This season we celebrate our 22nd anniversary, a milestone in an inspiring and ongoing journey to fulfill our original mission, the discovery of artists with distinct talent and individuality who can 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 2018 season climaxed with outstanding recitals and a reprise of an exciting performance that combined opera arias and virtuoso piano pieces and transcriptions based on operas. This enjoyable and popular concert will be staged again in 2019 featuring several great singers joined by virtuoso pianists FRANCESCO LIBETTA (Italy) and AMIR KATZ (Israel).

In July 2018 and thanks to our partnership with Nova Southern University (NSU) we were able to bring the Miami International Piano Festival Academy (Academy) to their beautiful campus. Our faculty, comprised of pianists discovered by the Festival, performed nine extraordinary concerts at NSU’s Adolfo and Marisela Cotilla Gallery in the Alvin Sherman Library and the special Grand Finale recital. For this final concert the most outstanding academy participants performed in the unique and congenial atmosphere of the Piano Academy. The 2019 Academy has expanded its program and is offering now, a Violin program in addition to the Piano Program. In 2019 we will feature the winners of the 2018 Academy Program, chamber music recitals and concerts by our stellar faculty. The creation of the Academy is the natural offspring of the Festival, and it is enabling us to broaden our mission to guide, teach and inspire the next generation of pianists.

As we celebrate our 22nd Anniversary, the Festival will continue its efforts to re-invigorate 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, and in addition to our TWO concert series presented at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, and the Colony Theatre, we will offer 6 additional concerts in the new series Key Biscayne Piano Concert Series in partnership with the Key Biscayne Foundation.

CLASSICAL SUNDAYS AT FIVE will present SIX performances at the beautiful Aventura Arts & Cultural Center in celebration of our 22nd Anniversary. The artists featured for these series are, Francesco Libetta (Italy), (November 18, 2018) Julien Libeer (January 20, 2019), David Kadouch,( February 17, 2019), JosudeSolaun(Spain), (March 24, 2019), Asiya Korepanova (Russia), (March 31, 2019) and Florian Noack , ( May 5, 2019).

KEY BISCAYNE PIANO CONCERT SERIES will present, Francesco Libetta (Italy), (November 16, 2018) Julien Libeer (January 18, 2019), David Kadouch, (February 15, 2019), JosudeSolaun(Spain), (March 22, 2019, Amir Katz (Israel) and Francesco Libetta in a Two Piano Recital, (April 12, 2019) and Florian Noack , ( May 3, 2019).

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 FOUR extraordinary concerts. On January 12, January 13 and April 14, 2019 the series will include the debuts of Three outstanding pianists, DMITRI ABLOGIN (Russia), ARIEL LANYI (Israel), 12-year-old prodigy CARLOTTA MAESTRINI (Italy) and OLIVER CAVE (Switzerland) and we will conclude this series with The Magic of Opera Arias & Piano Masterpieces in collaboration with the Manny Perez Vocal Studio (April 14).

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

MASTER SERIES at NSU – 2019 Academy at NSU will present a series of NINE concerts featuring its stellar faculty: Misha Dacic (Serbia), Josu De Solaun (Spain), Francesco Libetta (Italy), Ilya Itin (Russia), Amir Katz, (Israel), Nick Van Bloss (England), Jesus Reina (violin) and Michael Klotz (viola). Continuing with our goal of supporting, nurturing, and providing opportunities for musical and creative development to advanced pianists interested in pursuing a performing career the Piano Academy has created a rich environment that offers collaboration with great teachers and immersion in the wealth of piano literature.