Grace Chen, pianist, age 10, student of Jennifer Chen, was recently awarded second place in the age 12 and under category at the American Protege International Concerto competition 2016. She competed with instrumentalists from all around the world. Grace performed at the winners' concert on July 2, 2016 at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
On Sunday May 29th Alicia and Dennis Chu, residents of Newark, were two of forty other young pianists from around the country to play the stage at Carnegie Hall as
part of a 36th anniversary concert of the Piano Teachers’ Society of America. The two were chosen from a large number of applicants after auditioning for a panel of judges. Alicia, age 9, a fourth grader at North Star Elementary School, performed Debussy’s First Arabesque. Dennis, age 13, who attendsH.B. du Pont Middle School, played Dance of the Water Grass, a Chinese classical piece made famous in the West by Lang Lang. The two study piano with Mitzi DeWhitt of Hockessin.
Six students from the piano class of Loretta Jankowski were winners in “The Piano Teachers Society of America” and performed in the Winners Recital on May 29th 2016 at Carnegie Recital Hall. In the photo above from left to right are Dylan Ortega, 10, of Bear; Pranav Padmanabhan, 12, of Pike Creek; Trysha Ortega, 15, of Bear; Matthew Ebron, 13, of New Castle; Grace Li, 13, of Bear; and Zachary Villamor, 12, of Bear. “The Piano Teachers Society of America” is a highly respected and competitive organization which originated in New Jersey and is now active in the East Coast. For more information about this fine organization, please contact Loretta Jankowski, who is the Chairperson for the Delaware, Maryland, and east Pennsylvania area at LorettaJankowski@gmail.com.
Claire Caverly, student of Mary Ellen Schauber, won the 2015 MTNA National Division of Voice. Congratulations from all of us at DSMTA!
Kirill Gliadkovsky will lecture and give master classes October 31, 2016 at the University of Delaware for DSMTA members and guests. Registration page here.
Mr. Gliadkovsky's performances have been met with great enthusiasm by both audiences and music critics in Europe, Russia and North America. Josef Woodard, a critic at the Los Angeles Times, wrote: "...the intensity and a nicely honed musicality left the audience stunned...enthralling...all in all, a gripping and masterful performance". Dany Margolies at The Malibu Times describes his playing: "wondrous range...impassioned depth...enormous physical and emotional power...a complete artist". “Fine dramatic sense…appealing range of emotional effects and pianistic devices…wonderful” writes Fort Worth Star-Telegram; “The most impressive…memorable… deep musician… fine interpretation” - Izvestia (Moscow, Russia)
Since making his first public appearance at the age of 6, Mr. Gliadkovsky has toured extensively on three continents performing piano and organ recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in various cities in Russia, including Moscow's prestigious Bolshoi, Maliy and Rachmaninoff Halls, St.-Petersburg Philharmonic's Glinka Hall, as well as in Italy, U.K., Poland, Mongolia, Canada, Japan and throughout the United States. The venues included Purcell Hall in London, Merkin Hall in New York, Jack Singer Hall in Calgary, Royce Hall in Los Angeles, Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, CA, Centers for the Arts in Scottsdale and Chandler AZ, National Gallery of Art and Catholic University in Washington, DC, 1st Congregational Church in Los Angeles, Philharmonic Hall in Poznan, Poland, and many others. He has performed at various music festivals, such as Aspen, Ventura, Music in the Mountains, Redlands Bowl festivals in the USA and Credomatic Festival in Costa Rica, and worked with well-known conductors Pierre Boulez, Mehli Mehta, Gordon Johnson, John Farrer, Mischa Semanitzky, Patrick Flynn, among others.
Mr. Gliadkovsky's popularity is also fast growing being a featured artist in numerous live TV and radio broadcasts and programs on such networks as NPR, CBS, PBS, CBC, WQXR, KBYU, KPAC, Russian State TV and Radio and others. He has recorded six CDs for Alexei Records and for CMK Classics labels.
Kirill Gliadkovsky was born in Moscow and has studied music since the age of 5. Mr. Gliadkovsky attended the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow where his teachers included renowned musicians Lev Vlasenko, Mikhail Pletniev (piano) and Leonid Royzman (organ). Mr. Gliadkovsky also earned both his Master’s and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at the University of Southern California with Professors Daniel Pollack (piano), Cherry Rhodes (organ), and William Schaefer (conducting). He also coached with Ann Schein, Herbert Stessin, Stephen Kovacevich and Lev Naumov. Kirill Gliadkovsky took numerous prizes at international piano competitions in Europe and the United States.
Mr. Gliadkovsky is an orchestra and choral conductor. He performs on harpsichord, as well. He is a part of 4Gs family piano team with his wife - a concert pianist Anna Gliadkovskaya - and their daughters Anastasia and Sophia. He also served as the music director and organist at Westwood Hills Christian Church in Los Angeles for 10 years.
Mr. Gliadkovsky combines his busy concert schedule with teaching at Saddleback College as the Director of Keyboard Studies. Prior to coming to Saddleback, he has been on the piano faculty at USC and Santa Monica College and served as the head of piano area at SUU (Southern Utah University) in Cedar City, UT. Mr. Gliadkovsky has been in demand as a masterclass artist-teacher and piano adjudicator in piano competitions in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Dallas, Columbus, Washington, D.C. and many other cities. His students have won prizes at various piano contests and have been accepted at schools such as USC, UCLA, Manhattan School of Music, Northwestern University, Peabody and San Francisco Conservatories, UC Berkeley, UCSB, UNT, BYU, USU and others, often with fellowship and scholarship awards.
Balakirev Islamey http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-ZEPxn3_Sg
Chopin Fantasy Op. 49 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0h-h3ITkTAw and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bzon-BOmk5w
Schumann Symphonic Etudes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tioUlChppQY and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnEcyVbq9OY
Rachmaninoff Piano concerto No. 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5lawtmsPG8 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDm6NGzi32s
Gershwin I Got Rhythm
Gottschalk Souvenirs d’Andalousie
Jean Guillou Scenes d’enfant
part 1 http://youtu.be/JR3Ra_P-GG8
part 2 http://youtu.be/lheg2hM0BwQ
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