung Kim

 

Professor Ick Choo Moon, one of the famous pianists and piano teachers in South Korea, gave a very insightful master class for three talented young pianists on July 4th at the Reginna Auditorium in Maiori, Italy.  He engaged all in attendance with his mature musicianship and delicate lyricism.

The first student, Monica Han, performed Haydn Sonata C major Hob. XVI 50 1st movement with a clear sense of tone a...

July 3, 2013

by Stijn De Cock

 

On a topic that has been the subject of much scholarly research and writing for decades, Thomas Linde presented an astute and incisive lecture, which not only proposed strategies for efficient practice, but also illuminated societal and historical changes that influence the way in which we perceive and learn music today. 

Whereas studies and articles on practice strategies often focus on musical and peda...

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