Dr. Paul Wirth
Also, Artist-in-Residence at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul, MN, he has been the featured speaker at local, regional, and national organizations. His students have been first-prize winners of regional, national, and international competitions and performed over 80 times as soloists with orchestras. A unique supporter of young performers, he co-founded the Salon se Lève Concert Series in Minneapolis, which awards over $2,000 annually to emerging young artists.
A letter from our Artistic Director,
A new reality has emerged in the musical community of pre-college aged pianists in Minnesota and across the country. It is a reality that has been building, and which has a great effect upon our studio: What is now evident is that the Young Artist World Piano Festival, which just finished its 24th anniversary, has actually become the climax of the year - the culmination of all the lessons, recitals, musicales and competitions. In fact, because of the intensity and quality of the artistic experience at the Festival, including the world class recitals of the Guest Artist, the masterclasses with world class artists, the lessons with the Artist Faculty, the musicianship classes, the Concerto Competition and concert, the numerous performing and learning opportunities for everyone etc. etc. etc. .... Because of this myriad of opportunities, attending the camp is an enriching experience is estimated to be worth at least 6 months of private lessons: one that in fact is dependent upon the previous year's work and defines that work by challenging students and teachers to higher achievement.
And not only is this musical enrichment now evident, but the inspiration from the bonding with other young pianists of like mind and passion for the instrument makes this experience a virtual “motivational lightening rod” for all who attend. Pianists from near and far (the Festival is international now) gather together and inspire each other in nearly miraculous ways that teachers cannot. Friendships are made which last for years and cross the boundaries of the numerous professions which alumni campers eventually attain. This experience is far reaching in what it does!
And it is all centered upon the highest of Western Art and Culture - the great music of the masters. Each year YAWPF features different composers, and again this coming summer, it will be opening the camp to two divisions: Junior Division for 7-12 years of age and Senior Division for 12-18 as before. The Festival Orchestra is comprised of professional musicians, and winning the opportunity to perform with them is a thrilling experience!
Minnesota has something which is quite unique - a piano festival which is stunning in its scope AND quality for the low cost they maintain. And as a teacher, where a great opportunity like this is available, the responsibility to make use of it goes hand in hand. The reality of this climactic summer studio event and the opportunities it offers are very important to your piano study!
The dates for next year’s Young Artist World Piano Festival (2016) are July 6-16 (or July 7-16 if you will not be entering any of the numerous non-concerto competitions). Please mark it down and get ready for an experience you will be grateful for in your many years to come!
- Dr. Paul Wirth