July 5, 2017
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An amazing article on Umbria Libera today about our brilliant baritone Giulio Boschetti

Giulio Boschetti, un baritono stellare Quell’infortunio al ginocchio fu fatale per l’aitante giocatore nato a Roma da famiglia perugina. Lo costrinse al letto, poi all’inattività, e questo decise della sua vita. Giulio Boschetti, uno dei baritoni più apprezzati nel panorama internazionale, iniziò così la sua carriera con una rinuncia. Immobile, nella sua casa di Pontevalleceppi, ricevette la visita di un caro amico, Vladimiro Vagnetti, che allora dirigeva il coro parrocchiale. Una chiacchiera, un frizzo, poi un invito: “perché non vieni a cantare bel coro, in fondo hai una voce bellissima”. Nacque così un percorso tra i più fortunati e i più coerenti di quanti siano toccati a un cantante umbro. Dopo qualche prova nel salone della parrocchia Giulio ci prese gusto e, una volta inscrittosi alla facoltà di Medicina, non perse l’occasione di entrare nel coro dell’Università. Un ambiente pieno di giovani, dove si poteva conoscere tanti coetanei e viaggiare in Europa in piacevole compagnia. Come ci ricordava sere fa Salvatore Silivestro, che del coro è stato fondatore ed è tuttora il “pater nobilis”, Boschetti si guadagnò l’attenzione di tutti e si prese una borsa di studio per poter continuare a studiare in santa pace il canto. Gettato all’ortiche il bisturi, Giulio cominciò a studiare professionalmente, dapprima con Maria Grazia Pittavini, poi, grazie a un corso della Ragione Emilia-Romagna con la grande Virginia Zeani. “Non si trattava di cantare, ricorda Giulio, ma soprattutto di studiare scientificamente il canto, ovvero l’emissione, il controllo del fiato, la calibratura della voce”. Insomma un apprendistato tecnico che venne arricchito dalle lezioni con Alain Brillard, una sorta di “ingegnere” della gola. Oltretutto Beppe de Tomasi, regista allora molto in auge, gli fornì molte indicazioni sul comportamento attoriale in scena. Dopo due anni Giulio era pronto per il debutto che avvenne nel 2001 a Busseto, nel […]
June 27, 2017
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Press Conference in Perugia!

Great press conference yesterday Open invitation to all music and piano lovers! Where else can you hear a professional orchestra in a historic hall and prodigy pianists for the price of a pizza and coke?
May 31, 2017

Jia Xie, Lili Yang, Mei Zhu and Mi Zhou join MFP Faculty!

Music Fest Perugia is happy and excited to announce important additions to the faculty this year! Jia Xie, Pianist based in Shanghai, China has given numerous concerts in China, Europe and USA. Since 2002, she is currently teaching at the Middle School affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music and is Deputy Head of the Piano Division. She graduated from Köln Conservatory of Music in Germany and Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Many of her students have won prestigious international competitions including the Chopin International Youth Piano Competition, the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition… Lili Yang is currently teaching at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. She graduated from Shanghai Conservatory of Music and got her Master degree from Royal Academy of Music in London where she studied with Pascal Nemirovski. She has giving numerous performances in Asia and Europe. Mei Zhu, pianist, has giving numerous performances in the US and Asia where her intelligent and passionate performances have received wide acclaim. She won the first prize in the Asia-Pacific Chamber Music Competition, Howard Lebow Music Award, Kent/Blossom Chamber Music Fellowship, Simms Piano Fellowship and many others. An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with great musicians across the world, presenting numerous concerts, including Carnegie Hall (Weill Hall) , Reinberger Hall of Severance,  Shanghai Concert Hall, etc. Ms Zhu received her Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the Stony Brook University (New-York).  Ms Zhu is now serving as Associate Professor and Deputy Head of the Piano Department of the Zhejiang Conservatory of Music. Mi Zhou has giving numerous performances in China and Europe. She is now serving as Associate Professor of the Piano Department of Shanghai Conservatory of Music. She graduated from Shanghai Conservatory of Music and got her Master degree from the Hochschule für Musik Köln in Germany. 
May 22, 2017
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Pascal Nemirovski artistic director of piano competition at Saint-Priest (near Lyon)

Pascal Nemirovski, the international pianist and professor, recently named International Chair of Piano at Birmingham Conservatoire Royal Academy of Music, Hon ARAM, is the artistic director of the piano competition at Saint-Priest (near Lyon) All the participants at the Festival are encouraged to sign up at the spectacular competition http://ipc.stpriest.fr/fr/home/ 
February 28, 2017
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Min Kwon and Pavlina Dokovska join MFP Faculty!

Music Fest Perugia is fortunate to welcome two leading pianist ladies from the East-Coast. Pavlina Dokovska the Chair of Piano at Mannes School of Music is joining our festival in the first session. Recognised pianist pedagogue with a strong national and international career she will bridge Perugia to New York in an important fashion.   Min Kwon is currently a Full Professor and Chair of Keyboard Studies at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and a prolific pianist locally, nationally and internationally. Travelled to 60 countries, and gave master classes in over twenty countries. She will bring to Music Fest Perugia an excellent group of pianists in the tradition created by Ilana Vered who was a visiting professor at the same institution. The staff and faculty are welcoming them!
January 10, 2017
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Gabriel Tacchino Joins MFP Faculty

Music Fest Perugia is happy and excited to announce that Gabriel Tacchino, one of the leading French pianist-pedagogues will join us this coming summer. Maestro Tacchino has explored the entire gamut of classical repertory but he is best remembered for being the chosen student of Francis Poulenc. Students interested in French repertoire will have an exceptional opportunity to work with one of its leading exponent.
October 18, 2016
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Legendary pianist Paul Badura Skoda will join Music Fest Perugia in August 2017

We are honored and excited to have with us the great performer of the Vienese School, who has appeared in historical performances with the leading conductors of our times, including Furtwangler (shown in photo), Karajan and Kubelik. Stay tuned for announcement of his master classes and concert at Music Fest Perugia!
August 9, 2016
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Thrilling performance by the great Russian violinist Alissa Margulis

What a breathtaking performance given yesterday (August 8th) by the wonderful violinist Alissa Margulis in Sala dei Notari! She was accompanied by our young prodigy student Maxim Lando. A big bravo to both of them !!
July 30, 2016

Fishwick Ensemble presents thrilling concerts in Perugia

On Sunday, July 31st 2016, will come to Teatro Pavone for a full day of concerts the Donna Fishwick’s students coming from Vancouver, Canada. They will perform three concerts, one of them with the Alicante Philharmonic Orchestra at 21:00. Donna Fishwick is a nationally recognized teacher from Vancouver, Canada, and was also the childhood teacher of our co-artistic director, Sasha Starcevich. She trains and presents a very unique Piano ensemble of students ranging in ages from 7 to 14.  These young artists, in addition to standard solo and concerto repertoire, perform wonderful arrangements of virtuoso pieces for 8 hands, 2 pianos, 2 pianos 4 hands, and for piano duet. The Donna Fishwick Piano Ensemble is an award-winning group of talented performers from Vancouver, Canada. These young artists have enjoyed international acclaim and have graced such stages as the Cairo Opera House, Egypt, Liechtenstein Palace in Prague, Steinway Hall in New York, Bosendorfer Recital Hall in Vienna, as well as performances in Disneyland and on board several cruise ships. Recently in 2014 and again in 2016, several of these young artists were 1st place winners for the Vancouver Audition in the Crescendo International Piano Competition and were featured at this competition’s Gala Concert in Carnegie Hall in New York City. Their wealth of repertoire includes transcriptions and original compositions for 2, 4, 6 and 8 hands for one or two pianos which make this young group truly a unique spectacle of classical music. Many of their performers have received silver and gold medals from the Royal Conservatory of Music for their excellence. Many members have also performed with major symphony-orchestras. 2016 marks the fourth tour of Europe for the Piano Ensemble. The Donna Fishwick Piano Ensemble is a unique musical experience and an opportunity to hear a very professional level of playing […]