Friday, 8:30PM, Grand Ballroom EF

Ann Schein

"Thank heaven for Ann Schein... what a relief it is to hear a pianist who, with no muss or fuss, simply reaches right into the heart of whatever she is playing - and creates music so powerful you cannot tear yourself away." - The Washington Post

From her first recordings for Kapp Records, and her highly acclaimed Carnegie Hall recital debut as an artist on the Sol Hurok roster, Ann Schein's amazing career has earned her high praise in major American and European cities and in more than 50 countries around the world. She has performed with such internationally renowned conductors as George Szell, James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, James dePreist, David Zinman, Stanislaw Skrowacewski, and Sir Colin Davis, and with major orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony, the Washington National Symphony, the London Philharmonic, the London Symphony, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Schein has performed at the White House during the Kennedy administration.

Ms. Schein's program at NCKP will be Friday evening, July 29, following the NCKP Achievement Awards Banquet.

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Saturday, 4:30PM, Grand Ballroom EF

Tony Caramia
An American Journey

Tony Caramia is Professor of Piano at the Eastman School of Music, where he is Director of Piano Pedagogy Studies and Coordinator of the Class Piano Program. In May 2003, he was a guest on Marian McPartland's "Piano Jazz" on NPR. He has served as a judge for the American Jazz Piano Competition, sponsored by the American Pianists Association, the Crescendo Music Awards, and the Young Texas Artists Competition. In September of 2007, he was privileged to participate in the dedication concert on the new "Sorel" Steinway at SUNY Fredonia, in honor of his former teacher, Miss Claudette Sorel.

He received the 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award from SUNY Fredonia.

Mr. Caramia is featured in the Yamaha Clavinova on Campus series. He is a Contributing Editor for Clavier Companion Magazine and on the Editorial Committee of American Music Teacher. Recent solo piano compositions, Suite Dreams and Jazz Moods, have been published by the Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation, for whom he is also a Keyboard Clinician.

He has conducted numerous workshops in jazz piano for teachers at MTNA National and State Conventions, the International Association for Jazz Educators (IAJE) Teacher Training Institutes, the National Piano Teachers Institute, and the International Workshops. He has lectured and performed at the European Piano Teachers Association International Conference in London, the Australian Piano Pedagogy Conference in Adelaide, and the Institute of Registered Music Teachers National Conference in New Zealand. In 2005 he returned to Adelaide, Australia, to perform and lecture at the 7th Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference and was invited to perform at the International Stride Summit in Switzerland.

A strong advocate of theme recitals, Mr. Caramia spoke at the CFMTA-MTNA Collaborative Conference in Toronto, Canada on the topic The Art of Modern Recital Programming. He has presented multi-media tributes to composers Harold Arlen and Richard Rodgers, and the extraordinary pianist Cy Walter. He was a featured performer at the prestigious Rochester International Jazz Festival, the 2007 and 2009 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy in Chicago, and the 50th Anniversary of the New School for Music Study in Princeton, NJ.

Based on his discovery of a set of pieces commissioned by Meredith Willson in 1942, each with 'American' in their title, Mr. Caramia will take us on a joyous musical and pianistic travelogue of repertoire that includes the namesake of our homeland in the title, followed by a set of jazz standards whose title includes the name of a city. What better way to come together around music for a final celebration before parting company until NCKP 2013!

Thursday, 12:15PM, Grand Ballroom EF

Frederic Chiu

Frederic Chiu's intriguing piano-playing and teaching springs from a diverse set of experiences and interests: his Asian/American/European background, his musical training, and an early and ongoing exploration of artificial intelligence and human psychology, especially the body-mind-heart connection. With over 20 CDs on the market, his repertoire includes the complete work of Prokofiev as well as popular classics of Chopin, Liszt, and others, and lesser-known masterpieces of Mendelssohn and Rossini, with a special place for the piano transcription.

Mr. Chiu will also be presenting the workshop Stage Fright: a Different Perspective at NCKP 2011.

Friday, 12:00 Noon, Grand Ballroom EF

Mei-Ting Sun

As the culminating event of PEDxi, Mei-Ting Sung will present an inimitable solo recital. He is the First Prize winner of both the 7th National Chopin Piano Competition and the 2002 Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition. Named one of the Musicians of the Year in 1996 by the Village Voice at age 15, Mr. Sun has performed in many of world's great concert halls, including Alice Tully Hall, where his performance was praised by The New York Times as "stunningly fluid." For NCKP 2009, Mr. Sun performed a noon recital in the Salon at Yamaha Artist Services in New York City. He played on a Disklavier piano that was connected live over the Internet to a Disklavier on stage at NCKP using Internet MIDI software. Skype delivered live video of the performance that was projected onto a large screen for a much-delighted NCKP audience.

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Saturday, 12:15PM, Grand Ballroom EF
American Pianists' Association 2010-2011 Fellow

The 2010-2011 Fellow of the American Pianists Association, yet to be determined at the time of this publication, will perform Saturday's noontime recital.

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Thursday, 8:00PM, Grand Ballroom EF

The tradition continues. Again at the 2011 NCKP, the winners of the national MTNA Piano Auditions will perform Thursday evening's recital.

On Friday afternoon, distinguished pianist and teacher Nelita True will teach these three outstanding young pianists in a master class. See Teaching Demonstrations.

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Thursday and Friday, 3:15PM, Grand Ballroom EF

Elementary and intermediate level students from the New School for Music Study (Kingston, NJ) and the Southern Methodist Piano Preparatory Department (Dallas, TX) will be heard in live performance.

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