Gould Academy Presents 13th Music Without Borders International Piano Festival

Gould Academy Presents 13th Music Without Borders International Piano Festival

Admission to the recitals has no cost and everyone is invited to come and enjoy the music / Jaren Jai Wicklund via Shutterstock

 

The Gould Academy, an All-Steinway School located in Bethel, is celebrating the 13th season of the Music Without Borders International Piano Festival on July 1-27, 2019. Tamara Poddubnaya, a renowned master teacher and a distinguished concert artist, brings together hopeful young pianists coming from all over Europe and the United States for a month of comprehensive learning and training in the Gould Academy. The aspiring pianists will reside at the academy for the meantime and take advantage of the outstanding rehearsal and production amenities provided by the school, which is located in a sociable community on the mountains in the western part of Maine.

According to www.pressherald.com, on July 4 and 6, the academy will host the first piano recitals for the broader community. Subsequently, the standard recitals will be conducted every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, from July 9 until July 27. Admission to the recitals has no cost and everyone is invited to come and enjoy the music. The piano recitals will start at 7:00 in the evening and will be held in the Gould Academy, at the Trustees Auditorium of the McLaughlin Science Center. Reservations to the event are not necessary, though the seating capacity of the air-conditioned auditorium is restricted.

The Popular Professor and Her Talented Students

Tamara Poddubnaya, who is the artistic director for the piano festival, is a celebrated alumna of the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory located in St. Petersburg. Being a popular and most-requested master teacher, Podubbnaya also regularly operates as a juror in global piano contests and maintains an active lifestyle, while she performs and teaches in cities in Europe and the United States. She is also a renowned faculty member of the Long Island Conservatory found in Albertson, New York, where she also serves as Head of the Piano Department.

The talented students participating in the festival embody a genuinely universal group. The youngest participants are aged 10, while the more mature ones may reach 30 years old. In the past seasons, most of the participating students came from Bulgaria, Russia, the Netherlands, Turkey, Canada, Sweden, and the United States. A lot of them are bound to be professional concert artists, some of them end up teaching, and every single one of them studied piano ever since they were children.

Some of the talented students in the batch are students of the professor herself, some have been with her under master classes as well as piano competitions held in Europe and the United States, or were directed to her by their individual private music teachers. The skillful students love playing the piano for an audience, and they are developing each season. Residents from the local area as well as out of town visitors come to see them perform. In fact, frequent visitors coming from out of town usually plan their vacation for the summer to synchronize with the Music Without Borders Festival. During the past few years, festival partisans have established tight relationships with the other pianists as well as the local residents of Bethel.

The piano students play numerous occasions every week throughout the concerts they prepared for the public / Monkey Business Images via Shutterstock

 

Solo Recitals and Group Performances

An exceptional characteristic of the International Piano Festival is that every piano student has a lesson or two every day with Professor Podubbnaya and an individual piano where they practice their music and consume a lot of hours training. The piano students play numerous occasions every week throughout the concerts they prepared for the public, and improved students showcase a solo recital in the course of the last week. Right at the end of their stay in Gould Academy, the piano students will play from memory repertoire which they only started to practice when they first arrived in Bethel.

For people who are interested to know more about of the venue and the program, to have a record of the festival alumni, as well as the incidental alterations to the times and locations of the recitals, important news and updates, and the notice on the well-known “piano marathons” of Professor Podubbnaya within the last week, they can visit the website of Music Without Border International Piano Festival.

History of the International Piano Festival

According to www.musicwoborders.com, when Tamara Podbbnaya initially went to the Gould Academy to pay them a visit in the spring of 2007, she immediately realized the talent and the possibilities of the music school along with the location of the small town as an ideal spot for training aspiring and skilled pianists. She knew that the All-Steinway School had excellent teaching methods and performance equipment, which were a perfect match for the peaceful and warm community in western Maine.

 

The first season of the Music Without Borders International Piano Festival was in progress not more than eight weeks after, with the combined efforts of students coming from all over the globe. They played piano for a large audience comprising of residents in the local area in addition to vacationers for the summer. Throughout the years, a lot of the students came back for the succeeding festivals and have befriended other students and residents of the small community. A few of the students came back in the course of the regular school year to play Steinway Series recitals at the academy.