Bermuda Piano Festival

Launched in 2017 by the Bermuda School of Music in collaboration with Pianist Alex Tuchman, as its Artistic Director, the Piano Festival moved under the auspices of the Bermuda Festival in 2020. The Piano Festival’s mission is to further enrich Bermuda’s cultural landscape by presenting world-class performers in engaging programmes and to provide opportunities for piano students to learn from and interact with the Festival artists.

Two of this year’s performances will focus on music by Beethoven, celebrating his 250th Birthday.  The third performance will be a selection by Brahms, Schumann, and Liszt.

This year’s Outreach will consist of piano master classes with Eteri Andjaparidze and Alex Tuchman along with private lessons with each of the performing artists between June 8-12. For information about participating in either the Master Class or scheduling a private lesson please contact outreach@bermudafestival.org

2020 Piano Festival Performers

Alex Tuchman is a prizewinner of the Bartok- Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International Piano Competition at Radford University in Virginia and the IBLA Grand Prize International Piano Competition in Sicily. He has performed at venues throughout New York including Steinway Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York University, and The Penn Club. Abroad, he has performed at The Central Conservatory in Beijing, China; the Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, England; the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar, Germany; and the Casa da Música in Óbidos, Portugal. In December of 2017, his performance of Franck’s Piano Quintet with Annie Fullard of the Cavani Quartet was broadcast on Cleveland’s WCLV Classical radio. Performance highlights in Bermuda include recitals at the Bermuda School of Music and City Hall. He has appeared with the Bermuda Philharmonic at the Ruth Seaton James Centre for the Performing Arts.

Mr. Tuchman studied with Irina Edelman in the Honors Program of the Mannes Preparatory Division. He continued his studies at the Mannes School of Music as a pupil of Pavlina Dokovska, and in 2014, he graduated with academic honors and the Josef Fidelman Award. He earned his Master of Music degree from NYU Steinhardt as a student of Eteri Andjaparidze. While pursuing his master’s, he taught piano at NYU Steinhardt as a member of the adjunct faculty. Mr. Tuchman received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Antonio Pompa-Baldi.

 

Eteri Andjaparidze has performed around the globe in solo and collaborative recitals and as guest soloist with major orchestras and leading conductors. Highlights of her international festival engagements as an artist and faculty have included Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival, International Keyboard Festival and Institute, Mannes Sounds Festival, NYU Summer Piano Intensive, Round Top Festival-Institute, PianoSummer at New Paltz, Los Angeles International Piano Symposium, Piano Festival Northwest, Apollo Music Festival, Puerto Rico International Piano Festival, Bermuda Piano Festival, Villa Sandra Piano Academy, Todi International Music Masters Festival, Festival International de Colmar, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Duszniki-Zdroj International Chopin Festival, White Nights, Russian Winter, Neuhaus Piano Festival, and Autumn Tbilisi Music Festival. Her discography on Naxos, Marco Polo, and Melodiya labels includes Grammy and Deutsche Schallplatten awards nominated albums.

Currently teaching at NYU Steinhardt and Mannes School of Music in New York City, she has served as Professor of Piano at DePaul University in Chicago, the State University of New York, the Moscow and Tbilisi State Conservatoires. A Steinway Artist, she is founder and artistic director of The United Sounds of America festival and AmerKlavier series. Born to prominent musicians in Tbilisi, Georgia, she studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatoire with Vera Gornostaeva. She was the youngest participant to receive Fourth Prize at the Fifth Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow and the first Soviet pianist to win Grand Prix at the Montreal International Piano Competition. Her recognitions include International Friendship Order, Georgian Order of Honor, and People’s Artist of Georgia title.

 

Pianist Sung-Soo Cho continues to captivate audiences with profound interpretations of musical depth. Praised for his technique and command at the piano, his wide musical perception has drawn critical acclaim. Awarded “Best American Contemporary Performance” at the Cincinnati World Piano Competition and “Best Performance of the Commissioned Work” at the Texas State International Piano Competition, he especially enjoys broadening his passion for contemporary music. One of his recent projects is his CD “Minimum | Maximum | Modern Piano Music by American Composers” which was released in March 2016 by Albany Records.
Dr. Cho has been a prizewinner in numerous competitions including the International Piano Competition “Delia Steinberg” in Madrid, Spain and the Cincinnati World Piano Competition. He has appeared as a soloist throughout the world, and his performance highlights include solo performances at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Yamaha Artist Services in Seoul, and the Kumho Art Hall. He is also the pianist at the Lake George Music Festival, a strong supporter of contemporary classical music.

Dr. Cho started his musical studies at the age of five in Seoul, South Korea and graduated from Seoul National University, Manhattan School of Music, and Cleveland Institute of Music. His teachers include Eteri Andjaparidze, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Phillip Kawin and Hyoung-Joon Chang.

Dr. Cho has served as adjunct faculty of piano studies at New York University. He is currently a piano faculty at Kaufman Music Center in New Yor, as well as a visiting artist-in-residence at Notre Dame College in Ohio. He has also taught at the Minnesota International Piano Camp and the Texas State International Piano Festival.

 

Dr. Stephen Cook has performed throughout the United States and abroad to popular and critical acclaim including Harold Schonberg of the New York Times.

Cook has earned distinguished awards, scholarships and top prizes in both national and international piano competitions such as the Jacob Flier International Piano Competition, the Klatzkin Contemporary Music Competition, the National Society of Arts and Letters Piano Competition, the Yamaha Young Artist’s Competition, the Northshore Musician’s Club Award, the Arizona State University Concerto Competition, and the DePaul University Concerto Competition.
A student of luminary pianists Eteri Andjaparidze and Robert Hamilton, he received his BM, MM, Artist’s Diploma, and DMA in Piano Performance at DePaul University, Northwestern University, and Arizona State University.

Hailed for his dynamic approach to concertizing, Cook emphasizes artistic fusion with synergistic performances integrating piano, poetry, and the visual arts.

Passionate about community outreach and cultural development, Cook founded the Oracle Piano Society in 2012. As Artistic Director, he presents in Oracle a wide variety of his own creative programs and an impressive artistic roster. He brings together a dedicated Artist Advisory Committee, empowers a passionate Board of Directors, and inspires an outpouring of local support.

 

Pianst Santiago Lomelin is praised for his “graceful and attentive phrasing” by The Boston Musical Intelligencer and he has won the hearts of audiences around the world. He was the first Latino pianist to be admitted to the Horowitz Piano Competition in Kiev, Ukraine, where he won the third prize. Santiago has performed as a soloist with Mexico’s leading orchestras, including the Aguascalientes, San Luis Potosi, Yucatan, and Jalisco orchestras, most recently in July of 2019 when he performed Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco. As a member of the ensemble Dulce de Trio, Santiago won a prestigious grant involving community outreach and performances around the city of Boston, culminating in a concert at the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. He is a prize winner at several competitions including the San Jose International Piano Competition in California and Parnassos in Monterrey, Mexico. He has played with esteemed musicians such as Donald Weilerstein, Dimitri Murrath, Jeremias Sergiani Velazquez, and Katie Althen.

Santiago earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory as a student of Victor Rosenbaum (with academic honors). He earned his Master of Music degree and Professional Studies degree from Mannes School of Music as a student of Pavlina Dokovska (with academic honors and as the recipient of a Steinway Award and the Marian Marcus Wahl Memorial Award). He is a doctoral candidate at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where he studies with Vladimir Valjarević. Santiago is a passionate and dedicated music teacher and is currently a faculty member at the Bronx Conservatory of Music.