“In today's high-tech oriented pop culture age private summer music academies strive to add the missing elements: passionate involvement, personal dedication, artistic creativity and professionalism to classical music studies. The Piano Loop Academy stands proud of its achievements and will continue to bring the top class piano instruction, creative support, concert stage experience and deepened understanding of music to the most talented and aspiring young musicians”
Eugene Choi, director of Piano loop Academy

ABOUT

6 th Piano Loop Academy (August 14-22 2019)

Piano courses

Piano Loop consists of the Academy, Festival and Competition which seek to develop performance capabilities of young piano students, reinvigorate the commitment to piano studies for advanced pianists, and provide an important learning and development experience for professionals.

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PIANO LOOP ACADEMY FACULTY:

Prof. Lev Natochenny Aug 14-22
Prof. Kemal Gekić Aug 14-22
Prof. Eugene Choi Aug 14-22
Prof. Wonmi Kim Aug 14-22
Prof. Andreas Frölich-Mozart piano concerto workshop Aug 18-22
Prof. Andrey Gugnin Aug 16-18

LEV NATOCHENNY

Lev Natochenny is an artist who defies simple classification. Described as a “real genius in his creativity” by European critics and a “rare master of his instrument” by New York critics, he combines innovation and intelligence, technical brilliance and attention to details of the musical text, and above all emerges with an astonishingly independent musical personality.Influenced by the greatest artists as Sviatoslav Richter and David Oistrakh, Lev Natochenny received his formal education from the famed Moscow Conservatory in the class of eminent professors Lev Oborin and Boris Zemliansky.

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KEMAL GEKIĆ

Kemal Gekic Flamboyant, daring, provocative, exciting, seductive and sensitive are some of the words used to describe one of today's most formidable pianists, Kemal Gekic, whose playing has been acclaimed worldwide by public and critics alike.Born in Split, Croatia in 1962, Gekic amazed his family by accurately picking out melodies at the piano at age one and a half. The young prodigy d all his early musical training from his aunt, Lorenza Batturina. In 1978 he entered the class pf Prof. Jokuthon Mihailovich (a graduate of Moscow Conservatory) at the Art Academy of Novi Sad, Yugoslavia.

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EUGENE CHOI

Hailed by international press as having “formidable technique and sensitive touch”, the “charismatic stage presence” and musical plasticity took the young and powerful EUGENE CHOI to many countries and continents, from her native Korea through USA, Western Europe to such Eastern European countries as Serbia, Slovenia and Croatia. An accomplished master of complex musical architecture, Eugene Choi builds her career on outstanding schooling first in Korea by Prof. Soo-Jung Shin, then in Boston, USA by Wha-Kyung Byun and Russell Sherman and finally in Frankfurt, Germany,...

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WONMI KIM

Wonmi Kim was born in 1961, Seoul, Korea. She began her first piano lessons at the age of 4. Her public performance began in the same year, appearing on a national TV broadcast, onto the debut with the ‘Seoul Chamber Orchestra’ in ’68, performing a Mozart concerto and a Bach concerto in ’69. The following year, she performed the 1st piano concerto by Beethoven with then National Symphony Orchestra. Her early performing career brought her to 50 various concert stages throughout the cities in Asia, Africa, and America in 1972-74.

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ANDREAS FRÖLICH

German pianist Andreas Frölich studied with Stefan Askenase , Vitaly Margulis in Freiburg and Pavel Gililov in Cologne . He was prizewinner of several international piano competitions , as in Senigallia , Finale Ligure, Milano ,Vienna.... He concertises in the most famous venues in Europe, South America, Asia, South Africa and Australia like Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musikverein Wien, Solitär Salzburg, Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, Cologne Philharmonie, Munich Philharmonie "Gasteig",Konzerthaus Berlin, Hamburg Musikhalle, Bielefeld Oetkerhalle, Stuttgart Liederhalle, Wiesbaden Kurhaus,...

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ANDREY GUGNIN

Natalia Smirnova laid what was to become the foundations for Andrey Gugnin to pursue the career of a concert pianist, which enabled him to study with Olga Mechetina, Valery Kastelsky & Lev Naumov and later with Vera Gornostayeva at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory whereupon from 2016 he continues with Stanislav Ioudenitch and William Naboré at the International Piano Academy Lake Como. In 2013 Andrey Gugnin gained 2nd prize at the Ludwig van Beethoven International Piano Competition in Vienna and 2014 saw the Gold Medal and the Audience Award...

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ADMISSION

There is no age limit.
All participants will benefit from the carefully scheduled lessons, master classes and advice of all participating professors. The application deadline is July 1, 2019.
To apply, please complete and submit the Application Form (click here) which you can access by clicking here, together with a registration fee which is non-refundable.
Participants will be notified upon acceptance and given instructions for completing their registration and fee payment.
No more than 21 applicants will be accepted.
Additionally, a limited number of private arrangements with any individual professor can be arranged upon availability of the requested professor.

CONCERTS OF THE PARTICIPANTS

• Piano 24, a piano marathon which will be held on August 16, is open to all participants. There are no restrictions on time and repertoire. Please make sure that you write your repertoire in the application form (click here).

• Outstanding participants chosen by the faculty will perform on the Participant’s Concert on August 21.
• Competition Winner’s Concert in Split
• Competition Winner’s Concert in Bol

TUITION FEES

PIANO SOLO

FEES:

ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS: 3550 HRK, 480 EUR
*2 pianists applying for piano duet pay one tuition fee.

Registration fee is 300 HRK (40 EUR)
Registration fee, payable in HRK, must be sent by bank transfer to the bank account of the Festival.

PLEASE NOTE: REGISTRATION FEE IS NOT REFUNDABLE.

The participation fee includes:

• 4 individual lessons with the festival faculty (each participant will have at least one lesson with all faculty members)
• final concert with best participants;
• Piano Loop Competition (2 rounds) and Winner's concerts in Split and Bol • Piano 24 (piano marathon)
• 24-hour emergency assistance
• Free entrance to all Piano Loop Festival concerts (14-22 August)
• Piano projekt's coordinator (in Japan and Korea);
• Master class diploma;
• Use of practice rooms (minimum of 3 hours a day)

The price does not include:
• Airport transfer with airport shuttle or a taxi*
• Accommodation in a private apartment*
• Extra lessons during the masterclass*
• Official Japanese translator* (To guarantee the quality of lessons, translation will be provided by an official Japanese interpreter engaged by the Piano projekt Association).

*Available upon request

PIANO CHAMBER MUSIC MASTER CLASS

FEES:

Active participants: 5650 HRK, 880 EUR

Registration fee is 300 HRK (40 EUR)
Registration fee, payable in HRK, must be sent by bank transfer to the bank account of the Festival.

PLEASE NOTE: REGISTRATION FEE IS NOT REFUNDABLE.

The participation fee includes: 4 x 60-minute piano trio lessons with the festival faculty and 2 professional players (violinist and cellist);4 x 60-minute piano trio rehearsals;final concert with chosen participants, • Piano Loop Competition (2 rounds) and Winner's concerts in Split and Bol • Piano 24 (piano marathon) • 24-hour emergency assistance • Free entrance to all Piano Loop Festival concerts (14-22 August) • 24-hour emergency assistance; • Piano projekt's coordinator (in Japan); • Master class diploma; • Use of practice rooms (minimum of 3 hours a day) The price does not include: • Airport transfer with airport shuttle or a taxi* • Accommodation in a private apartment or hotel* • Extra lessons during the masterclass;* • Official Japanese translator* (To guarantee the quality of lessons, translation will be provided by an official Japanese interpreter engaged by the Piano projekt Association); *Available upon request

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA MASTER CLASS

Piano masterclass based on performing with a professional chamber orchestra

Active participants: 11 100 HRK, 1490 EUR
Registration fee is 300 HRK (40 EUR)
Registration fee, payable in HRK, must be sent by bank transfer to the bank account of the Festival.
PLEASE NOTE: REGISTRATION FEE IS NOT REFUNDABLE.

The participation fee includes:

• 3x60 individual piano lessons with chosen Piano Loop Academy faculty or 3x60 individual lessons with prof.Andreas Frölich-Mozart piano concerto workshop;
1x60-minute rehearsal with Chamber Orchestra;
One general rehearsal with the Orchestra
final concert with chosen participants, including at least one movement by the conductor's recommendation;
One consultation with the Conductor
• Participating in Piano Loop Competition (2 rounds) and Winner's concerts in Split and Bol
• Participating in Piano 24 (piano marathon)
• Free entrance to all Piano Loop Festival concerts (14-22 August)
video recording of the concert;
• 24-hour emergency assistance;
• Piano projekt's coordinator (in Japan);
• Master class diploma;
• Use of practice rooms (minimum of 3 hours a day)
• 24-hour emergency assistance

The price does not include:

• Airport transfer with airport shuttle or a taxi*
• Accommodation in a private apartment or hotel*
• Extra lessons during the masterclass*
• Additional rehearsal time with the orchestra;
• Official Japanese translator
(To guarantee the quality of lessons, translation will be provided by an official Japanese interpreter engaged by the Piano projekt Association);
*Available upon request

The Orchestra Masterclass offers the following benefits for pianists:

• To get an experience of working and performing with a professional orchestra;
• Opportunity to perform in the final concert with the Chamber Orchestra;
• The participants will get a video recording of the concert, which they can use for their own professional portfolio;
• Inspirational environment, working and performing in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe

PASSIVE PARTICIPANTS:

750 HRK, 100 EUR
All passive participants are welcome to attend all lessons and above-mentioned events.

Bank account info:
Holder: Piano Projekt Association
Account Owner Residence Address: Put meja 4, Split 21000, Croatia
Account no.: 2340009-1110446410
Bank Account Name: Privredna banka Zagreb
Bank Residence Address: Rackoga 1, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
IBAN: HR1223400091110446410
Swift: PBZGHR2X

This needs to be sent with the note ”free of charge for the recipient”.

APPLICATION AND PAYMENT

To apply for a place in the Piano Loop Festival, please fill in the application form (click here) and send it to piano.loop.festival@gmail.com along with registration fee confirmation. In the unlikely event of the Piano Loop Festival being cancelled, your deposit will be refunded. All applications must be received by July 1st 2019 (Application Deadline).

WITHDRAWAL FROM PARTICIPATION

For written cancellations submitted by the application deadline date, the participation fee will be refunded; the registration fee will, however, be retained. Please always indicate your bank account information in case of cancellation! A refund of the participation fee for withdrawals after the application deadline date is only possible in proven cases of force majeure (e.g. illness, accident). Such withdrawal must be effected before the beginning od the Festival. For later cancellations, the course fee will be retained.

CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION

All courses are open to both active participants and to audience. Students who are not admitted by the teacher as active participants, due to a lack of adequate prior training, may attend the course as members of the audience. In such a case, the difference between the tuition fees for active and passive participation will be reimbursed. The number of active participants is limited (21). Active participants can shorten the course but not the number of lessons. Should the total of 21 valid applications not have been reached by July 1st, 2019, the administration reserves the right to shorten the festival, although this measure will not reduce the lesson units per participant. The administration reserves the right, should an instructor be prevented from attending, to provide a comparable substitute at its own discretion or to cancel the course. Should a course be completely cancelled, all paid fees will be reimbursed to the participants. No other claims will be recognized. All active attendants of the Piano Loop Festival as well as the attendants of the Kemal Gekić Summer School have the right to participate at Piano 24. Biography with the list of relevant competitions and concerts the pianist previously performed at is a prerequisite. The biography should be sent along with a suggested program to the organizer's email address. All active attendants of the Piano Loop Academy have the right to participate in the Piano Loop Competition.

EVENTS

Concerts:

Kemal Gekić, Andrey Gugnin, Lovre Marušić, Grieg Pianoduo, Marijan Đuzel, Wonmi Kim, Andreas Frölich, Sergey Korolev

To be announced…

FREE ENTRANCE

Mobile: +385 91 597 7164
Email: piano.loop.festival@gmail.com
Facebook: facebook.com/PianoProjektSplit

PIANO 24 (August 16):

Peristil live stream concept

PIANO 24 is a pianist marathon which represents a unique project of this kind in Croatia. The recitals are to be performed by a wide range of pianists from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., most of whom are attendants of
Kemal Gekić Summer School and the Piano Loop Festival master workshops. They are to take turns during the day at the concert venue (Ethnographic Musem Split) thus creating continuous background music to the museum.

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INDIVIDUAL INSTRUCTIONS

Participants may choose to attend the Festival with either ACTIVE or PASSIVE status. ACTIVE participants will be given 5 individual lessons, the opportunity to perform in master classes and at least one public recital.  PASSIVE participants are allowed to attend lessons and all other events. Each day consists of private lessons and master classes. All lessons and master classes are open to all participants. The majority of instructions will be held in English. However, some lessons and specialized classes may be held in French, Russian, or German. Lessons and master classes will take place at Josip Hatze Music School in Split.  Passive participants may be given one lesson with the chosen faculty member (price upon request). Active participants may be given one extra lesson with the chosen faculty member (price upon request). Each participant shall receive a Piano Loop Festival diploma.

COURSE LOCATION

Josip Hatze Music School is located in two buildings: "the new" and "the old" one.

The new building houses the recital hall and several practice rooms.

The course is located in "the new school":

Trg hrvatske bratske zajednice 3, 21000 Split; a 10-minute walk from the historical city centre.



More practice rooms are to be found in the old building at: Kralja Tomislava Street 6, right in the historical city center.

ACCOMMODATION

You can choose to share an apartment with 3 to 5 Piano Loop Academy participants. In the apartment you can prepare your own meals and interact with other participants of all ages and backgrounds. The apartment is located in the heart of Split, a few steps from the famous Diocletian’s palace, a few minutes walk from the school. Although the student flats are not very luxurious, they include all the necessary facilities.

Amenities:

Wi-Fi,
a fully equipped kitchen with an oven and a fridge
a washing machine
an iron
air-conditioner
bathoroom
Distance from the school: 50-700 m
Supermarket: 50 m
Restaurant: 50 m
Beach: 1000 m
Bus station: 500 m
Airport: 15 km
Cleaning:Once a week

Price range: 30-60 eur/night

If you wish to stay at the hotel or an apartment alone please contact us in advance and we will arrange accommodation upon your wish.