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Long-time supporter Elaine Kaufman highlighted in The Wall Street Journal

Read about Elaine Kaufman, a long-time supporter of Kaufman Music Center and a Board Member for 25 years, in the Wall Street Journal! Her new gift of $1 million comes at a time when the Center is expanding its programs to reach more constituents than ever before, including keeping the doors open at Opus 118 Harlem School of Music as part of Kaufman Music Center’s &l…

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HILARY HAHN & KRONOS QUARTET TO PERFORM AT MUSICAL EVENINGS What could be better than enjoying cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and phenomenal performances by world-renowned musicians in a beautiful private home? When you attend a Musical Evening, you help make it possible for the children at Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School, a public school for musica…

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Alumni Profile: Vitaly Paley

What does Debussy have to do with pan roasted oysters served with sea urchin butter? The path from piano prodigy to “Iron Chef” may seem unusual, but it makes perfect sense to Vitaly Paley, an accomplished pianist and award-winning chef and restaurateur widely recognized as a trailblazer in the American culinary scene. Vitaly, an alumnus of Kaufman Music Cente…

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Teen Pianist Finds His Russian Roots

He was blown away by the immensity of Red Square, and a bit perplexed by the Lenin Mausoleum, but what astonished Alexander Kiladze most of all during his recent trip to Moscow was all the young performers. “It was just so amazing to see so much talent from all over the world in one place,” says the 17-year-old pianist. “I never expected young people to …

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New Partnership with Opus 118 Benefits East Harlem Children

This fall, New York City music education nonprofits Kaufman Music Center and Opus 118 Harlem School of Music launched a new partnership ensuring the continuation of Opus 118’s music education programs for children in East Harlem. Kaufman Music Center, New York City's premier pre-college music education institution, will lend its management expertise and other re…

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Young String Players Inspire Each Other at String Fest

Every August, talented and enthusiastic young violinists, violists and cellists come together at Kaufman Music Center for an intensive week of lessons, sectionals and chamber orchestra instruction that culminates in a final performance in Merkin Concert Hall. Lynelle Smith, the program’s Artistic Coordinator, explains that for her, the music drives the whole process…

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A New High School for 21st Century Musicians

Fall is a busy season for New York City eighth graders and their families, who must navigate an intimidating list of high schools, complex admissions procedures and intense competition for spots in the city’s top high schools. Starting this year, teens who are serious about studying music have a new option: In the fall of 2013, Kaufman Music Center’s Special M…

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Face the Music Takes NYC

Kaufman Music Center’s Face the Music youth ensemble has taken its place as a full-fledged player in New York City’s vibrant contemporary classical scene, rapidly becoming what Allan Kozinn of the New York Times has called “a force in the New York new-music world.” Founded in 2005 by Dr. Jenny Undercofler with eight students with unique passion for…

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2013 Ecstatic Music Festival Lineup Announced

Kaufman Center's Ecstatic Music Festival® returns this winter with more than 120 composers and performers from diverse musical backgrounds coming together for 11 utterly unique and highly original collaborative performances. The festival's musicians – soloists, bands, chamber ensembles, orchestras and everything in between – hail from diverse music…

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