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Welcome

When we established the International Piano Foundation in 1993, our intent was to provide an alternative to the many piano competitions that are—according to Béla Bartók—“for horses, not for artists.” Our aim was to pass the art of piano playing down from generation to generation. Our teachers (Karl-UIrich Schnabel, Rosaly Tureck, Alicia de Larrocha, Dmitri Bashkirov, Leon Fleisher, Charles Rosen, Murray Perahia, and many others) helped us.

Today, we are proud that our early scholars are now our teachers. Who could teach Schnabel’s pedal technique better than those who learned it from Schnabel themselves?

In 2019, we introduced a new teaching concept: the 23–Two Cubed Piano Masterclasses. Two teachers instruct two students in two piano pieces each. Dates and tickets can be found here.

TWO CUBED PIANO MASTERCLASSES

The aim of this format is both to teach piano scholars through different interpretations and views and to inspire the resulting insights of the audience in the variety of musical scopes for design that are neither right nor wrong and neither good nor bad but express the respective artistic intentions of the pianists.

These aims are achieved through the participation of two piano teachers, who teach two scholars to play the same two pieces of music. The resulting 2 × 2 × 2 = 8 combinations are divided across a two-day program.

TWO CUBED PIANO

Two Cubed – 23 – how it works

The two teachers appoint one, “their” scholarship holder and a piano piece. Both teachers then teach both students in the two same pieces of music. This 2 x 2 x 2 format will be spread over two days of 4 lessons each.

This is illustrated by the masterclasses of Paul Badura-Skoda and Menahem Pressler:

Program

piano masterclasses
and recitals

Friday, 31st May 2019 with Paul Badura-Skoda

recital Paul Badura-Skoda

7:30 pm, Gläserner Saal

  • Paul Badura-Skoda, Piano
    Franz Schubert: Four impromptus for piano, D 899
    Robert Schumann: Kinderszenen, op 15
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Klaviersonate c-moll, KV 457 

Saturday, 1st June 2019 with Paul Badura-Skoda und Menahem Pressler

Masterclass Menahem Pressler

11:00 am, Steinerner Saal

Robert Schumann: Humoreske for piano B flat major, Op. 20

— Intermission —

Robert Schumann: Humoreske for piano B flat major, Op. 20

  • Jose Andres Navarro Silberstein, Piano
  • Julian Miles Trevelyan, Piano
  • Menahem Pressler

Masterclass Paul Badura-Skoda

3:00 pm, Steinerner Saal

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto C minor, KV 491

— Intermission —

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto C minor, KV 491
Arrangement for two pianos

  • Jose Andres Navarro Silberstein, Piano
  • Julian Miles Trevelyan, Piano
  • Aries Caces, Piano (Orchesterpart)
  • Paul Badura-Skoda

Sunday, 2nd June 2019 with Paul Badura-Skoda und Menahem Pressler

Masterclass Paul Badura-Skoda

11:00 am, Steinerner Saal

Robert Schumann: Humoreske for piano B flat major, Op. 20

— Intermission —

Robert Schumann: Humoreske for piano B flat major, Op. 20

  • Jose Andres Navarro Silberstein, Piano
  • Julian Miles Trevelyan, Piano
  • Paul Badura-Skoda

Masterclass Menahem Pressler

3:00 pm, Steinerner Saal

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto C minor, KV 491

— Intermission —

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto C minor, KV 491
Arrangement for two pianos

  • Jose Andres Navarro Silberstein, Piano
  • Julian Miles Trevelyan, Piano
  • Aries Caces, Piano (Orchesterpart)
  • Menahem Pressler

Final recital of the masterclasses

8:00 pm, Steinerner Saal

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto C minor, KV 491

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto C minor, KV 491
Arrangement for two pianos

— Intermission —

Robert Schumann: Humoreske for piano B flat major, Op. 20

Robert Schumann: Humoreske for piano B flat major, Op. 20

  • Jose Andres Navarro Silberstein, Piano
  • Julian Miles Trevelyan, Piano
  • Aries Caces, Piano (Orchesterpart)

Masterclasses Gabriele Baldocci and Jura Margulis

The program will be announced later.

Previous Masterclasses

Saturday, 4th May 2019 with Alon Goldstein and Davide Cabassi

masterclass Alon Goldstein

9:00 am, Steinerner Saal

Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for piano F minor, op. 57, „Sonata appassionata“

  • Didel Bish, Piano
  • Luca Buratto, Piano

masterclass Davide Cabassi

3:00 pm, Steinerner Saal

Robert Schumann: Faschingsschwank aus Wien. Fantasiebilder für Klavier, op. 26

  • Didel Bish, Piano
  • Luca Buratto, Piano

recital Alon Goldstein and Davide Cabassi

8:00 pm, Steinerner Saal

Domenico Scarlatti: 4 Sonatas for Piano – C minor K 11, C major K 159, G major K 210, D minor K 120
Leonard Bernstein: Symphony Nr. 2, „The Age of Anxiety“ – „The Masque“
Franz Schubert: Fantasia for piano C major, D 760, „Wandererfantasie”

  • Alon Goldstein, Piano (erster Teil)

— Intermission —

Claude Debussy: Children’s Corner
Modest Petrowitsch Mussorgskij: „Pictures at an Exhibition“ for piano

  • Davide Cabassi, Piano (zweiter Teil)

Sunday, 5th. Mai 2019 with Alon Goldstein and Davide Cabassi

masterclass Alon Goldstein

9:00 am, Steinerner Saal

Robert Schumann: Faschingsschwank aus Wien. Fantasiebilder für Klavier, op. 26

  • Didel Bish, Piano
  • Luca Buratto, Piano

masterclass Davide Cabassi

3:00 pm, Steinerner Saal

Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for piano F minor, op. 57, „Sonata appassionata“

  • Didel Bish, Piano
  • Luca Buratto, Piano

Final recital of the masterclasses

8:00 pm, Steinerner Saal

Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for piano F minor, op. 57, „Sonata appassionata“
Robert Schumann: Faschingsschwank aus Wien. Fantasiebilder für Klavier, op. 26

  • Didel Bish, Piano
  • Luca Buratto, Piano

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