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Dan School of Drama and Music Presents:



The 12th edition of PianoFest, a festival celebrating the art of piano performance, consists of recitals, master classes, and lectures featuring two international visitors from the UK as well as Canadian performers.

Roy HowatRoy Howat is regarded as the foremost authority on French keyboard music.  As a scholar he has written two seminal books on the subject: The Art of French Piano Music and Debussy in Proportion. As a pianist his concerts, broadcasts and lectures regularly take him worldwide. He is specially known for his lively lectures and master classes, which he has given worldwide at various venues including the USA's Juilliard and Eastman Schools.  In a wide-ranging career he has also conducted professionally, played violin in major London chamber orchestras, and held University posts in several countries.

Douglas FinchDouglas Finch is another visitor from the UK. Originally from Canada, he is known for his innovative and imaginative approach to performance, and for helping to revive the lost art of classical improvisation in concert. After winning a Silver Medal at the Queen Elisabeth International Competition in Brussels, he began to perform extensively throughout Canada, as well as devoting much of his time to composition, with a number of his works being broadcast on CBC Radio. Douglas Finch is Professor of Piano and Composition at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and a regular guest teacher at Chetham’s School of Music, Chetham’s International Piano Summer School, and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Martin Karlíček Martin Karlíček has won awards and prizes at the Bedřich Smetana International Piano Competition, South Bohemian International Piano Competition and the Prague-Vienna-Budapest International Summer Academy Competition. He studied at the Academy of Music in Prague Utrecht Academy of the Arts in Holland and at McGill University in Montreal in Canada. Karlíček’s piano playing has been described as “inspiring, rich, sensitive, stylistically taut and arresting, precise, crisp, brilliantly controlled, wonderfully colourful and always imaginative.” He performs and lectures regularly in the Czech Republic, Germany, Canada, U.S.A. Japan. and recently Thailand.

Everett Hopfner Canadian pianist Everett Hopfner is celebrated for his passionate and inventive performances of contemporary music. As a winner of the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition he has toured across Canada and throughout Germany with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie. He currently teaches at the Eckhardt-Gramatté Conservatory of Music and at Brandon University and he enjoys leading workshops and master classes.

Full Schedule of Events:
  • Wed, March 1st, 2017, 7:00pm Harrison-LeCaine Hall, rm. 124. Improvisation Master Class with Douglas Finch. Free Admission.
  • Fri, March 3rd, 2017, 12:30pm Harrison-LeCaine Hall, rm. 124 . Colloquium Presentation by Douglas Finch: “Developing a Frame of Mind for Musical Improvisation”.  Free Admission.
  • Sun, March 5th, 2017, 7:30pm Rehearsal Room, IBCPA*. Douglas Finch in Recital. Admission: $10 adults, $5 students/seniors. Tickets available at the door or by calling 613-533-2424.
  • Fri, March 10th, 2017, 12:00pm Harrison-LeCaine Hall, Rm. 124. Colloquium Presentation by Martin Karliček: “Leoš Janáček and the Decade of Anguish: Works for Solo Piano” Free Admission.
  • Wed, March 15th, 2017, 7:30pm Rehearsal Room, IBCPA*. Roy Howat in Recital. Admission: $10 adults, $5 students/seniors. Tickets available at the door or by calling 613-533-2424.
  • Fri, March 17th, 2017, 12:30pm Harrison-LeCaine Hall, Rm. 124. Colloquium Presentation by Roy Howat: “Chopin and unexpected: new angles on his Etudes”.   Free Admission.
  • Fri, March 17th, 2017, 4:30pm Harrison-LeCaine Hall, Rm. 124. Master class with Roy Howat. Free Admission.


Tickets for these recitals are available at the IBCPA door or by calling us at 613-533-2424

The Dan School of Drama and Music is grateful to the International Visiting Artist Program Principal’s Development Fund (Cat. A), the George Taylor Richardson Fund, and The Belvedere Hotel in Kingston for their generous support.

*IBCPA: Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, 390 King St. W. Kingston, ON

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