The first events of the 2021-22 Oberlin-Como piano program master class series features conductor, pianist, and composer Robert Spano, the longtime music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, music director of the Aspen Music Festival and School, music director designate of the Fort Worth Symphony, and a 1984 graduate of Oberlin Conservatory.
He will lead master classes for four exceptional students. These participating pianists are: Kenneth Broberg, 2021-22 Oberlin-Como Fellow, winner of the 2021 American Pianists Awards, and silver medalist of the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
Leo Choi, Oberlin-Como Young Artist and winner of the 2021-22 Oberlin Conservatory Senior Concerto Competition
Kai-Min Chang, Oberlin-Como Young Artist and quarter-finalist at the 18th International Chopin Piano Competition
Yangrui Cai, Oberlin-Como Young Artist and third-year piano major at Oberlin Conservatory
Started in 2016, the Oberlin-Como piano program is an exclusive partnership between Oberlin Conservatory and the International Piano Academy Lake Como in Italy. Each year, "Oberlin-Como Fellows" are selected from applicants worldwide and work with Oberlin faculty and artist-teachers who give master classes at Oberlin throughout the academic year. Oberlin may also designate exceptional piano students enrolled at Oberlin Conservatory as "Oberlin-Como Young Artists" who also participate in master classes with these visiting artist-teachers.
All master classes and recitals presented as part of the Oberlin-Como piano program are free and open to the public. Past Oberlin-Como artist-teachers have included Richard Goode, Tamás Vásáry, Peter Frankl, and Paul Badura-Skoda.
Oberlin recommends attendance for vaccinated people. Everyone is required to wear a mask indoors at all times. Anyone with symptoms should refrain from attending campus events. Oberlin policies are subject to change based on evolving public health recommendations.