The Art of the Piano

Next week, CCM welcomes 24 internationally trained pianists and nine world-class master teachers for the inaugural Art of the Piano master class series and Liszt competition.

Running from July 5 – 16, participants will take part in 70 total hours of master classes. The program’s esteemed faculty includes:

  • Ann Schein, retired faculty at the Peabody Conservatory and current faculty at the Aspen Festival, who gave a sensational recital, class and talk at CCM’s Bearcat Piano Festival earlier this year.
  • Nelita True, one of the premiere pedagogues of our time, on the faculty at the Eastman School of Music.
  • HaeSun Paik, winner of numerous international competitions, the youngest ever faculty appointee at the distinguished Seoul National University and current faculty at the Hartt School of Music.
  • Yoshikazu Nagai, on the faculty at San Francisco Conservatory, Eastern Music Festival and formerly Interlochen Arts Academy.
  • Myong Joo Lee, former faculty at University of Southern California.

Pianist Jura Margulis will also present an all-Liszt recital at 8 p.m. on July 5 in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Liszt’s birth.

Additionally, Frederic Chiu returns to Cincinnati for a recital at 7 p.m. on July 9 that will include Liszt’s heroic transcription of Beethoven’s 5th symphony. Chiu is known for his groundbreaking and multi-dimensional Deeper Piano Studies program, which students will participate in for two days during the master class series.

The Liszt competition at 1:30 p.m. on July 11 will feature 15 pianists playing a selection of etudes, along with various solo pieces including the Spanish Rhapsody, Valle d’Obermann, the diabolic Mephisto Waltz and the lovely Un Sospiro etude. The competition’s judges include master teachers HaeSun Paik and Myong Joo Lee, along with CCM Interim Dean Frank Weinstock. The winner’s recital will be held at 7 p.m. on July 16.

You can view a full schedule of events here.

All classes and recitals will be held in Robert J. Werner Recital Hall and will be open to the public. Tickets are required for all events. Admission: $15 per event, $30 for daily passes and $200 for all-festival access. Tickets can be purchased through the CCM Preparatory Department by calling 513-556-2595.

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CCM is proud to be an “All-Steinway” school.

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