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Francisco J. Cruz Plaza

Francisco J. Cruz Plaza

Kiai Nara

Kiai Nara

Boaz Sharon

Boaz Sharon

 

Francisco J. Cruz Plaza
Professor Francisco J. Cruz Plaza, Doctor of Musical Arts.
Professor Cruz Plaza was taught by Noretta Conci, Bella Davidovich, Norman del Mar, Frederyk Gevers, Charles Rosen and various others.
Doctorate with honors and awards, makes conducting studies with Sir Norman del Mar and Claudio Abbado. J.S.Bach Award in Berlin, his piano career begins with a repertoire ranging from the early Baroque to the latest music.
Invited by Bella Davidowich interprets the Well-Tempered Clavier of J.S.Bach at the Juilliard School in New York, making his American debut with the Goldberg Variations.
 
After its debut in New York, Joseph Karmann wrote :
" the recital can be classified as an event, with devoted audience from the beginning, despite not offer any music after twenty minutes ovations, we can say that the sound of Michelangeli and Gould´s Bach have an heir in the deepest pianistic tradition as contradictory as it may seem. Strength, modesty and responsibility of agreat artist"
 
As a teacher of "Eleanor Aitken Contemporany Music Center" performs numerous premieres of composers of the late twentieth century.
He has performed Ligeti’s ‘Studies for Piano’ under the supervision of the composer himself.
 
He worked as a visiting professor and lecturer at the Universities of Columbia, Harvard, Yale, California, Mexico, Toronto, Brussels Free, Cambridge,Tokyo, Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Oslo, Michigan, Bordeaux...
 
Activities in America, Asia, Africa, Australia and Europe Cruz Plaza is especially noted for his performances of Bach, Schubert and Schumann.
 
After creating the FIM Domenico Scarlatti in their Spanish- US versions and "The Summer Festival" at the University of Cambridge assuming its artistic direction for four years, ceases all professional activity for more than twenty years, During the early 1990s, he limited his concertizing, preferring to spend these years studying by himself and expanding his repertoire into the complete works of J.S. Bach, all Schubert, Schumann, Beethoven and Brahms.
 
As a cultural and sponsorship consultant has worked with Goverments, Piano Competitions, Foundations, Orchestras, Banks, Tv Cultural Channels, Radio, U.N. ...
 
Since its recent resurgence, Cruz-Plaza has been enjoying an uninterrupted international career touring 53 countries performing J.S.Bach in a world tour through New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Cincinati, Montevideo, Los Angeles, Paris, Brussels, Leipzig, Toronto, Singapore, Budapest, Bucharest, Geneva, Beijing, Amsterdam, Oslo, Sidney, Johannesburg, Casablanca, Nairobi, Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Mexico DF, Vatican City, St. Petersburg...
Today, he is a pianist, professor, artistic director, musical producer and musical programmer.
 
He advises some of the world’s leading cultural centres, universities and acts as an advisor for a number of museums...
 
He is an expert in the work of J.S. Bach, and his repertoire includes all of the keyboard works. He has given lectures and master classes around the world, as a conductor-soloist he has worked with orchestras in Europe and America.
 
Dr. Cruz Plaza is a prolific advocate for young musicians, working with over a dozen foundations that support classical music. He is also jury and trustee for a number of prestigious international piano competitions.
 
His work on regenerating audiences who attend classical music concerts has established a new global benchmark, which has guided large orchestras, festivals, competitions and auditoria from Qatar to New York, through London, Moscow, Berlin, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris...
Actually Dr.Cruz -Plaza is developing a new project as Artist Director "European Piano Series" in Washington DC .
 
Dr Cruz has received world critical acclaim for his recordings on GBRecords Master Series of J.S.Bach´s "The Art of Fugue" and the "English Suiten".
Upcoming recitals include performances in London, Leipzig, Berlin, St Petersburg, Moskow, Paris, Miami, Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Auckland, Beijing, Tokio, Singapore and Hong Kong.
 
"francruzplaza is a protected internet domain"
 
 
Kiai Nara
 
Kiai Nara won the First Prize and Gold Medal winner of Robert Schumann International Competition in Zwickau, Germany, as well as high prizes from Arthur Schnabel Competition in Germany, F. Busoni International Piano competition in Italy, Jose Iturbi International Piano Competition in Spain, and Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan.
 
She started playing piano when she was two years old. And she won the first prize at the Japanese national broadcasted music competition.
After graduating from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, where she studied with Prof. Yoshie Kohra, Hitoshi Kobayashi as a scholarship student of YASUDA Foundation, she moved to Germany to study with Prof. Klaus Hellwig on the German Academic exchange program (DAAD) scholarship.
 
After she finished her BA Degree (Hauptstudium) with the highest honor, she continued her Post-graduate Degree (Konzertexamen/National Artistic Diploma) with Prof. Hellwig as a scholarship student of Japanese Cultural Affairs. She also had studied at the Real Conservatorio in Madrid, with Prof. Joaquin Soriano, and also had studied with Prof. Sergio Perticaroli in Rome. In 2004, as a recipient of the Rohm Music Foundation award, she did her Professional Studies program on a full scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.
 
As a soloist, chamber-musician, song accompanist, and with orchestras, she has performed at the Berliner Philharmonic Hall, Wigmore Hall in London, where she got highest acclaims from the several newspapers, incl. the most famous British newspaper “Independent”. She has performed at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, throughout Europe, USA and Canada.
 
Currently, Kiai is an associate professor at the KUNITACHI College of Music, in Tokyo. She’s been invited as a guest lecturer from several universities (a.t., Manhattan School of Music, (NYC), HAMAMATSU international piano academy, INJE University (Busan, Korea) in Europe, U.S., Korea, and Taiwan. She also performs contemporary pieces (incl. world premiere). Recently, she has been invited by several master courses as a faculty member of piano solo and chamber music, and also as a judge for international competitions all over the world.
 
 
Boaz Sharon
 
Boaz Sharon is Professor of Piano and Chair of Piano at Boston University and Director of the Young Artists Piano Program at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.  Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Boaz Sharon studied from the age of 13 with Stefan Askenase – famed interpreter of Chopin and Mozart – in Brussels, Belgium. He later pursued his piano studies in the US with Leonard Shure.
 
Sharon, who is first prize winner and gold medalist of the Jaen International Piano Competition, is an international recording artist for Nonesuch, Hyperion, Arcobaleno and Unicorn-Kanchana Records. His recording release on Nonesuch/Asylum/Warner Bros. was cited as among the best recordings of the year by Newsweek Magazine and was cited by the New York Times as “beautifully recorded and played”.
Among concerts given have been performances in the Taipei National Performing Arts Center, Taiwan; Steinway Celebrity Series, London; Phillips Collection and National Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Liszt International Piano Festival, Rio de Janeiro; the Chapelle Historique Piano Series, Montreal; and the Gasteig Hall, Munich.
 
Boaz Sharon was formerly Pianist-in-Residence at Duke University and Professor of Piano at the University of Florida. He is a frequent judge at competitions including the Rudolf Firkusny International Piano Competition, Prague; the Liszt International Piano Competition, Moscow; the Jaen International Piano Competition, Spain; and the “Composers of Spain” International Competition, Madrid.
Having founded and then directed the Prague International Piano Masterclasses for 13 years, he is also on the artist faculty of the Ruza International Piano Festival in Russia, and was co-founder and on the faculty of the International Certificate for Piano Artists (sponsored by the Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot, Paris).
 
Sharon is Honorary Fellow at Charles University, Prague. In 2009 he was appointed Visiting Professor at the China Conservatory in Beijing.
In recent years Sharon has given a recital and orchestral tour of 13 concerts in Russia from the Far East to Moscow, which included several performances with the Ural State Philharmonic.  He was on the artist faculty of the International Piano Academy at Seoul National University, appeared on MBC-TV in South Korea, and presented recitals at the Beijing Concert Hall, Shanghai Concert Hall, Ruza International Piano Festival in Russia, the Nordic Piano Festival in Sweden, Yamaha Hall in New York City, Yamaha Hall in Seoul, and at the Bergamo International Festival in Italy.
In the 2012-13 year Sharon gave concerts in Tel Aviv, Israel; London, England; and at the Sichuan International Piano Festival, China for which he is Artistic Director. Sharon also gave a masterclass at the Royal College of Music in London and was in residency at the Middle School attached to the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing.
 
In the 2014-15 year Sharon gave concerts in Seoul (Mozart Hall), New York City (Harvard Club), Moscow, St. Petersburg, Rio de Janeiro, and San Paulo. He served on the jury of the Jaen International Competition in Spain and at the Second International Youth Competition, Kaufman Center, New York City.
 
In 2016 Boaz Sharon will be on the artist/faculty of the San Juan International Piano Masterclasses.
 

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