Institute graduates put their new abilities to good use, and the number of competition winners passing
through Alan Fraser's hands is steadily increasing.
We are pleased to showcase South African pianist
who has attended several Paris institutes from 2016 onward. His performances at the semfinals of the
2017 Liszt competition have been special in many respects, one in that he was the only contestant to
choose the new Chris Maene straight strung piano. Jan has done this wonderful instrument
full justice, often using its magnificent register shifts to evoke the mystical, passionate aura of the
great master himself.
Unfortunately the audio is not in sync with the video on these clips, but we feel this is no excuse not to offer you a
taste of Jan's stellar playing.
attended the Paris April 2015 institute. In a remarkably short time he added a dimension
of power and emotional subtlety to his playing that allowed h
im to do well in three competitions later
the same year.
He was the unanimous choice for first prize at the Boston Amateur Piano Competition in June, picked up
no fewer than 5 first prizes at the Washington DC Amateur Piano Competion in July, and a second prize
in the Chopin Amateur Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland in October. Here is one of
Michael's prize-winning performances in Boston:
Aurelien Bocdard hails from Geneva, Switzerland and lives in Kansas where he is completing his
doctoral studies. He first attended the Salt Lake City institute in 2013. In that first year he
resolved some pain issues; since then the work has focused on developing sonority and expressive
depth. Aurelien won a
National Collaborative Pianist award
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