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Summer Music programming at Banff Centre

Posted on January 13, 2014

Banff, Alberta, January 13, 2014 -- Applications are now open for Banff Centre’s 2014 Summer Music programs. Under the artistic direction of Barry Shiffman, summer classical music programs will include the Chamber Music Residency, and master classes for piano, strings, and winds.

We are excited to announce that as well as artistic director Barry Shiffman, this year's faculty for our Chamber Music Residency includes cellist Joel Krosnick of the Juilliard Quartet, Kikuei Ikeda of The Tokyo Quartet, Mark Steinberg of The Brentano Quartet, pianists Gilbert Kalish and Robert McDonald, and special artist in residence, the much celebrated American soprano Dawn Upshaw. Artistic Coordinator Lydia Wong will be overseeing the Collaborative Piano Internship. Piano Master Class will be led by Artistic Associate Jeanie Chung and supported by Marc Durand, Ronan O'Hora, John Perry, Nelita True, and Tamás Ungár. Colin Carr, Roberto Diaz, Tara Helen O’Connor and Erika Raum are just some of the highly experienced faculty members we are delighted to welcome for Master Classes for Strings and Winds.  

The acclaimed Banff International Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music, directed by 2013 MacArthur Fellowship winner Vijay Iyer, will be taking place May 19 – June 7. Our Brass Residency, led by Jens Lindemann, will be taking place July 22 – August 2. The percussion residency Roots and Rhizomes, cancelled in 2013 due to flooding in Southern Alberta, is being re-scheduled for participants who missed out because of the natural disaster. As a result, this program, directed by Steven Schick, will not accept new applications in 2014. 

Banff Festival Orchestra will be on hiatus for the 2014 season, however classical musicians will continue to have multiple performance opportunities both within their programs and as a key part of the 2014 Banff Summer Arts Festival. We invite musicians seeking a longer residency period to consider applying for one of our self-directed residencies in fall/winter 2014. Information about our fall/winter programs will be available in March 2014. 

For more information about Summer Music programs at Banff Centre, please visit 

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About Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity: Banff Centre exists to inspire artists and leaders to make their unique contribution to society. Thousands of artists, leaders, and researchers from across Canada and around the world participate in programs at Banff Centre every year. Through its multidisciplinary programming, Banff Centre provides the support needed to create, to develop solutions, and to make the impossible possible. Moving forward, the Centre will disseminate art and ideas developed in Banff through initiatives in digital, web, radio, and broadcast media.