This season we celebrate our 21st anniversary, a milestone in an inspiring and ongoing journey to fulfill our original mission the discovery of artists with distinct talent and individuality who are able to engage audiences musically. The pianists that the Miami International Piano Festival (Festival) has discovered have dazzled music critics with their virtuosity, and are expanding their careers while setting a path for the next generation of aspiring pianists.

Our 2017 season climaxed with outstanding recitals and a reprise of an exciting performance that combined opera arias and virtuoso piano transcriptions based on operas. This enjoyable and popular concert will be staged again in 2018 featuring several great singers joined by virtuoso pianists Francesco Libetta (Italy) and Misha Dacic.

In July 2017, we had the unique opportunity to partner once again with Nova Southern University (NSU) and bring the Miami International Piano Festival Academy (Academy) to their beautiful campus. Our faculty, comprised of pianists discovered by the Festival, performed seven extraordinary concerts at NSU’s Adolfo and Marisela Cotilla Gallery with a Grand Finale performance at the Miniaci Theater. For this final concert Academy participants were joined by the faculty in a performance that portrayed the unique and congenial atmosphere of the Piano Academy. The 2018 Academy next summer will feature the winners of the 2017 Academy Program in solo recitals. The creation of the Academy is the natural offspring of the Festival, and it is enabling us to broaden our mission to teach and inspire the next generation of pianists.

As we celebrate our 21st Anniversary, the Festival will continue its efforts to reinvigorate popular interest in classical music and widen its audience, by incorporating innovative ideas,

offering intriguing programming, and featuring international artists of the highest caliber at several world-class venues in the Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

This Season TWO concert series is presented at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, and the Colony Theatre.

CLASSICAL SUNDAYS AT FIVE will present SIX performances at the beautiful Aventura Arts & Cultural Center in celebration of our 20th Anniversary. The artists featured for these series are: Zlata Chochieva (Russia), (October 22, 2017), Amir Katz (Israel), (November 19, 2017) Kemal Gekic, (January 14, 2018), Konstantin Lifschitz,( February 18, 2018), Ilya Itin, (Russia), (March 25, 2018) and Alexander Gavrylyuk (Ukraine), ( May 6, 2018).

DISCOVERY SERIES, our crown jewel, will introduce recently discovered international artists and a piano prodigy at the Colony Theatre in the South Beach art deco district in TWO special Weekends (March 17 – 18, 2018) and (May 12 – 13, 2018). The series will include the debuts of Russian virtuoso ASIYA KOREPANOVA (Russia), (March 17) Zoltán Fejérvári (Hungary) (March 18), ANDREW TYSON (American) (May 12) and Canadian prodigy HARMONY ZHU (12Years Old) will make her first appearance in the Prodigies and Masters of Tomorrow ( May 12), in an afternoon recital. Our series will close with “The Magic of Opera and Piano Transcriptions Series,” in collaboration with the Manny Perez Vocal Studio (May 13).

Once again, the Festival’s lecturer-in-residence, Professor Frank Cooper, will provide trenchant commentary and historical context before each performance.

The 2017 Academy at NSU will continue our goal of supporting, nurturing, and providing opportunities for musical and creative development to advanced pianists interested in pursuing a performing career. We will create a rich environment that offers collaboration with great teachers and immersion in the wealth of piano literature.