The Festival reaches its dynamite conclusion with the Monster Piano Explosion, a piano marathon recital that features and shows off the talent of some of the best pianists living in South Florida. More than 20 most accomplished professional pianists on scene. The first of this kind in South Florida! Be prepared to hear piano solos, four-hands, dueling two pianos and other surprises that will blow up all your senses. A concert not to be missed by any piano lover.
Pianists include, Marina Radiushina, Milana Strezeva, Ciro Fodere, Tao Lin, Catherine Lan, Asiya Korepanova, Rosa Villar, Marion Scott, Ariana Vidal, Adolfo Vidal, Angelica Sganga, Luca Giuseppe Cubisino, Roberto Berrocal, Pietro Iannotti, Anthony Coniglio, Noah Waddell, and others.
Ukrainian-American pianist Marina Radiushina is a prizewinner of numerous international competitions, including the prestigious Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition in Kiev. She has appeared to critical acclaim in various venues in Ukraine, Russia, Lithuania, Poland, Hungary, Italy, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Brazil and the United States.
A founding member of the award-winning Manhattan Piano Trio, one of the most creative and dynamic young ensembles in America, Moldovan-American pianist Milana Strezeva has performed with them in over 30 American states, in Australia, South Africa and Italy, and in venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, and the Ravinia Festival. She holds degrees from the Juilliard School.
Described by critics as possessing “Keen musical intelligence and excellent facility” (Miami Herald) as well as “opulent and romantic tone” (Fanfare), Chinese-American concert pianist and Steinway Artist Tao Lin has performed in Asia, North America, and Europe. A versatile musician, he is equally at home as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician.
As the First Prize winner of the XIV Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofieff International Competition, Uruguayan Ciro Fodere is a pianist with a variety of musical interests. His latest performances have been described as “masterful, electric, by turns fiery and lyrical” by The Post and Courier, and as “technical sheen articulation, alert dynamic shading, and an imaginative approach” by The Miami Herald, which also raves “edge-of-the-seat thrilling”.
Pianist Asiya Korepanova is the first-prize winner and gold-medal recipient of the 2012 Wideman International Competition, also first-prizes at the Rubinstein International Piano Competition (1997), the Classical Heritage Competition (1997) and the Young Artists Scriabin Competition (1998). After extensive training in her native Russia at the Moscow State Chopin College and the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Korepanova is currently pursuing her doctor of musical arts at the University of Miami.
Roberto Berrocal began his piano studies in his native Bilbao, in the Basque country of Spain. During a Master Class at the University of Deusto in 1996, he was invited to study at the College of Charleston by Uruguayan pianist Enrique Graf. Roberto graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with a Masters Degree in Piano Performance as one of three winners of the Blütner Foundation Piano Competition.
Recognized as a child prodigy, Catherine Lan made her first international debut at the age of eight, performing in Japan following her winning at the Yamaha “J.O.C.” International Composition Competition. Lan has been the winner of numerous competitions including the 2010 Taiwan Classical Music Society Young Star Audition, Golden Key International Honour Society Performing Arts Showcase Award among others. She holds a doctorate from UM.
Marion Scott has established himself as a leader among a new generation of young pianists. In 2006 his musicality and technical prowess earned first prize at the Thousand Islands International Piano Competition and second prize at the Zimmerli Foundation International Piano Competition. Most recently, Mr. Scott was named the winner of the 2010 International Piano Competition hosted by the Steinway Society of Massachusetts. He holds degrees from Eastman, Juilliard and a doctorate from UM.
Peruvian pianist Rosa Villar Scott’s pursuit of expressive pianism has caused her to be noted as an artist of unique abilities. Rosa has studied at FIU, Manhattan School of Music and Boston Conservatory, among others. Together with her husband Marion, they are the Scott Duo and she is the co-director of the Miami Music Series in Palmetto Bay.
Italian pianist Luca Cubisino is a polyhedral and versatile artist, whose path is paved with performance, teaching, and research. Top-three-prize winner in almost twenty national and international piano competitions, Luca has played in prestigious venues such as Teatro Massimo “V. Bellini” in Catania, Concertgebouw de Doelen in Rotterdam, Wiener Saal in Salzburg, Bologna, Leipzig, New York, and others.
Italian pianist Pietro Iannotti, received his diploma at the Conservatory G. Martucci of Salerno, and has received the special degree with maximum votes and distinction at the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia with M° Franco Medori. He has participated and won numerous national and international competitions (to name a few, prize Stravinsky of Bari, prize “città di Formia”, European musical competition MusicAtri, prize AMMI Salerno, prize Brindisi, prize “città di Viterbo” etc.).
Venezuelan/American pianist Angelica Sganga, has performed abroad from the United States to South America, Europe, and as far as, the Beijing Conservatory, Shanghai Music Hall and the Peking Opera School.Angelica was a scholarship student from the prestigious Coral Gables Music Club for many years, where she has been appointed the Scholarship Chairman and Artistic Director position.