2020 – 2021 Season
WE CELEBRATE OUR 24th ANNIVERSARY
This season the Miami International Piano Festival celebrates its 24th anniversary, a milestone in an inspiring and ongoing journey to discover and support exceptional talented pianists. We take pride as we witness their careers blossoming while audiences and music critics acclaim their virtuosity.
The 2019–2020 season ended abruptly in February due to Covid-19. This was a difficult decision but one entirely motivated by our concern to the health and the well being of our audience, artists, students, and all those who, in one way or another, contribute to the success of the Miami International Piano Festival.
NEW THIS SEASON: A Virtual Platform to Continue Our Mission
This pandemic will not silence our mission. In response to this crisis and as we continue in our determination to honor our commitment to give a voice to our wonderful artists and mentors of future generations, we are happy to announce an exciting new venture, as the Miami International Piano Festival enters cyberspace with a state-of-the-art Virtual Platform that embraces every aspect of our twenty-four year trajectory.
What is the Virtual Platform?
It is a stage for teaching and performing. It is a podium for lectures and discussions. It is a showcase to exhibit skill, talent, and creativity. It is a canvas where our artists have the freedom to design the fruits of their imagination, in the shape, color or form most fitting to their individual artistic needs. It is a pageant of, and for, music lovers. It is a rostrum that suggests a light in the darkness, a measure of joy in the gloom of the day, the dawn of better days ahead.
This Virtual Platform embodies the principles and policies of Patrons of Exceptional Artists: It makes possible to continue with the activities of the Miami International Piano Festival and Academy (MIPFA); it allows our marvelous artists to continue sharing their artistry with our audiences; it empowers emerging pianists with the tools to explore their own imagination and help them find and develop their own musical personality.
This Virtual Platform has been developed with the most advanced level of technology. We will be able to livestream recitals of many of the wonderful artists taking part and offer valuable content, private instruction, master classes, thought-provoking conversations, lectures and many other presentations, not just for our audience in Florida, but for every corner of the world, thus expanding our vision and our mission.
The Miami International Piano Festival has an extensive library of historic debuts, memorable performances, brilliant lectures, and other musical demonstrations. This impressive collection of high-quality audio and video files, accumulated through the many years of our existence, will be available in the Virtual Platform.
The state-of-the-art technology of this video-conference system has been crafted exclusively for our organization. Its enhanced audio transmission will make listening to virtual concerts, online lessons, and live discussions, a high-quality musical experience. This magnificent project will place our Festival and Academy in a unique and important place in the classical music area, creating awareness and inspiration for many artists all over the world.
We invite you to visit our state-of-the-art Virtual Platform at
www.miamipianofestacademy.com, and enjoy the diversity of musical projects created exclusively for the Miami International Piano Festival Academy platform.
We hope to resume our live performances by the Spring of 2021.
This season we celebrate our 23rd anniversary, a milestone in an inspiring and ongoing journey. 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.
Starting this season, we are delighted to announce that the debuts of pianists performing in the “Discovery Series” (the crown jewel of the Festival) will take place in the inspiring and intimate setting of the Wolfsonian Museum. The Wolfsonian, located in the heart of the Art Deco District of Miami Beach, Florida, is a museum, library, and research center that uses its collection to illustrate the persuasive power of art and design. However, the last concert of the “Discovery Series,” The Magic of Opera Arias and Piano Masterpieces, will continue to take place at the Colony Theater in the South Beach art deco district.
Our 2019 season offered an unprecedent number of piano recitals to the Miami and Broward counties, a total of 27 performances, surpassing the number of performances of any other musical organization in the United States. In addition, we offered an exciting performance that combines opera arias and virtuoso piano pieces and transcriptions based on operas. This enjoyable and popular concert will be staged again in 2020 featuring several great singers from the vocal studio of Manny Perez and pianists MICAH MCLAURIN (USA), KEMAL GEKIC (Croatia) and JOSU DE SOLAUN (Spain).
Last season we expanded our outreach to Key Biscayne through a partnership with the Key Biscayne Piano Festival, under the artistic direction of Amarylli Fridegotto, a dynamic and passionate pianist and pedagogue who shares our artistic vision. This important collaboration was extremely successful and has proven to be crucial in expanding the scope of our audience and exposure of our pianists.
This season we are proud to present recitals in four wonderful venues:
Six performances as part of the “Classical Sundays at Five” program at the beautiful Aventura Arts and Cultural Center, featuring: PIETRO DE MARIA (Italy), soprano EGLISE GUTIERREZ (Cuba), and pianists MICAH MCLAURIN (USA), JORGE LUIS PRATS (Cuba), MISHA DACIC (Serbia), ILYA ITIN (Russia), and KEMAL GEKIC (Croatia).
Six performances at the Key Biscayne Piano Festival in the Crossbridge Church, featuring pianists: PIETRO DE MARIA (Italy), soprano EGLISE GUTIERREZ (Cuba), and pianists MICAH MCLAURIN (USA), JORGE LUIS PRATS (Cuba), MISHA DACIC (Serbia), ILYA ITIN (Russia), and KEMAL GEKIC (Croatia).
The “Discovery Series” will present five performances and include the debuts of three great pianists and two brilliant prodigies. The series will present the debuts of Hungarian pianist DANIEL LEBHARDT on February 23, Russian pianist NICOLAS NAMORADZE on April 18, and Israeli pianist TOM BORROW on April 19 at the Wolfsonian Museum. On May 31 we will present the program “Prodigies and Masters of Tomorrow” featuring JACOB VELAZQUEZ and jazz prodigy, FRAZAR HENRY (14-year old composer-pianist) and BRANDON GOLDBERG as well as “The Magic of Opera Arias and Piano Masterpieces” at the Colony Theater in the South Beach art deco district.
The “Master Series” at Nova Southeastern University (2020 Piano Academy Program) will present NINE performances at the Adolfo and Marisela Cotilla Gallery (Alvin Sherman Library) featuring the Miami International Piano Academy stellar faculty: MISHA DACIC (Serbia), JOSU DE SOLAUN (Spain), FRANCESCO LIBETTA (Italy), ILYA ITIN (Russia), FLORIAN NOACK (Belgium), ZLATA CHOCHIEVA (Russia), KEMAL GEKIC (Croatia), and violinists IGOR and VESNA GRUPPMAN.