International superstars in recital, including grand prize winners of the Van Cliburn, Tchaikovsky, Cleveland, Chopin and Naumburg competitions.

All events, unless otherwise noted, take place at Werner Recital Hall at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

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May 30, 2017

Tuesday, May 30 | 7:00 pm

Hailed for his emotional intensity, bold energy and remarkable levels of color, Sergei Babayan brings a deep understanding and insight to a stylistically diverse repertoire, which includes a performance history of 54 concertos. Le Figaro has praised his “unequaled touch, perfectly harmonious phrasing and breathtaking virtuosity.”

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June 2, 2017

Friday, June 2 | 7:00 pm

Proclaimed “a phenomenon” by the Los Angeles Times and “one of the best pianists of his generation” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Stewart Goodyear is an accomplished young pianist as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist and composer.

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June 3, 2017

Saturday, June 3 | 7:00 pm

Russian-American pianist Olga Kern is now recognized as one of her generation’s great pianists. She jumpstarted her U.S. career with her historic Gold Medal win at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas as the first woman to do so in more than thirty years.

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June 4, 2017

Sunday, June 4 | 4:00 pm

Barry Douglas has established a major international career since winning the Gold Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, Moscow. As Artistic Director of Camerata Ireland and the Clandeboye Festival, he continues to celebrate his Irish heritage while also maintaining a busy international touring schedule.

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June 7, 2017

Wednesday, June 7 | 7:00 pm

The year 1990 was a milestone for pianist Kevin Kenner, whose artistry was recognized throughout the world by three prestigious awards: the top prize at the International Chopin Competition, the recipient of the International Terrence Judd Award in London, and the bronze medal at the Tchaikovsky International Competition.

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June 8, 2017

Thursday, June 8 | 7:00 pm

Robert Weirich is one of America’s most sought-after piano teachers and has been on the faculty of the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance since 1998 where he holds the Jack Strandberg Missouri Endowed Chair in Piano. His students pursue successful careers in many fields of music and have won top prizes in such important international piano competitions as the 1992 Naumburg (Awadagin Pratt) and the 2001 Van Cliburn (Stanislav Ioudenitch).

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June 9, 2017

Friday, June 9 | 7:00 pm

Dan Tepfer has made a name for himself as a pianist-composer of wide-ranging ambition, individuality and drive — “a remarkable musician” in the words of the Washington Post and one “who refuses to set himself limits” in those of France’s Télérama. The New York City-based Tepfer has performed with some of the leading lights in jazz, including extensively with veteran saxophone luminary Lee Konitz

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June 11, 2017

Sunday, June 11 | 4:00 pm

Born in Pittsburgh, Awadagin Pratt began studying piano at the age of six. Three years later, having moved to Normal, Illinois with his family, he also began studying violin. At the age of 16 he entered the University of Illinois where he studied piano, violin, and conducting. He subsequently enrolled at the Peabody Conservatory of Music where he became the first student in the school’s history to receive diplomas in three performance areas – piano, violin and conducting. (read more)

Dennis Thurmond is a master of free improvisation both in the classical and jazz realms. His signature performances and lectures feature his creation of improvised works in historic styles ranging from Czerny to present day. A classical and jazz pianist, as well as a keyboard synthesist, he is the author of Tai Chi of Improvisation, and co-author of Improvisation: A Systematic Approach for the Classical Pianist.

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June 15, 2017

Thursday, June 15 | 7:00 pm

Accomplished pianist and teacher Yong Hi Moon made her solo debut with the Seoul Philharmonic at age 10 as winner of the National Korean Broadcasting Competition. Ms. Moon has won top prizes in the Elena-Rombro Stepanow Competition in Vienna, the Viotti International Competition in Vercelli, Italy, the Vienna da Motta Competition in Lisbon, Portugal, and received the Chopin Prize from the Geneva International Competition in Switzerland.

After a successful early career as a pianist in Korea, Dai Uk Lee moved to the USA to study at the Juilliard School and later, at Peabody Conservatory of Music where he also studied conducting. After winning several competitions in the USA and Europe, he has performed widely throughout the United States and Far East. As a conductor, he made his Carnegie in 1980 followed by his Lincoln Center debut in 1981.

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June 16, 2017

Friday, June 16 | 7:00 pm

Pianist and conductor Vladimir Feltsman is one of the most versatile and constantly interesting musicians of our time. His vast repertoire encompasses music from the Baroque to 21st-century composers. He has appeared with all the major American orchestras and on the most prestigious musical stages and festivals worldwide.

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Student Recitals

Wednesday, May 31, 7:00 pm

Monday, June 5, 7:00 pm

Saturday, June 10, 2:00 pm

Tuesday, June 13, 7:00 pm

Saturday, June 17, 5:00 pm

Student recitals are FREE.


Did you know you can attend the masterclasses (over 80 hours of them!) during the festival?

Here are the details:

Pass for May 30 – June 3: $25

Pass for June 4 – 10: $35

Pass for June 11 – 17: $35

Masterclass pass for entire festival: $80

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