gfa piano masterclass
30 July - 11 August 2019
FRANCESCO LIBETTA (Piano) Italy | KONSTANZE EICKHORST (Piano) Germany | GÜLSİN ONAY (Piano) Turkey |
Soloist, conductor, composer and teacher, Francesco Libetta is a rare artist described by Aldo Ciccolini as “the most gifted musician of his time” who has amazed audiences across the globe with the dazzling speed and brilliance of his playing. In his early twenties, Francesco became the first (and only)pianist to perform Godowsky’s 53 Studies on Chopin’s Études from memory. The studies are renowned for their technical difficulty and had previously been deemed unplayable.
Living in Lecce, Libetta has performed extensively in Italy including recitals in Florence, Rome and at the Festival Spoleto, and appeared with the main Italian orchestras: RAI Torino, RAI Napoli and the Verdi Orchestra in Milan. Outside of Italy, Francesco has also been invited to perform in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Miami Piano Festival, Lincoln Center (USA), Chopin Festival in Duszniki Zdrój, Lodz (Poland);,La Roque d’Anthéron, Festival d’Auvers sur Oise, Salle Cortot (France), and most recently at the prestigious Laeizhalle in Hamburg.
Winning first prizes at the “Clara Haskil” and “Geza Anda” international competitions served as a springboard for a successful career leading to engagements as a soloist with renowned orchestras and at illustrious festivals.
She performs under the direction of conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Andrew Davis, Peter Schneider, Manfred Honeck and Ingo Metzmacher. At the age of 28 Konstanze Eickhorst was appointed professor at Hannover’s Hochschule and a few years later she extended her teaching to the Hochschule in Lübeck. At the start of the 2016/17 Konstanze Eickhorst accepted a guest professorship at Kraków Musikhochschule. She is passionate about sharing and communicating her wide musical experience.
She gives master classes for both piano and chamber music, and appears as a jury member at International competitions.
Gülsin Onay’s truly international career has spanned 80 countries across all continents, from Venezuela to Japan. She has given concerts in the major musical centres such as Concertgebouw, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus, Wigmore Hall, National Gallery of Art and Miller Theater. Onay has performed as a soloist with such leading orchestras as Dresden Staatskapelle, Philharmonia Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Japan Philharmonic, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic and Vienna Symphony. Conductors with which she has performed include Vladimir Ashkenazy, Erich Bergel, Jorg Faerber, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Neeme Jarvi, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jose Serebrier and Stanislaw Wislocki.
Cambridge-based Turkish State Artist, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, in high demand for her unique and sensuous Chopin, Saygun and Rachmaninoff interpretations. Onay was in 2007 honoured with the award of a State Medal by the Polish nation. She is also acknowledged worldwide as the finest interpreter of the music of A.Adnan Saygun, whose works feature prominently in her concerts and recordings, and whose 2nd Piano Concerto was dedicated to her.