August 4, 2012
I spent this past week in the nation’s capitol, July 29 – August 4, where I attended the Washington International Piano Festival. It proved to be a great event and learning experience, held at the Catholic University of America, as well as at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
I had lessons with five different world-class teachers and attended several faculty concerts and master classes with Seymour Bernstein, Jose Feghali, and Leon Fleisher. Most exciting, however, was the performance the end of the week where I was selected to perform with other accomplished participants at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. I played a shorter jazz style piece, the Kapustin Concert Jazz Etude Op. 40 No. 1, that can be viewed at the following link. My piece starts at approximatly 22:10 on the hour long concert.
Thank You to Ivo Kaltchev and Nikita Fitenko for organizing this annual international festival that so many students from around the world have benefited from.