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Piano Institute

July 28 — August 1, 2014 , M T W Th F, 9:00 am — 4:00 pm
Kerry Hall Poncho, 710 East Roy St, Seattle, WA

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  • Ages
    14 – 19
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Course Description
The Summer Piano Institute affords high school and college students ages 14-19 an opportunity to experience an intensive and inspiring week of private instruction, masterclasses, workshops, and performances designed to challenge and excite the already talented young artist. Young pianists will benefit especially from this “European style” piano institute covering piano repertoire from Bach to Messiaen and featuring masterclasses and workshops on: preparing for piano competitions; choosing the right repertoire for your goals; new approaches to the music of J.S. Bach; beyond just the notes: finding your true expressive potential; mastering the art of playing concertos. Additionally, all students will have ample opportunity to interact with, and receive private instruction from Cornish Professor of Piano Peter Mack, D.M.A. The week concludes with a special student recital. Friends and family are encouraged to attend.

Who should enroll?
Pianists, ages 14-19, already proficient at an intermediate to advanced level. All participants should come to the classes with at least one piece memorized and ready to perform.

Daily Schedule
Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with a break for lunch, and a concluding recital performance scheduled for Saturday in PONCHO Concert Hall on the Cornish campus.

Audition Requirements
Open for enrollment to intermediate to advanced piano students, ages 14-19, without any audition.

Ivona Kaminska-Bowlby

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Ivona Kaminska-Bowlby

Polish born pianist Ivona Kaminska-Bowlby earned a Master of Arts in Piano Performance and a Graduate Artist Performance Diploma from the Frederic Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Poland. She also holds a Masters of Music degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, as well as a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of British Columbia, Canada. Winner of several solo concerto competitions, and the Contemporary Chamber Music Competition in Warsaw, she has appeared on national public radio in Poland and the U.S., and participated in international festivals including the Mozarteum Sommerakademie and Duszniki-Zdroj. She has been the recipient of many distinguished awards including the Stefan Batory National Foundation Merit Award (1993), the Beryl Barnes Music Award (1998, 1999), and the Astral Career Development Grant (2003), among others. Her teachers have included Andrzej Stefanski, Tatiana Shebanova, Boris Bloch, Mark Clinton, Henri-Paul Sicsic, and Marek Jablonski. Kaminska-Bowlby also serves as the Artistic Director of the Chopin Academy of Music and President of the Seattle International Piano Festival and Competition.

Michelle Smith-Lewis

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Peter Mack

Peter Mack was born in Ireland, where he had his early training with Frank Heneghan at the Dublin College of Music. Subsequent study was at Trinity College, Dublin, and with Bela Siki at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and at the University of Washington where he earned his doctorate in piano performance. Mack has performed throughout the United States and Europe, as well as in Australia and the former Soviet Union. He is the winner of the New Orleans, Young Keyboard Artists and Pacific International Piano Competitions. His prize in the Sherman-Clay competition included a Steinway grand piano. Mack is well known for his extensive repertoire, having performed twenty-five concertos with orchestras. He is equally in demand as a performer, clinician, convention artist, and teacher, and his pupils are frequent winners of local, national, and international competitions.