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Brian Smith | Staff PhotographerMagdalena Ondicova, a piano student from Slovakia, has studied at Chautauqua Institution for four seasons. “I would have had no way to come to Chautauqua if not for scholarships,” she said.

Foundation scholarships allow arts students to thrive at Chautauqua

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.

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Adam Birkan | Daily File PhotoPianist Alexander Gavrylyuk performs Rachmanioff’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 1, in the first of two guest appearances with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra during the 2012 Season, on July 26, 2012, in the Amphitheater. The Chautauqua favorite returns to play a solo concert at 8:15 p.m. tonight.

Shades of colors of sound

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.”

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Melville, Milbauer to speak on 2013 Piano Program Thursday at Women’s Club

From student colleagues to newly appointed Piano Program co-chairs, John Milbauer and Nikki Melville’s Chautauqua experience has been in tandem.

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Brancart to share Schumann ‘novel’ in faculty recital

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.

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Supové to educate students in multisensory performance

A typical piano performance piece for Kathleen Supové incorporates both electronic sounds and video.

Supové will bring her multisensory performance to Chautauqua for a guest recital at 4 p.m. today in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall.

“We want to show students a variety of ways to be satisfied or successful as pianists,” piano chair John Milbauer said. “Kathleen Supové is a maverick, she has a very unusual repertoire, she does a lot of multimedia performances and she’s cutting edge.”

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Guest pianist Daniil Trifonov, a rising 21-year-old superstar, performs Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 21, in F Minor with the CSO.

Trifonov ‘terrifically exciting’ in guest spot with CSO, Zur; Zemach receives dignified send-off

It was a night for beginnings and endings in the Amphitheater on Tuesday. This being the final Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra concert of the season, Institution President Tom Becker was on hand to offer his thanks to the players and also the players’ gratitude to the audience. He drolly introduced himself as “Marty Merkley’s yes man,” which got a nice laugh.

Merkley had a good night, mounting a valedictory program that included two Chautauqua debuts: of the young Israeli conductor Noam Zur (making his North American debut); and of Daniil Trifonov, a pianist whose appearance was a consequence of winning the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition.

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The six 2012 School of Music Piano Competition finalists after their final-round performances: Rie Tanaka, Lishan Xue, Jie Ren, Yi Qing Tang, Michael Delfin and first prize winner Jiao Sun. Photo by Lauren Rock.

Second time’s the charm as Sun takes Piano Competition

“It’s mine, now,” said pianist Jiao Sun, running from Charles Parsons as she sported his darkly tinted shades.

The lighthearted moment came this past weekend, when all six finalists for the 2012 Chautauqua School of Music Piano Competition awaited the results from the judges, who awarded Sun the $7,500 first prize and a $3,000 runner-up prize split between Michael Delfin and Lishan Xue.

The three pianists will headline the 2012 Chautauqua Piano Competition Winner Recital at 7 p.m. tonight in Fletcher Music Hall.

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Kevin Wu plays Étude No. 1, “Pour les cinq doigts,” by Claude Debussy, during the first round of the Chautauqua Piano Competition last weekend in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall. Photo by Eric Shea.

Piano competition finalists feel pressure of last round

You just made it to the 17th annual Chautauqua Piano Competition finals, how do you feel?

“I feel normal,” Jie Ren said.

Ren, Jiao Sun, Michael Delfin, Rie Tanaka, Yi Qing Tang, and Lishan Xue made it the final round, which will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall. First prize is awarded $5,000 and second prize is awarded $3,000.

“I think it’s a very complicated feeling,” said Ren, who attends Lynn University, studying under Roberta Rust. “I don’t think a lot. I just want to play the music to the audience.”

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