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February 1-4, 2009

Tamás Vesmás, piano

Navon Hall of JAMD


Tamas Vesmas

Tamás Vesmás, Gold Medal winner of the International Claude Debussy Competition in Paris (1968),  is a Professor of Piano and Chamber Music Studies, and the Head of Keyboard Department at the School of Music, University of Auckland, as well as the founder and Director of the Auckland International Piano Festival, New Zealand.
Mr. Vesmás performs extensively worldwide as soloist in chamber ensembles and as a conductor. He has performed at such major venues as the Queen Elizabeth Hall and  Wigmore Hall, London, UK; Theatre des Champs Elysees, and Salle Chopin, Pleyel, Paris, France; Auditorium 'Manuel de Falla', Granada, and Teatro Municipal Lope de Vega, Seville, Spain; Tryphany Hall, Tokyo, Japan; Teatro Colon, Mar del Plata, Argentina; Atheneu Hall, Bucharest, Romania; Town Hall, Cape Town, South Africa; Great Hall, Hochschule, Zurich, Switzerland; Palais des Arts, Brussels, Belgium, just to mention a few.
He is the founder and first Musical Director of the Auckland Sinfonietta Chamber Orchestra. His extensive recording career includes the complete Debussy Preludes released in January 2000 on the Atoll label, as well as solo and chamber works by Bartók, Schnittke and Prokofiev on Ode and BMG labels, and recently a DVD recording of the Last Three Piano Sonatas by Beethoven op.109, op. 110, op. 111, and Two Rondos op.51.
Concerto performances with such orchestras as: Geoge Enescu Philharmonic; BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Ulster Orchestra, London Mozart Players, the Solistes de Paris, l'Orchestre National de Lille, l'Orchestre Philharmonique des Pays de la Loire, l'Orchestre Philharmonique de Montpellier, New Zealand  Symphony Orchestra, and under such conductors as: Simon Rattle, Jean-Claude Casadessus, Janos Fürst, Harry Blech, Kurt Redel, Carlo Zecchi, Mark Elder and Erich Bergel.
His extensive chamber music experience has included partnerships with Nathan Milstein, György Pauk, Boris Bermann, Peter Frankl, Heinz Holliger, Boris Belkin, Alexander Ivashkin, Mark Lubotsky and Cho-Liang Lin.
Prof. Vesmás is also in great demand as a teacher, he is often invited to  conduct master classes at the most prestigious music establishments, such as Yale University, Michigan State University, Ohio State University, Wisconsin University, Columbia University, Texas Christian University, Texas University in Dallas, Royal Northern College of Music Manchester, Goldsmith College University of London, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Brisbane Conservatorium of Music, Victoria College of Arts in Melbourne - Australia, Royal Conservatorium of Music in Almeria-Spain, Coservatorium of Music in Granada -Spain, Academy of Performing Arts in Hong Kong,  Academy of Performing Arts in Bangkok-Thailand among others. Mr. Tamás Vesmás has been invited to serve as jury member at many international piano competitions.
Tamás Vesmás was born in Romania, and began studying piano and composition under Professor Ella Philipp at the age of ten. His career as a soloist began at the age of fourteen with recitals and appearances with leading orchestras throughout Romania. He continued his studies at the Bucharest Music Academy where he became a pupil of Miss Florica Musicescu (Dinu Lipatti’s teacher).
In 1962, he won the National Competition for Young Soloists in Bucharest. He studied further at the Conservatoire Superieur de Musique de Paris with Professors Yvonne Lefebure and Monque de la Bruchollerie, with the support of the French government scholarship.

Date / time Activity
Feb. 1, 2009, 9:30 a.m.

Piano master classes

Feb. 2, 2009, 9:30 a.m. Piano master classes
Feb. 3, 2009, 3:30 p.m. Piano master classes
Feb. 4, 2009, 9:30 a.m. Piano master classes
Feb. 5, 2009, 9:30 a.m. Piano master classes
Detailed Schedule of Master Classes

Sunday, February 1st
9:30         Gili Loftus: Chopin, Barcarolle Op. 60
10:15       Avinoam Shalev: Bach, Partita No. 4 in D major
11: 00      *Ido Ramot (14): Beethoven Sonata Op. 31/3 in E flat major
Short break
12 : 00     Attar Kedem: Chopin Mazurkas, Op. 68/3, Op. 24/2, Op.17/4
12:45       *Yishay Rubin (18): Chopin, Scherzo No. 4
Monday, February 2nd
9:30       Talia Amar: Schubert, Impromptus Op. 142
10:15     *Yuval Gilad (16): Chopin, Scherzo No. 2
11:00     *Karin Yusim (14): Mozart, Sonata in B flat major, K. 570
               Chopin, Nocturne in F sharp major, Op. 15/2
Short break
12:00     Maria Yulin: Chopin, Fantaisie Op. 49
12:45     Shir Semmel: Schumann, Davidsbundlertanze, Op. 6
Tuesday, February 3rd
15:30     *Dana Vachutinsky (12): Beethoven, Sonata Op. 14/1, in E major   
16:15     *Adi Newhaus (12): Chopin, Nocturne in D flat major, Op. 27/2
17:00     *Daniel Neyman (14): Chopin Scherzo No. 3
Short break
18:00     *Elisha Krawets (15): Bach, Prelude and Fugue, WTC I, G minor
18:45     *Ido Akov (15): Bach, Prelude and Fugue, WTC II, F sharp minor
Wednesday, February 4th
9:30        Assaf Shouval: Mozart, Concerto No. 12 in A major, K. 414
10:15     *Itai Meir (15): Mozart, Sonata in D Major, K. 576
11:00     *Achinoam Keisar (16): Chopin, Ballade No. 3
Short break
12:00     *Benjamin Goodman (18): Brahms, Op. 119
12:45      Naaman Wagner: Brahms, Concerto No. 2 in B flat major (I mvt.)
Thursday, February 5th
9:30        Avia Doron: Chopin, Barcarolle Op. 60
10:15      Alon Malka: Bach Partita No.1 in B flat Major   
11:00      Berenika Glixman: Schumann, Sonata Op. 22 in G minor
Short break
12:00      Rafael Skorka: Bach, French Overture
12:45      Victor Stanislavsky: Schumann, Humoresque Op. 20

*Participants of the Young Piano Masters Project (YPMP)

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