Boston International Piano Competition
Hugh Hinton has performed widely as a concerto soloist, in recitals, and as a chamber musician, with a special interest in modern and contemporary music. He performed the world premiere of Chinary Ung’s Triple Concerto with the Phoenix, New Hampshire, and Honolulu Symphonies. He also performed the premiere of Bernard Rands’s Triple Concerto with the Florida Philharmonic, and performed and recorded the work with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, released on Albany Records.
Hinton has been a member of the contemporary music group Core Ensemble since its founding in 1993. Core Ensemble has performed at universities nationwide and in Russia, Ukraine, and Australia. Hinton was a winner of the United States Information Agency Artistic Ambassador competition, resulting in concerts and residencies throughout the Middle East. Hinton has appeared at many summer music festivals, including performances at Tanglewood’s Seiji Ozawa Hall, and at the Monadnock Festival in New Hampshire, where he performed Elliott Carter’s Piano Quintet. He has performed widely in Boston and New England, including performances at NEC’s Jordan Hall, Longy’s Pickman Hall, and at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. He has been heard on WGBH radio in Boston, and his performances have been broadcast internationally on “Art of the States.” His many recordings of contemporary and chamber music can be found on the Naxos, Etcetera, CRI, Newport Classics, and MMC labels.
Hinton earned his Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and Master’s and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from New England Conservatory, where his piano teachers included Russell Sherman, Wha-Kyung Byun, Lev Vlassenko, and Mykola Suk. A committed teacher, he currently serves as director of campus music activities at Merrimack College and instructor of piano at the Longy School of Music of Bard College.
Timothy McFarland, a former student of Russell Sherman, performs frequently in the Boston area as a recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and as chamber music collaborator. He has premiered works by Robert Ceeley, Peter Lieberson, David Patterson, and Daniel Pinkham. Mr. McFarland is a Senior Lecturer of Performing Arts at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and serves as the Music Director of the Belmont Symphony Orchestra. He is a faculty member and former director of the New School of Music and is also an Affiliate Artist at MIT.
Janice Weber's New York recital debut, performed under the pseudonym Lily von Ballmoos, was an early indication of the eclecticism and fluency for which she has become known. A summa cum laude graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Miss Weber has performed at the White House, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, National Gallery of Art, and Boston's Symphony Hall. She has appeared with the Boston Pops, Chautauqua Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Hilton Head Orchestra, Sarajevo Philharmonic, and Syracuse Symphony in concertos of Hanson, Sowerby, Stenhammar, Bernstein, and Leroy Anderson as well as the standard repertoire. She has performed at the Bard, Newport, La Gesse, Husum, and Monadnock summer festivals and has twice toured China under the auspices of the American Liszt Society.
Miss Weber's recordings include Rachmaninoff's complete transcriptions; with the Lydian Quartet, Leo Ornstein's vast Piano Quintet; flute and piano works of Sigfrid Karg-Elert; and waltz transcriptions of Godowsky, Rosenthal, and Friedman. Miss Weber recorded Liszt's last Hungarian Rhapsody, one of only two living pianists to be included in a compendium of historic performances by nineteen legendary artists. This disc subsequently won the International Liszt Prize. Her Naxos recording of Leo Ornstein's radical works introduced the charismatic composer to a worldwide audience. She is heard in Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time on Ongaku Records and her newest disc, Cascade of Roses (Dorian Sono Luminus),features works of twenty-one composers from Adolf Jensen to Billy Mayerl.
Miss Weber is a member of the piano faculty at Boston Conservatory and MIT. She produced the tones for Ivory, the worldwide bestselling virtual piano software. She is a Steinway artist.
Schedule and Participants
All Classes take place in the Piano Warm-up Room
adjacent to the entry to Pickman Hall at the Longy School
Those playing should plan to attend for the entire three hours. Please email the organizer here the piece you plan to play so the teachers can prepare in advance.
Auditing is free and is encouraged!
Thursday, June 22, 9 AM - 12 Noon, Hugh Hinton
9:00 - Osawa: Chopin - Ballade #2
9:45 - Brennan: Liszt - Les Jeuz d’Eaux a la Villa d'Este
10:30 - Celentano: Liszt - Un Sospiro
11:15 - Roy: Ravel - Ondine
Friday, June 23, 9 AM - 12 noon, Janet Weber
9:00 - De Botton: Chopin - Barcarolle
9:45 - Fritz: Brahms - Intermezzo op.118, #6
10:30 - McElvie: Friedman - 3 Mazurkas
11:15 - Sung: Brahms - Capriccio in C op.76, #8
Saturday, June 24, 9 AM - 12 noon, Timothy McFarland
9:00 - Knott: Mozart - Fantasy in C
9:45 - Wilkinson: Ravel - Minuet Antique
10:30 - Frias: Beethoven - Sonata Op.90, first movement
11:15 - Mandel: Ravel - Tombeau de Couperin, #1 and #4