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Alfred Brendel

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Alfred Brendel studied piano and composition in Zagreb and Graz, completing his piano studies with Edwin Fischer, Paul Baumgartner and Eduard Steuermann. For 60 years he has enjoyed a distinguished international career concentrating on the works of central European composers from Bach to Schoenberg as well as featuring many works by Liszt. He was the first pianist to record Beethoven’s complete piano works, and was highly influential in getting Schubert’s Piano Sonatas and the Schoenberg Piano Concerto recognised as integral parts of the piano repertoire. He has performed regularly at the world’s musical centres and festivals, and with the leading orchestras and conductors, and his extensive discography has made him one of the most respected artists of our time. His final concert appearance was with the Vienna Philharmonic on December 18, 2008, which was voted one of the 100 greatest cultural moments of the last ten years by The Daily Telegraph. He has received honorary degrees from many universities including Oxford and Yale and was awarded an honorary KBE in 1989. In 1992 he received the Hans von Bülow Medal from the Berlin Philharmonic and was granted Honorary Membership of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in December 1998. In 2001 he […]
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Ivan Moravec

Long recognized as one of the century’s great pianists, Ivan Moravec’s performances and recordings alike have prompted critics in search of parallels to call up such names as Gieseking and Richter. Yet his musicianship, while it challenges comparison with these masters, is riveting and penetratingly individual in style. Mr. Moravec was born in Prague in 1930 and until the age of 15 his main musical interest was in opera. He later studied piano at the Prague Conservatory and the Prague Academy, performing during his student years in Poland and Hungary. In 1957 Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli heard Mr. Moravec perform in Prague and invited him to Italy for further study, where he participated in Michelangeli’s master classes in Arezzo in 1957 and 1958. Mr. Moravec made his American debut in January 1964 with the Cleveland Orchestra and George Szell at Severance Hall; the following month he made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall during Cleveland’s annual week of appearances there. Since then he has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia, Cleveland and Minnesota Orchestras, the Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Toronto and Pittsburgh symphonies and the Los Angeles and Orpheus chamber orchestras among many others. As one of the […]
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Andrei Gavrilov

Andrei Gavrilov was born in Moscow in 1955 in the artistic family. His father Vladimir Gavrilov was a great painter, mother pupil of Henrich Neuhaus was his first teacher. He graduated central music school in Moscow in 1973 where he studied with Tatiana Kestner. Later this year he entered Moscow conservatory where his teacher was Lev Naumov. Andrei Gavrilov won first prize in the 1974 International Tchaikovsky Competition at the age of 18 and in the same year made a triumphant international debut at the Salzburg Festival, substituting for Sviatoslav Richter. He has subsequently enjoyed a distinguished international career which has included performances with many of the world’s greatest orchestras. He made his London debut in 1976 with Paavo Berglund and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in the Royal Festival Hall. In 1978 he performed with the Berlin Philharmonic in a major European concert tour of 30 concerts. By 1980 he had performed in all the major cultural centers in the world. Andrei Gavrilov made a triumphant return to the British concert platform in 1984, after a politically enforced absence, giving recitals at the Barbican and the Royal Festival Hall. He successfully petitioned Mikhail Gorbachev for his freedom, and became the […]
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Paul Badura-Skoda

Paul Badura-Skoda was born in 1927 in Vienna, where he received his primary training. His most important teachers were Viola Thern and Otto Schulhof in Vienna and later Edwin Fischer in Switzerland. In 1948 he graduated from the Konservatorium der Stadt Wien (Conservatory of the City of Vienna) with the highest distinctions in both piano-playing and conducting. (That he is also among today’s eminent conductors is sometimes obscured by his earlier success as a pianist.) The beginning of his career was marked by three events: In 1949 both Wilhelm Furtwängler and Herbert von Karajan engaged the still-unknown young artist as soloist for their concerts in Vienna. In 1950 he substituted for the ailing Edwin Fischer at the Salzburg Festival on short notice, immediately becoming an international celebrity. Yet perhaps his longest-lasting success was due to his recordings for the long-playing record, then a new medium. His early recordings on LP, starting also in 1950, brought him worldwide recognition, so much so that his first recital in New York took place before a capacity audience, one that had known him only through his recordings. His international career started with three large concert tours, in Australia in 1952, USA and Canada in […]
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Heasook Rhee

Heasook Rhee has been a faculty member in Piano Chamber Music and Accompanying at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City since 1998. A leading music publisher in the US, Carl Fischer Music published her book “The Art of Instrumental Accompanying” in May 2012. She taught at the University of Texas at Austin, Detmold Musikhochschule in Germany, and gave master classes at universities such as Indiana University in Bloomington, Boston University, University of Houston in the US, Beijing Central Conservatory, Shanghai Conservatory, Shenyang Conservatory in China, Taiwan National Normal University in Taipei, Seoul National University, KNUA, Yonsei and Sungshin University in Korea.   As a collaborative pianist, Dr. Rhee has performed with many noted artists of our time, including violinists Ivry Gitlis, Ilya Grubert, the late Mitchell Stern, Peter Zazofsky, cellists Jiri Barta, Marcio Carneiro, Charles Curtis, Karine Georgian, the late Samuel Mayes, Nathaniel Rosen, Jian Wang, Tilmann Wick, tenor Nikolai Gedda, bass-baritone Simon Estes, soprano Youngok Shin, flutist the late Julius Baker and saxophonist Harvey Pittel.   Her performances have taken her to many distinguished concert halls over the world. She has toured in the United States; performing at the Stern Auditorium and Weill Recital Hall at […]
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Zenon Fishbein

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PMPIF FOUNDER Zenon Fishbein was legendary piano teacher at the Manhattan School of Music. Born in Argentina, from Russian parents, he made his official debut to the general acclaim of the press at thirteen. As a recipient of a fellowship from the Argentinian government he traveled to Rome, Vienna and Paris where he studied and coached with such eminent artists as Carlo Zecchi, Walter Gieseking, Paolo Denza, and Margherite Long. He held a degree from the Academia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, a diploma from the Salzburg festival and a MM from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied Dora Zaslavsky and upon graduation, received the Harold Bauer Memorial Award. A winner of numerous awards at international competitions held in Geneve, Rome, Vercelli, and Buenos Aires he appeared in hundreds of concerts worldwide, solo recitals, as well as a soloist in chamber music and orchestra events. He collaborated for joint concerts with Herta Gatz, Jens Nygaard, Justino Diaz, and Mishel Piastro. His broad range of repertory included a cycle of recitals dedicated to the works of Chopin, a series by romantic composers, and the premiere of contemporary piano works. He was a guest at universities in Seoul, Mania, Beijing, […]
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Martin Ballý

Czech pianist and teacher, Martin Ballý has performed throughout the Europe as a recitalist and chamber musician. He studied with Erna Grünfeld at Prague Conservatory. He graduated from Academy of Performing Arts in Prague where he studied with Czech legendary pianist Josef Palenicek. He also studied a chamber music with members of Vlach String Quartet. Martin Bally was a founding member of the ARS Trio with two other soloists. In addition to their international touring they have recorded many recordings for Panton, Czech TV and Czech Radio. They also recorded a critically acclaimed album of Antonin Dvorak’s complete piano trios for BNL label. He is a jury member in numerous piano competitions. He teaches at Jan Neruda Music Gymnasium and Prague School of Music – the ones of Czech Republic’s most distinguished music institutions. His students have been the recipients of numerous national and international awards. During the summer he is a teacher at the South-Bohemian International Summer Festival.
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Yun Ha Hwang

Korean Pianist Yun Ha Hwang, was written about in New York Times as “a true crowd-pleaser with a large, power-house sound and an unveiled artistic temperament”. She has won several Competitions such as “The Artist International”, “The Urbino Americani Musicisti Festival Competition”, “The Pusan Competition”, and “The KBS competition”. Also she was a prize winner of “The Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition, “The Tokyo International Piano Duo Competition”, and “The Dong-A Competition”. She also had concerts with various orchestras such as Americani Musicsti Festival, S.N.U. Symphony, New York Seoul Symphony, Seoul Symphony, Seoul Ensemble, Prime Philharmonic, Kunsan Symphony and Academy Ensemble. She received her B.M. from the college of Music in Seoul National University(Korea), M.M. from Manhattan School of Music(USA), and completed her Doctoral course from the latter school. Ms. Hwang was a member of the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division, the Caprarola International Music Festival, the Urbino Mid-summer International Music Festival, the Tivoliclassica International Music Festival, the Amati Music Festival, and the 2008 Prague International Piano Master Classes, 2009 ASIA International Piano Academy & Festival. She is currently a member of the faculty at the Seoul National University. Besides teaching and performances, Ms. Hwang founded […]
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Ivan Klánský

As a laureate of some of the most prestigious international competitions (Bolzano 1967, Naples 1968, Bach Competition Leipzig 1968, Warsaw 1970, Barcelona 1970, Fort Worth, Texas 1973, Santander 1976), he became a much sought after soloist and chamber musician while still a student at Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts. Since that time he has notched up over 4,000 concert appearances on four continents. He has performed most frequently in Germany, Switzerland, the UK, France and Spain; every year he gives concerts in South America, and he also visits the US, Canada and Japan. As well as performing, Ivan Klánský is also extremely successful as a teacher. Since 1983 he has been a professor at the music faculty at the Academy of the Performing Arts in Prague; since 1997 he has been head of the institution’s keyboard instrument department. Among his most important students have been the winners of the Prague Spring International Music Competition Martin Kasík and Ivo Kahánek. Since 1991 he has also been professor at the Music University Lucerne in Switzerland. As well as that, he gave master classes in Dublin (1982-1986) and Bad Saulgau (from 1997). He had himself studied under Valentina Kameníková (1963-68) at the Prague […]
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Jan Bartoš

Artistic Director PMPIF, Czech pianist JAN BARTOŠ belongs to a new generation of outstanding artists, his performances consistently winning critical acclaim. Critica Classica described him as “ an emotional and sophisticated interpreter “.  Il Roma wrote: “ Bartoš is one of the best emerging European pianists. In his own right, the first-class host enchanted everyone with the colorfulness and might of his sound, which he produced with easiness and refined impeccability “. The renowned music critic Bernard Jacobson wrote after Jan’s performance: “ Bartoš played an impressive set of Preludes by the unjustly neglected Czech composer Miloslav Kabeláč, following it with a compelling reading of Brahms’s F-minor Sonata. This, clearly, is a young pianist to look out for “. Jan Bartoš is the First Prize Winner of many international competitions, which include the 2009 Mieczyslaw Munz Competition in New York, the 2008 Zaslavsky-Koch Piano Competition in New York, the 2004 Peter S. Reed Award in New York, the 2006 Rotary Musikförderpreis in Germany, and the 1999 Concertino Praga in the Czech Republic, in addition to receiving the 2012 Schimmel Prize in Germany, the 2008 Czech Ministry of Culture Prize, and the 2007 Rucorva Trust Award in the Netherlands. Jan studied with renowned artists […]
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