Piano festival brings international scholar, performers to campus
Several renowned pianists and a leading scholar are featured in this year’s piano festival held by the School of Music. Now in its seventh year, the festival has become a popular event among music lovers in Kingston. Thanks to continued funding from university sources such as the G.T. Richardson Fund, the Faculty of Arts and Science Visiting Scholar program and the International Visitors Program, the festival continues to bring in top talent from around the world.
“Through recitals, lectures, discussions and master classes with the invited artists, the festival provides an important opportunity for students from the School of Music and others in the community to learn from renowned, internationally-established artists,” says School of Music head Ireneus Zuk. The festival kicked off in early February with performances by distinguished UBC professor and celebrated Canadian pianist Jane Coop and rising star Angela Park.
In March, two more artists willvisit Queen’s as part of PianoFest. Roy Howat, Keyboard Research Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music in London will perform a lecture, master class and recital. Mr. Howat is both a concert artist and a renowned scholar, known for his work as editor of the Complete Debussy Edition and his books Debussy in Proportion and The Art of French Piano Music.
Diane Andersen, known as the “grand dame of the Belgian Piano School” will also be on hand for a recital, master class and lecture recital on her specialty, Bela Bartok. A student of Polish pianist Stefan Askenase, Ms Andersen belongs to the great Austro-Hungarian piano school. She is president of the Belgian branch of the European Piano Teacher’s Association. Further information on these events is available at www.queensmusic.ca/music/?q=events/season