Outstanding Guest Artist Series/
Outstanding Master Class Series
Violinist Sergey Khachatryan, Conductor Christian Vasquez
Pianist Alfred Brendel, Violinist Boris Kuschnir
InterHarmony Makes First 2018 Outstanding Guest Artist Series Announcement
InterHarmony International Music Festival’s 2018 summer season is starting soon, and that can mean only one thing: the return of IIMF’s wildly successful Outstanding Guest Artist Series in its 4th year. The OGAS takes off on July 5, 2018 in Acqui Terme, Italy, a city of great culture with a most sensitive, warm audience and absolutely jam-packing concert halls that make every concert a most unforgettable event.
This coming summer offers students a true chance to meet and better understand what it takes to become a true virtuoso. They will have a chance to meet Queen Elizabeth Competition winners, like violinists Sergey Khachatryan and Nikolaj Znaider, a legend of world pianism, Alfred Brendel, and conductors Christian Vasquez and Nicoletta Conti, Boris Kuschnir, and the Cosmopolitan String Duo.
The program offers participants of the festival the chance to interact with living legends of the classical music scene on a variety of levels, from exclusive concerts and performance opportunities, to master classes and lectures.
About InterHarmony in Acqui Terme
Drawn to Acqui Terme because of its rich history, lively location, and cultural predilection, InterHarmony is excited to announce the second year in Acqui Terme, Province of Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy. Pianos fill every corner and the sounds can be heard from the concert hall in Basilica di San Pietro, the Paleologi Castle, the concert hall in Hotel La Meridiana, and from the town's schools. The Piedmont region is famed for its sumptuous, French-inspired, Italian cuisine and award-wining red wine vinyards. Participants will stay in Hotel Meridiana, Hotel Ariston, and Hotel Rondó. Exciting festival excursions will be to Milan and Turin.
The Liguri Statilelli settled there in the proto-historic age, and founded the centre of Carystum, which was later conquered and destroyed in the 173 B.C. by the Roman army, lead by Marco Popilio Lenate. The conquest led to a progressive Romanization of the territory and its inhabitants and to the birth of Acquae Statiellae, in the area of the thermal springs. The natural hotsprings of Acqui Terme caused it to be a flourishing spa town between the triangle formed by Turin, Milano, and Genova. Senaca, Strabo, Tacitus, and Pliny wrote of Acqui Terme as “founded among waters”.
Historical highlights include the consecration of the Duomo (Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta) in 1067 by Bishop Saint Guido, participation in the crusades, and the visit of Napoleon in 1796. Acqui Terme is strewn with Roman ruins, such as the aqueduct, the amphitheater, baths, and artisan center recently unearthed, as well as monuments like the Duomo(1067), Paleologi Castle (1056) and Archeology Museum, Basilica di San Pietro (1100’s), Chiesa di San Francisco (1600), Porta della Bollente, etc.
Welcome to Acqui Terme
Welcome from Mayor Lorenzo Lucchini and Counciller of Tourism Lorenza Oselin
As of Mayor of Acqui Terme, and jointly with the Councillor for Tourism, I’m proud and honoured to welcome the seventh edition of InterHarmony International Music Festival in town from the 4th to the 29th of July. Situated in the heart of northern Italy’s Piedmont in the triangle of Milan – Genoa and Turin Acqui Terme overlooks farming lands of outstanding beauty rich in castles and vineyards, it is a bustling spa town established as an important thermal centre in Roman times, surrounded by breath-taking vineyards and landscapes that were recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014. The impressive ruins of the Roman Aqueduct still stand next to the Bormida River, a reminder of how water has always been the most important element in Acqui Terme, which offers its visitors an enviable blend of spas, culture, and culinary excellence. As culture obviously embrace music, therefore we can boast the evidence that classical music passed here with the outstanding presence of M° Giacomo Puccini who came to Acqui Terme to take the waters and have mud treatments in 1904.
We are looking forward to host this prestigious classical music festival that will enliven the heart of the town and bring students and music lovers from all over the world. We wish the festival a great success and all the participants and organizers a pleasant stay in Acqui Terme.
For InterHarmony at Acqui Terme
Students: 255 students total from 30 different countries, and 440 participants
Artist Faculty: 93 total from 20 different countries
Acqui Terme, Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy is 2189 years old, since it was founded in 173 B.C. Technically, once could say it is 7500 years old, since there have been humans there since 5500 B.C.
Concert Venues: Basilica di San Pietro (built in 900 A.D. in Romanesque style), Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta (This duomo dates to 1067 and consecrated by Saint Guido, with additions and interior from the 15th-18th centuries) and other concert halls.
Lessons and Rehearsals: Basilica di San Pietro, Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta, Scuola della musica, Scuola elementari, among others..
Acqui Terme is one of the principal wine-making comunes of the Piemontese wine, Brachetto d'Acqui.76%
Elevation: 157.94 m above sea level
Average Tempreature in Summer: 71.7 degrees Fahrenheit76%
About the Music Festival
What is InterHarmony?
InterHarmony International Music Festival, in its 16th year invites you to study with its internationally renowned faculty of soloists and chamber musicians for up to six weeks of string, piano, woodwind, brass, percussion, or vocal instruction in one of its gorgeous European settings. IIMF's piano and string professors bring together decades of pedagogical and performance experience, offering an international outlook with an edge honed in the famous Russian school. The woodwind, brass, and percussion tracks combine unique chamber music opportunities and starring orchestral roles, while the vocalists can specialize in either art song or opera. All students will enjoy a life-changing opportunity to develop their musical abilities, grow artistically, network with fellow musicians and perform in concert. Through our Outstanding Guest Artist Series, participants will be brought together with some of classical music's brightest lights. Past guests include Vadim Repin and Alfred Brendel.
This summer's festivals will be held in Acqui Terme, Piedmont, Italy & Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany. Each session offers master classes on various instruments and numerous public concerts. Students will receive four one-hour private lessons, ample practice facilities, and the possibility to perform in orchestra and chamber ensembles following intensive coaching. Weekly excursions will take participants to a variety of stunning destinations in each locale.
InterHarmony Concert Series at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
Some of our students will be chosen to perform at the InterHarmony Concert Series at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, either solo or with the experience to play alongside our faculty in serious chamber pieces. In May of 2017, Elyse Davis (flute), Sicong Chen and Jingting Liu (violins) performed alongside cellist Misha Quint, soprano Malena Dayen, Eduard Laurel and Washington Garcia (piano) with works by Sarasate, Ginastera, Granados, Casals, Piazzola, de Falla, Mike Mower, and Rodion Shchedrin. This tradition began in 2012, with a performance at the German Consulate General in NYC. InterHarmony continues to provide opportunities for InterHarmony alumni. Visit past events to see our past concerts, and upcoming events pages to see future concerts.
Haydn-Piatigorsky: Divertimento in D Major for Cello and Piano
Shostakovich: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op.40
Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano
Schubert: Impromptu No. 3 in G Major, D899
Rostropovich: Humoresque, Op.5
Stravinsky: Chanson Russe – Parasha’s Aria from Marva
Tchaikovsky: Pezzo capriccioso, Op.62
J.S. Bach (1685-1750): Unaccompanied Cello Suite No.6 in D Major, BWV 1012
Schumann (1810-1850): 5 Pieces in a Country Style for Cello and Piano, Op.102
Bargiel (1828-1897): Adagio in G Major, Op.38
Cellist Misha Quint performs a program of contrasts: J.S. Bach’s Cello Suite No.6, a series of baroque dances referred by Rostropovich as a “symphony for the cello” and originally intended for a 5-stringed instrument, celebrated contemporary composer Libby Larsen’s “Juba”, named for the African American dance, Robert Schumann’s imaginative 5 Pieces in a Folk Style that illustrate Goethe’s poetic story-telling and popular romantic songs, and the “Adagio” written by Clara Schumann’s half-brother, Bargiel.
InterHarmony Concert Series at Carnegie Hall