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.”
From student colleagues to newly appointed Piano Program co-chairs, John Milbauer and Nikki Melville’s Chautauqua experience has been in tandem.
German composer Robert Schumann’s father earned a living as a publisher, bookseller and novelist. He grew up in a household that was heavily influenced by literature. Pianist Evelyne Brancart believes this influence seeped into his piano compositions.