September 2, 2017
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Brilliant prodigies make waves in piano world!

Two of our brilliant prodigies that grew up with MusicFest Perugia are making waves in the piano world! Nathan Lee, winner of the 2017 Young concert artist audition will appear in his debut recital at Carnegie Hall/Zankel on October 24th. Maxim Lando, a Lang Lang favorite who has played with him all over the world and garnered gold medals in Moscow and Berlin competitions will participate in the opening concert at Carnegie Hall along with Lang Lang, Chick Corea and the Philadelphia orchestra October 4th. MusicFest Perugia will be open for registration along with its new satellite in Diamante-Calabria from December 1st, 2017.
August 26, 2017
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New Satellite in Diamante!

Dear professors and friends.   We are opening a new satellite in Diamante, Calabria, July 14/21 2018. Diamante is a jewel historical town by the water that has an amphitheater of 1600 seats, an air-conditioned new school for practising and masterclasses and two or three halls for recitals. Massimo Silvestri, our outstanding tenor, is the artistic director. We will perform two operas, “Maria Sanz” by Giovanni Rossi, prima assoluta of the favourite student of Verdi and “Cosi fan tutte”, both in the amphitheater. We are contracting for the first opera leading singers and for the second opera we’ll have singing students which we will audition and who we’ll pay 400 euros. We will have our usual lessons/masterclass of piano and violin. The fee is 1200 euros and the students are lodged in a 3 star air-conditioned hotel by the sea with breakfast and a five minutes walk from the school. The professors are lodged in the 4 star luxury “Ferretti” hotel by the sea with its private beach, spa and swimming pool. Professors get a cachet of 1500 euros for the week, provided they bring at least five students. Please take a look at our wonderful facilities in Diamante and let us know asap if you want to join. It is possible to join us just for the Diamante (July 14th/21th) or for the Diamante and one of the sessions in Perugia of both sessions in Perugia (July 24th/August 5th and August7th/19th)
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!