Photography by Dottie Stover.

The Art of the Piano Summer Festival kicks off May 28 – June 11

The sixth annual Art of the Piano summer festival and concert series will be the “best year yet,” according to Artistic Director and CCM Artist-in-Residence Awadagin Pratt.

Twenty-four student pianists will join 10 internationally acclaimed musicians for a series of master classes and recitals during the Art of the Piano summer festival at CCM.

The students have a unique opportunity to learn from distinguished artists including Vladimir Feltsman, Yoshikau Nagai, Paul Schenly and Boris Slutsky. In addition, six Art of the Piano artist teachers will each perform in a series of concerts throughout the festival.

Each concert is FREE and open to the public; reservations are not required. Student recitals will take place at 7 p.m. in the Cohen Family Studio Theater on May 31, June 1, 3, and 6. The student recitals will feature themed programs of the works of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff and others.

Experience the artistry yourself during the following upcoming concerts from today’s most sought-after pianists:

7 p.m. Sunday, May 29
JOHN PERRY, piano

BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 18, Op. 31, No. 3
CHOPIN: Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 58

Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater

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7 p.m. Saturday, June 4
ENRICO ELISI, piano

BACH: Partita in E Minor, BWV 830
DEBUSSY: Préludes, Book I
DEBUSSY: Children’s Corner
ERIK SATIE: Embryons desséchés
RICCARDO PICK-MANGIAGALLI: Deux lunaires

Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater

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2 p.m. Sunday, June 5
VLADIMIR FELTSMAN, piano

SCHUMANN: Kinderszenen, Op. 15
SCHUMANN: Faschingsschwank en Wien, Op. 26

Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater

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7 p.m. Wednesday, June 8
JAMES GILES, piano

LIEBERMANN: Nocturne No. 6, Op. 62
FEDERICO MOMPOU: Canciones y danzas
RACHMANINOFF: Songs
LISZT: Sonata in B Minor, S. 178

Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater

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7 p.m. Thursday, June 9
MICHAEL LEWIN, piano

SCHUBERT: Fantasy in C Major, D. 760 “Wanderer”
HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS: A lenda do caboclo DEBUSSY: Beau Soir
DEBUSSY: Préludes, Book 2
CHOPIN: Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op. 47
CHOPIN: Mazurka in A-flat Major, Op. 59, No. 2
CHOPIN: Berceuse in D-flat Major, Op. 57
CHOPIN: Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23

Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater

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7 p.m. Saturday, June 11
YONG HI MOON, piano

BEETHOVEN: Diabelli Variations, Op. 120

Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater

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PARKING AND DIRECTIONS
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the new U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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Acclaimed Pianist Richard Goode visits CCM for Master Classes

CCM welcomed world-renowned pianist Richard Goode for a series of master classes with students on April 13 and 15 in the Robert J. Werner Recital Hall. Goode worked extensively with a total of six students over his two-day residency, helping with everything from technique to overall musicianship. This was a wonderful opportunity for CCM’s young musicians to study with one of the world’s foremost performers for the classical piano.

Goode, hailed as a pianist of “staggering virtuosity” by The New York Times, also joined our friends at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) this weekend to play Mozart’s final piano concerto, No. 27. The concert, from the CSO’s Masterworks Series, also featured Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 3.

About Richard Goode

Richard Goode has been hailed for music-making of tremendous emotional power, depth and expressiveness, and has been acknowledged worldwide as one of today’s leading interpreters of Classical and Romantic music. He has won a large and devoted following after regular performances with the major orchestras, recitals in the world’s music capitals, and through his extensive and acclaimed Nonesuch recordings. Gramophone magazine recently captured the essence of what makes Goode such an original and compelling artist:

“Every time we hear him, he impresses us as better than we remembered, surprising us, surpassing our expectations and communicating perceptions that stay in the mind.”

An exclusive Nonesuch recording artist, Goode has made more than 24 recordings over the years, ranging from solo and chamber works to lieder and concertos. His latest recording of the five Beethoven concertos with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer was released in 2009 to exceptional critical acclaim, described as “a landmark recording” by the Financial Times and nominated for a Grammy award. His 10-CD set of the complete Beethoven sonatas cycle, the first-ever by an American-born pianist, was nominated for a Grammy and was ranked among the most distinguished recordings of his repertoire. Other recording highlights include a series of Bach Partitas, a duo recording with Dawn Upshaw, and Mozart piano concertos with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

A native of New York, Richard Goode studied with Elvira Szigeti and Claude Frank, with Nadia Reisenberg at the Mannes College of Music, and with Rudolf Serkin at the Curtis Institute. His numerous prizes over the years include the Young Concert Artists Award, First Prize in the Clara Haskil Competition, the Avery Fisher Prize, and a Grammy award for his recording of the Brahms Sonatas with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman. His first public performances of the complete cycle of Beethoven sonatas at Kansas City’s Folly Theater and New York’s 92Y in 1987-88 brought him to international attention being hailed by the New York Times as “among the season’s most important and memorable events.” It was later performed with great success at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1994 and 1995.

Mr. Goode served, together with Mitsuko Uchida, as co-Artistic Director of the Marlboro Music School and Festival in Marlboro, Vermont from 1999 through 2013. Participating initially at the age of 14, at what the New Yorker magazine recently described as “the classical world’s most coveted retreat,” he has made a notable contribution to this unique community over the 28 summers he has spent there. He is married to the violinist Marcia Weinfeld. When the couple is not on tour, they and their collection of some 5,000 volumes live in New York City.

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Story by CCM and UC Lindner College of Business graduate student Ryan Strand (BFA Musical Theatre, 2006)

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Photography by Dottie Stover.

CCM’s Bearcat Piano Festival Presents Guest Artists and Student Showcases March 29 – April 3, 2016

CCM showcases the world of classical piano this spring with the return of the annual Bearcat Piano Festival! The festivities begin on Tuesday, March 29, and conclude on Sunday, April 3 with the Piano-POW-Looza showcase featuring CCM’s own talented student performers. All events will take place in the intimate Robert J. Werner Recital Hall.

Launched in 2010 by CCM Professor of Piano and Artist-in-Residence Awadagin Pratt, this year’s festival invites several internationally acclaimed artists to the stage. Concert pianist Caroline Hong, hailed for her “expressive and powerful playing,” “formidable technique” and “keen sense of lyricism and the classical style” opens the series with a recital at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29. Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award-winning composer John Corigliano referred to her as “one of the greatest pianists [he has] ever heard.”

Ann Schein performs a recital at 8 p.m. on April 1, followed by a master class at noon on April 2. “Thank heaven for Ann Schein,” the Washington Post observed of her talents, “what a relief it is to hear a pianist who, with no muss or fuss, simply reaches right into the heart of whatever she is playing—and creates music so powerful you cannot tear yourself away.” Stein served on the piano faculty of Peabody Conservatory from 1980-2001. In addition, she has been an artist-faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School since 1984, and served as a visiting faculty member at Indiana University from 2008-09.

This year’s Bearcat Piano Festival also sees the continuation of CCM’s collaboration with the University of Michigan’s doctoral piano program. This year, pianist and DMA student Azariah Tan performs at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 2. Tan is a highly acclaimed performer who has won top prizes at competitions including the American Prize in 2012, the WPTA International Piano Competition in 2013, the New York International Artists Association Piano Competition in 2014 and numerous others.

Finally, the 2016 Bearcat Piano Festival comes to a close with Piano-POW-looza at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 3. Organized by Piano Department Chair Michael Chertock and curated by Andy Villemez and Sophie Wang the event spotlights the talents of a select few from CCM’s nearly 100 dazzling piano majors; these young artists will provide witty repartee and stunning performances in a triumphant conclusion to the series.

This series only happens once a year, so make sure to not miss out!
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2016 BEARCAT PIANO FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

8 p.m. Tuesday, March 29
CAROLINE HONG RECITAL
J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

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2 p.m. Wednesday, March 30
CAROLINE HONG MASTER CLASS
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

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7 p.m. Wednesday Thursday, March 31
J.S. BACH: THE COMPLETE WELL-TEMPERED CLAVIER BOOK II
Featuring CCM student pianists Jing’er Xu, Youkyoung Kim, Sanwei Zhang, SanSung Aum, Xuan Guo, Narae Lee, Jaesung Kim, Jordan Neiman, Brendan Jacklin, Dobin Park, Kseniia Polstiankina, Sejeong Jeong, Hanqing Chang, Jeffrey Anderson, Shing-Ming Liao, Julan Wang and Patrick Lechner

Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Friday, April 1
ANN SCHEIN RECITAL
Beethoven: Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major, Op. 81a
Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6
Chopin: Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

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12 p.m. Saturday, April 2
ANN SCHEIN MASTER CLASS
Location:
 Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

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8 p.m. Saturday, April 2
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN STUDENT EXCHANGE RECITAL
Featuring Azariah Tan, DMA Candidate
Chopin: Two Nocturnes, Op. 62
Beethoven: Sonata in A-flat Major, Op. 110
Schubert: Sonata in A Major, D. 959
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

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7 p.m. Sunday, April 3
PIANO-POW-LOOZA: STUDENT SHOWCASE
Andrew Villemez and Sophie Wang, music curators
Celebrate April as CCM’s leading pianists shower the Robert J. Werner Recital Hall with cascades of notes, lightning-fast arpeggios and thunderous octaves. Selected from CCM’s nearly 100 piano majors, these young artists are already carving out their own places in the sun and will triumphantly help us conclude a week of special events in our annual Bearcat Piano Festival!
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

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Event Information
All events listed below take place on the campus of the University of Cincinnati unless otherwise indicated. The Piano-POW-looza Student Showcase concert requires paid admission. All other Bearcat Piano Festival events are free and open to the general public.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online now through our e-Box Office! Visit ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice for CCM Box Office hours and location.

All event dates and programs are subject to change. Visit ccm.uc.edu or contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 for the most current event information.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the new U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Community Partner: ArtsWave

All-Steinway School Sponsor: The Corbett Endowment at CCM

CCM is proud to be an All-Steinway School

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Story by CCM graduate student Charlotte Kies and CCM alumnus Kevin Norton (DMA Saxophone, 2015)

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CCM Village panoramic photo; Winter of 2015. Photography by Curt Whitacre.

Preview the Artistic Tracks and Silent Auction Items from CCM’s Moveable Feast!

Cincinnati’s favorite fundraiser returns this Friday as CCM proudly presents its annual Moveable Feast! Today, we are happy to provide you with a sneak peek of this year’s Artistic Tracks, along with a first look at the one-of-a-kind experiences you can bid on during Moveable Feast’s Silent Auction.

Artistic Tracks
Back by popular demand, the Friends of CCM have created a series of Artistic Tracks to help guide you to the programs and performances that best match your interests! Newcomers and seasoned veterans alike can enjoy these pre-planned pathways through CCM Village. Preview this year’s Artistic Tracks below!

Artistic Tracks for CCM's 2016 Moveable Feast.

Artistic Tracks for CCM’s 2016 Moveable Feast.

  • Classical: From opera arias to the Ariel Quartet, sample the best in classical music.
  • Newbie: Is this your first Feast? Don’t miss these audience favorites.
  • Theatre: Do you have a flair for the dramatic? Interested in show tunes? Step this way.
  • Party People: Looking for high energy, interactive arts? Don’t miss this party.
  • Best Kept Secret: Go a bit off the beaten path to check out some over-looked gems.
  • Parents Sampler: A behind-the-scenes look at CCM’s prep programs and facilities.
  • Create Your Own: Mix and match from the full list of performances to create a Feast of your own!

Silent Auction
Interested in a private tour of UC’s Corbett Center for the Performing Arts with CCM Dean Peter Landgren? Want CCM students to perform at your house party or compose a piece of music just for you? Browse and bid on a variety of unique experiences with CCM students and faculty members, along with invitations to exclusive events with Dean Landgren, during Moveable Feast’s Silent Auction!

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Moveable Feast’s silent auction will be open from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22. You do not have to be present at Moveable Feast in order to participate.

Bidding from your phone? Download the Handbid app before arriving at Moveable Feast! The app is free and no credit card information is needed. Search “Handbid” in the app store.

Bidding from your computer? Register and start bidding by visiting www.handbid.com/auctions/moveable-feast-2016.

Proceeds will provide support for student scholarship, travel opportunities and special collaborative projects at CCM.

Event Time
6:15 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22

Location
CCM Village, University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to “Moveable Feast” are moving fast, so don’t delay – get yours before they’re gone and experience an unforgettable evening of artistic and culinary delights! Tickets can be purchased online at ccm.weshareonline.org/ws/opportunities/MoveableFeast2016 or over the telephone at 513-556-2100.

  • Host Tickets: $125 (ticket price includes valet parking)
  • Friends of CCM Member Tickets: $50
  • General Public Tickets: $75 (ticket price includes a Friends of CCM Membership)
  • Young Professional (40 and under) Tickets: $35
  • CCM Alumni Tickets: $35

Seating is limited. Event proceeds raised by the Friends of CCM, a group of 600 volunteers and an active board, support student scholarships for CCM’s “stars of tomorrow.”

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the new U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.

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A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, CCM is the largest single source of performing arts presentations in the state of Ohio.

All event dates and programs are subject to change. For a complete calendar of events, please visit us online at ccm.uc.edu.

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CCM's 'Moveable Feast' benefit event returns on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016!

A Moveable Feast Returns to CCM Village on Jan. 22

CCM's 'Moveable Feast' benefit event returns on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016!

CCM’s ‘Moveable Feast’ benefit event returns on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016!

Cincinnati’s premier fundraiser returns in early 2016 when CCM presents its Moveable Feast! Help fuel the future of the arts by joining the Friends of CCM for this unique benefit event!

Moveable Feast showcases students and faculty members from all corners of CCM in an evening of live entertainment and by-the-bite cuisine. The festivities begin at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22!

Logo for CCM's 2016 Moveable Feast.

Order your tickets today!

A star-powered showcase of CCM’s world-class performing and media arts programs and state-of-the-art facilities, the fundraiser features samplings of artistic and culinary delights throughout CCM Village. In the spirit of ONECCM, Dean Peter Landgren will also announce exciting news about the future of the Friends of CCM and the Alumni Governing Boards during this year’s event!

Guests can explore the remarkable CCM Village and plan their own schedule of 20-minute samplings of student and faculty entertainment, including the Ariel QuartetCostume & Make-Up StudiosDanceJazzElectronic MediaMusical TheatreOperaOrchestraChamber ChoirPiano and more all while dining by the bite.

Event Time
6:15 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22

Location
CCM Village, University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to “Moveable Feast” are on sale now and can be purchased online at ccm.weshareonline.org/ws/opportunities/MoveableFeast2016 or over the telephone at 513-556-2100.

  • Host Tickets: $125 (ticket price includes valet parking)
  • Friends of CCM Member Tickets: $50
  • General Public Tickets: $75 (ticket price includes a Friends of CCM Membership)
  • Young Professional (40 and under) Tickets: $35
  • CCM Alumni Tickets: $35

Seating is limited. Event proceeds raised by the Friends of CCM, a group of 600 volunteers and an active board, support student scholarships for CCM’s “stars of tomorrow.”

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the new U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.

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2016 MOVEABLE FEAST SPONSORS

Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Jeff Thomas Catering

PNC

Trish & Rick Bryan

Keating, Muething & Klekamp P.L.L.

Rhonda & Larry Sheakley

Susan & David Eltringham

Florence & Ron Koetters

Dick Rosenthal & Kitty Strauss

Anne & Jim Shanahan

Graeter’s

Susan & John Tew

Mary Ellen & Tom Cody

Gloria Giannestras

Drs. Lesley Gilbertson & William Hurford

Liz Grubow & Jerry Kathman

David C. Herriman

Bob Hockenberger

Karen & David Hoguet

Sandra & Stephen Joffe

Arlene & Bill Katz

Diana & Tom Klinedinst

MAC Productions

Patti Myers & Alan Flaherty

Jen & Jay Rueger

Ellen & Ray vander Horst

Lori & David Wellinghoff

John G. Avril

Buddy Roger’s Music

Al Campbell

Amy & Trey Devey

Freeman Durham & Dean Clevenger

Tim Giglio

Donna Sontag Grummich

Mark Haggard & Daniel Brown

Barbara & Jack Hahn

Peter Landgren & Judith Schonbach

Susan & Richard Lauf

Warren Liang & Fred Martens

Robbie & John Michelman*

Leo Munick & Alice Fegelman

Matt Nitzberg & Family

Vicky & Rick Reynolds

Carole & Edwin Rigaud

Drs. Jay & Janalee Rissover

Uptown Rental Properties

Barbara & Jay Wittenbaum

*Donation through The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

2016 MOVEABLE FEAST PROMOTIONAL SPONSORS & PARTNERS

ArtsWave Young Professionals


Young Professionals’ Choral Collective


Young Philanthropist Society


Attitude: Cincinnati Ballet Young Patrons


HYPE

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A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, CCM is the largest single source of performing arts presentations in the state of Ohio.

All event dates and programs are subject to change. For a complete calendar of events, please visit us online at ccm.uc.edu.

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CCM's Steinways. Photography by Jay Yocis.

CCM Welcomes Award-Winning Pianists Dror Biran and Ran Dank to Keyboard Studies Faculty

Dean Peter Landgren has announced two new additions to CCM’s already-illustrious roster of piano faculty members. Acclaimed performers and pedagogues Dror Biran and Ran Dank have both been appointed to full-time faculty positions with CCM’s Division of Keyboard Studies.

“Both men have distinguished themselves internationally through numerous competition wins,” Landgren commented. “Their impressive artistry coupled with their vast teaching experience will make them excellent additions to our already exceptional piano faculty.”

Incoming CCM faculty member Dror Biran.

Incoming CCM faculty member Dror Biran.

Dror Biran’s playing has been described as “powerful, but also beautifully sensitive,” by Die Bleed magazine. He is winner of the top prizes at the M.K. Ciurlionis International Piano Competition and the Cleveland International Piano Competition (where he also received a special prize for best performance of works by Chopin), along with other competitions in Spain, Israel and the US.

Biran joins CCM as Associate Professor of Piano in August 2016 after serving as Visiting Adjunct Professor of Piano during the 2015-16 academic year. A graduate of the Givatayim Conservatory and Tel-Aviv University in Israel, Biran holds a Doctoral degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. A native Israeli, he has been the recipient of multiple scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation for Distinguished Musicians.

Incoming CCM faculty member Ran Dank.

Incoming CCM faculty member Ran Dank.

Described as, “a strong player with technique and imagination,” by the New York Times, Ran Dank has received numerous awards, including a coveted place on the Young Concert Artists roster in 2009. He is a laureate of the Cleveland International Competition, the Naumburg Piano Competition, the Sydney International Piano Competition and was First Prize winner of the Hilton Head International Piano Competition.

Dank joins CCM as Assistant Professor of Piano in August of 2016 after serving as the Director of Piano Studies at the College of Charleston. He holds degrees from Tel Aviv University in his native Israel, as well as Master’s and Artist Diploma degrees from the Juilliard School in New York City. Dank joins his wife, Soyeon Kate Lee, who became a member of CCM’s faculty in August of 2014.

“In my opinion,” Landgren added, “the hires of Dror Biran and Ran Dank will continue to strengthen CCM’s status as a preeminent institution for the performing and media arts in the US, while also enhancing our global reputation as a leader in arts education.”

Please join us in welcoming Dror Biran and Ran Dank to the CCM family! You can learn more about both pianists below.

About Dror Biran
Dror Biran has been described by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier as “mesmerizing in the intensity and emotionalism of his playing. His fingering in the fast passages was breathtaking, and the loving care he gave to the sweetly lyrical passages was riveting.” The Cleveland Plain Dealer added, “his fortissimos crashed and roared, but next to them came pianissimos that whispered seductively… he has technique to burn and uses it effectively.” Biran’s superb tonal control combined with interesting phrasing and voicing has won him consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences.

Born in Israel, Biran is a top prizewinner of several national and international piano competitions. He is a graduate of the Givatayim Conservatory where he studied with Mrs. Lily Dorfman, as well as the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel-Aviv University where he studied with Professor Arie Vardi. Biran received his Doctoral degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Mr. Paul Schenly and Dr. Daniel Shapiro.

Biran won top prizes at the M.K Ciurlionis International Piano Competition (1995), and the Cleveland International Piano Competition (1997) where he also received a special prize for the best performance of works by Chopin. His honors include the first prize at the “Pilar Bayona International Piano Competition” in Zaragoza, Spain (1998), first prize at the Israeli Rubin Academy Piano Competition (1998) and the Rafi Goralnik prize for pianists, in the Aviv Competition (2000). Biran has been a recipient of multiple scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation for distinguished musicians.

Biran has performed widely as a soloist with major orchestras including the Lithuanian Philharmonic Orchestra, RTVE Symphony Orchestra of Spain, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He has played under the batons of Etinger, Rodan, Gueller, Gacia Asensio, Mester, Lane and others. His concert tours have taken him to the United States, Israel and South America, along with Eastern and Western Europe.

As a chamber musician Biran has appeared on a regular basis with different music ensembles such as Carmel and Aviv String Quartets. He has also performed with members of the Cleveland Orchestra in different venues. His concerts have been broadcast by WUOL, WCLV, WQXR, The Voice of Music – Israel and Classic FM South Africa, among others. Biran can be heard on the JMC (Jerusalem Music Centre) labels featuring ballades by Brahms and Chopin.

Prior to his CCM appointment, Biran taught at the University of Louisville, Youngstown State University and Case Western Reserve University.

About Ran Dank
Israeli pianist Ran Dank has been hailed as a “superb pianist… absolutely splendid: dashing, impetuous and full of imagination” by the Washington Post.

A favorite of New York audiences, Dank performs in New York City’s most notable venues to frequent critical acclaim by the New York Times. In recent seasons, he has been heard in recitals in Town Hall and Symphony Space. As a soloist, he has performed Prokofiev’s Second Concerto with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Alice Tully Hall and Tobias Picker’s Keys to the City at Columbia University. In September of 2013 he and fellow CCM faculty member Soyeon Kate Lee performed the world premiere of Fredric Rzewski’s Four Hands at (le) Poisson Rouge to a glowing review by the New York Times.

Dank’s other recent performance highlights include recitals at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, Washington Performing Arts Society at the Kennedy Center, the Chopin Festival in Warsaw, Finland’s Mantta Festival and performances of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts’ piano concerto with the Mobile Symphony. His recent chamber music performances include appearances at the Santa Fe, Great Lakes, Maverick, Seattle, Montreal, Tokyo Chanel and Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festivals.

Last season, Dank returned to his native Israel for a double-bill concert featuring Liszt’s Concerto No.1 and Totentanz with the Jerusalem Symphony.

His upcoming engagements include a performance at the prestigious Ravinia Festival, recitals in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico and a return engagement with the Kansas City Symphony.

A recipient of numerous honors, Dank won a coveted place on the Young Concert Artists’ roster in 2009 and subsequently made his New York recital debut. He is a laureate of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, where he also won the Bach Prize, the Naumburg and Sydney International Piano Competitions, and was the First Prize winner of the Hilton Head International Piano Competition.

A graduate of the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University and the Juilliard School, he has worked extensively with Richard Goode, Emanuel Ax, Joseph Kalichstein, Ursula Oppens and Robert McDonald.

In 2014 Dank joined the faculty of the College of Charleston as the Director of Piano Studies and Assistant Professor. He also serves as Artistic Director of the College of Charleston International Piano Series.

In addition to concertizing and academic posts, Dank established a series of concerts with his wife, pianist Soyeon Kate Lee. Dubbed “Music by the Glass,” this series is held in a New York So-Ho art gallery, where young professionals mix and mingle with performing artists, who play solo pieces and chamber works. The performances are accompanied by sweet and savory treats paired with wines by the glass. Learn more about these popular events by visiting www.musicbytheglass.com.

Learn more about CCM’s preeminent piano faculty by visiting ccm.uc.edu/music/keyboard/faculty.

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Upright piano that has been abandoned in a snowy winter field / meadow.

CCM’s Illustrious Piano Faculty Artists Celebrate Warm Music From Cold Countries on Nov. 15

Faculty performers receive the spotlight at CCM during the 11th annual Pianopalooza concert on Sunday, Nov. 15. This year’s program features CCM’s esteemed piano faculty artists performing a collection of fiery music from Russia and elsewhere.

In the spirit of the approaching winter season, this installment of Pianopalooza celebrates warm music from cold countries, including Chopin’s Winter Wind Étude, Edvarg Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King and “Waltz of the Flowers” from the classic holiday favorite, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite.

Poster for Fall 2015 Pianopalooza.The concert’s grand finale features a stunning 12-hand piano arrangement of “Mars” from Gustav Holst’s The Planets.

“During the chilliest winters, these composers have warmed our hearts and fired our imaginations,” explains CCM Piano Department Chair Michael Chertock. “This music celebrates the season, defies the cold, longs for spring and summer, and sometimes simply shivers.”

In addition to Chertock, who also serves as the concert’s master of ceremonies, Pianopalooza XI includes performances by faculty members Dror BiranCaroline HongHitomi KoyamaKate LeeDonna LoewySandra RiversJames Tocco and Andrew Villemez.

CCM’s world-class pianists also welcome special guest Daniel Weeks to the stage for this concert. A critically acclaimed tenor, Weeks joined CCM’s faculty as Associate Professor of Voice this fall.

Chertock promises that the concert will be an intimate and moving affair. “CCM’s Werner Recital Hall harbors two of the most beautiful pianos in the entire state of Ohio,” Chertock observes. “It’s the perfect acoustical space to experience this warm music.”

The Nov. 15 concert is the first of two Pianopaloozas scheduled for CCM’s 2015-16 performance season. Next semester, CCM’s extraordinary young artists will take the spotlight for the Pianopalooza: Student Showcase on Sunday, April 3.

Performance Time

7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15

Location
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to “Pianopalooza: Warm Music from Cold Countries” are $15 general admission, $10 for non-UC students and FREE for UC students with a valid ID.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/concerts/piano.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the new U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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