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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, March 4, 2010

'Aloha' piano fest announces 2010 artists

Advertiser Staff

The Aloha International Piano Festival (AIPF) today announced that concert pianists Sara Davis Buechner, Lisa Nakamichi, Noriko Uenaka, Sean Botkin, and Norman Krieger will lead the roster of artists for the fifth annual festival and competition, June 12 to 19, 2010 at the Hawaii Convention Center.
AIPF features free events for the general public, masterclasses and workshops for students and teachers, and a piano competition for pianists ranging in age from five to 25.
Each year, AIPF strives to provide access to the arts and music education for Hawaii’s children, teachers and families, who could not otherwise travel to the mainland to experience similar festivals. Students can also elect to participate in masterclasses and workshops without entering the competition.
Buechner is a prizewinner in many prestigious international piano competitions, including Reine Elisabeth of Belgium, Leeds, Salzburg, Sydney and Vienna. She established her career by winning the gold medal of the 1984 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in Salt Lake City, and as a bronze medalist of the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow. Buechner is an associate professor of piano, piano literature and chamber music at the piano faculty of the University of British Columbia – Vancouver, and is a former faculty member of New York University.
The Aloha International Piano Festival, founded in 2006 by Nakamichi, is a nonprofit committed to educating Hawaii’s children and teachers. AIPF offers instruction with world-class pianists and competition opportunities in an affordable setting that is close to home.
For additional information, visit www.alohapianofestival.com.