Fancy a bit of fun in the sun this summer? If you’re like us at Spey, a trip to the islands certainly has its allure. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce that our own Paul Ashe, founding chief executive at Spey and an enthusiast of the arts, has joined the Board of the Puerto Rico International Piano Festival. Fun, sun, and art? We’ll start packing.
What is the Puerto Rico International Piano Festival?
For ten days at the close of June, talented young artists from across America and beyond will descend on Puerto Rico to take in the island’s natural beauty and vibrant culture – all while maintaining an intensive musical study with master musicians and much-celebrated pianists. The festival is dedicated to fostering the development of pianists just emerging onto the world stage, often while still in high school or beginning an undergraduate degree.
Private lessons and masterclasses, held throughout the day at the Conservatory of Music, will challenge students to grow in their understanding and abilities, while each evening will be punctuated with special recitals, public performances, and lectures. But what’s a trip to Puerto Rico without a little break to appreciate the wonder of the island? Excursions to Isla Verde and El Yunque National Forest will bring both inspiration and rejuvenation to the budding pianists.
A chance to shine
All the young artists of the Puerto Rico International Piano Festival will be given the opportunity to compete for the Steinway Society of Puerto Rico Award, an incredible opportunity that comes with some serious perks. The award includes an invitation to play during the 2017-18 Steinway Society season, complimentary travel to the island, accommodations at the Gallery Inn of Old San Juan, and a cash prize. Certainly reason enough to tickle the ivories, eh?
With a roster of lauded faculty artists and a team of brilliant musicians (including acclaimed pianist Jason Solounias, pictured in Spey tartan), the festival provides an incredible learning and growing experience in paradisiacal Puerto Rico. Spey is honored to celebrate the dedication and accomplishments of these young artists, and to champion the work of the Puerto Rico International Piano Festival.