The pianists are back
Special to The Union
If it’s June, it must be the time for talented young pianists from Europe and America to take Nevada County audiences by storm.
Indeed, nine pianists ranging in age from 12 to 24 are taking part in the 9th Annual Master Course in Interpretation presented by the Gold Country Piano Institute held at the Miners Foundry, 325 Spring St., Nevada City.
Keaton Hild, 13, of Grass Valley and a student of Joan Tumilty, also of Grass Valley, is participating for the first time as a full-time student. Hild, who previously took part as a part-time student under the tutelage of Adjunct Teacher Zofia Antes, said, “I am having lots of fun learning with the wonderful teachers and especially getting to know other pianists from other places.” He recommends the course, saying: “it’s great for all ages and for anyone who has fun playing music.” The other students hail from Roseville, Orange County, New Jersey and Poland.
This year, the faculty members are GCPI Artistic Director Pawel Skrzypek, Director of the Frederic Chopin State School of Music in Warsaw, Poland and new faculty member Graham Scott from Manchester, England, where he is the Director of Keyboard Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music. That post was previously held by Mark Ray, formerly on the GCPI faculty, who died two years ago.
Lessons take place daily from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m., and the public is invited to audit lessons free of charge. No lessons take place this Saturday and Sunday.
The Gala Concert will be performed by Marta Kucbora, 24, from Bialystok, Poland, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 22, featuring works by J.S. Bach, Chopin, Liszt-Wagner and Prokofiev.
At the end of the course, all nine pianists will take the stage in the Grand Finale on Thursday, June 26 at 7 p.m.
Admission for both concerts is a suggested donation of $10. Call 265-8648 or 432-3451 for information.
Andrea Fox, a Nevada City resident, teaches piano and voice, and co-founded GCPI with Allan Haley and Pawel Skrzypek in 1999.
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