Aloha International Piano Festival Announces 2013 Artists

2013 Aloha International Piano Festival features Bruce Brubaker, Thomas Sauer, Haewon Song, Jon Nakamatsu, John Bayless and Lisa Nakamichi; Honolulu piano festival presents concerts, masterclasses, workshops and competitions
AIPF Guest Artist Haewon Song
AIPF Guest Artist Haewon Song
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Nov. 29, 2012 - PRLog -- The Aloha International Piano Festival (AIPF) today announced that world-renowned concert pianists Bruce Brubaker, Thomas Sauer and Haewon Song will make their debut AIPF appearances at the eighth annual festival from June 15 to 22, 2013, at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Joining Brubaker, Sauer and Song at AIPF are acclaimed pianists Jon Nakamatsu, John Bayless and Lisa Nakamichi, who will return for encore engagements in 2013. In addition, AIPF announced that applications are open for the 2013 Aloha International Piano Competition and Academy. To learn more, visit and follow AIPF on Facebook at

A non-profit organization founded by Nakamichi, AIPF welcomes hundreds of piano fans to a weeklong festival of concerts, competitions, masterclasses and workshops – bringing together young pianists, teachers, adult amateurs, professional concert pianists and the public in a welcoming setting each year. Students of all ages and abilities, including non-piano players, can enrich their love of music at AIPF. Piano teachers, plus teachers of all instruments including choral and band, can hone their skills and enhance their classroom experience at AIPF workshops and masterclasses.  All events are low-cost and open to the public.

Applications are now open for the 2013 Aloha International Piano Competition for students and adult amateurs.  The Piano Competition offers aspiring pianists the opportunity to share their talents at a prestigious event that fosters a spirit of healthy competition. Student participants range in age five to 25. There is no age limit for adult amateurs.  To learn more, visit

In 2013, a limited number of students and adult amateurs will have the opportunity to study in the Aloha International Piano Academy during Festival week. Students will receive private lessons as well as participating in masterclasses and workshops with Festival faculty.  Tuition fees include three private lessons (one hour) with a Festival guest artist, as well as admission to all concerts and recitals, masterclasses and workshops. Registration information is available at

The roster of events, including concerts and recitals featuring Brubaker, Sauer and Song, will be announced in early 2013.

About the 2013 Aloha International Piano Festival Guest Artists

John Bayless:
American pianist and composer John Bayless won a scholarship to the Aspen School of Music at age 15, and two years later moved to New York to study with Adele Marcus at The Juilliard School of Music. In recent seasons, Bayless has played more than 175 concerts, performing in such cities as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, London, Rome, Florence, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Tokyo, Minneapolis and Washington DC. As composer and performer he has received commissions from The Newport Music Festival, The University of Maryland International Piano Competition, The Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and from PBS, where his music can be heard on many series and specials. As a teacher, he has conducted masterclasses at Juilliard, Kent State, Dennison University, University of Houston and The Royal Academy of Music in London. Visit to learn more.

Bruce Brubaker: Named “Young Musician of the Year” by Musical America, Bruce Brubaker performs Mozart with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Philip Glass on the BBC. Profiled on NBC’s Today show, Brubaker’s playing, writing, and collaborations continue to show a shining, and sometimes surprising future for pianists and piano playing. Brubaker has premiered works by Glass, Nico Muhly, Mark-Anthony Turnage, and John Cage. He has given masterclasses and forums at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Columbia University, Leipzig’s Hochschüle für Musik, the École Normale in Paris, Ghent’s Orpheus Instituut, North Carolina’s Eastern Music Festival, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Visit to learn more.

Jon Nakamatsu: 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. Visit to learn more.

Lisa Nakamichi: A concert pianist and pedagogue, Nakamichi is a prizewinner of many international piano competitions.  She was the featured soloist in the inaugural concert with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra in their 2012 season under the baton of Naoto Otomo.  Her regular concert appearances include major cities in Japan, U.S.A., Canada, and Europe. Recent recital performances have taken her to the Eroica Saal in Vienna, Austria, Libby Gardner Hall at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where she also gave a series of masterclasses.  She was also a featured artist at the Portland Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon. Nakamichi received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School in New York City and doctoral degree awarded from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Nakamichi is the founding artistic director of the Aloha International Piano Festival.

Thomas Sauer: Pianist Thomas Sauer is highly sought after as soloist, chamber musician, and teacher.  Some of Sauer’s recent appearances include concerto performances with the Quad-City and Tallahassee Symphonies and the Greenwich Village Orchestra; solo performances at Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium), Merkin Concert Hall, Rockefeller University, and St. John’s College, Oxford; appearances on Broadway as the pianist in 33 Variations, a play about the composition of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations; and performances at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. A member of the music faculty of Vassar College and the piano faculty of the Mannes College, Sauer is the founder and director of the Mannes Beethoven Institute. Visit to learn more.

Haewon Song: Pianist Haewon Song is a member of the acclaimed Oberlin Trio along with Oberlin faculty David Bowlin, violin, and Amir Eldan, cello. An internationally recognized artist and pedagogue, Song has performed and taught at top venues throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Her frequent appearances include, among others, concerto performances with the KBS Orchestra in Seoul, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, and Oberlin Conservatory ensembles including the Chamber Orchestra, College Community Strings, and Wind Ensemble.  A native of South Korea, Song attended the Toho School in Tokyo, Peabody Preparatory School, and the Juilliard School. She has been a member of the Oberlin Piano Department since 1991. Visit to learn more.

The Aloha International Piano Festival gratefully acknowledges the support of The Atherton Foundation and the Music Teachers National Association Foundation.
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