Texas State piano festival welcomes participants worldwide

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The Texas State International Piano Festival, now in its fifth year, celebrates the talent of students and instructors alike through a weeklong series of workshops and recitals meant to hone the skills of youth and collegiate participants from across the country and globe.


Founded and directed by Texas State associate professor Washington Garcia, the event presents the opportunity for youth ages 11-18 and college students to receive one-on-one instruction and attend classes with an experienced roster of performers and educators who serve as faculty members for the annual conference.


The festival, which began in 2010, offers on-campus room and board and social endeavors for attendees in addition to private instruction, master classes and presentations.


Garcia, who is originally from Ecuador, teaches alongside Texas State associate professor Jason Kwak, originally of South Korea, and six other festival staff members who have received immeasurable praise, recognition and titles throughout their international careers as both performers and educators.


The faculty collectively boasts degrees from some of the top-ranked music schools in the nation and tours with some of the most in-demand ensembles in the world.


The festival also features daily guest performances by visiting professional and student artists from such prestigious music programs as The Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, The Eastman School of Music at University of Rochester, University of South Carolina, University of Texas at Austin and The Julliard School in New York City. The guest artist series and the Rising Stars series are both open to the public and will run May 31 through June 5 at the Performing Arts Center’s recital hall.


“These artists go to festivals all over the world, and they chose to come to Texas State,” Garcia said. “We are proud to host them.”


The Texas State International Piano Festival culminates with the concerto competition winners' finale at 7 p.m. June 7 at the Performing Arts Center’s Patty Strickel Harrison Theatre, featuring the Round Rock Symphony and young artists Ellen Pavliska, Jeremy Hassell, Soeun Lee, Sung-Eun Park and Sung-Soo Cho.

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