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Collaborative Piano Summer Workshop

Join us for the first symposium and workshop on collaborative piano at the TCU School of Music. This fully-online event is geared toward undergraduate college piano students in their junior and senior years who may be contemplating graduate studies in collaborative piano at an elite institution, known for its strong piano tradition.

Dates: July 7-8, 2020

Led by Dr. Michael Bukhman, assistant professor of collaborative piano and chamber music at TCU, the event will begin with a talk and presentation on collaborative piano skills and post-graduate careers, followed by one-on-one virtual lessons with all interested participants on the repertoire of their choice. The event will conclude with a Q&A session to address any and all topics, including financial aid and the unique new program at TCU.

Each participant will receive a private lesson with Dr. Bukhman via Zoom or FaceTime. With the students’ consent, lessons may also be observed (audited) by other participants. Due to the nature of teaching online without vocal or instrumental collaborators, instruction will focus on the piano parts, as well as developing skills in reading multiple lines concurrently. We will utilize singing and playing to assist in the process, and learn to read, hear, and internalize non-piano parts of various types. We will learn that, in the absence of actual partners, our eyes and ears can be trained to combine forces and create an acute awareness of the missing sounds, resulting in faster and more accurate learning.

Enrolled participants will receive a detailed daily schedule, including their private lesson time, approximately one week prior to the workshop.

For any questions about the workshop, including date conflicts or technology set-up, please contact Dr. Bukhman at m.bukhman@tcu.edu

Due to COVID-19, this summer’s event is FREE for all participants (registration required via link below).

Michael Bukhman headshotPianist Michael Bukhman is becoming widely known as a top collaborator, chamber musician, and pedagogue. He is the first Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano and Chamber Music at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. Prior to his appointment to TCU, Bukhman served on the staff and faculty of the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA, and previously taught at Bard and Vassar Colleges. While at Bard College, Bukhman founded Play/Chat@Bard, a concert series showcasing young musicians in performance with informal conversation. In the Spring of 2017 Bukhman was Guest Artist in Residence at the Oberlin Conservatory in Oberlin, OH. He was also recently invited to present solo and chamber masterclasses at Soochow University in Taipei, and previously performed and presented masterclasses at Shenandoah University, Concordia College, and Towson University.

Recent highlights include a violin-piano tour in China, with masterclasses and concerts presented at eight leading music institutions in four major Chinese cities. Previous Asia tours included recitals in several cities in China, and a Japan recital debut in Tokyo’s Ginza Yamaha Hall. In commemoration of Beethoven’s 250th year, Bukhman recently performed the Triple Concerto with the TCU Symphony Orchestra under maestro Germán Gutiérrez, with faculty colleagues Jesús Castro-Balbi and Elisabeth Adkins. In Fall 2020, Bukhman will return to Oberlin Conservatory to continue the Beethoven celebration in a solo sonata performance as part of a 2-day, complete 32-sonata project. His 2013 performance with violinist Itzhak Perlman in Sarasota, Florida, was lauded for its “brilliant playing” and having “pushed the audience to the edge of frenzy” (Herald-Tribune). In June of 2016 Bukhman performed a duo recital with Grammy award-winning violist Kim Kashkashian to great acclaim at the American Viola Society Festival in Oberlin, OH. He has also collaborated with Nobuko Imai, Donald Weilerstein, Dawn Upshaw, the Grammy award-winning Attacca Quartet, Metropolitan Opera soprano Rebecca Ringle, Peter Frankl, and many others. Recent music festival appearances include the PianoTexas Festival in Fort Worth, the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, and the Heifetz Institute. Previous summer festival appearances include Yellow Barn Music Festival, The Perlman Music Program, and the Ojai Music Festival.

Passionate about serving the community through music, Bukhman was a regular roster pianist on Boston’s charitable Music for Food concert series, performing with Kim Kashkashian and members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, among others. Under his leadership, Music for Food recently debuted in Fort Worth to great acclaim, garnering thousands of dollars in its first concert to benefit the local food bank.

Bukhman attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music as a student of Robert Shannon, where he became the first in that institution’s history to graduate with Honors in Piano Performance. As part of his Honors project, Bukhman recorded and self-produced the complete 24 Preludes and Fugues of Shostakovich, performing ten of them on one recital. He holds MM and DMA degrees from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Robert McDonald. An award-winning pianist, Bukhman’s accolades include: medalist in the 2009 Hilton Head International Piano Competition; top-ranked winner of the 2005 Jacob K. Javits Fellowship; first-prize winner at the 2006 Corpus Christi International Competition for Piano and Strings; and laureate of the 2006 Gina Bachauer Competition at the Juilliard School.

Questions? Contact Dr. Bukhman at m.bukhman@tcu.edu

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