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A Message from the Executive Director

Happy 2015! I wish you a joyful new year filled with music. This is a wonderful time of the year at Kaufman Music Center. Our halls and classrooms crackle with the energy of our students young and, well, not so young. It is always a delight to see the results of our students’ hard work at the many recitals coming up in Ann Goodman Recital Hall as well as on stage at…

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International Youth Piano Competition

Calling all young pianists! The application deadline for the 2015 Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition is March 1, 2015. Open to young pianists between 7 and 17, the competition awards cash prizes and the opportunity to perform at the Winners Showcase Concert in Merkin Concert Hall on June 23, 2015. Above: 2013 Senior Division First Prize winner Tiff…

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Special Events

Above at the 2014 Kaufman Music Center Gala: Lydia Kontos, Kaufman Music Center Executive Director; Joy Wyatt, Trustee; Bethany Millard, Vice President, Kaufman Music Center Board of Trustees There was a lot to celebrate at Kaufman Music Center this year! Our 2014 Gala held on May 29 at The Edison Ballroom was truly inspiring, with extraordinary performances by violinist …

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Faculty News

Do you have news, photos or videos to share? Please send an email to joan@kaufmanmusiccenter.org. FACULTY NEWs Roni Ben-Hur and Amy London (Jazz Program) presented “Adventures in Jazz” workshops in Puerto Rico last spring and in Istanbul and Schroon Lake, NY this summer. The program was recently featured in DownBeat Magazine. Read the article. Robinson McClell…

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Making New Music

In an open rehearsal in Harlem, the bespectacled composer sat listening intently as the string quartet rehearsed his new piece. He made comments and asked the quartet to play certain sections more slowly. The players asked questions and plunged into the piece once again. Focusing on the music, it was easy to forget that these serious musicians were at an age when you migh…

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Finalists Announced for Kaufman Music Center’s International Piano Competition

Congratulations to the five Junior 1 finalists: Daniel Mori, Connor Sung, Leon Zimmermann, Richard Gao & Yali Levy-Schwartz. These contestants will perform in the final round of the competition on Sunday, June 23. Congratulations to the seven Junior 2 finalists: Mayuki Miyashita, Daniel Oslin, Jens Scheuerbrandt, Elliot Wuu, William Chen, Raymond Feng, Ruo Xi Jin. The…

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2013 LMS Discovery Day is June 11

DISCOVERY DAY 2013 Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Music Center Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 4-7 pm Children Are Invited Try Different Musical Instruments at this FREE Annual Event at New York City’s Largest Community Arts School At this FREE event, children ages four and up can try out a wide range of instruments under the guidance of Lucy Moses School’s dedicated an…

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Special Events

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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