Aloha International Piano Festival Announces 2013 Events

Weeklong Honolulu piano festival presents free public events, concerts, workshops and competitions; Aloha International Piano Festival featured artists include Jon Nakamatsu, Bruce Brubaker, Haewon Song, John Bayless and Thomas Sauer
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KAILUA, Hawaii - April 26, 2013 - PRLog -- The Aloha International Piano Festival (AIPF) today announced the concert and event lineup for the eighth annual festival featuring celebrated pianists Jon Nakamatsu, Bruce Brubaker, Thomas Sauer and more at the Hawaii Convention Center from June 15 to 22, 2013. The public is invited to enjoy such family-friendly events as the Aloha International Piano Competition, piano workshops and masterclasses with concert pianists, and the evening concert series that culminates in the Tango Extravaganza. To learn more, visit and follow AIPF on Facebook (

Aloha International Piano Competition: Solo Division - FREE
Saturday, June 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free Admission!
The public is invited to watch young pianists in action as they compete for Festival honors. Each year, the Aloha International Piano Competition offers aspiring pianists the opportunity to share their talents at a prestigious event that fosters a spirit of healthy competition. Student range in age five to 25. Judges include guest artists of the Aloha International Piano Festival.

Father’s Day Celebration
Sunday, June 16 at 2 p.m. (Liliu Theater)
General admission:  $10      
Winners of the 2013 Aloha International Piano Competition: Solo Division treat the audience to a fun and entertaining performance of their highlighted works. Don't miss these dazzling performances!

Masterclass by John Bayless
Monday, June 17, from  9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Room 321A)
Admission: General $15, Students $5
Acclaimed pianist and composer John Bayless returns to AIPF! Bayless has conducted masterclasses at Juilliard, Kent State, Dennison University, University of Houston and The Royal Academy of Music in London. Students, teachers and fans of all instruments can hone their skills and enhance their knowledge of the repertoire at this inspiring masterclass. A select number of students from the Aloha International Piano Academy will be featured in performance.

Chamber Music with Nakamatsu, Sauer and Jang
Tuesday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: General $25, Students $10
Van Cliburn gold medalist Jon Nakamatsu returns to AIPF to share his artistry in an evening of chamber music with violinist Ignace (Iggy) Jang in performance of the beautiful Schumann piano quartet. Making his AIPF debut at this lovely evening of chamber music, pianist and recording artist Thomas Sauer will perform the majestic Schubert B flat trio.
Program: Schumann Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 47
Schubert Piano Trio in B flat major, D. 898

Workshop by Thomas Sauer
Wednesday, June 19 from 10 a.m to 12 p.m. (Room 321A)
Admission: General $15, Students $5
Concert pianist, recording artist and faculty member at the renowned Mannes College of Music, Thomas Sauer will explore the anatomy of the Beethoven Sonatas focusing on form and movement. As founder-director of the Mannes Beethoven Institute, now in its thirteenth year in New York City, Sauer leads an annual six-day Beethoven seminar that incorporates the music of our time. This must-attend workshop will include highlights of Sauer’s workshops from the Institute, bringing a touch of New York to Honolulu.

Masterclass with Jon Nakamastsu
Thursday, June 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Room 321A)
Admission:  General $15, Students $5
Winner of the 1997 Van Cliburn Piano Competition, Jon Nakamatsu returns to AIPF for an inspiring masterclass. Nakamatsu, whose extensive 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, records exclusively for Harmonia Mundi USA, which has released ten CDs to date. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of music’s most respected artists in a welcoming and friendly setting.

Workshop by Bruce Brubaker
Friday, June 21, 2013 from 10:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m. (Room 321A)
Admission: General $15, Students $5
Named “Young Musician of the Year” by Musical America, pianist and recording artist Bruce Brubaker is one of America’s most innovative and admired pianists. Chair of the Piano Faculty at the revered New England Conservatory, Brubaker 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.

Aloha International Piano Competition: Amateur Division – FREE
Friday, June 21 from 6:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Liliu Theater)
Free Admission!
A pianist is never too old to learn! Come and experience one of Hawaii’s most unique music events as adult amateur pianists compete for Festival honors. This free event honors the role adult amateur pianists play in promoting music and education, and encourages people of all ages to pursue their passion. Participants range in age from 30 to 65 and judges include guests artists of the Aloha International Piano Festival. Join this celebration of lifelong learning: a free event for the whole family!

Tango Extravaganza: Aloha International Piano Festival Finale
Saturday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Admission:  Adults $30, Students $10
Join us at this Festival Finale featuring an “all-star” line up of world class pianists as they join forces performing works by famed Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla, who revolutionized the tango by infusing elements of jazz and avant-garde concert music to create a new wave of tango lovers.

All events take place at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Above schedule subject to change without notice.

About the Aloha International Piano Festival
Founded in 2006 by pianist Lisa Nakamichi, the Aloha International Piano Festival (AIPF) is a non-profit organization committed to educating Hawaii’s children and teachers. AIPF addresses three main needs: the need for music teacher training, the need for low-cost music concerts and music education opportunities, and the need for high-caliber classes and lessons for piano students. AIPF strives to elevate the awareness of classical music in Hawaii while offering people of all ages the opportunity to experience music in a welcoming and educational setting. As a result of volunteer efforts and work to minimize administrative costs, AIPF has consistently offered programs at low and affordable rates for more than seven years. Visit for more information.

The Aloha International Piano Festival gratefully acknowledges the Atherton Family Foundation, the Kosasa Family Foundation, and the Music Teachers National Association Foundation for their generous support of education and enrichment programs.
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