Pune: The sixth iteration of the national piano festival MusiQuest is being held in Pune from November 14 to 19, 2017. Presented in an informal and friendly workshop / master class format with unrestricted repertoire choice, participants will have a unique opportunity not only for public performance but to extend their musical learning experience by receiving instruction at the piano as well as written adjudications and participation certificates from an international panel of adjudicators. The emphasis will be on encouragement and positive feedback.
This edition of MusiQuest will have 125 pianists performing 603 pieces collectively. All ages and musical levels will perform within 4 main divisions: Preliminary (Beginner to Grade 2), Junior (Grades 3 to 5), Intermediate (Grades 6 to 8), Advanced (Diplomas).
The international adjudication panel will include internationally renowned teachers / pedagogues from the USA
· Mark Niewerth (Advanced)
· Phyllis Alpert Lehrer (Intermediate)
· Timothy Brown (Junior)
· Pierce Emata (Preliminary)
· Katherine & Jeffrey Savage (Ensemble)
· Andrew Linn (Popular Music & Jazz & Composer in Residence)
· Fred Karpoff (Technique Expert in Residence)
Additionally, the adjudicators will be available to give private lessons and piano master classes during the festival. Each of the adjudicators will also present workshops for intermediate and advanced participants and for the professional development of the participating teachers.
Post adjudications the adjudicators will be featured in a recital on November 18, 2017 following which the prize winners will be announced. The festival will culminate on November 19, 2017 with an Honours recital presenting the winners in performance and the awards ceremony.
This is a unique festival fostering musical performance, learning and interaction among budding young talent across the country. With the youngest participant to qualify this year is a four- year –old and the oldest is a 65-year-old, both residents of Pune. MusiQuest 2017 is the sixth edition of this popular festival.
The attractive prizes include a Kawai ND21 upright piano to be awarded to the first prize winner of the advanced division. Theme Music India (Kawai) is the key piano sponsor for the event. This advanced division winner will also receive a part scholarship to the International Institute of Young Musicians (Kansas, USA) as part of the prize package. Each of the divisions (Preliminary, Junior, Intermediate and Advanced) will be awarded three attractive prizes packages including Cash, music Books etc. Several international music publishers have supported the event with book prizes. Additionally, prizes will be awarded for the original composition, Jazz/Popular categories as well as for ensemble (piano duets, two piano and concertos).
MusiQuest is a private non-profit festival, operates solely on the receipt of entry fees and program advertising, and is further supported by The Academy of Music in Pune and the Framroz Foundation.
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