At Musicale, we gather together to celebrate the music of great composers as a part of our Music Festivals. Each festival and competition will focus on one or two composers or styles to discover and explore rich piano repertoire for all ages and levels.
These online streamed festivals include student performances (divided by age-based categories) of the featured composer’s works with awards given, as well as opportunities for teachers to share their own perspective through performance, teaching experiences, and commentary.
We are also excited to offer our Mini Courses throughout each Music Festival month, which are short classes taught by our amazing faculty and are accessible to everyone.
Read below for more information and to learn how you can participate!
FEBRUARY 2021 COMPOSER
CONCERTS FEB 20 & 21
PRIZE RECIPIENTS CONCERT TIMES FEB 27 & 28
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FEB 14TH 2021 11:59pm EST
Simone Dinnerstein is an American pianist. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, son and dog, less than a mile from the hospital in which she was born.
Simone has a distinctive musical voice. The Washington Post has called her “an artist of strikingly original ideas and irrefutable integrity.” She first came to wider public attention in 2007 through her recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, reflecting an aesthetic that was both deeply rooted in the score and profoundly idiosyncratic. She is, wrote The New York Times, “a unique voice in the forest of Bach interpretation.”
Since that recording, she has had a busy performing career. She has played with orchestras ranging from the New York Philharmonic and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra to the London Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale Rai. She has performed in venues from Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center to the Berlin Philharmonie, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Seoul Arts Center and the Sydney Opera House. She has made ten albums, all of which topped the Billboard classical charts, with repertoire ranging from Beethoven to Ravel.
In recent years, Simone has created projects that express her broad musical interests. Following her recording Mozart in Havana, she brought the Havana Lyceum Orchestra from Cuba to the United States for the very first time, raising the funding, booking the concerts, and organizing their housing and transport. Together, Simone and the orchestra played eleven concerts from Miami to Boston. Philip Glass composed his Piano Concerto No. 3 for Simone, co-commissioned by twelve American and Canadian orchestras. She collaborated with choreographer Pam Tanowitz to create New Work for Goldberg Variations, which was met with widespread critical acclaim. Working with Renée Fleming and the Emerson String Quartet, she premiered André Previn and Tom Stoppard’s Penelope at the Tanglewood, Ravinia and Aspen music festivals. Most recently, she created her own string ensemble, Baroklyn, which she directs from the keyboard. Their performance of Bach’s cantata Ich Habe Genug in March 2020 was the last concert she gave before New York City shut down.
Simone is committed to giving concerts in non-traditional venues and to audiences who don’t often hear classical music. For the last three decades, she has played concerts throughout the United States for the Piatigorsky Foundation, an organization dedicated to the widespread dissemination of classical music. It was for the Piatigorsky Foundation that she gave the first piano recital in the Louisiana state prison system at the Avoyelles Correctional Center. She has also performed at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in a concert organized by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Simone founded Neighborhood Classics in 2009, a concert series open to the public and hosted by New York City Public Schools to raise funds for their music education programs. She also created a program called Bachpacking during which she takes a digital keyboard to elementary school classrooms, helping young children get close to the music she loves. She is a committed supporter and proud alumna of Philadelphia’s Astral Artists, which supports young performers.
Simone counts herself fortunate to have studied with three unique artists: Solomon Mikowsky, Maria Curcio and Peter Serkin, very different musicians who shared the belief that playing the piano is a means to something greater. The Washington Post comments that “ultimately, it is Dinnerstein’s unreserved identification with every note she plays that makes her performance so spellbinding.” In a world where music is everywhere, she hopes that it can still be transformative.
JOSE RAMOS SANTANA
Jose Ramos Santana is one of the most acclaimed pianist of his generation and an acknowledged master of Spanish Piano Music. He is the recipient of the 2020 Issac Albeniz Medal awarded by the Fundaćion Issac Albeniz in Camprodon Spain. Mr. Ramos Santana is also the founder and artistic director of the Puerto Rico International Piano Festival. Recent performance and masterclasses include the 2018 summer festival Maestros del Norte y Pianistas del Sur in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Mr. Ramos Santana has established his career as a soloist with major orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, Detroit Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, 92nd Street Y Orchestra, The New York Virtuosi, Casals Festival Orchestra, Puerto Rico Symphony, and the orchestras of New Mexico, Sioux City, Utah, Syracuse and many others. Additional solo performances include the Moscow Philharmonic Latin-American tour, Orchestra of L'Hermitage of Saint Petersburg, the Orchestra of Guatemala, the Orchestra of San Salvador, and the Orquestra de los Reyes in Lima, Peru. His recital work has taken him to major venues throughout the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Central and South America, China, and Japan. He has collaborated with distinguished musicians and conductors such as Krzsztoff Penderecki, John Adams, Dennis Russell Davies, Jerzy Semkow, Dimitri Kitaenko, Joseph Silverstein, cellist Arto Noras, violinist Gregory Zhislin, and pianist Vladimir Viardo.
Mr. Ramos Santana's much lauded guest appearance with the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall during the Sonidos de las Americas Festival was his third Carnegie Hall performance in one year. Mr. Ramos Santana has also performed at Zankel Hall and the Weill Recital Hall under the auspices of La Gesse Foundation.
A top prize winner of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition and a participant in the Xerox Piano Artist’s Program, he has appeared in music festivals such as Spoleto, Caramoor, Casals Festival, Grant Park Festival in Chicago, International Keyboard and Institute Festival at Mannes College, Washington International Piano Festival, Inter-American Music Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and The Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy.
As an active member of Musica de Camara, Inc., Mr. Ramos Santana has served as jury member of the Gershwin International Music Competition, Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Competition for Young Pianists, Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Piano Competition, Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition, Louisiana International Piano Competition and William Kapell International Piano Competition selecting jury.
Mr. Ramos Santana is also an established recording artist. His world premiere of "Glosas" by Roberto Sierra on the Fleur de Son Label received critical acclaim. His collaboration with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra also includes recordings of Ravel's Piano Concerto in G and Saint-Saens Piano Concerto in G minor op. 22. He has also recorded the complete works for piano and violin by the Spanish Catalonian composer Xavier Montsalvage with violinist Eva Leon on the Naxos Label. He has also been featured in documentaries on the PBS network, A&E channel and CBS Sunday Morning.
Jose Ramos Santana is a graduate of the Juilliard School where he studied with Adele Marcus, William Masselos, and Sylvia Rabinof. He has also coached with Leon Fleisher and Alicia de Larrocha.
He is Artist Faculty at New York University Arnold Steinhardt School of Music, The Catholic University of America, and Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Ramos Santana is a Steinway Artist.
Each Music Festival month, we are excited to offer Mini Courses taught by our world class teachers. These classes are short and accessible to everyone! All classes are in a live virtual format, but if you are unable to attend live we will also send the recording of each Mini Course to everyone who signs up (which will be available for 2 weeks after the live session).
$25 per Mini Course
$75 for All 4 Mini Courses (Bundle)
BAROQUE & BACH
Unlock the mystery of learning Bach’s keyboard music! Our world class performing artists will take you on a journey to explore many critical issues in playing Bach’s keyboard music. You will discover the beauty and fascination within a score and learn to approach, understand, and perform Bach’s music in a way that is true to Bach yet reflects your personal interpretation. These 30-minute mini sessions will be packed with practical learning objectives and tips through repertoire like Inventions, Suites and Partitas, The Well Tempered Clavier, and more. Bring your Bach questions and get them answered at these live events!
These courses are designed for students, teachers and music lovers. Playing levels range from Bach Inventions to Goldberg Variations!
Deciphering Bach - It's Really Very Simple!
Q&A immediately following
The very first Invention of Bach sounds simple and straightforward, but that one page of music reveals many of the issues that one finds in larger, more complex pieces of Bach. A look under the surface of the piece provides a glimpse of Bach’s compositional process and how understanding what’s happening inside the piece provides the key for playing it musically.
Comparing Editions: J.S. Bach Well Tempered Clavier
Q&A immediately following
What’s in the Edition? In the case of the Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier, the evolution of our
perception of this groundbreaking encyclopedia of the baroque polyphonic writing has undergone drastic transformations over the centuries. No other work lends itself to more numerous outlooks across editions or such a wide range of interpretive possibilities. We will look at a variety of editions, from Bach primary sources to more contemporary scores, in order to view the score through the eyes of influential musicians and example aspects such as tempo, expression markings, dynamics, articulation, fingerings, pedal marks and more. As described by the German pianist, conductor and composer Hans von Bülow, “The Well-Tempered Clavier is the Old Testament, Beethoven’s Sonatas are the New. We must believe in both.”
A Good Way to Dance: French Suite in C Minor
[Jose Ramos Santana]
Q&A immediately following
A look at the dances found in the Suites using the French Suite in C minor as an introductory example to demonstrate the voicing and how it affects the phrasing in the different dances and their characteristics, so it can be applied to the larger English Suite and Partitas.
Is There Expression in Bach
Q&A immediately following
"The question is often asked: "Is there emotion in Bach?" Through cantabile works such as the Andante from the Italian Concerto and the C# minor Prelude from the Well Tempered Clavier Book I, I will show that the answer is an emphatic "yes", but that we must understand Baroque style, avoid "personal" emotion, and realize that Bach's religious faith is deeply reflected in his music."
2021 Festival Schedule
FEBRUARY - BACH AND BAROQUE
APRIL - CHOPIN, LISZT AND ROMANTIC STYLE
MAY - PIANO ETUDES
JUNE - HAYDN, MOZART, BEETHOVEN AND SCHUBERT
AUGUST - 20TH CENTURY COMPOSERS &
Stay tuned for the rest of our line-up!
All student video performances will be streamed in a group concert on a specific day/time. The streamed videos will be available for students and their families, teachers, and the general public. All students will receive a Certificate of Participation and Excellence. In addition, you may choose to participate in our exciting Mini Courses that we offer throughout the month (more info can be found above).
STUDENTS HAVE THE CHOICE TO OPT-IN FOR THE COMPETITIVE PORTION OF THE FESTIVAL.
If students choose to enter the competitive portion of the festival, they will receive comments from our judges and be put up for consideration for our Prizes (more info below; please read submission requirements carefully). If a student does not opt-in for the competitive portion, their video will still be showcased and will still receive a Certificate of Participation and Excellence. They will not receive comments or be considered for our Prizes.
$35 for General Participant
$45 for Competition Participant
See above for our Mini Courses fees.
Student submissions will be split into the following age categories :
5-7 YEARS OLD
8-11 YEARS OLD
12-14 YEARS OLD
15-17 YEARS OLD
18-26 YEARS OLD
AMATEUR ADULTS (27+)
Prizes will be awarded for each age group. Awards are judged based on extent of comprehensive musical understanding. 1 student from each age category will be chosen for each prize category. Prize recipients will be highlighted in a prize recipient concert as well as on our website and social media platforms.
$50 Scholarship towards Masterclass and One Free Recital; must be used within 1 year.
$25 Scholarship towards Masterclass and One Free Recital; must be used within 1 year.
One Free Recital; must be used within 1 year.
Certificate of Honorable Mention will be awarded.
Music Festival Application (STUDENTS)
Click on the "Pay" button below to begin your application (the payment process is included in the form).
Please make sure to choose the appropriate form. PARTICIPANT means general Festival participation (with no judges comments or consideration for our Prizes) while COMPETITION means you would like to be considered for our Prizes and will receive comments from our judges.
***Note that the date on the sign-up below is for internal purposes only, it is not applicable to you.