Miami International Piano Festival 2021-2022 Season

By: CultureOwl
Miami International Piano Festival 2021-2022 Season

The MiamiInternational Piano Festival is back again and will debut several of the most talented up and coming musicians!

The international talent will enthrall classical music lovers at several world-class venues around Miami-Dade and Broward and through the creation of its state-of-the-art Virtual Platform. It will give the organization Global and International exposure and unique opportunities for the artists, the audience, and classical music lovers. 

Celebrating the in-person reemergence of the festival, they will open the season on October 17th in a grand fashion, offering the audience a night of beloved concertos by three compelling pianists, Kemal Gekic – Josu de Solaun – Pietro de Maria.  

The format of the recitals offers the audience unparalleled and illuminating experiences. Each performance is preceded by a commentary on the programs presented by the artists and by the Lecturer in Residence, Prof. Frank Cooper.  

Six compelling pianists will be featured this season in the Aventura Series “Classical Sundays at FIVE” Dmitry Ablogin (new to the audience), Fabio Martino, Nikolay Khozyainov, Ilya Itin, Zlata Chochieva and Ariel Lanyi (new to the audience).

The Discovery Series at the Wolfsonian – FIU will present THREE exciting weekends introducing the debuts of SIX new artists to the audience: Vyacheslav Gryaznov – Wouter Valvekens, Konstantin Khachikyan – Kenneth Broberg, Chelsea Guo – Can Cakmur.

CLASSICAL SUNDAYS AT FIVE will take place at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center and performances are on Sundays scheduled throughout the concert season. 

October 17, 2021

GRAND OPENING – Celebrating a NEW Beginning 

Sunday, October 17 * 5:00 pm   Concerto Evening Featuring THREE Artists

PIETRO DE MARIA – Mozart Concerto K. 467 No. 21

JOSU DE SOLAUN -Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3

KEMAL GEKIC – Chopin Concerto No. 1

Miami International Piano Festival Orchestra JAVIER JOSE MENDOZA Conductor

November 21, 2021


“Gekic rides the charismatic edge of genious” R. Dyer, Boston Globe

“He is something like a general who has learned all the rules in the book and is therefore free to ignore them in the time of war” James Roos, Miami Herald

Haendel/ Liszt 

Sarabande and Chaconne from the Opera Almira


Klavierstuck E-flat Major D946


Prelude Op.23 No 7

Etude-tableaux Op.33 No. 2

Etude-tableaux Op.33 No. 6

Etude-tableaux Op.39 No. 3

Etude-tableaux Op.39 No. 8

Etude-tableaux Op.39 No. 9


Impromptu Op.29

Impromptu Op.36

Schumann Romanze Op.28

Liszt: Hexameron  

Brilliant Variations on a theme by Bellini by Thalberg, Pixis,Herz, Czerny, Chopin and Liszt

December 19, 2021


"Fabio Martino is the symbiosis of musicality and limelight hog."

Axel Schlicksupp Orchestra Director of the Bad. Staatskapelle Karlsruhe

Sergei Bortkiewcz 

10 Preludes Op. 33 

Carlos Guastavino 

Sonatina in G minor 

Nicolai Medtner 

8 Stimmungsbilder Op. 1

Nr. 1 - Prologue: Andante cantabile in e-Major

Nr. 2 - Allegro con impeto in g-sharp-minor

Nr. 3 - Maestoso freddo in e-flat-minor

Nr. 4 - Andantino con moto in g-flat-Major

Nr. 5 - Andante in b-flat-minor

Nr. 6 - Allegro con humore in d-flat-Major

Nr. 7 - Allegro con ira in f-sharp-minor

Nr. 8 - Allegro con grazia - quasi valse in f-sharp-minor

Hector Villa-Lobos 

Ciclo Brasileiro 

Plantio do caboclo (The Peasant’s Sowing)

Impressões seresteiras (Impressions of a Serenade Musician)

 Festa no sertão (The Fête in the Heartlands)

 Dança do índio branco (Dance of the White Indian)

January 9, 2022


“The Music World is taking note of Nikolay Khozyainov’s stunning virtuosity and prodigious technique.”

The New York Times

“A Tribute to Chopin”

Ballade in G minor, Op. 23

Ballade in F major, Op. 38

Ballade in A flat major, Op. 47

Ballade in F minor, Op. 52

Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57

Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58

March 20, 2022 

ILYA ITIN (Russia)

“Itin’s is a rare and exciting artistry indeed…poised, pure, and ravishing in its range of colour, a superb technique put at the service of an inquiring and imaginative mind.” Daily Telegraph, London

Johann Sebastian Bach 

Partita No 6 in E minor BWV 830


Prelude, Gavotte and Gigue from Violin Partita No 3 in E major BWV 1006


Etudes-Tableaux Op. 39 

May 1, 2022


“An Artist with superb technical abilities, personal intuition and poetic inspiration” 

C. P. E. Bach

Sonata in G minor Wq.65/17 

Robert Schumann

Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6

(First Edition) 

Edward. Grieg 

“Album Leaves” Op.28

Allegro con moto (1864) 

Allegretto espressivo (1874) 

Vivace (1876)

Andantino (1878)

Walzer-Caprice Op.37 No. 2 (1887)

Johannes Brahms

Variations on an original theme, Op. 21 No. 1 

Waltzes P. 39:

Nr. 1, 2, 3, 7, 11, 15 

May 22, 2022


“Mr. Lanyi’s authority, takes no prisoners as he expertly leads us on a no-nonsense artistic journey as satisfying as it is substantive.

Robert Schumann 

Allegro in B minor, Op. 8

Kinderszenen, Op. 15

Isaac Albéniz

Iberia, Book III 

Ludwig Van Beethoven 

Sonata no. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106, "Hammerklavier" 

THE DISCOVERY SERIES introduces our audience to SIX extraordinary new artists: 


" Extraordinarily Inventive a leading voice and one of the great wonders of modern pianism” Musical Life

January 23


Wouter Valvekens searches for structure in the piece and plays authentically without misplaced sentimentality.  Konzerthaus Dortmund 

February 19


“Outstanding and compelling artist” 

February 20


Kenny Broberg, Silver medal winner of the 2018 Van Cliburn Competition is known for a blazing intellect, impeccable technical skills, and the ability to build a strikingly imaginative and intelligent program. Theater Jones

April 23


 "Chelsea Guo is a rare and impressive young artist in that her prodigious and affecting gifts are reflected equally in her captivating performances both as a pianist and singer.” Edna Landau

April 24 


Ankara-born Can Çakmur is the Gold Medal winner of the 2018 Hamamatsu Competition, he dared to be simple in Beethoven's lyrical Fourth Piano Concerto, and to let the music speak for itself, in a wonderfully luminous, graceful account that felt entirely sincere and heartfelt. 

David Kettle, The Scotsman

For 23 years the Miami International Piano Festival has assisted musicians as they develop their careers. Each newly discovered artist is provided with nurturing and public exposure which has resulted in receipt of coveted awards such as the Gilmore Award (the highest recognition bestowed on any pianist). Many have signed with notable management agencies and received prestigious recording opportunities. 

Festival co-founder Giselle Brodsky thinks that “every program we bring to you flourishes and stems from the ideas, desires and the inspiration of the artists, and that is why we do not simply offer recitals, we offer experiences that will forever change your perception and your love and understanding of music. In an effort to re-ignite the interest in classical music and increase our audience, we have incorporated different ideas and concepts into the new events for the 2021 - 2022 Season.”

Love Culture?

Tell a Friend About CultureOwl!

Tell a Friend Owl

Register for Exclusive Access, Promotions, and the Latest in Arts News!