12-05 Golandsky International Piano Festival

The International Piano Festival kicks off from the Princeton University campus this July 7th through the 15th as part of the Golandsky Institute’s Summer Symposium. The festival celebrates piano masterworks and brings students, teachers and professional pianists together to hear wonderful music and hone their craft. The Golandsky Institute was established in 2003 by Edna Golandsky, John Bloomfield, Robert Durso and Mary Moran to bring high-level training in the Taubman Approach to the musical community. This approach has proven to be highly effective in the resolution of technical limitations and playing-related injuries. The aim of the Institute is to provide musicians with a foundation that allows for full artistic expression and the development of virtuosic technical ability.

The Golandsky Institute has announced the performers for its 2012 International Piano Festival, to be held at Princeton University for its ninth consecutive summer, July 8th-14th. The Festival will feature six recitals by internationally acclaimed artists from the classical and jazz piano music worlds. This year’s season will also feature an Evening of Songs with soloists from Opera New Jersey. Performers will include 15 year old artist and prodigy, Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner, the Jasper Quartet, Spain’s young star pianist Josu de Salaun de Soto, Bill Charlap, and Ilya Itin.






Learn more here about the Golandsky Institute and the International Piano Festival.


Bach: Partita No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 826
Wyner: From the Flow, from New Fantasies, 1991
Beethoven: Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11
Martinů: Duo
Messiaen: L’eglise d’amour
Rachmaninov: Prelude
Schubert: Piano Trio in B-Flat Major, Op. 99

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Ilya Itin

Russian-born pianist, Ilya Itin has delighted audiences on four continents – Europe, the Americas and Asia. He was awarded the Gold Medal at the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition in 1996 and has also been awarded top prizes at the Casadesus, William Kappell, Arthur Rubinstein, Gina Bachauer, and Rachmaninov competitions. and has has collaborated with many of the world’s great conductors, including Dohnanyi, Jarvi, Pletnev, Jens Nygaard, Rattle and Tovey. He is an avid performer and has given concerts with the Prague Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the London Symphony, and the Tokyo and St. Petersburg Philharmonic, among others. In addition the Golandsky Festival, he has played for a variety of music festivals from Aldeburgh to Tel Aviv and Toulouse, including the Mostly Mozart Festival.

Anna Lim

Sunghae Anna Lim has performed extensively throughout the United States, Central America, Europe and Japan. She is a founding member of the Laurel Trio and, as violinist of the New Millennium Ensemble, Ms. Lim won the Naumburg Chamber Music Award and gave a debut recital at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. She is actively involved in contemporary music, premiering and recording numerous works by living composers. Recent highlights include the premier performance of the Second Violin sonata by the late Donald Martino and a recording of Alexander Steinert’s violin sonata of 1921. In addition to her performances with the Golandsky International Piano Festival, Lim has participated in music festivals such as the Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia, Prussia Cove, Tanglewood, the Portland Chamber Music Festival, the Wellesley Composers’ Conference, Monadnock Music Festival, Bennington Chamber Music Conference, and the Laurel Festival of the Arts. Ms. Lim currently teaches violin at Princeton University where she also leads the Richardson Chamber Players.

 Thomas Kraines

Thomas Kraines, a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, is gaining recognition worldwide as a cellist, composer, and teacher. He frequently performs as a duo with his wife, violinist Juliette Kang, as well as with the Boston based chamber ensemble Mistral, the free improvisation duo Dithyramb, and the children’s musical troupe Auricolae. His chamber compositions have been performed across the country. In January of 2008 he was featured as guest composer/performer at the Jubilus Music Festival in Florida, and his “Songs and Games” for violin and piano was premiered in March as part of the Mani Chamber Music Series in Brooklyn, NY. He currently teaches at Princeton University and Temple University Prep, as well as at the Killington Music Festival. Recent festival appearances include the Moab Music Festival, Spoleto’s Festival dei Due Mondi (Italy), the Sebago/Long Lake Music Festival, Caramoor NY, the Next Generation Festival, and the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival.