Edward Auer Summer Piano Workshop - Complete Beethoven Piano Concertos I - Summer Music 2017

  • July 22, 2017
  • Simon Music Center
  • Auer Hall, 200 S. Jordan Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47405
  • 812-855-9846
  • 4:00 PM
  • Free

Edward Auer Summer Piano Workshop

Complete Beethoven Piano Concertos – Concert I

Featuring Eugene Albulescu, guest conductor; Junghwa Moon Auer & Peter Bithell, piano soloists

EASPW Orchestra
Eugene Albulescu, alumnus guest conductor

Junghwa Moon Auer*, guest piano
Peter Bithell*, guest piano
2017 Concerto Competition Winner (TBA)

*EASPW faculty

Beethoven: Concerto No. 1 in C Major for piano
       and orchestra, Op. 15

Beethoven: Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Major 
       for piano and orchestra, Op. 19

Beethoven: Concerto No. 3 in C Minor for piano 
       and orchestra, Op. 37

About the Performers

Eugene Albulescu (alumnus guest conductor)

Eugene Albulescu is an award-winning musician who combines a blazing technique with the artistic integrity and originality to express musical emotions at their most personal level. His emergence on the international scene came in 1994, when his solo piano debut recording (Albulescu Plays Liszt, MANU1446) earned him the Grand Prix du Disque Liszt, awarded for the best Liszt recording of the year, adding Albulescu’s name to that of legendary recipients such as Horowitz and Brendel. Noted New York Times critic Harold Schonberg praised Albulescu in the American Record Guide for his “infallible fingers of steel,” declaring that “nothing, anywhere, has any terrors for him.”

Performances in New York at BargeMusic in 1996 attracted the attention of WNYC which broadcast Albulescu’s Hammerklavier interpretation live; he later gave his Carnegie Hall debut in the Stern Auditorium in 2001 performing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

Since then Albulescu has worked as conductor and soloist with numerous major orchestras including the New Zealand Symphony, The Romanian National George EnescuPhilharmonic, the New York Chamber Orchestra, the Manukau Symphony Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony. He toured the US with the Barbizon Chamber Orchestra and later led two US tours as music director with the French Chamber Orchestra. His recordings have been released on Ode/Manu label, Ode/BMG, Trust, as well as Downstage Recordings. His most recent release on the Naxos label with the New Zealand Symphony features the “Rock Concerto” composed for Albulescu by celebrated New Zealand composer Jenny McLeod.

Albulescu’s outreach in over one hundred US high schools has been significant, and his program “Inside the Piano” linking technology and creativity earned him coverage from the major media, including articles in the Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, as well as the cover of Clavier Magazine. Albulescu performed at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, and was invited to perform at the White House for the Millennium celebrations. His work as conductor, soloist and recording artist spans four continents.

Albulescu started his piano studies in Romania at age six, at the Enescu Music School in Bucharest. His family moved to New Zealand in 1984 to escape Romania’s Communist regime. He completed his musical studies with Edward Auer at Indiana University where, at nineteen, he was the youngest person ever to teach as an assistant instructor. Eugene Albulescu is a Steinway Artist who currently teaches on the music faculty at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.

Junghwa Moon Auer (guest piano)

A native of Korea, Junghwa Moon Auer began her piano study at the age of six. She attended the prestigious Yewon Middle School and Seoul Music and Art High School where she was recognized as one of their most gifted students.

After graduating from Yeonsei University in Korea, Ms. Moon came to the United States in 1993 to study at the New England Conservatory, where she obtained her MM degree. She attended the Aspen Music Festival four summers, as well as summer programs in Chautauqua, Luzern, and Prague. At the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati she pursued her DMA, meanwhile winning CCM’s concerto competition, a live radio broadcast on WGUC in Cincinnati, and in Italy won a prize in the Ibla International Competition. During this time she was also invited back to Korea to play in the Kumho Recital Series.

In 2001 Ms. Moon returned home, where she performed frequently in Seoul, Busan and Gwangju and taught in several institutions, including Seoul National University. During this time she performed Beethoven’s Emperor concerto with the Janácek Orchestra in the Czech Republic, the Chopin E minor with the Zilina Orchestra in Slovakia and Mozart K. 467 with the Cairo Symphony, the first Korean pianist ever to play in Egypt.

Having attended the Prague Keyboard Institute as a student a few years before, she returned there in 2011 & 2012 as a faculty member. A couple of years later she helped New York’s Young Concert Artists to hold regional Asian auditions in Seoul, and served on their preliminary Jury.

When Ms. Moon came to live in Bloomington in 2006, the Edward Auer Chopin Class had existed for some time as a small annual event. She saw its potential, and, as Coordinator, built it year by year, step by step, into what we have today. Her first innovation was expanding the Workshop’s purview from Chopin to all repertoire. Vigorous recruitment soon brought more and more students from other countries. Outreach concerts as nearby as Meadowood and as far as New York City’s Steinway Hall successfully raised the profile of the Workshop. A solo competition was introduced, with great success. In 2014 the workshop took a gamble on one of Junghwa’s dreams for the Workshop: a concerto competition, with chances for two participants to play a whole concerto with orchestra. In 2015 for the first time at JSoM the entire Workshop streamed and saved in archives, enabling remote participation and incrementally increasing the Workshop’s geographical reach.

Junghwa Moon and her husband Edward Auer have been performing as a duo for the last eight years in many cities in the US, Canada, Hong Kong and Korea. From 2017 she will be joining as an artist faculty member at Roosevelt University.

Peter Bithell (guest piano)

Peter Bithell studied with Gordon Green at the Royal Academy of Music and subsequently with Guido Agosti in Italy and with Maria Curcio in London.

He won many prizes and awards at International Piano Competitions, notably Busoni (Bolzano), Reina Sofia (Madrid), Paloma O’Shea (Santander), Dudley, Marguerite Long (Paris) and the Rachmaninoff Prize in Italy.

Bithell has played extensively in Europe and South America. He gives regular master classes, notably in Spain, and has served on the juries of several International Piano Competitions. He has been a professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama since 1987.


Edward Auer Summer Piano Workshop - Complete Beethoven Piano Concertos I - Summer Music 2017