Conference Speakers and Guests
Presented by PRI, MPR, &
Ivory Classics. Sat., 11:45 a.m.
Albert Wong was born on January
1, 1990. He has resided in Carrollton, Texas (a suburb of Dallas), since
September, 1990. Even though he could sing many entire songs before he
could speak complete sentences, his musical interest was not revealed until
he saw and heard the piano at age three-and-a-half. When he was four he
enjoyed the instrument so much that he announced to everyone that he wanted
to be a concert pianist. He won the grand prize of the North Texas Piano
Competition at age five.
Today, at eleven, Albert is
a seasoned performer. He gave his first solo recital at age six and made
his orchestral debut at seven, playing Bach’s Concerto in F minor, shortly
after he won first price in the Dallas Symphonic Piano Concerto Competition.
Albert made his Carnegie Hall
debut last year quite unexpectedly, thanks to his teacher Earl Wild. At
the conclusion of Mr. Wild’s 85th birthday recital, Albert walked out with
flowers for his teacher, who introduced Albert and asked the young ten-year-old
prodigy to play. His first offering was “Happy Birthday.” Then, according
to the New York Times review of December 5, 2000, he “gave an astonishing
performance of the Hummel Rondo.” Albert doesn’t want to be just another
concert pianist, he wants to be “the top one percent of great concert pianists.”
Upon hearing of his invitation
to perform at the MPC, Albert wrote, “I am excited about this opportunity.
It will be great!”
Presented by NPR’s “Performance
Today.” Friday, 8:00 p.m.
From the moment André-Michel
Schub made his recital debut at New York’s Alice Tully Hall in 1974, his
career has exemplifed what might justly be called a distinguished integrity.
A formidable pianist completely dedicated to music-making at the highest
level, he performs with the world’s most prestigious orchestras—Boston,
Philadelphia, Chicago, the Royal Concertgebouw, and the New York Philharmonic,
to name only a few which invite him repeatedly—and at the foremost music
festivals, including Tanglewood, Ravinia, Blossom, and Wolf Trap. Since
1997 he has been Artistic Director of the Virginia Waterfront International
Arts Festival, toured nationally in annual duo-recitals with violinist
Cho-Liang Lin, and appeared often on television. He won the Van Cliburn
International Piano Competition in 1981.
Last fall, National Public
Radio announced the appointment of Fred Child as “Performance Today’s”
long-awaited new weekday host. A former radio host and producer at New
York’s WNYC, Fred Child brought an extensive knowledge of classical music
to the program as well as a strong, real-world sense of that discipline’s
significance in contemporary American culture. During his eight-year tenure
at WNYC he also served as music director, host, and producer of the daily
performance and interview program “Around New York,” and he has also served
as morning drive-time host for Sony’s Classical SW Network. For ten years
he was host, announcer, producer, and programmer for Oregon Public Broadcasting
Radio in his home state. He enjoys playing the piano, guitar, and bagpipes
in his spare time.
Presented by CBC Records and
CBC Radio Music.
Saturday, 6:00 p.m.
Originating as far back as
the Middle Ages, the music of the klezmer tradition is enjoying a wider
appreciation today than at any time during its history. Finjan, one of
the leading lights in the klezmer revival, has played a key role in the
music’s contemporary dissemination. Whether interpreting Yiddish theatre
standards, playing a traditional “fraylech” (celebration), or creating
new klezmer-influenced melodies, the band remains at the forefront of the
movement, recognized for its fresh, original style and energetic and entertaining
Now celebrating its eighteenth
year as an active band, Finjan has toured throughout North America, making
hundreds of appearances in concert halls, on television and radio, in film,
and at major folk and jazz festivals. Among the group’s many career highlights
are appearances on National Public Radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion” and
on “The Lonesome Pine Special,” heading San Francisco’s “Klezmer mania.”
They have recorded four group
albums, and their performance profile at this year’s AMPPR Conference is
in support of the recent CBC Records release entitled Klezmer Suite featuring
the music of Canadian composer Sid Robinovitch.
Portable People Meter
“Arbitron and the ‘Portable
People Meter’,” Saturday, 8:30 a.m.