Palm Beach Atlantic University's School of Music and Fine Arts will host the fifth Annual Palm Beach Atlantic International Piano Festival February 15 - 22 featuring 15 International Certificate for Piano Artists (ICPA).
The concerts feature pianists from all over the world participating in The International Certificate for Piano Artists (ICPA), which is designed for a limited number of high-level pianists who wish to perfect their art. Participants include Antonio Galera Lopez - Spain, Gen Tomuro - Japan, Chuan-Yi Lin - Taiwan, Yujin Lee - South Korea, Pietro Milli - Italy, Myriam Barbaux - France, Yasmin Alami - Jordan, Citlalli Guevara - Mexico, Slavina Zhelezova - Bulgaria, Elena Lyalina - Russia, Teresa Lim - Canada - South Korea, Shih Wei Chen - Taiwan, Giovanni Guastini - Italy, Nicolas Horvath - France and Hye Youn Park - South Korea.
Under the guidance of famed clinicians Philippe Entremont and Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri, the unique program offers the opportunity for up-and-coming pianists to work closely with some of the world's top artists and teachers. The International Certificate for Piano Artists is the European equivalent to the highest preparation available for pianists seeking a solo career. The ICPA "stamp of approval" indicates to professional agents, impresarios and managers that the artist is ready to perform in professional arenas.
In addition to the concerts, the festival will feature master classes by Entremont and Delle-Vigne Fabbri, artistic director and general coordinator of ICPA. The classes will be held February 15 - 22 during the day and are free and open to the public. For information about class locations and times, call 561-803-2422. For a complete schedule of master classes and performances, visit www.pba.edu/pianofestival.
New this year is a preview concert featuring some of the international performers at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach. For information, click here.
The ICPA is organized in collaboration with the École Normale de Musique in Paris — the historical and legendary school that Alfred Cortot founded; and the Fondation Bell'Arte in Braine l'Alleud, Belgium. Participation in the International Certificate Sessions is highly competitive, as only a limited number of students from around the world are chosen for the program each year. The festival is sponsored by Palm Beach Atlantic University, Steinway Piano Gallery of Boca Raton, and the Palm Beach Symphony.