Guest Faculty & Artists

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Pavlina Dokovska

A First Prize winner of the Claude Debussy International Piano Competition in France and Italy’s International Piano Competition of Senigalia, Bulgarian pianist, Pavlina Dokovska has toured Europe, USA, Mexico, Cuba, China, Taiwan, and Japan.

An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated in recitals with basso Nicolai Ghiaurov, sopranos Stefka Evstatieva, Krassimira Stoyanova, violinist Robert McDuffy, and cellist Nathaniel Rosen.

As a recording artist, she can be heard on GegaNew, RCA, Koch International, Naxos, Arcadia, Elan, Labor Records. Ms. Dokovska’s affinity for French music is evident in many of her recordings, including a CD dedicated to Les Six (Koch Schwann), which was listed as a New York Times “Critic's Choice.”

Pavlina Dokovska studied in Bulgaria with Lydia Kuteva, received her BM  degree from the National Academy of Music, working with Julia and Konstantin Ganev (students of the legendary Heinrich Neuhaus). As a recipient of the French Government scholarship, she studied with Yvonne Lefébure in Paris and later obtained her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School, as a Fulbright Scholar and a student of Beveridge Webster.

 Pavlina Dokovska is the Chair of the Piano Department at Mannes College The New School for Music, Founder and Artistic Director of Mannes Festivals and Southwest Virginia Festival for the Arts. She is a frequent adjudicator at various competitions and festivals. Read more...

 

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Awadajian Pratt

Among his generation of concert artists, pianist Awadagin Pratt is acclaimed for his musical insight and intensely involving performances in recital and with symphony orchestras. Read more...

Master Class
Thursday, July 12
McKenna Theatre
3:00 p.m.

 

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Paul Harvey Jr.

Award-winning journalist, author, pianist, composer, playwright, and broadcaster Paul Harvey Jr. is creator, producer, and writer of the longest-running series in radio history The Rest of the Story®. Both he and his father, veteran broadcaster Paul Harvey Sr., shared the microphone reaching tens of millions of listeners worldwide. The series also appeared on television for decades.

Paul Harvey Jr. received two degrees in piano performance from Chicago Musical College, having studied with the College's founder, pianist, composer, and conductor Rudolph Ganz and his assistant Mollie Margolies. His musical credits include a successful twelve-year concert career and numerous original compositions, among them an opera and the formidable half-hour-long Sonata in B-Flat Minor. Two other original compositions appear on his two-CD album Brought to Light

As a broadcaster, in addition to co-voicing The Rest of the Story®, Paul Harvey Jr. created, produced, and starred in entertainment and news specials for the ABC Radio Networks, as well as a series entitled That's News. In theater, his stageplay Burton and his multi-media monodrama Picture Rachmaninoff have been produced several times. In addition to The Rest of the Story® series of books, Paul Harvey Jr. has authored an enigmatic tale entitled E and A Child Is Reborn, a memoir of his early years.

Honors include his induction into The Radio Hall of Fame, two Edward R. Murrow Awards for writing, and a Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Radio Broadcasting presented by the New York Festivals, the only international award in the field of radio.

Stagecraft: A Workshop
Friday, July 20
McKenna Theatre
3:00 p.m.

 

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Marc André Hamelin

Pianist Marc-André Hamelin is ranked among the elect of world pianists for his unrivalled blend of musicianship and virtuosity in the great works of the established repertoire, as well as for his intrepid exploration of the rarities of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries – in concert and on disc. Read more...

Guest Artist Recital
Saturday, July 21
McKenna Theatre
7:00 p.m.

 

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Daria Rabotkina

A native of Kazan, Russia, and the daughter of two pianists, Daria Rabotkina is lauded as “…a pianist full of fire and warmth” (The Plain-Dealer). A former student of Vladimir Feltsman and Natalya Antonova, and an alumnus of PianoSummer of 1998, she holds degrees from Mannes College of Music and Eastman School of Music. Since 2016, Dr. Rabotkina holds the position of an Assistant Professor of Piano at Texas State University and stands as an Associate Director of the Texas State International Piano Festival.  Her performing career include collaborations with the San Francisco Symphony, New World Symphony and Kirov Orchestra, and recitals at the Ravinia’s Rising Stars series, Kennedy Center, Weill Recital Hall, among others. Winner of the 2007 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Rabotkina’s latest CD is scheduled to be released in 2018, featuring Humoreskes by Dvořák, Reger, Rachmaninov and Schumann. Read more...

Master Class
Tuesday, July 24
McKenna Theatre
3:00 p.m.