Alexander Gavrylyuk

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Artistic Advisor and Artist-in-Residence
June 24–July 13
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Winner of the Gold Medal at the 1999 Horowitz International Piano Competition, First Prize at the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, and the coveted Gold Medal at the renowned Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition, Alexander Gavrylyuk is in demand by orchestras and conductors for his noble and compelling interpretations and has appeared with, among others, the Philharmonic Orchestras of New York, Los Angeles, Warsaw, Moscow, Israel and Rotterdam. In 2009 he made an acclaimed recording of the complete Prokofiev Concerti with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Sydney Symphony. In addition to the Prokofiev cycle, he has made several recordings including recital discs of works by Rachmaninov, Schumann, Scriabin, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev for Piano Classics. His most recent recording, a recital disc featuring Brahms Paganini Variations and works by Liszt has been widely praised. “Alexander Gavrylyuk is one of the greatest discoveries of the past decade. Every time he enchants the public with his incredible virtuosity and thought-provoking playing” – De Telegraaf, 2015.

John Milbauer

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Co-Chair
June 24–August 3
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Steinway Artist John Milbauer has performed recently in Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, and Japan as well as throughout the United States. French press called him "a pianist of the first magnitude" while American Record Guide wrote, "Milbauer performs with astounding delicacy and conveys unspeakable wonder through an intimate touch and astonishing versatility." He studied at Harvard, Eastman, Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, and, as recipient of a Fulbright grant, the Liszt Academy in Budapest; his primary teachers include Jerome Lowenthal, Ferenc Rados, Rebecca Penneys, and György Sebök. Milbauer leads a distinguished class at the University of Arizona where he is coordinator of the piano faculty.

Nicola Melville

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Co-Chair
June 24–August 3 
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Nicola Melville has been described as “a marvelous pianist who plays with splashy color but also exquisite tone and nuance” (American Record Guide). Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural projects include performances at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center; recent collaborations involve members of the Kronos and JACK quartets, pipa virtuoso Gao Hong, and veena master, Nirmala Rajasekar.  Nicola won the New Zealand National Concerto Competition, and the prize for Outstanding Graduate Pianist and the Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School. She has recorded for the Innova and Equilibrium labels. Nicola is pianist for the new music ensemble, Zeitgeist, and is Professor of Music at top-ranked Carleton College, Minnesota, where she is chair of the Music Department and head of piano and chamber music.

Jon Nakamatsu

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Artist-in-Residence
July 22–28

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Since his dramatic 1997 Van Cliburn Gold Medal triumph, Jon Nakamatsu's brilliant but unassuming musicianship and eclectic repertoire have made him a clear favorite throughout the world both on the concert circuit and in the recording studio. He has performed widely in North America, Europe, and the Far East and has collaborated with such conductors as James Conlon, Philippe Entremont, Marek Janowski, Raymond Leppard, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Michael Tilson Thomas and Osmo Vänskä. His extensive recital tours throughout the United States and Europe have featured appearances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and in cities such as Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Paris, London, and Milan.

Daniil Trifonov

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Artist-in-Residence
June 25–27
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Daniil Trifonov, recently named Musical America's 2019 Artist of the Year, has emerged as one of the most talked-about young musicians in the world. His reputation for outstanding performances, musical insight and expressive intensity has already surpassed the attention he received during the 2010/11 season when he won medals at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw (Third Prize), the Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv (First Prize) and the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (First Prize and Grand Prix, an additional honour bestowed on the best overall competitor in any category). Daniil Trifonov will perform with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, and will be a guest of the Piano Program.

Natalya Antonova

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July 1–6
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Natalya Antonova made her debut with the Leningrad Philharmonic at the age of 16. She has concertized in Russia, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Ukraine, Armenia, Byelorussia and other countries like Germany, France, Bulgaria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, South Korea, Thailand, and Singapore. She became the youngest professor ever appointed to the piano faculty at the Leningrad Conservatory, and later became Professor of Piano in the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow (former Gnessin Institute of Music). Antonova has given hundreds of master classes and lectures throughout the world and is in demand as juror for major competitions, as well. She is currently a tenured professor at the Eastman School of Music, USA.

Alexander Kobrin

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July 8–13
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Praised for his brilliant technique, musicality, and emotional engagement with the audience, Alexander Kobrin has appeared with many of the world’s great orchestras, including the New York, Tokyo, Warsaw, Royal Liverpool, and Moscow Philharmonics; the Dallas, Birmingham, Swedish Radio, Berliner, and BBC Symphonies; and the Russian National Orchestra. Kobrin has won top prizes in international piano competitions, including the Gold Medal at the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, First Prize in the Busoni and Scottish competitions, and Top Prize at the Hamamatsu competition. Kobrin has served on the faculties of the Gnessin’s Academy of Music and New York University’s Steinhardt School and is currently on the faculty at the Eastman School of Music, NY. He has given master classes in Europe and Asia and been a jury member for many international piano competitions.

Matti Raekallio

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July 15–20
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Pianist Matti Raekallio was born 1954 in Helsinki. He studied in his home country as well as with Maria Curcio in London, with Dieter Weber at the Vienna Academy of Music, and at the Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) Conservatory in Russia. He has performed cycles of the complete piano Sonatas of Beethoven, Scriabin, and Prokofiev, as well as altogether 62 piano concertos. He has recorded about 20 albums, including an acclaimed set of the complete Prokofiev Sonatas. He first taught for 30 years at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki while also temporarily working as professor in Kungliga Musikhögskolan in Stockholm and at Western Michigan University. In 2005, Raekallio became professor of the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover, Germany. Two years later, in 2007, he was invited to join the faculty at Juilliard. His students include several first prize winners in major international competitions. He serves as an adjudicator and teaches master classes in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

J.Y. Song

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July 16–18
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J.Y. Song brings a unique personality and background to her career as a pianist. Born in Taiwan and raised in Switzerland and the United States, J.Y. Song has combined her cross-cultural perspectives with a voracious curiosity that spans multiple disciplines: music, science, and entrepreneurship. Numerous awards include the Pro Musicis International Award, the $25,000 Christel Award from the American Pianists Association, the distinction of Pro Piano Artist of the Year, the Sudler Prize for outstanding achievement in the arts from Stanford University, and the Petschek Award, Juilliard’s highest honor awarded to a pianist. In exploring entrepreneurial opportunities in music, she recently founded an online education platform, tonerow.com, bringing together world-class music faculty and talent across the globe.  J.Y. Song is on the piano faculty of Mannes School of Music and teaches Leadership & Innovation at The Juilliard School.

Christopher Taylor

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July 29–31
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Bronze Medalist in the 1993 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Christopher Taylor has also received an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1996, won first prize in the 1990 William Kapell International Piano Competition, and also became one of the first recipients of the Irving Gilmore Young Artists' Award. He currently serves as Paul Collins Associate Professor of Piano Performance at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He pursues a variety of other interests, including: mathematics (1992 summa cum laude degree from Harvard University) philosophy; computing; and linguistics. Christopher Taylor is a Steinway artist.