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PianoArts 2018 Competition & Festival May 31-June 5

Aristo Sham Opens the PianoArts Festival on May 31

By - May 24th, 2018 06:59 pm
Aristo Sham. Photo courtesy of PianoArts.

Aristo Sham. Photo courtesy of PianoArts.

Opening the PianoArts 2018 Biennial North American Competition and Festival with a Prelude Concert on May 31 will be Aristo Sham, the 2016 competition’s first place winner, at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music at 7:30 p.m. Also featured as guest artists in the festival are members of the international jury and musicians from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for Concert by the Masters on June 4 at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts.

Aristo Sham’s Prelude Concert on May 31 will showcase groundbreaking 20th Century piano sonatas from Australia, the United States, and the Soviet Union through works by Carl Vine, Samuel Barber, and Sergei Prokofiev.

Since winning the 2016 PianoArts first place prize, Aristo has returned on several occasions to perform for his growing Milwaukee audience. His audiences in Europe also are growing. Recently, he captured winning international prizes in the Vendome Prize at Verbier Festival, Clara Haskil, Saint-Priest, and Viotti International Piano competitions, as well as the first prize at the inaugural Charles Wadsworth Piano Competition.

Concert by the Masters – June 4

The Festival’s competition jury takes the stage for Concert by the Masters at the Wilson Center, June 4 at 7:30 p.m. This once-in-a-lifetime event will feature members of the international jury – Ann Schein, Peter Takács, and Joyce Yang.

Ms. Schein, one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the music of Frédérick Chopin, will perform Chopin’s Sonata No. 3 in B minor, and Ms. Yang will perform piano selections from Edvard Grieg’s beloved Lyric Pieces.

After Mr. Takács performs Schubert’s Impromptu in C minor, MSO violinist Margot Schwartz and cellist Scott Tisdel will join him to play Beethoven’s Trio in B-flat major.

Ms. Yang then returns with a quartet of MSO musicians – Margot Schwartz and Dylana Leung, violins; Robert Levine, viola; and Scott Tisdel, cello – to perform Robert Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-flat major. (See www.PianoArts.org for a schedule of the free events prior to the concert.)

Community Programs on June 4 and 5

Taking their programs into the community, PianoArts competitors will give recitals in retirement centers and other venues on June 4. Competition finalists will present a recital at the Milwaukee Art Museum on June 5 at 2:30 p.m., just prior to their competition concerto round with the MSO at 7:30 p.m.


Tickets for Aristo Sham’s Prelude Concert at the Wisconsin Conservatory are available at www.PianoArts.org. Tickets for Concert by the Masters at the Wilson Center are through their box office https://www.wilson-center.com or by phone at 262-781-9520 x5026. Many festival events are free. For a complete schedule, visit PianoArts website: pianoarts.org/2018-competition-festival

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