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Reinhardt Piano Festival and Academy

June 4-8, 2018 at Reinhardt University in Waleska, GA

Learn from experienced instructors in state-of-the-art facilities at Reinhardt’s prestigious School of Performing Arts.

Housing available on the Reinhardt University campus.

Concerts by our world-class RPFA faculty members and guest artists

Applications will open in early 2018!

Festival Level

Open to intermediate- to advanced-level pianists of high school age

  • Lessons with Festival Faculty
  • Performance opportunities
  • Masterclass opportunities
  • Free attendance to all evening concerts
  • Daily classes on a variety of topics such as sight-reading, improvisation, etc.

Academy Level

Open to advanced-level pianists of high school age and undergraduate college age

  • Lessons with Academy faculty
  • Performance opportunities
  • Masterclass opportunities
  • Free attendance to all evening concerts
  • Daily classes on a variety of topics such as sight-reading, improvisation, etc.
  • Participation in piano duo competition, the winner of which will receive a performance opportunity with an Academy Faculty member

Reinhardt School of Performing Arts Faculty

 

Dr. Alexander Wasserman

Dr. Alexander Wasserman

Artist-in-Residence
Academy Faculty
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Dr. Alexander Wasserman is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Reinhardt Piano Festival and Academy and Assistant Professor of Music at Reinhardt University. His recent recital performances include the cities of Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, La Jolla, Los Angeles, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Minneapolis and Santa Barbara. His performances have been broadcast on television and classical radio stations. As a soloist with orchestra, Dr. Wasserman has performed concertos by Beethoven, Liszt, Grieg, Rachmaninov, and Tchaikovsky. Dr. Wasserman has also served as Professor of Piano at Youngstown State University (OH) and is a member of the music faculty and Artist-in-Residence at Reinhardt University. Dr. Wasserman received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Dr. Wasserman’s students have been winners of regional, national and international competitions, including MTNA Senior Division (1st prize), GMEA, GMTA (1st prize), Rising Stars, Nashville International Piano Competition (bronze medal), AMTA Romantic and Impressionistic competition (grand prize), GMTA (1st prize), Ruth Kern Concerto Competition, Rome Symphony Concerto Competition and many others.

 

Diliana Slavova

Diliana Slavova

Festival Faculty

Diliana Slavova studied in high school at the National School of Music (Varna) and received her Bachelor’s Degree of Music from the State Academy of Music “Pancho Vladigerov” in Sofia. She became an accompanist at the Municipal Concert Choir “Dobri Hristov” in her native town of Varna. In 2011 she finished her Master’s Degree in Music at Georgia State University where she was awarded a Teaching Assistantship. She has given numerous solo and chamber recitals in Bulgaria and Georgia. She is a recipient of the 2011 Winner in the Upper College Division of the Georgia Music Teachers Association State Auditions, the 2010 Stegner Scholarship Award and the 1997 Winner of the Academy Piano Competition in Sofia, Bulgaria. She now teaches at her private studio and is a collaborative pianist at Reinhardt.

 

Dr. Mason Conklin

Dr. Mason Conklin

Festival Faculty

Dr. N. Mason Conklin is an Assistant Professor of Music at Reinhardt University’s School of Performing Arts, where he teaches piano pedagogy, class piano, theory and music technology. He has received degrees in Piano Performance from Baylor University and a Ph.D. in Music Education with an emphasis in Piano Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma. He is active in the Cherokee Music Teachers Association, a local chapter of the Music Teachers National Association and is recognized by that organization as a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music. He has presented in local, state, and national conferences, is a member of the editorial committee for the American Music Teacher magazine and is a regularly sought out adjudicator and clinician. Dr. Conklin and his wife Jessica Conklin are co-owners of Conklin Studios and have provided innovative group classes for the young beginner, private instruction for the late elementary and advancing piano students, and recreational music making for active adults. He is an adherent of the music educational philosophy of Jean- Jacques Dalcroze and strongly advocates for complete musicianship including playing by ear, improvisation, theory and composition, technic, reading and performance. He believes that with passion, an entrepreneurial spirit and proper training, anyone can have an exciting and lucrative career in music.


 

2018 Featured Guest Artists

 

Zsolt Bognar

Zsolt Bognár’s sold-out 2012 Berlin debut at the Young Euro Classic Festival at the Konzerthaus in Gendarmenmarkt is described by The German Press as “intellectually shaped, powerful, and of crystalline precision.” His performances in America, Europe and Asia have been described by European critics as “overwhelmingly visceral… a phenomenal sound world realized through maximum palette.” Following debut performances in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Munich, Brussels, Vienna, and Tokyo, Bognár released a much-lauded first CD album of works by Schubert and Liszt in 2013. His musical collaborations and diverse projects, including a week of study with Martha Argerich supported by an International Festival Society Grant also feature international speaking engagements, publications, and residencies in performance series and universities.

 

Dr. Andrew Brownell

Dr. Andrew Brownell enjoys an active and varied international performing career. He won 2nd prize at the 2006 Leeds Competition, 2ndPrize es aequo at the 2002 International J.S. Bach Competition (Leipzig), and first prize at the 2005 J. N. Hummel Competition in Bratislava, since which he has achieved widespread recognition as “one of the foremost Hummel interpreters of our time” (Hudobný Život). In demand as a teacher, Dr. Brownell tutored at the University of Cambridge for five years and taught at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Antwerp. He often teaches as a guest at festivals and schools around the world, including the Lake District Summer Music Festival (Cumbria, England), the Asia International Piano Academy and Festival (Seoul), Eton College (Windsor, England) and the Xinghai Conservatory Junior School (Guangzhou). Dr. Brownell’s performances have been seen and heard on NPR, CBC, BBC radio and television, Classic FM (UK), ORF (Austria), and RBB KulturRadio. He has been soloist with orchestras such as the Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Slovak Philharmonic, and the Hermitage State Orchestra (Russia); and he has collaborated with such conductors as Sir Mark Elder, Owain Arwel Hughes CBE, André Bernard, and Murray Sidlin. An experienced organist and church musician, he was assistant organist at St. James’ Episcopal Church, Los Angeles from 2001-06 and was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists in 2010.

 

Dr. Michael Finlay

Dr. Michael Finlay is an accomplished pianist and teacher who has performed all over North America. His former students have gone on to such prestigious music schools as Indiana University, Peabody Conservatory and the University of Montréal. He has twice been listed as a Gold Medal Teacher by the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He specializes in injury prevention and piano technique, a subject on which he has given lectures all around the country. Dr. Finlay holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, a Master’s from the Peabody Institute and a Doctorate from the University of Montreal.

 

Albert Kim

American pianist Albert Kim has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, and China and maintains a busy schedule as a performer, teacher, and arranger. He is assistant professor of piano at the University of Central Missouri and pianist of the Tabletop Opera in Rochester, New York, which premiered his seven-piece chamber ensemble adaptation of Richard Strauss’s Salomé. His new performance version of Ravel’s La Valse and other transcriptions for solo piano will be published in 2019. He is regularly invited to work with students across the United States and China and has served on the summer faculty of the Castleman Quartet Program and the Dakota Sky Academy’s Young Artists Program. He has recorded or premiered works by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Hilary Tann, and Robert Bradshaw and collaborated on stage with Charles Castleman, Colin Jacobsen, Griffin Campbell, Ensemble Signal, and the Eastman Virtuosi. He holds a B.A. in music from Harvard University and D.M.A. and M.M. from the Eastman School of Music, where he completed his studies with Natalya Antonova. He received his formative training under the tutelage of Solomon Mikowsky at the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division.

 

Clara Yang

Dr. Clara Yang is described as a “A first-rate pianist who isn’t afraid of challenges.” Chinese- American pianist Clara Yang is currently Associate Professor of Piano at UNC-Chapel Hill. She has performed at major conservatories/universities throughout the United States and in London, Barcelona, Moscow, Beijing, Shanghai, Sydney, and Bergen. She has performed as a soloist with renowned conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Grant Llewellyn, Jeff Tyzik, and Carl St. Clair, as well as numerous concerts as a soloist with the North Carolina Symphony. Her solo album Folding Time (Albany Records, July 2015) won Global Music Awards Gold Medal. Her recordings have received highly positive reviews from major publications such as Fanfare, American Record Guide, New York Arts and Chicago Reader. In the current season, she will perform a world premiere of Chen Yi’s piano concerto with the China Philharmonic Orchestra in the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing and a U.S. premiere of the work in the Carolina Performing Arts series.

 


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