The Golandsky Institute has announced the performers for its 2011 International Piano Festival, to be held at Princeton University for its eighth consecutive summer, July 9th – 17th. The Festival will feature six recitals by acclaimed professionals from the classical and jazz piano music worlds. The Festival celebrates the bicentennial of the birth of Franz Liszt with performances of his music and lectures by scholars, Scott Burnham of Princeton and Elena Sorokina of the Moscow Conservatory.
On Sunday, July 10th at 8:00 p.m., From Moscow, pianist Pavel Nersessian, widely acknowledged to be one of the most remarkable Russian pianists of his generation, will perform for the opening night of the festival. Program includes Chopin Waltzes, Mauzurkas, 4th Ballade, Tchaikovsky: The Seasons, Op. 37, and Liszt: 12th Hungarian Rhapsody. Performance will be held at Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall, Princeton University.
Monday, July 11th at 8:00 p.m., Richardson Chamber players, Anna Lim, violin and Tom Kraines, cello, join pianist Ilya Itin, in an evening of Piano Trios and more! Program includes Schubert’s famed B Flat Trio. The concert will take place at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street.
On Tuesday, July 12th at 8:00 p.m., also at the Nassau Presbyterian Church, Bach expert and distinguished artist Father Sean Duggan presents a recital entitled “Spirituality at the Keyboard.” This program includes religious music of Franz Liszt, Bach and Messiaen.
Thursday, July 14th, 8:00 p.m. at Taplin Auditorium, Logan Skelton performs the piano transcription of Bartok’s famous “Concerto for Orchestra,” his specialty, along with Franz Liszt’s epic Piano Sonata.
Friday, July 15th, 8:00 p.m., Jazz superstar Bill Charlap, performs a solo concert at Taplin Auditorium and gives a public masterclass in the afternoon at 4:30 p.m. in McCormick Hall, Princeton University.
Internationally acclaimed, Leeds Gold Medalist, Ilya Itin returns to Princeton with the finale to the Festival on Saturday, July 16th at Taplin Auditorium, 8:00 p.m. His program will include Beethoven’s great final Sonata, Opus 111, music of Bach and Pulitzer Prize winning composer Yehudi Wyner.
Admission for the concerts is $30. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at the Golandsky Institute’s website, www.golandskyinstitute.org.