FACULTY RECITAL SERIES
CHING-YUN HU, piano
Piano Works by Chopin, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin & Gershwin
Returning to delight South Florida audiences, pianist Ching-Yun Hu presents a virtuosic program anchored by Sergei Rachmaninoff, including the demanding set of vignettes in his Études-Tableaux, Op. 39, and the Sonata No. 2, Op. 36. Hu balances the two works with a sprinkling of Mozart, including the Sonata, K. 331, famous for its beloved “Turkish March.” Declared a “first-class talent” and praised for her “poetic use of color and confidently expressive phrasing” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), Hu is recognized worldwide for her dazzling technique, deeply probing musicality, and communicative performance style.
Alessio Bax, piano
Piano Works by Mozart, Schubert, Scriabin & Ravel
The Dallas Morning News calls his playing “an out-of-body experience.” Italian pianist Alessio Bax joins the MMF Piano Institute as a visiting artist for the first time, bringing a program spanning the classical era to the 20th century. Mozart borrows a tune from his own Clarinet Quintet to build a set of Six Variations, which join Alexander Scriabin’s Sonata No. 3 and Ravel’s La Valse, a ground-breaking reflection on the classical waltz. Hailed as “one of the most remarkable young pianists before the public,” Bax maintains a busy performance schedule while also serving—along with his wife, the pianist Lucille Chung—as the Johnson-Prothro Artists-in-Residence at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts.
June 10 @ 7:30 PM
Steinway Piano Gallery, Coral Gables
4104 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Douglas Humphreys, piano
Piano Works by Haydn, Schubert, Mozart, & Liszt
Since winning the Gold Medal at the first Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in 1976, Douglas Humpherys has served on the faculty of some of the most important classical music institutions around the world. He is currently Chair of the Piano Department at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Also new to the MMF Piano Institute in 2017, Humpherys offers a diverse program mixing Haydn’s playfully capricious Fantasia with Mozart’s hauntingly expressive Adagio in B minor, K. 540, closing with the colossal Sonata in B minor by Franz Liszt.
Alexandre Moutouzkine, Piano & Chloe Kiffer, Violin
Works by Ravel and Stravinsky
Russian-American pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine returns to South Florida this summer in an exciting collaboration with French violinist Chloe Kiffer. Moutouzkine and Kiffer explore two composers, one French and one Russian, who would wield outsized influence over the future of classical music: Maurice Ravel and Igor Stravinsky. Their lives intersected in Paris of the early 20th century, where they heard each other’s music and partook in that city’s sizzling classical music scene. Moutouzkine and Kiffer intertwine Stravinsky’s sensational solo piano music with Ravel’s music for violin and piano, by turns vivacious and gently reflective.
Anton Nel, Piano
Piano Works by Debussy, Schumann, Kodaly and Beethoven
Claude Debussy’s enchanting Suite Bergamesque, with its immortal moonlit vignette Claire de lune, is the starting point for Anton Nel’s widely varied program, which also captures the essence of Debussy as filtered through the Hungarian lens of Zoltan Kodaly in his Meditation sur un motif de Claude Debussy. Nel offers Robert Schumann’s reflections on a Viennese carnival in Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26, and the journey ends with Beethoven’s valedictory Piano Sonata No. 21, the “Waldstein.” Anton Nel returns for his second season as part of the MMF Piano Institute faculty. He holds the Endowed Chair of Piano and Keyboard Studies at the Butler School of Music, University of Texas at Austin.
Student Piano Recitals
Young pianists from around the world showcase their talent and technical mastery in weekly performances of the classic soloist repertoire as a part of the MMF Piano Institute; repertoire to be announced..
The Betsy South Beach Chamber Series
Faculty Chamber Music Concert
We at the Miami Music Festival are very proud of the faculty and distinguished artists-in-residence who mentor our students each summer, but it is an especial privilege to offer our audiences the opportunity to hear them perform in our Faculty Chamber Concert series. The Betsy Hotel on South Beach hosts this program, which features faculty and visiting artists in collaboration; repertoire to be announced.