Masterclasses & Teachers
The Masterclasses of the PIANO ACADEMY EPPAN 2019 will be held by Andrea Bonatta, Matti Raekallio and Lilya Zilberstein. Participants will take one lesson of 60 minutes with each Professor. Different works are requested for the 3 lessons. The Masterclasses will take place at the Music School “Leonhard von Call” in Eppan.
Andrea Bonatta is one of the most prominent Italian pianists and a successful conductor. He recorded the complete piano work by Brahms as well as many other CD by Liszt and Schubert getting top critical reviews. His book about the piano work by Brahms is considered a milestone in this field. He has played in the most prestigious concert halls in the world and has conducted important orchestras in Europe and Asia. Bonatta has been jury member at the Cliburn, Rubinstein, Geza Anda, Busoni and many others. He is Artistic Adviser of the Liszt Competition in Utrecht, Honorary Professor of the Shanghai Conservatory and founder of the Piano Academy Eppan. Bonatta is also Guest Professor at the Summer Academy Mozarteum in Salzburg and gives masterclasses in Brescia.
Lilya Zilberstein got her first taste of international success in 1987 when she won the Busoni Competition in Bolzano. Her victory was a sensation – it took five years until the first prize was even awarded again. After then she performed at big tours all over the world. Since more than twenty years she is a regular guest in the major concert halls and at the most important festivals all over Europe, the USA, Canada, Asia, South America and the Middle East.
Lilya Zilberstein is jury member of important international piano competitions. She devotes a substantial part of her time to the education of young musicians. Since 2015, she is Professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, succeeding Paul Badura-Skoda and Oleg Maisenberg.
Mr. Raekallio made his American debut in 1981 at the Carnegie (Weill) Recital Hall. In his concerts, he has performed cycles of the complete piano Sonatas of Beethoven, Scriabin, and Prokofiev, as well as altogether 62 piano concertos. He has made about 20 CDs, including an acclaimed set of the complete Prokofiev Sonatas. He first taught at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, in 2005, Mr. Raekallio became professor of the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover, Germany. Two years later, in 2007, he received the invitation to join the faculty of The Juilliard School in New York. He shuttled between USA and Europe for a few years, until settling in New York in 2015. From 2018 on, he is based exclusively at Juilliard.
His students include several first prizewinners in major international competitions. He regularly serves as a juror in them, and gives master classes in the USA, Europe and Asia.