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Welcome to the Exciting New 2014 Season

Our 17th annual season of exquisite programming continues with the final recital in our Aventura Cultural Series/Classical Sundays at Five Series at The Aventura Arts and Cultural Center. Russian pianist Pavel Nersessian will perform a program of Schubert, Schubert/Liszt and Liszt. Currently a Professor of Piano at Boston University, Nersessian is widely regarded as one of the finest pianists of his generation.

PROGRAM: SCHUBERT Sonata A major, SCHUBERT Three last pieces, SCHUBERT-LISZT Ständchen, Erlkönig, LISZT Sonata B minor.

Tickets can be purchased online or by phone: 954-462-0222 or 877-311-7469




The Discovery Series is the crown jewel of our Festival, presenting brilliant emerging artists who speak with a unique and compelling musical voice. They are not main stream and are willing to be adventurous and often daring in expressing their artistic vision, offering our audiences an aesthetic and emotional experience not available from “establishment” concert programming. This year we are introducing four of our finest discoveries and will conclude on May 18th with an innovative and exciting program, “The Marriage and Magic of Opera and Piano Transcriptions”, a collaboration with the studio of the acclaimed Miami vocal coach Manny Perez.

May 15th at 7:45 pm Recital
Kotaro Fukuma (Japan)

“A pianist that combines technical virtuosity with a superb musical sensibility and sensitivity that brings emotional impact of the works to the surface, capturing the audience throughout the evening. Perfectly judged and immaculate, this was playing such as one rarely encounters.” -The Independent, London

“Homage to Birds and Shimmering Water”
Rameau: Le rappel des oiseaux
Bizet: Chants du Rhin
Granados: Quejas ó la Maja y el Ruisenor (from Goyescas)
Schultz-Evler: “Concert Arabesques on Themes of “By the Beautiful Blue Danube” by J. Strauss
Ravel: Oiseaux tristes, Une barque sur l’océan (from Miroirs)
Debussy: L’Isle joyeuse
Liszt: Deux Legendes (St Fransis of Assise ‘preaching to the birds, “St. Francis of Paula walking on the waves”)
May 16th at 7:45 pm Recital
Nick Van Bloss (England)

“Engrossing, insightful music-making which at its best, astonishing. Bloss’s vitality is suggestive of Gould penetrating incisive…infectious verve…life-enhancing energy…wistfully introspective…touching and simple style.” -International Record Review, London

Mozart: Fantasy and C minor K.396
Mozart: Sonata in c minor k 457
Bach: Goldberg Variations
May 17th at 3:00 pm Recital /Prodigies & Masters of Tomorrow
Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner (USA)(17 year old prodigy)

“The youngest college student ever to attend Juilliard with a portfolio of critical accolades from Baghdad to Utah, this young emerging star will dazzle, charm and touch your heart.”

Beethoven: Sonata in A-flat Major, Op. 110
Liszt: Vallee d’Obermann
Ravel: Alborada del gracioso
Sanchez – Werner Title TBA
Chopin: Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-flat Major
Rachmaninoff: Moment-Musicaux in B-flat Minor
Ravel: La Valse
May 17th at 7:45 pm Recital
Zlata Chochieva (Russia)

“Zlata Chochieva is one of the most interesting and unusual pianists today. She has superb technical abilities, but it is her personal intuition in the music she plays that is special.” – Stephen Kovacevich

Chopin; Seven Etudes: Op. 10 No 3,5,12; Op. 25 No 2, 6, 7, 11
Schumann; Symphonic Etudes
Rachmaninoff: Variations on a Theme of Chopin Op. 22
Prokofieff: 4 Etudes Op.2

May 18th Grand Finale of the Discovery Series at 7:00 pm

“The Marriage and Magic of Opera & Piano Transcriptions”

A collaborative event with the Vocal Studio of Manny Perez
This concert will present vocal performances of beloved arias by Mozart, Bellini, Verdi, Wagner and others combined with brilliant virtuoso piano transcriptions of Franz Liszt, Francesco Libetta and Kemal Gekic based on operatic themes. PROGRAM

Pianists: Kemal Gekic & Vincenzo Maltempo

The Miami International Piano Festival is held at select world-class performance venues in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

Programming every season includes:

  • The intimate Salon Series – Four Classical Sundays at Five, presented at the beautiful Aventura Arts & Cultural Center.
  • The Master Series, at the acoustically perfect Amaturo Theatre of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts explores an entire period in music or focusses on a composer.
  • The Discovery Series, the Festival’s crown jewel, held at the beautifully restored, Art Decco gem, the Colony Theatre on Miami Beach. Presented in four consecutive days in May, the Discovery Series showcase piano recitals by newly discovered artists and prodigies.

We are honored to present Professor Frank Cooper as Lecturer in Residence to enhance the complete Festival Experience.

The Miami International Piano Festival is unique in that we strive to assist the musicians as they develop their careers. This approach, attracts an enormous wealth of talent which translates into amazing concert experiences for our appreciative audience.
Each newly discovered artist is provided with career guidance and exposure, which for some, has resulted in coveted awards such as the Gilmore Award (the highest recognition bestowed on any pianist) and signed contracts with notable management agencies as well as prestigious recording opportunities.
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