The Paris International Summer Sessions
Michel Béroff was born in France in 1950.
After graduating from the Paris Conservatoire in 1966, he won the following year the first prize at the first international Olivier Messiaen Piano Competition. He has been since considered one of the most outstanding interpreters of Messiaen's music.
During the next years he played with the most prestigious orchestras around the world under the direction of such conductors as Abbado, Barenboim, Bernstein, Boulez, Dohnanyi, Dorati, Dutoit, Eschenbach, Gielen, Inbal, Jochum, Leinsdorf, Masur, Ozawa, Previn, Rostropovitch, Sinopoli, Solti, Tennsted, Tilson-Thomas, Zinman.
As a chamber music partner, he has been very active playing with Martha Argerich, Barbara Hendricks Jean-Philippe Collard, Augustin Dumay, Pierre Amoyal, Lynn Harrell. During the past years, Michel Beroff has been developing a conducting career. He has been teaching at the Paris Conservatoire.
Exclusive EMI artist for over 20 years, Michel Beroff has published more than 50 recordings; among them, the complete works for piano and orchestra from Liszt, Prokofieff and Stravinsky, conducted by Seiji Ozawa and Kurt Masur . For Deutsche Grammophon, he has recorded Ravel's left hand concerto with the LSO and Claudio Abbado. His latest recordings include the complete piano music from Debussy for the Japanese label Denon.
Michel Beroff has been awarded five times the "Grand Prix du Disque". As a publisher, he participated, for Wiener Urtext, to a new edition of Debussy piano music. For the Japanese network NHK, he realized, in 2006, a series of fifteen master-classes on French music. During the last seasons, Michel Beroff played with the LSO under Pierre Boulez, the New-York philharmonic and Kurt Masur, as well as the London Philarmonic for an extensive tour of England and Spain. He undertook three Japanese tours, including one with the Philarmonia with Esa-Peka Salonen, played in concert in Paris the complete works for piano from Debussy and Janacek, and two Prokofieff concerti with the Orchestre de Paris and Christophe Eschenbach.
He also toured extensively in Germany, Holland, Sweden, Finland, Portugal, Greece, Brazil, Korea and China.
A French-American pianist of Russian origin, Eugen Indjic began his study of the piano with Alexander Borovsky and later with Arthur Rubinstein, who remained a mentor and friend. Rubinstein considered Indjic “world-class pianist of rare musical and artistic perfection”.
He already performed on U.S national network television at age 11. “He plays Chopin as a pole, Debussy as a Frenchman and Prokoviev as a Russian master” an early critic wrote.
At age 12, he made his first recording of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations for RCA Victor on Rachmaninov’s own piano. Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor Erich Leinsdorf invited him to play Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto in his senior year at the Phillips Andover Academy, making Indjic at age 18 the youngest pianist ever to have performed with that orchestra.
On his graduation from Harvard University, Indjic was called “an extraordinary pianist and musician” by conductor Leonard Bernstein. Russian pianist Emil Gilels called him “a unique and inspired artist”.
Prize-winner of three international contests - Warsaw (1970), Leeds (1972), and Rubinstein (1974) - Indjic has performed with the leading orchestras of the United States, Europe and Asia, and under such conductors as Solti, Bernstein, Leinsdorf, Sinopoli, Gergiev, Fedoseiev, and Zinman, among others.
He has played a series of special concerts in “Homage to Arthur Rubinstein” throughout the United States and Europe, and regularly performs in world capitals and in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, La Scala, Musikverein, and Concertgebouw.
His present discography includes works of Debussy and Stravinsky for Sony, of Chopin for Claves Records, as well as Chopin, Schumann, Debussy for the Andante Spianato and DUX Labels.
In addition to performing, Eugen Indjic regularly teaches master classes in Europe, Japan and the Unites States, and is a frequent jury member of international competitions including the Chopin, Liszt Wroclaw, Rubinstein Tel Aviv, Prague Spring Festival, Lisbon Vianna Da Motta…
In 2010, he was named “artist-in-residence” at the Prague Symphony Orchestra.
Pianist, Dr. Chin-Chuan Chang, is currently chairman of the music department at the National Taipei University of Education. He was the First Prize winner of the "Franz Liszt" International Piano Competition in Los Angeles in the Category C, age 17-32, and the Best Etude Prize. During his studies in Europe, he was a prize winner in the "Ciudad de Manresa" International Competition in Barcelona, Spain; the "Le Muse" International Competition in Salerno, Italy, and the "Ataurfo Argenta" Competition in Santander, Spain.
Dr. Chang began his piano studies with his father, and studied later with Professor Francis Wu in Taiwan. As a child, he was selected for the "Gifted child" program of the Minister of Education to study at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid in Spain. During that period, he was a prize winner of the National Kawai piano Competition, and won the First Prize at the National Taiwan Piano Competition in both the Children and Youth categories. At age 14, he entered in the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid, Spain, to study with Prof. Fernando Puchol. He was selected by the "Juan March" Foundation as one of the young pianists to tour Europe. Later he graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid in Spain with the highest honor.
In 1990, he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where he studied with Prof. Solomon Mikowsky and Prof. Donn-Alexandre Feder. During his stay in New York, he won the First Prize at the Manhattan School of Music Concerto Competition, as well as several other concertos competitions, including the Manhattanville Symphony Concerto Competition and the Bergen Philharmonic Concerto Competition. After he obtained his Master of Music degree in 1993 at Manhattan School of Music, he was awarded an assistantship and full scholarship at the College-Conservatory of Music in the University of Cincinnati, where he studied with Professor William Black.
In 2000, he obtained the degree of Doctor of Music Arts, and returned to Taiwan. He has performed as soloist with several orchestras, and performs extensively throughout Taiwan, China, other Asian countries and Europe; he also conducts master classes all over the world, such as 2010-2016 "The Paris International Summer Sessions" organised by The Fondation Bell'Arte in France, 2010 "Forum Internacional de Musica de Orihuela" in Spain and 2010 "Forum Internacional de Musica de Torrelodones" in Spain. Currently, not only he is a professor at the National Taipei University of Education; he is also artist-in-resident with the Fortune Art Enterprise Agency. He has been interviewed several times by the Taipei Philharmonic Radio Station and recorded various Public Broadcast TV programs.
Piotr Folkert is widely regarded as one of the most gifted and sensitive pianists performing today.
His "stellar technique and insightful interpretations" have won him consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences worldwide, whether for his solo recitals, his orchestral engagements or his growing catalogue of recordings. His broad repertoire ranges from music of the Baroque period to new works of contemporary composers, with some especially commissioned and written for him. His performing schedule regularly takes him to the great concert stages of North America and has been highlighted by frequent engagements at the Carnegie Hall. Internationally, he has appeared in cultural capitols of Europe, Australia, Americas and Far East.
Mr. Folkert has recorded many recitals for radio and television around the world, including a live performance on New York's WNYC and WQXR Radio Stations, Washington's "Performance Today" on National Public Radio, Dublin's RTE Radio, Polish Radio and Television, and a live recording from Ongakonotomo Hall in Tokyo among others. During the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta his performance and musical tribute to Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski and the Olympic Committee at Spivey Hall was broadcast nationwide on NPR's "Performance Today".
Mr. Folkert is on the International Roster of Steinway Artists.
Born in Palma de Mallorca, Miquel Estelrich Serralta is one of the most significant pianists of the Balearic Islands.
He started his music studies in the Conservatorio de Baleares, graduating afterwards from the Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaquín Rodrigo de Valencia. His teachers have been Joan Moll, Bartomeu Jaume and Perfecto García Chornet. He has also followed master clasess with Manuel Carra, Ramón Coll, Paul Badura Skoda, Emilio Muriscot and Miguel Zanetti.
Miquel Estelrich has performed in recital or as orchestra soloist in the main cities of the European continent, with orchestras such as Orquesta Ciudad de Palma, Orquestra Simfònica de Balears, Grup Instrumental de València, Orquesta de Cannes, Orquesta de Marburg, etc, in prestigious concert halls (Palau de la Música de Valencia, Festival Chopin de Valldemossa, Festival de Pollensa, Fundación Botín de Santander, Zaragoza, Madrid, Barcelona). His performances have been broadcasted in France, Japan, Great-Britain, U.S.A. etc.
He's the official pianist of the Orquestra Simfònica de Balears since its creation in 1989; Miquel Estelrich is also the founder of the Trio de Mallorca. Involved in recovering and protection of Mallorca's composers, he has received in 1987 the National Award from the Minister of culture.
Miquel Estelrich is the chairman of the piano department and founder of the Conservatori Superior de Música de les Illes Balears (director from 2001 thru 2006). He's doctor of the University of Mallorca
Born in Paris, to a family of musicians, Simon Zaoui studied piano under Emile Naoumoff, then at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris with Alain Planès and Emmanuel Strosser, where he graduated in 2003 in piano and in 2005 in chamber music.
Zaoui also had the opportunity to work with renowned pianists such as Aldo Ciccolini, Robert Levin, Menahem Pressler, Dimitri Bashkirov and Jean-Claude Pennetier.
Simon Zaoui was awarded the First Prize and the "Fauré" Prize of the Brest International Piano Competition, and the Second Prize of the Jean Françaix International Piano Competition.
For chamber music, Simon collaborates often with the Quartets Ebene, Modigliani, Psophos, Voce etc. Besides, he has a close working relationship with Hungarian composer Gyorgy Kurtag.
Solo performances took Simon Zaoui all over France (Théâtre du Châtelet, Cité de la Musique, the "Folle Journée" de Nantes-Festival, La Roque d'Anthéron, ...) as well as to Germany, Japan, Brazil, Switzerland, ...
Simon Zaoui is a real Fauré-lover and recorded several of his works for piano solo or in chamber music.
He is the artistic director of the Festival of the Chapel of Kersaint- Landunvez (29) and collaborates with the magazine "Pianiste".
He is piano teacher at the Conservatoire municipal de Vincennes.
Praised for her "a part of the wave of new pianists with an ability to act the part of a star" (Suburban Chicago News), pianist Kyung-Ah Kim has won numerous competition awards including the USA Beethoven Competition, the Leos Janacek International Competition, the Sorantin International Competition, the St. Charles International Competition and many others.
Since she has been selected as the 2013 artist in Seoul Arts Center, she has given many concerts.
Kyung-Ah Kim has toured for many recitals, concerts, and festivals throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.
She has collaborated with leading conductors such as John Williams, James Orent, Petr Atrichter and has performed with orchestras including Boston Pops Orchestra, Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, NEC Philharmonic Orchestra, BU Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmomic Orchestra, Seoul Symphony Orchestra, Busan Philharmonic Orchestra and Kyunggi Philharmonic Orchestra among others.
She received Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and Graduate Diploma from New England Conservatory, and DMA from Boston University, studying with Russell Sherman, Wha Kyung Byun, and Boaz Sharon.
She is currently teaching at Seoul National University.
Jia Shi, embarked on a teaching career in the Boston region, was
born into a musical family in Guangzhou.
She was strongly influenced by her grandfather, Mingxin Shi, a renowned conductor there. Her talent was evident at an early age, and she received much of her beginning piano instruction from her grandfather.
After her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing under world renowned professor Zhihong Guo, Ms. Shi furthered her study with international soloist Alexander Korsantia at the New England Conservatory, where she earned a second Master’s Degree in Piano Performance.
Ms. Shi’s many competition awards include the Sendai Piano Competition in Japan, the Kaiserburg
Competition in China, the Horowitz Piano competition in Kiev, Ukraine,
and in 2005 the National Haiziman Piano Competition in China, where
she won First Prize and recognition for Best Performance.
Ms. Shi teaches at several Boston schools and at the New England Conservatory as well, as teaching assistant to Mr. Korsantia.
Jia Shi has performed across the United States and in both China and Europe, featuring in such venues as Tanglewood Music Theater, Steinway Hall, Basilica di San Pietro, Beijing Concert Hall,...
Ms. Shi is the Executive Director of the New England Young Artist Cultural Exchange Association,
and successfully organizes international piano programs with the Boston
University in Tanglewood since 2016.
She serves as the Chairperson of Hamlet Davidson Piano Competition.
Currently, Ms. Shi has joined the Board of the New England Piano Teachers’ Association and the director of Global Outstanding Chinese Artist Association.
Ms. Shi has also been invited to serve as the Artist Faculty at San Francisco Conservatory Music’s Piano Festival; Piano Faculty at both Dana Hall School of Music and Concord Conservatory.
The Italian virtuoso Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri was born in Argentina, where he was instructed by Magda Tagliaferro, Gyorgy Cziffra and Claudio Arrau.
In addition to his performing and recording career that took him to several continents, Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri is also a famed international piano pedagogue.
Teaching at the Ecole Normale "Alfred Cortot" in Paris during 40 years, Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri was also appointed professor extraordinaire at the Chapelle Musicale "Reine Elisabeth" in Belgium and Honorary Professor at the Palm Beach Atlantic University, Florida, USA.
He gives regularly master classes in France, China, Lithuania, Russia, Taiwan, Canada, USA, Portugal, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Greece, South Korea, etc.
Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri collaborated to the festivities of the European Union Day in Seoul, South Korea, by special invitation of the European amabassador.
Cultural and pedagogical broadening is an important goal of his duties as general director of the Bell'Arte Foundation.
Mr. Delle-Vigne Fabbri is also the artistic director of MusicA Braine l'Alleud, the Paris International Summer Sessions, LyricA Braine l'Alleud and of the EMS Music Group, a record company and record studio.
Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri is the founder and artistic director of The International Certificate for Piano Artists (http://www.internationalcertificate.org), a pedagogical programme in collaboration with many international institutions with sessions in the U.S., Russia, Italy, Lithuania, Taiwan, Spain, Poland, ...
After Philippe Entremont's 10-years' presidency, the programme is currently placed under the presidency of Belgian composer Jean Kluger. Jerome Lowenthal is its vice-president.
Nelson Delle-Vigne is the director of the present Summer course.
Marilyn Mims' performed over a hundred performances of seven major roles at the Metropolitan Opera (Violetta, Fiordiligi, Konstanze, Gilda, Lucia, Rosalinde, and Donna Anna) including two live Saturday afternoon broadcasts as Violetta and Fiordiligi.
She has performed with nationally and internationally acclaimed conductors and stage directors including James Levine, Carlos Kleiber, Nello Santi, and Franco Zefferelli.
Mims' career as a professional operatic soprano included appearances in the most prestigious opera houses and with orchestras spanning five continents. Her performance on the Metropolitan Opera's recording of Wagner's Die Walküre earned her a "Grammy" Award.
She joined the Music Faculty at Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2001 as Vocal Artist in Residence where she teaches voice and directs the Opera Workshop. Her professional students have sung with New York City Opera, The Metropolitan Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Kentucky Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Glyndebourne, and other major houses throughout the world.
She has judged numerous vocal competitions and been a featured Master Class presenter and judge for the Classical Singer Convention.
In 2014 Marilyn Mims was named a master teacher for the 2015 National Association of Teachers of Singing Intern Program.
Lloyd Mims is Dean of the School of Music and Fine Arts at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Dr. Mims has sung numerous recitals and performed roles with Kentucky Opera and Mobile Opera, sung solo performances with Ballet Florida, the Louisville Chorus, the Louisville Orchestra the Louisville Bach Society, the Asunción National Philharmonic (Paraguay), The Choral Society of the Palm Beaches, and the Masterworks Chorus of the Palm Beaches.
He recently completed an eight years term on the Board of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) as national Secretary-Treasurer. He has hosted numerous NATS events and chaired several national committees.
He has judged numerous regional and state vocal festivals as well as Classical Singer Convention competitions. Lloyd Mims has been a guest choral conductor in Germany, France, and the Southeastern United States.
He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi.