There are about 90 pianos on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution, and there is one man who tunes all of them throughout the season. From music lessons, recitals and rehearsals to evening concerts, Robert Bussell, a 53-year-old piano technician of 33 years, works intensively and practically unnoticed throughout the summer. He shares his story of being the unknown artist.
Piano recitals at Chautauqua generally take place in intimate venues with just a few dozen or couple hundred in the audience, but tonight, Alexander Gavrylyuk performs from the biggest stage the Institution offers in front of a few thousand adoring fans.
When she started playing the piano at age 3, Helga Hulse’s tiny hands provided a challenge. Ninety years later, sometimes they still do.
World-renowned pianist Gary Graffman has been a major force in the music world since his debut at the age of 18 with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
At 10:30 a.m. today in the Sherwood-Marsh Studios, students of the Piano Program will play against one another in the piano competition preliminaries.
Today at 2 p.m. in the Sherwood-Marsh Studios, world-renowned pianist and Van Cliburn Piano Competition Gold Medalist Jon Nakamatsu will be giving a guest master piano class.
Get ready to rumble with world-renowned pianist Frederic Chiu as he transforms Fletcher Music Hall into an epic classical piano showdown venue. At 4 p.m. today, back in Chautauqua for a second time performing his popular Classical Smackdown, Chiu will play the works of two composers, forcing them to face off in a battle where audiences will ultimately decide the winner.
Chautauquans were first introduced to Malcolm Bilson in the summer of 1965. In the same year, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act, which demolished a framework once built on the soils of hate and finally give the power of choice to so many who had been denied. The Rolling Stones’ “I Can’t Get No (Satisfaction)” and Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You Babe” ruled the airwaves, and a copy of The Chautauquan Daily cost 10 cents.
This year, 208 students at Chautauqua Institution have received 248 generous scholarship gifts from Chautauquans who are committed to seeing artists of diverse backgrounds thrive on the grounds. In total, the scholarships awarded by the Chautauqua Foundation provide $352,381 to students who would not otherwise be able to pursue an artistic education at the Institution.
Alexander Gavrylyuk is coming to Chautauqua Institution during a week of debates on morality, economics and social contract theories. His reason is simple: Here, he is free.
“For a performer, it is the most important thing to be free onstage,” Gavrylyuk said, “to simply dissolve into the world of music and find artistic truth in every piece. Every good artist can really perform only when they’re free inside, when they feel liberated.”