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WIPF is proud to present internationally acclaimed pianists as part of its concert series. The cost of tickets is included in the participants' tuition. The concerts are open to the community, and tickets to individual concerts can be purchased at the door or reserved by emailing us at washingtonpianofest@gmail.com.

Ticket Prices:
Adults: $20; Seniors and students: $10; CUA's students with a valid student ID: free admission
. There will be two after-concert receptions - Sunday, July 24 and Monday, August 1. Each reception admission is $50 (including the concert ticket).

Young Pianists Showcase Concert: Winners of the 2017 Lancaster International Piano Festival Romantic Music Competition (Ward Recital Hall, CUA, Sunday, July 23)

Alexander Kobrin (Ward Recital Hall, CUA, Sunday, July 23)

Young Pianists Showcase Concert: Winners of the 32nd International Young Artist Competition (Ward Recital Hall, CUA, Monday, July 24)

Faculty Recital: Seok-Rahn Kwon (Ward Recital Hall, CUA, Monday, July 24)

Faculty Recital: Francesco Mirabella and Yuri Didenko & Diana Didenko Piano Duo (Ward Recital Hall, CUA, Tuesday, July 25)

Young Pianist Showcase Concert: Winners of the 2017 Young Musicians Inspiring Change International Competition (Ward Recital Hall, CUA, Thursday, July 27)

Duo Turgeon (Ward Recital Hall, CUA, Thursday, July 27)

Winners of the 2017 Catholic University Piano Competition (Ward Recital Hall, CUA, Saturday, July 29)

Alexander Korsantia (Ward Recital Hall, CUA, Saturday, July 29)

Concerts of the 2017 WIPF Participants (Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, Sunday, July 30, and Monday, July 31)

Closing Concert of the 2017 WIPF Participants (Ward Recital Hall, CUA, Monday, July 31)

Young Pianist Showcase Concert: Winners of the 2017 Lancaster International Piano Festival Romantic Music Competition
Sunday, July 23, 6:45-7:15 pm, Ward Hall, CUA

Program TBA

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Alexander Kobrin
Sunday, July 23, at 7:30 pm, Ward Recital Hall, CUA

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Called the “Van Cliburn of today” by the BBC, pianist Alexander Kobrin has placed himself at the forefront of today’s performing musicians. His prize winning performances have been praised for their brilliant technique, musicality, and emotional engagement with the audience. The New York Times has written the Mr. Kobrin was a “fastidious guide” to Schumann’s “otherworldly visions, pointing out hunters, flowers, haunted corners and friendly bowers, all captured in richly characterized vignettes.” “This was a performance that will be revered and remembered as a landmark of the regeneration of exceptional classical music in Central New York.”-critic wrote after Mr. Kobrin’s performance of Second Piano Concerto by Johannes Brahms with Syracuse Symphony in Syracuse,NY.

In 2005, Mr. Kobrin was awarded the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal at the Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, TX. His numerous successes in competitions also include top prizes at the Busoni International Piano Competition (First Prize), Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (Top Prize), Scottish International Piano Competition in Glasgow (First Prize), and the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (Third Prize). Mr. Kobrin has performed with many of the world’s great orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, Russian National Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Verdi, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Moscow Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Berliner Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, Swedish Radio Symphony, Birmingham Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductors he has collaborated with include Mikhail Pletnev, Mikhail Jurovsky, Mark Elder, Vassiliy Sinaisky, James Conlon, Claus Peter Flor, Alexander Lazarev, Vassiliy Petrenko and Yuri Bashmet.

He has appeared in recital at major halls worldwide, including the Louvre Auditorium and Salle Cortot in Paris, Albert Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, Munich Herkulesaal and Berliner Filarmonia Hall in Germany, the Kennedy Centre in Washington, Avery Fisher Hall in New York, the Great Hall at the Moscow Conservatoire, Sheung Wan Civic Centre in Hong Kong, as well as Sala Verdi in Milan and many others. Other past performances have include recitals at Bass Hall for the Cliburn Series, the Washington Performing Arts Society, La Roque d’Antheron, the Ravinia Festival, the Beethoven Easter Festival, Busoni Festival , the renowned Klavier-Festival Ruhr, the Festival Musique dans le Grésivaudan ,the International Keyboard Institute & Festival, annual concert tours in Japan, China and Taiwan. Mr. Kobrin has also performed a two-piano recital in collaboration with his friend of many years, French pianist Frederic d’Oria Nicolas at Salle Gaveau, Paris which was broadcast by both Mezzo and ARTE.

Though widely acclaimed as a performer, Mr. Kobrin’s teaching has been an inspiration to many students through his passion for music. He served on the faculty of the Gnessin’s Academy of Music from 2003 to 2010. Since 2006 he has been on the faculty of the IKIF at Mannes College of Music and is now the L. Rexford Whiddon Distinguished Chair in Piano at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University. In 2013, he joined the renowned Artist Faculty of the Steinhardt School of Piano Studies at New York University. Mr. Kobrin has also given masterclasses in Europe and Asia, the International Piano Series and at the Conservatories of Japan and China.

Mr. Kobrin has been a jury member for several international piano competitions, including the “Prix Animato” in Paris, the Blüthner International Piano Competition in Vienna, E-Competition in Fairbanks, AZ and the Neuhaus International Piano Festival in Moscow.

Mr. Kobrin has released recordings on the Harmonia Mundi, Quartz, and Centaur labels, covering a wide swath of the piano literature. Gramophone Magazine raved about his Cliburn Competition release on Harmonia Mundi, writing that “in [Rachmaninoff’s] Second Sonata (played in the 1931 revision), despite fire-storms of virtuosity, there is always room for everything to tell and Kobrin achieves a hypnotic sense of the music’s dark necromancy.”

Mr. Kobrin was born in 1980 in Moscow. At the age of five, he was enrolled in the world-famous Gnessin Special School of Music after which he attended the prestigious Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire. His teachers have included renowned professors Tatiana Zelikman and Lev Naumov.

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Young Pianist Showcase Concert: Winners of the 32nd International Young Artist Competition:
Monday, July 24, 6:45-7:15 pm, Ward Hall, CUA

Program TBA

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Seok-Rahn Kwon
Monday, July 24, 7:30 pm, Ward Recital Hall, CUA

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Seok-Rahn Kwon is one of the most outstanding pianists in South Korea. As a solo pianist, she performed in numerous music centers in Europe, USA, Canada, and Korea. She also performed as soloist with such orchestras as Kang-nam Philharmonic Orchestra, Busan Philaharmonic Orchestra, and Korean Symphony Orchestra. Her performance of Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op.43 with Busan Philharmonic Orchestra at the 2007 Korea Orchestra Festival received critical acclaim: "dazzling and colorful sound, her playing is persuasive and brilliant".

Dr. Kwon won several Competitions including 2007 Korea Orchestral Festival Soloist Audition, New England Conservatory Honor's Audition, Clark University Competition, Texas Steinway Competition, and International Viotti Valsesia Competition. She has served as a jury member of the 2009 International Louisiana Piano Competition.

Dr. Kwon received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from New England Conservatory of Music, Boston and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas with Honors. Currently Dr. Kwon is an Associate professor of Music at Sejong University and also teaches at Seoul National University and Seoul Arts School.

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Faculty Recital: Francesco Mirabella and Yuri Didenko & Diana Didenko Piano Duo
Tuesday, July 25, 7:30 pm, Ward Recital Hall, CUA

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Francesco Mirabella

Francesco Mirabella began studying piano under the guidance of Maestro Giuseppe Cultrera; later, he graduated with the highest honors from the Musical Institute "V. Bellini" in Catania, Sicily, under the guidance of Giovanni Cultrera. He continued his studies with Maestro Epifanio Comis, Aquiles Delle Vigne, Michele Marvulli, Stefano Fiuzzi, Bernard Ringeissen, Zenon Fishbein, Carl Cranmer, and Igor Resnianski. He graduated from the prestigious National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome under the leadership of Sergio Perticaroli and won several national and European piano competitions.

He often performs as a soloist and in chamber music in important Italian and foreign venues, such as Theatre of Marcellus and Auditorium Parco della Musica - Petrassi Hall, Rome; Alte Oper and Bechstein Piano Center, Frankfurt; Arkhangelskoe Palace and Central house of Art Workers, Moscow; Conservatory of Ulyanovsk and Great Hall of the Lenin Memorial, Ulyanovsk (Russia); The ware Center (Lancaster, Pennsylvania); New York Italian Institute of Culture; "Lyceum Club" of Catania, Catania Diocesan Museum, Teatro Garibaldi Modica, St. James Festival Bologna; Pushkin Theatre (Lugansk - Ukraine); Swope Hall, Phillips Autograph Library (West Chester Philadelphia); Auditorium Philharmonic Orchestra Dnepropetrovsk (Ukraine); Sala Mare - Auditorium Symphony Orchestra Sergei Lunchevici in Chisinau (Moldova), Teatro SS Prokofiev (Donetsk - Ukraine); Theatre Tom Jobim Brazilian embassy in Asuncion (Paraguay), National Theatre, opera and ballet Oleg Danovski Constance (Romania),

M° Mirabella has performed many times as soloist with the State Philharmonic Orchestra of Lugansk, Dnepropetrovsk State Philharmonic, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Moldavian State "Sergei Lunchevici", the Philharmonic Orchestra "S. Prokofiev" of Donetsk, the Youth Symphony Orchestra of the Conservatory of Lugansk, Ukraine Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Teatro Oleg Danovski in Constance and the orchestra of West Chester University. Particularly appreciated is his interpretation of Sergei Prokofiev's Piano Concerto #3, under the guidance of Epifanio Comis at the Pushkin Theatre in Lugansk, broadcasted live by Ukraine national television, which received high ratings.

Mr. Mirabella has held high-level master classes in China (Beijing Conservatory, Wuhan Conservatory and Chengdu Conservatory), Paraguay (Asunción) and has participated several times as a faculty member of the Lancaster International Piano Festival, Pennsylvania.Frequently invited to be a juror in national and international piano competitions (such as USOMC, San Francisco LIPF etc.), he recently received the "Diploma of Honor" by the prestigious Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation in Moscow. Mr. Mirabella is the artistic director of -Amici della Musica "Peppino Cultrera"- in Sicily, and piano professor at the Sassari Conservatory, in Sardinia, Italy.

Yuri Didenko

Internationally acclaimed Russian pianist Yuri Didenko has performed recitals and with orchestras in the best concert halls of Moscow, including Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory and Moscow International House of Music, cities of the former Soviet Union and abroad: Belgium, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, Sweden, Norway, Japan, USA, Poland, Malta, Greece, Chile, China, countries of Western Africa, Turkey, Cyprus, Spain, South Korea, Austria.Mr. Didenko is a winner and prizewinner of numerous competitions in Great Britain, Italy, USA, Belgium. In 2003, Mr. Didenko received the Russian Federation Ministry of Culture Award "For Special Achievements in Culture".

Mr. Didenko studied piano at the Central Music School affiliated with the Moscow Conservatory with Alexander Mndoyants and then at the Moscow Conservatory with Professor Merzhanov. Since 1994, he has been on the piano faculty of the Moscow Conservatory. Since 2005, he has his own students. In his class many talented students who are winners of various international competitions.Yuri Didenko recorded several compact disks with various romantic and XX century works. He made numerous recordings on the Russian State Radio.

Mr. Didenko is in demand for master classes in Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Greece, Kazakhstan, UAE, Germany, Spain, Malta, Italy, USA, South Korea, and China. He gives master classes for children and students. Such communication with the growing generation of young musicians allows him to select for his class of talented students.
He has also served on piano juries of several international piano competitions in various categories, from children to adults (as a member and as a chairman of the jury) in Russia, Poland, USA, Greece, Malta, Italy, Germany, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, UAE, Turkey, Spain. He is Vice President of the International Rachmaninov society (Germany).

Diana Didenko

Piano Professor of the Gnessins Musical College. Head of the Organizing Committee International Piano competition Slobozhanska Fantazy and International classical music festival. Diana Didenko was born in Sumy, Ukraine where she completed training at Sumy Dmitry Bortniansky musical college with distinction and continued education in the Sergei Prokofiev State Music Academy in Donetsk (professor Natalia Chesnokova), graduated with a degree in two categories - piano and organ. She then continued to study in the postgraduate courses in the Kiev National University of Arts and Culture (2000-2003).Since 1997 Diana Didenko became professor of Bortniansky High School of Art and Culture in Sumy, since 2016 she is piano professor of the Gnessins Musical College (Moscow). Diana take part in the different festivals, play solo recitals and chamber music (piano duet with Yuri Didenko) in Ukraine, Russia, Malta, Germany, USA, China. Also she play concerts with the symphonic orchestra of Sumy Philharmonic Society. In 2010, she became a solo organist of Sumy Philharmonic Society. In her repertoire is music of different styles, epochs and directions. She also actively works as a jury member of the international piano competitions and master classes.

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Young Pianist Showcase Concert: Winners of the 2017 Young Musicians Inspiring Change International Competition
Thursday, July 27, 6:45-7:15 pm, Ward Recital Hall, CUA

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Duo Turgeon
Thursday, July 27, at 7:30 pm, Ward Recital Hall, CUA

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The year 2016 marks the 20th year of music-making and 27th wedding anniversary for Canadian pianists Anne Louise-Turgeon and Edward Turgeon. Their musical collaboration began with encouragement from James Anagnoson (Dean; Glenn Gould School, Toronto) and the late Karl Ulrich Schnabel, who, upon hearing the Turgeons perform, invited them for masterclasses and subsequent private coachings in New York City. The Turgeons received additional mentoring from James Anagnoson, Peter Serkin, Richard and John Contiguglia.

Duo Turgeon entered the International Schubert Competition for piano duos (Czech Republic, 1995) and the Murray Dranoff international Two Piano Competition (Miami, 1997), taking first prizes, and additional special prizes at both events. These successes led to debut performances at Carnegie Hall and the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, as well as hundreds of engagements including such series as San Francisco International Music Festival, Montreal International Duo Piano Festival, Duettissimo (Minsk), Brit Festival, Kitchener/Waterloo Chamber Music Festival, Sanibel Music Festival, Chopin Festival of Middle America, Festival of the Sound, Chicago Duo Piano Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Isabel Bader Centre, Massey Hall, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory (Singapore), Fulbright sponsored visits to Europe, Russia, and several recordings including those for Marquis/EMI, Albany and Vanguard Classics, several of which have received 5 out of 5 star ratings from CBC's "Sound Advice" and "La Scena Musicale". The Turgeons have been heard on classical radio stations throughout the world including CBC, BBC, ABC (Australia), Public Radio International, NPR, and PBS. They are featured in the television documentary "Two Pianos - One Passion", which airs on PBS affiliate television stations throughout North America. Strong advocates of new chamber music for four hands at one or two pianos, they have given world premiere performances of works by noted composers including Aaron Copland, John Corigliano, Libby Larsen, Manuel Valera, Derek Charke and Alex Pauk, while appearing with the Esprit Orchestra (Toronto), and orchestras in Brno, Novosibirsk, Minsk Kranoyarsk and Miami with the New World Symphony Orchestra.

As teachers, their unwavering commitment to the next generation of young musicians has included twenty-five years of teaching at Yale University, Mount Holyoke College, the Harid Conservatory of Music and Florida Atlantic University. They currently serve as Artists in Residence and faculty members at Algoma University and the Algoma Conservatory of Music in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, where Edward serves as Chair of the Fine Arts and Music Department for Algoma University (Ontario's newest university). The Turgeons have served as senior mentor examiners for the Royal Conservatory of Music. Their students have taken prizes in competitions, national high grades on Royal Conservatory of Music examinations and gained admittance to schools such as Indiana University, Eastman, Juilliard, University of Miami, University of Louisiana, University of Arizona, and Dreyfoos School of the Arts. The Turgeons are increasingly in demand as judges for international, national and regional competitions including those in Toronto, Windsor-Essex, London, Sudbury and Markham, as well as the national finals of the Canadian Music Competition, and international competitions in USA and Europe.

The Turgeons received Bachelor of Music degrees in piano performance from the University of Toronto along with the coveted Dean's Prize and Forsyth Memorial Scholarship for top graduating pianist (Edward; 1988); Dean's prize and Eaton Graduate award for the top overall graduate (Anne; 1989). In Toronto, their teachers included Marietta Orlov and James Anagnoson. They earned Master of Music, Master of Musical Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Yale University, as well as prizes for best recital (Anne), best chamber group (Edward) and the Dean's Award for top graduate (Anne; 1994), the school's highest honor. Their Yale professors included Donald Currier, Peter Frankl, Claude Frank, Boris Berman and Joan Panetti. Additional summer studies at the Banff Centre for Music and Sound included masterclasses with Claude Frank, Jean-Paul Sevilla and Marek Jablonski. The Turgeons have been members of Steinway and Sons International Artist Roster since 2005.

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Recital and Award Ceremony of the Winners of the 4th Catholic University of America Piano Compeititon
Saturday, July 29, at 6:00 pm
Ward Recital Hall, CUA

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Alexander Korsantia
Saturday, July 29, at 7:30 pm, Ward Recital Hall

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Dubbed "a major artist" by the Miami Herald and a "quiet maverick" by the Daily Telegraph, pianist Alexander Korsantia has been praised for the "clarity of his technique, richly varied tone and dynamic phrasing" (Baltimore Sun), and a "piano technique where difficulties simply do not exist" (Calgary Sun). The Boston Globe found his interpretation of Pictures of an Exhibition to be "a performance that could annihilate all others one has heard." And the Birmingham Post gushed that "his intensely responsive reading was shot through with a vein of constant fantasy, whether musing or mercurial." Ever since winning the First Prize and Gold Medal of the Artur Rubinstein Piano Master Competition and the First Prize at the Sidney International Piano Competition, Korsantia’s career has taken him to many of the world’s major concert halls, collaborating with renowned conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Gianandrea Noseda, Valeri Gergiev and Paavo Jarvi and orchestras as the Chicago Symphony, Kirov Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony and Israel Philharmonic.

Resent and coming seasons bring him to the Cincinnati Symphony, Edmonton, Huntsville, Pacific, Louisville, Bogota, San Juan, Jerusalem, City of Birmingham, Oregon, Vancouver, Omaha, Elgin, Mannheim and Israel Symphony orchestras; Tokyo, Louisiana, Oslo, Malaga and Israel Philharmonic orchestras; Georgian Sinfonietta, Ingolstadt and Israel Chamber Orchestra, Gerusalem Camerata, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, RAI Orchestra in Turin, Polish Radio Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional in Mexico City among many others. He can be heard at Piano Jacobins concert series in Toulouse, Warsaw, Boston, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Vancouver, Calgary, San Francisco, Lodz, White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Tanglewood, Newport, Stresa, Gilmore, Verbier festivals and music series performing solo recitals and collaborating with musicians such as Yuri Bashmet, Vadim Repin and Sergei Nakoriakov among others. Bel Air Music and Piano Classics are among the recording labels Mr. Korsantia has worked with. The most recent release includes a collection of piano variations by Beethoven (Eroica), Rachmaninoff (Chopin) and Copland.

Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, Alexander Korsantia began his musical studies at an early age with his mother, Sventlana Korsantia and later became a pupil of Tengiz Amiredjibi, Georgia’s foremost piano instructor. In 1992, he moved his family to the United States and joined the famed piano studio of fellow Georgian, Alexander Toradze, at Indiana University in South Bend. In 1999, he was awarded one of the most prestigious national awards, the Order of Honor, bestowed on him by then-President Eduard Shevardnadze. Korsantia resides in Boston where he is a Professor of Piano on the faculty of the New England Conservatory. Mr. Korsantia is the artistic director of the annual music festival “From Easter to Ascension” in Georgia.

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Selected WIPF Participants' Concerts (FREE ADMISSION)
Sunday, July 30, and Monday, July 31, at 6:00 pm
Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage

The concert, which will be directly webcasted online at www.kennedy-center.org, will be presented by the 2017 WIPF selected participants and will include both solo and piano ensemble music.

Auditions and the Catholic University Piano Competition (free and open to public) will be held on Tuesday, July 25, in Ward Recital Hall on CUA's campus.

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO WIPF PARTICIPANTS: Due to time limitations, we recommend to select a piece (group of pieces) that is 5-10 minutes in length.

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Closing Concert of the 2017 WIPF Participants (FREE ADMISSION)
Monday, July 31, 1:00 am
Ward Recital Hall, CUA

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