Dino Ciani Festival and Academy

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This festival is renewed year after year under the artistic direction of Jeffrey Swann.

Il Giornale della Musica

We need you, to bring music and culture to Cortina.

Jeffrey Swann

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Music at high altitude and artistic offerings of the highest level.

Il Gazzettino

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A festival with ambitions of becoming the most important musical event at high altitude in Italy.

Corriere della Sera

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The Festival brings together, in the heart of the Dolomites, the most brilliant stars on the international music scene.

Corriere delle Alpi

I am left with the memory of the purest of artists, a great poet of the keyboard.

Riccardo Muti

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A landmark in the national and international music scene.

Corriere delle Alpi

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Concerts, meetings, and master classes that transmit, even to the youngest, what Dino Ciani was and continues to be.

Amadeus

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Invaluable opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with pianists of international fame/renown and young talents of the keyboard.

Il Giornale della Musica

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One of the greatest pianists of recent decades; an angel who found himself on earth, only to return too soon to his heavenly home.

Paolo Isotta • Corriere della Sera

Academy

HaeSun Paik

Pianist HaeSun Paik has been hailed as a “sensitive and thinking musician with stunning virtuosity” (Los Angeles Times), and a “big and individual personality” (New York Times), whose performances are “a rare example of technique actually serving both idea and feeling, head and heart” (Musical America). Having won top prizes at international piano competitions including the Queen Elisabeth, Leeds, William Kapell, and the Tchaikovsky, Ms. Paik has performed around the world in solo recitals, concerti with orchestras, and as a chamber musician.

HaeSun Paik has appeared as a soloist under the baton of Mikhail Pletnev, Sir Simon Rattle, Vassily Sinaisky, Dmitri Kitaenko, Stanislav Skrovaczewski, and Myung Whun Chung. She has performed with the Boston, National, London, KBS, NHK, and City of Birmingham Symphonies; the Munich, Radio France, Tokyo, Warsaw, and Moscow Philharmonics; and the Russian National Orchestra.

Ms. Paik has frequently performed in recital venues throughout the U.S. including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center and Jordan Hall in Boston, as well as in major concert halls around the globe. Her recent recording with cellist Laurence Lesser of the complete works by Beethoven for cello and piano has been released by Bridge Records. Her debut and subsequent solo recordings can be heard on the EMI label.

One of the most sought after pedagogical influences in Korea, Ms. Paik was the youngest pianist of her generation to be appointed as a music professor at Seoul National University, where she taught for ten years. Recently, she has joined the piano faculty at Cleveland Institute of Music. She is also Artist-in–Residence at Catholic University of Daegu and serves as the Artistic Director of the Busan Music Festival in Korea. She gives master classes at institutions and festivals worldwide and has served as a juror at the USASU, the Cleveland, the Honens, the Hilton Head, and the Seoul (Dong-A) international piano competitions.

Ms. Paik graduated from the New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Russell Sherman and Wha Kyung Byun. Her artistic development was further influenced by her studies at the International Piano Foundation in Lake Como (Italy) where she worked with international artists Alicia de Larrocha, Karl Urlich Schnabel, Rosalyn Tureck, and Alexis Weissenberg.