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Questions about Heifetz Institute #344765
03/21/07 12:12 PM
03/21/07 12:12 PM
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cadential64 Offline OP
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Has anybody attended or know someone who has attended the <a href="http://www.heifetzinstitute.org/institute.html">Heifetz International Music Institute</a> for piano? I plan to go there this summer but have no idea what to expect because I don't know any pianists who've been there. The program sounds great because it's exclusively chamber and solo music, and <a href="http://www.heifetzinstitute.org/faculty.html">the faculty</a> looks pretty solid (Barry Snyder from Eastman and Victor Rosenbaum from NEC, plus guest artists like Natalya Antonova, Andre Watts, and Horacio Gutierrez, etc).

From what I gather, this festival is more focused on strings than piano, but like I said, I don't quite know what to expect. If anybody knows anything about the piano program at Heifetz, please tell me anything at all! Stuff like:
--How do they arrange chamber groups? Are the groups and music assigned?
--Who did you study with and how did that work out?
--How did the two lessons per week schedule work out for you?
--What is the environment generally like? Friendly? Relaxed? Competitive? Rigorous?
--How did you like the communications classes?
--What is the general age group of people who attend?
--What did you love and hate about the program?
--What did you do for fun in Wolfeboro, NH?

Any information, comments, or recommendations at all would be helpful. They won't send me my student handbook and additional information until I pay all my tuition, so I have to wait a bit longer and I'm dying to know. Thanks!

Yours curiously,
Jessica T.

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Music is life. The rest is just details. --Gustav Mahler
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Re: Questions about Heifetz Institute #344766
03/21/07 12:59 PM
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I would guess from their website that this program, as you suggest, is directed primarily at string players, so there may not be many members here who can help you. Your comment "...until I pay all my tuition" suggests to me that you have already enrolled in the Institute, and I presume, therefore, that you have a particular interest in chamber music performance? Given the ratio of string faculty to piano faculty, my guess is that any study you do there will concentrate on chamber repertoire.

What works did you use on your video/application?

What a great opportunity for six weeks!

Regards,


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Re: Questions about Heifetz Institute #344767
03/21/07 02:06 PM
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For my video application, I played Prokofiev Sonata no. 2 (last movement) and Brahms Intermezzo op. 118 no. 2.

Good point about the chamber music- strangely enough, chamber is completely optional, but since there are so many good string players around, I can't wait to take advantage of the opportunities!


Music is life. The rest is just details. --Gustav Mahler
Re: Questions about Heifetz Institute #344768
03/21/07 06:13 PM
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You will be surrounded by some very advanced and proficient string players, so it will be an awesome opportunity for you to dig in to chamber music - so many beautiful and exciting works to explore. How are your sight-reading skills? And do you tend to memorize quickly? Those are two skills that are really necessary for you to succeed and enjoy your time. You might consider preparing some piano parts ahead of time so that when you arrive you can tell your teacher/coaches what rep you already have prepared (not perfectly, but enough that you can 'read through' with the soloist or quartet, etc.) Take a look at some piano trios or quartets, i.e. Beethoven, Haydn or Mozart. A little more challenging would be Brahms Piano Trios or violin and cello sonatas. One of my favorite all-time gorgeous works is the Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata - but of course, that is a monster piano part. Anyway - have a blast! Be sure and keep in touch and let us know how it goes.

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Re: Questions about Heifetz Institute #344769
03/21/07 09:58 PM
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I'll send you a PM.

Re: Questions about Heifetz Institute #344770
03/21/07 10:01 PM
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cadential64 Offline OP
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Thanks apianonne; looking forward to it.

I heard that the chamber music is assigned. In that case, I may be safe! I'm not the best sight reader but I memorize well...not helpful in chamber, i suppose. I like the Rach cello sonata too, but not as much as the Franck Sonata in A. I hope to do that. Or Ravel's Tzigane. Or some Beethoven or even Shostakovich trios. Too much great music, so little time!


Music is life. The rest is just details. --Gustav Mahler

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