Oberlin-Como 2021 Piano Festival

Oberlin Como - 2021 Piano Festival

Oberlin Stage Left is pleased to announce the Oberlin-Como Virtual Piano Festival to be broadcast in summer, 2021. Enjoy this year's online festival featuring five consecutive evenings of master classes and exclusive interviews with each master pianist.  All master classes will be available for on-demand viewing. 

Stanislav Ioudenitch, Oberlin-Como director, introduces the festival in this short video.


Oberlin-Como Festival Faculty

Each night of the festival will include an interview with a master artist-teacher, followed by master classes with Oberlin-Como Fellows and Oberlin Conservatory students. Click on the pictures below for more information about each member of the festival faculty.

Yefim Bronfman

Stanislav Ioudenitch

William Grant Naboré

Dang Thai Son

Robert Spano


Festival Schedule

Tuesday, July 13 through Saturday, July 17, 2021
Links to view each master class will be available at a later date

Day 1 – Tuesday, July 13, 2021, 7:00 PM EST

Yefim Bronfman – Piano Concerti of Beethoven and Brahms

  • Interview followed by performance with Anastasia Vorotnaya, piano
    • Johannes Brahms | Allegro non troppo, Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 83 
  • Xiaoyu Liu, piano
    • Johannes Brahms | Rondo. Allegro non troppo, Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15
  • Leonardo Pierdomenico, piano
    • Johannes Brahms | Allegro appassionata, Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 83 
  • Yangrui Cai, piano
    • Ludwig van Beethoven | Allegro con brio, Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37

Day 2 – Wednesday, July 14, 2021, 7:00 PM EST

Stanislav Ioudenitch – The Golden Age of Piano Virtuosity: Legacy of Lake Como

  • Interview followed by performance with Yangrui Cai, piano
    • Igor Stravinsky | La semaine grasse, Trois mouvements de Pétrouchka 
  • Xiaoyu Liu, piano
    • Ludwig van Beethoven | Allegro, Piano Sonata No. 29, Op. 106, "Hammerklavier"
  • Leonardo Pierdomenico, piano
    • Alexander Scriabin | Piano Sonata No. 5, Op. 53
  • Anastasia Vorotnaya, piano
    • Sergey Taneyev | Prelude and Fugue in G-sharp Minor, Op. 29

Day 3 – Thursday, July 15, 2021, 7:00 PM EST

William Grant Naboré – The Marvel of the Baroque on the Pianoforte

  • Interview followed by performance with Xiaoyu Liu, piano
    • Jean-Philippe Rameau | Les tendres plaintes, Suite in D Minor, RCT 3
    • Jean-Philippe Rameau | Gavotte et six doubles, Suite in A Minor, RCT 5
    • Jean-Philippe Rameau | La Poule, Suite in G, RCT 6
  • Leonardo Pierdomenico, piano
    • Johann Sebastian Bach | Toccata in G Minor, BMV 915
  • Anastasia Vorotnaya, piano
    • Johann Sebastian Bach | Aria variata in A Minor, BMV 989
    • Daniela Jiménez Ochoa, piano
      • Johann Sebastian Bach | English Suite No. 2 in A Minor, BMV 807

    Day 4 – Friday, July 16, 2021, 7:00 PM EST

    Dang Thai Son – Conversations with Chopin

    • Interview followed by performance with Leonardo Pierdomenico, piano
      • Frédéric Chopin | Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52
    • Xiaoyu Liu, piano
      • Frédéric Chopin | Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38
    • Leo Choi, piano
      • Frédéric Chopin | Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60
    • Allison To, piano
      • Frédéric Chopin | Étude No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 25
      • Frédéric Chopin | Étude No. 7 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 25

    Day 5 – Saturday, July 17, 2021, 7:00 PM EST

    Robert Spano – Performing Piano Concerti: A Conductor's View

    • Interview followed by performance with JJ Bui, piano
      • Sergei Prokofiev | Andantino, Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 16
    • Xiaoyu Liu, piano
      • Johannes Brahms | Rondo. Allegro non troppo, Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15
    • Leonardo Pierdomenico, piano
      • Johannes Brahms | Allegro non troppo, Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 83
    • Anastasia Vorotnaya, piano
      • Ludwig van Beethoven | Allegro con brio, Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37

     


    2021 Oberlin-Como Fellows

    Click on the pictures below for more information about the Oberlin-Como Fellows.

    Como Fellow - Xiaoyu Liu

    Como Fellow - Leonardo Pierdomenico

    Como Fellow - Anastasia Vorotnaya


    Oberlin Students

    Click on the pictures below for more information about the Oberlin student participants.

    Como student - JJ Bui

    Como student - Yangrui Cai

    Como student - Leo Choi

    Como student - Daniela Jiménez Ochoa

    Como student - Allison To


    Started in 2016, the Oberlin-Como Piano Academy is an exclusive partnership with the esteemed Italian institution–the International Piano Academy Lake Como. Each year, up to three students, selected from applicants worldwide, begin a two-year program of study through Oberlin Conservatory. Called Oberlin-Como Fellows, these exemplary young musicians work with Oberlin faculty and internationally renowned master teachers throughout the year. 

    This year saw the loss of three founding members of the International Piano Academy Lake Como–Leon Fleisher, Dmitri Bashkirov, and Fou T’song.  The festival is dedicated to these legendary artists.