2013 Concerts

Hando Nahkur, Conference Artist

Hando Nahkur is one of the greatest new surprises of the classical music scene…” wrote PianoNews.   “His interpretation can rightfully hold its own even against the legendary pianists Wilhelm Kempff or Martha Argerich..”

Hando Nahkur hails from Estonia where he studied at the Tallinn Music High School and Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.  He came to the USA and earned degrees at the New England Conservatory of Music, Yale University School of Music, Texas Christian University School of Music, and Southern Methodist University.


Mr. Nahkur has garnered top prizes in both national and international piano competitions in the USA, Canada, Italy, Russia, and Greece, as well as his native Estonia. In 2010 his CD DeusExClavier was named Record of The Year by Zeit-Online, Germany’s largest weekly newspaper. Mr. Nahkur has participated in numerous festivals, including The International Holland Music Sessions, Klavier 2006 in Estonia, The Festival Internacional de Piano in Mexico, St. Andrews Summer Festival in Canada, The Aspen Music Festival, TCU-Cliburn Piano Institute, and the West Chester Piano Institute.

As a solo performer, Mr. Nahkur has performed in Italy, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Greece, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Israel, and Russia.  In America, recitals have taken him through twenty-two States.

His CDs include Works by…  (2007), DeusExClavier (2010), and O Holy Night (2011). For more information about Hando Nahkur visit:  www.HandoNahkur.com.

We welcome Hando Nahkur as Conference Artist of the 2013 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.                                        

Tony Caramia, Closing Concert: Dancing Keys

Dancing Keys features music for solo piano inspired by dance.  The program includes a Fox-Trot by Bulgarian composer Vladigeroff (teacher of Alexis Weissenberg); a Tango by William Bolcom (also in honor of his 75 birthday); a variety of dances by Ginastera, Milhaud, and Florence Price, as well as excerpts from Brubeck’s ballet, Glances.  Jazz waltzes by Bill Evans, Brubeck and Caramia end the program.

Tony Caramia is Professor of Piano at the Eastman School of Music, where he is Director of Piano Pedagogy Studies and Coordinator of the Class Piano Program.

Mr. Caramia is featured in the Yamaha Clavinova on Campus series; a Contributing Editor for Clavier Companion Magazine, and on the Editorial Committee of American Music Teacher.

He has conducted numerous workshops in jazz piano for teachers at MTNA National and State Conventions; the National Piano Teachers Institute, and  International Workshops.

A strong proponent of multi-media theme concerts, he was a featured performer at recent National Conferences on Keyboard Pedagogy, and the 50th Anniversary Celebration of The New School for Music Study in 2010.


MTNA National Auditions Winners

The tradition continues. Again at NCKP 2013, the winners of the national MTNA Piano Auditions will perform.

In addition, distinguished pianist and teacher Peter Mack will teach these three outstanding young pianists in a master class. See Teaching Demonstrations.

For more information on Music Teachers National Association and its competitions, visit: www.mtna.org.

Noontime Concerts

Renée-Paule Gauthier and Alexandra Nguyen | Thursday, July 25

A project of the NCKP Committee on Collaborative Performance, this chamber recital features works by Robert Schumann, Richard Strauss, and Henryk Wieniawski.

Canadian violinist Renée-Paule Gauthier is a sought-after soloist, chamber musician and orchestra player. Winner of several awards, she is a graduate of the Eastman School of music and is currently Principal Second Violin with the Northwest Indiana Symphony. More information on Ms Gauthier’s career can be found on her website: www.reneepaulegauthier.com.

A native of Montréal, Alexandra Nguyen maintains a diverse career as a collaborative pianist, teacher and arts administrator. She is an accomplished pianist who has appeared throughout the United States and Canada, including performances at the Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall (New York, NY), Teatro Nacional (Panama City, Panama), Strings Music Festival (Steamboat Springs, CO), and the Societe Pro Musica Chamber Music Series (Montréal, Canada). Dr. Nguyen co-directs the graduate programs in collaborative piano and coordinates accompanying services at the College of Music of the University of Colorado at Boulder. 

Richard Grayson | Friday July 26

This program will feature improvisations in Baroque, Classical, 19th- and 20th-century styles based on themes submitted by the audience. Come prepared with a theme that you sing, play on the piano, write down, or play from your cell phone.

Richard Grayson received his Ph.D. in composition from UCLA, and was a member of the of Occidental College music faculty from 1969 to 2001. In 1980 he started his long association with the Yamaha Music Education Foundation, and was invited to Japan many times to teach and perform. In recent years he also taught at conservatories in Taiwan, China, and Vietnam.   Richard has been a featured performer at the National Piano Pedagogy and Music Teachers Association conferences. Since 2001 he has taught Music Theory at the Crossroads School in Santa Monica where he now gives his yearly improvisation concerts. Visit Richard Grayson's website to learn more.

Sean Chen | Saturday, July 27

Sean Chen is the 2013 Christel DeHaan Classical Fellow of the American Pianists Association. Second Prize winner at the 2011 Seoul International Music Competition, Third Prize winner at the 2013 Morocco Philharmony International Piano Competition, and prizewinner at the 2009 Cleveland International Piano Competition, Mr. Chen has performed with several orchestras, including the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra under Gerard Schwarz, Suwon City Philharmonic under Dai Uk Lee, New West Symphony with Boris Brott, and the Juilliard Orchestra under David Atherton. Sean Chen has received his Master's and Bachelor's degree at the Juilliard School and is currently pursuing his Artist Diploma with Hung-Kuan Chen at the Yale School of Music as a George W. Miles fellowship recipient.

Many thanks to the American Pianists Association for making Mr. Chen's appearance at NCKP possible. To read more about the work of APA, please visit their website at www.americanpianists.org.