Letter from Artistic Director

Dear Friend of PianoSummer:

This year, we continue to build upon last season’s successes—all students selected to participate in PianoSummer will receive free tuition and housing, and the winner of the Jacob Flier Piano Competition will play a debut recital at Carnegie Weil Recital Hall. Our visibility and stature have increased as PianoSummer has become a major, competitive, international program for the top tier of young pianists around the world.

This year we will also be celebrating the 20th year of the Jacob Flier Piano Competition, named in honor of my teacher and mentor. The competition consists of two rounds, and we invite you to attend both of these exciting events. Last year’s Flier Competition winner, Polina Kulikova, played her debut recital at Carnegie Hall in February, as well as a second recital here at SUNY New Paltz as part of the Music Concert Series. Ms. Kulikova, along with the 2017 second- and third-place Flier Competition winners Mackenzie Melemed and Hao Tian, will return to campus to perform in the July 27th Flier Competition Gala, the closing event of PianoSummer. In addition, we are delighted to announce that our very first Flier Competition winner (1998)—Daria Rabotkina—will return to offer a master class on July 24.

On July 21, world-renowned pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin will be our special guest artist, performing two monumental masterpieces—Schumann’s Fantasie Op. 17 and Schubert’s Sonata No. 21 D960.

Other guest artists include Awadagin Pratt (master class) and Paul Harvey Jr. (lecture). Pavlina Dokovska will join our PianoSummer faculty for the first week, and she will participate in the Faculty Gala along with Robert Hamilton, Paul Ostrovsky, Phillip Kawin, Alexander Korsantia, and me.

We are very grateful for your continued support of PianoSummer and look forward to seeing you in July!

Please note that due to renovations in the College Theatre Building this summer, McKenna Theatre will be unavailable. All PianoSummer events will be held in Studley Theatre, unless otherwise noted.

Vladimir Feltsman, Artistic Director
PianoSummer at New Paltz