Artistic Advisor and Artist in Residence
June 26–July 17
Winner of the Gold Medal at the 1999 Horowitz International Piano Competition, First Prize at the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, and the coveted Gold Medal at the renowned Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition, Alexander Gavrylyuk is in demand by orchestras and conductors for his noble and compelling interpretations and has appeared with, among others, the Philharmonic Orchestras of New York, Los Angeles, Warsaw, Moscow, Israel and Rotterdam. In 2009 he made an acclaimed recording of the complete Prokofiev Concerti with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Sydney Symphony. In addition to the Prokofiev cycle, he has made several recordings including recital discs of works by Rachmaninov, Schumann, Scriabin, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev for Piano Classics. His most recent recording, a recital disc featuring Brahms Paganini Variations and works by Liszt has been widely praised. “Alexander Gavrylyuk is one of the greatest discoveries of the past decade. Every time he enchants the public with his incredible virtuosity and thought-provoking playing” – De Telegraaf, 2015.
June 26–July 30
Steinway Artist John Milbauer has performed recently in Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, and Japan as well as throughout the United States. French press called him "a pianist of the first magnitude" while American Record Guide wrote, "Milbauer performs with astounding delicacy and conveys unspeakable wonder through an intimate touch and astonishing versatility." He studied at Harvard, Eastman, Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, and, as recipient of a Fulbright grant, the Liszt Academy in Budapest; his primary teachers include Jerome Lowenthal, Ferenc Rados, Rebecca Penneys, and György Sebök. Milbauer leads a distinguished class at the University of Arizona where he is coordinator of the piano faculty.
June 26–July 30
Nicola Melville has been described as “a marvelous pianist who plays with splashy color but also exquisite tone and nuance” (American Record Guide). Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural projects include performances at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center; recent collaborations involve members of the Kronos and JACK quartets, pipa virtuoso Gao Hong, and veena master, Nirmala Rajasekar. Nicola won the New Zealand National Concerto Competition, and the prize for Outstanding Graduate Pianist and the Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School. She has recorded for the Innova and Equilibrium labels. Nicola is pianist for the new music ensemble, Zeitgeist, and is Professor of Music at top-ranked Carleton College, Minnesota, where she is chair of the Music Department and head of piano and chamber music.
Artist in Residence
Since his dramatic 1997 Van Cliburn Gold Medal triumph, Jon Nakamatsu's brilliant but unassuming musicianship and eclectic repertoire have made him a clear favorite throughout the world both on the concert circuit and in the recording studio. He has performed widely in North America, Europe, and the Far East and has collaborated with such conductors as James Conlon, Philippe Entremont, Marek Janowski, Raymond Leppard, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Michael Tilson Thomas and Osmo Vänskä. His extensive recital tours throughout the United States and Europe have featured appearances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and in cities such as Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Paris, London, and Milan.
June 27–July 1
Consistently acclaimed for his exquisite tonal beauty and superb artistry, Boris Slutsky emerged on the international music scene when he captured the First Prize at the 1981 William Kapell International (University of Maryland) Piano Competition. His other accomplishments include first prizes at the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition and San Antonio International Keyboard Competition, and major prizes at the International Bach Competition in Memory of Glenn Gould, Busoni, Rina Sala Gallo, and Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competitions. Mr. Slutsky has presented master classes throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, and has served as a jury member for many international piano competitions. Mr. Slutsky is on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory, where he currently serves as chair of the Piano Department.
July 6–July 9
A winner of the Cleveland, Hamamatsu, and Scottish international competitions, Sergei Babayan is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory and has studied with Georgy Sarajev, Vera Gornostayeva, Lev Naumov, and Mikhail Pletnev. His deep interest and love for the music of Bach led him to study with Helmuth Rilling; he has also studied conducting. Babayan’s concerto repertoire includes 54 concertos, and he has made recordings for EMC, Connoisseur Society, Pro Piano, and Mariinsky labels. As a soloist, he has performed with many of the world’s major orchestras, conductors, and festivals. Babayan’s chamber music partners have included Martha Argerich, Daniil Trifonov, Ivry Gitlis, and the Borodin Quartet. Babayan is on the faculties of the Juilliard School and the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Malcolm Bilson has been in the forefront of the period-instrument movement for over thirty years. In addition to an extensive career as a soloist and chamber player, Bilson has toured with the English Baroque Soloists with John Eliot Gardiner, the Academy of Ancient Music with Christopher Hogwood, the Philharmonia Baroque under Nicholas McGegan, Tafelmusik of Toronto, Concerto Köln and other early and modern instrument orchestras around the world. Mr. Bilson has recorded the complete Mozart piano concertos with John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists, the piano-violin Sonatas with Sergiu Luca, and the solo piano sonatas; he has also recorded the complete Sonatas of Schubert. Mr. Bilson is on the faculty of Cornell University.
One of the most sought-after soloists in his generation of young American musicians, Orion Weiss has performed with major American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic. Weiss’s impressive list of awards includes the Gilmore Young Artist Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Gina Bachauer Scholarship at the Juilliard School and the Mieczyslaw Munz Scholarship. A native of Lyndhurst, OH, Weiss attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Paul Schenly, Daniel Shapiro, Sergei Babayan, Kathryn Brown, and Edith Reed. In 2004, he graduated from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Emanuel Ax.
Read Gainsford has performed widely in the USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa as solo recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. He has made successful solo debuts at the Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and has performed in many other venues, including the John F. Kennedy Center, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Barbican Centre, and St-Martin-in-the-Fields. He has recorded for the Amoris label, BBC Radio Three, Radio New Zealand’s Concert Programme, and has broadcast on national television in New Zealand, the UK and Yugoslavia. He has appeared at the Gilmore Keyboard Festival and the Music Festival of the Hamptons, and is a member of the contemporary music group Ensemble X and the Garth Newel Chamber Players. Gainsford joined the piano faculty at Florida State University in 2005.
Natalya Antonova made her debut with the Leningrad Philharmonic at the age of 16. She has concertized in Russia, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Ukraine, Armenia, Byelorussia and other countries like Germany, France, Bulgaria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, South Korea, Thailand, and Singapore. She became the youngest professor ever appointed to the piano faculty at the Leningrad Conservatory, and later became Professor of Piano in the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow (former Gnessin Institute of Music). Antonova has given hundreds of master classes and lectures throughout the world and is in demand as juror for major competitions, as well. She is currently a tenured professor at the Eastman School of Music, USA.