<![CDATA[INFINITY MUSIC STUDIO - Blog]]>Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:10:39 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[The New CN37 and CN27 Digital Pianos By Kawai]]>Fri, 14 Jul 2017 02:59:01 GMThttp://infinitymusicstudio.net/blog/the-new-cn37-and-cn27-digital-pianos-by-kawai
Photo Courtesy: http://www.kawaius.com

​Kawai has introduced the CN37 and CN27 for 2017, the latest additions to the popular CN Series of digital pianos, and successors to the highly successful CN35 and CN25 models. These updated models feature stunning Shigeru Kawai SK-EX and Kawai EX concert grand piano sounds, the class-leading Responsive Hammer III keyboard action, built-in Bluetooth® wireless connectivity, improved Virtual Technician functions and SHS headphone enhancements, and modernized cabinet designs, delivering a new standard in digital piano value and performance.

Main Features
  • - Stunning Shigeru Kawai SK-EX and Kawai EX concert grand piano sounds, with full 88-key sampling
  • - Class-leading Responsive Hammer III grade-weighted keyboard action
  • - Integrated Bluetooth MIDI for wireless communication with smart devices
  • - Flexible Virtual Technician function with new intuitive Smart Mode feature
  • - Built-in Burgmüller, Czerny, Beyer etudes and Alfred lesson songs
  • - WAV/MP3/MIDI file record and playback via USB memory (CN37 only)
  • - Powerful four speaker 40 W output system (CN37 only)
  • - Attractive, modern cabinet design available in three different wood finishes
Piano sound: Shigeru Kawai SK-EX and Kawai EX concert grand pianos reproduced with 88-key sampling
The rich, expressive sound of Kawai’s celebrated grand pianos are at the heart of the new CN Series, two world-class instruments lovingly recorded and faithfully produced using full 88-key stereo sampling: the flagship Shigeru Kawai SK-EX, and the highly-acclaimed Kawai EX.  With two distinctive Kawai grand pianos and even a traditional upright readily available, CN37 and CN27 players can explore a variety of different piano sounds, and enjoy the contrasting properties of each.
The new CN Series utilize Kawai’s advanced Progressive Harmonic Imaging technology, with algorithms that reproduce string and damper resonance, and how an acoustic piano’s tonal character changes as dynamics increase.  This ensures seamless expression when playing from gentle pianissimo to thunderous fortissimo, without sudden changes in sound.  And with an impressive 256 note polyphony, professional players need not worry about held notes ‘dropping out’ unexpectedly during more complicated passages.
Keyboard action: Responsive Hammer III weighted-key action
Connecting the CN Series’ stunning grand piano sounds to the player is the class-leading Responsive Hammer III keyboard.  This highly-regarded action features graded hammers that replicate the heavier bass and lighter treble hammers of an acoustic piano, with additional counterweights embedded within the front of each black and white key that assist playing control during pianissimo passages.  The CN37 and CN27 utilize a modern triple sensor key detection system for improved repetition speed and responsiveness, allowing a greater range of expressive control from staccato to legato playing.  The Responsive Hammer III action is equipped with premium Ivory Touch key surfaces that gently absorb fingertip perspiration to aid playing accuracy, and possess an attractive, natural matte finish that is smooth but not slippery.  And underlining Kawai’s rich acoustic piano pedigree, the CN Series’ keyboard even simulates the subtle ‘let-off’ resistance felt when playing the keys of a grand piano very softly, satisfying the expectations of even the most experienced pianist players.
CN37/CN27 New Features & Improvements

  • New: Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand sounds
  • New: Kawai K-60 upright piano sound
  • New: Bluetooth MIDI connectivity
  • New: 'Undamped String Resonance' & 'Cabinet Resonance' modelling
  • New: Virtual Technician 'Smart Mode' (same as CS11/CS8, CA97/CA67)
  • New: Cheekblock control panel + operation (same as CS11/CS8, CA97/CA67)
  • New: Spatial Headphone Sound, Phones Type functions (same as CS11/CS8, CA97/CA67)
  • New: 'J.S. Bach: Inventionen' and 'Sonatinen Album 1' lesson books
  • New: Modern cabinet design (flatter edges, tapered leg, minimal toeblock)
  • New: 1/4" and 1/8" headphone connectors

  • New: Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand sounds
  • New: Kawai K-60 upright piano sound
  • New: Bluetooth MIDI connectivity
  • New: Virtual Technician 'Smart Mode' (same as CS11/CS8, CA97/CA67)
  • New: 3 digit LED display
  • New: Spatial Headphone Sound, Phones Type functions (same as CS11/CS8, CA97/CA67)
  • New: Modern cabinet design (tapered leg, minimal toeblock)
  • New: 1/4" and 1/8" headphone connectors
  • Improved: More powerful Virtual Technician 'Advanced Mode' (9 parameters --> 17 parameters), iOS app required for individual parameter adjustment
Be sure to watch the video below which provides a demonstration of both the CN37 and the CN27 digital pianos.

​For additional information about the CN37 and CN27 digital pianos, please refer to the Kawai product pages listed below:

<![CDATA[The 2017 Seattle International Piano Competition]]>Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:40:19 GMThttp://infinitymusicstudio.net/blog/the-2017-seattle-international-piano-competition
Photo Credit: http://www.seattlesymphony.org
Being unique among piano competitions from all around the world, the Seattle International Piano Festival and Competition encourages pianists of all ages to seek his or her personal niche and voice, with the freedom to select musical repertoire without specific requirements. The 2017 Seattle International Piano Competition will take place September 29th through October 2nd, featuring incredible aspiring pianists of all ages and skill levels from all parts of the globe.. The 7th bi-annual Seattle International Piano Festival & Competition is being held on the stage of Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall located at 200 University StreetSeattle, Washington.

Aside from the solo piano competition, the festival will include guest recitals, master classes and lectures presented by world-class performers. The Seattle International Piano Festival provides musical opportunities for aspiring pianists, music lovers, and professional musicians. Youth, piano students of universities and conservatories, professional pianists and amateur pianists – all are invited to compete in the annual piano competition to share their original artistry. The deadline for entry is July 7th, 2017.
The more approachable structure of the festival’s bi-annual piano competition also makes it possible for a pianist of any financial status to apply and participate. Most piano competitions require the pianist to travel great distances and live out of a hotel at great personal expense and risk, not knowing whether one will even make it to the final round. A user-friendly piano competition such as this provides the pianist a means to participate without such great cost, knowing that the chances for being awarded a prize are high if one passes the preliminary round.

Complete Competition Rules and Information can be found by clicking on the following website link.
<![CDATA[The 8th Texas State International Piano Festival]]>Tue, 09 May 2017 22:01:20 GMThttp://infinitymusicstudio.net/blog/the-8th-texas-state-international-piano-festival
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June 3-11, 2017
The Performing Arts Center at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas will be hosting this year’s International Piano Festival. Located at the corner of University Drive and Moon Street, the Performing Arts Center houses both a 400-seat theatre and a 300-seat recital hall, plus a grand lobby, rehearsal space, a scenery shop, staging areas and classrooms.

Participants of the 9-day Texas State International Piano Festival will perform in this modern recital hall and theatre, which will also host performances and master classes by world-renowned guest musical artists.

To learn more about the Texas State International Piano Festival, please be sure to watch the accompanying video below. 

​For additional information or questions, please contact:

Dr. Jason Kwak
Texas State International Piano Festival
School of Music
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666

Phone: (512) 245-3390
Email: txstateipf@txstate.edu
<![CDATA[The Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas]]>Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:14:37 GMThttp://infinitymusicstudio.net/blog/the-fifteenth-van-cliburn-international-piano-competition-in-fort-worth-texas
May 25 - June 10, 2017
Bass Performance Hall
Fort Worth, Texas USA
Established back in 1962, the quadrennial Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is widely recognized as “one of the world’s highest-visibility classical-music contests” (The Dallas Morning News) and remains committed to its original ideals of supporting and launching the careers of young pianists between the ages of 18–30. Many months prior to the piano competition, an esteemed panel of judges travels all across the world to hear hundreds of accomplished pianists perform before a live audience. This is one of the few competitions that provides applicants the opportunity to showcase their talent through the intimacy and immediacy of a live concert performance. 30 of the top piano competitors are subsequently selected from these auditions and invited to compete for the coveted Cliburn medals, cash prizes and awards, including three years of commission-free career management valued at over $1.3 million.

The Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will also be streaming a live webcast  from Fort Worth from May 25–June 10, 2017. The dynamic, multi-camera webcast will bring the Competition to life around the world in real time with over 110 hours of live broadcasts of performances, interview segments, and awards ceremonies over the 17-day period. It will also include hours of other compelling material, including competitor profiles, taped interviews, featurettes on the many aspects of the Competition (including its 1,200 volunteer force), and other behind-the-scene glimpses.

Preliminary Round (May 25–28, 2017)
30 competitors will perform a 45-minute recital, to include a commissioned work of 4-6 minutes by Marc-André Hamelin

Quarterfinal Round (May 29–30, 2017)
20 competitors will perform a 45-minute recital

Semifinal Round (June 1–5, 2017): 12 competitors in two phases
I. Mozart concerto to be selected from a list with FWSO and conductor Nicholas McGegan
II. 60-minute recital

Final Round (June 7–10, 2017): 6 competitors in two phases
I. Piano quintet selected from a list with Brentano String Quartet
II. Concerto with Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Leonard Slatkin
  • $50,000 cash, gold medal
  • Van Cliburn Cup
  • 3 years individualized career management, including U.S. concert tours
 and, in association with Keynote Artist Management, international concert tours and comprehensive career mentorship program
  • Live recording and recording partnership with Universal Music Group
  • Promotional package including press kits, videos, website
  • Performance attire provided by Neiman Marcus
  • $25,000 cash, silver medal
  • 3 years individualized career management and U.S. concert tours
  • Live recording and recording partnership with Universal Music Group
  • Promotional package including press kits, videos, website
  • $15,000 cash, bronze medal
  • 3 years individualized career management and U.S. concert tours
  • Live recording and recording partnership with Universal Music Group
  • Promotional package including press kits, videos, website
Finalists (non-medalists)
  • $10,000 cash award to each finalist
  • Promotional package including bio, photographs, videos
More detailed information about the Cliburn Piano Competition, its various programs, history, previous winners and options to attend this year’s competition in person is available at Cliburn.org.
<![CDATA[The 2017 David Karp Piano Festival]]>Fri, 03 Mar 2017 23:46:11 GMThttp://infinitymusicstudio.net/blog/the-2017-david-karp-piano-festival
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The David Karp Piano Festival is hosted each year by the Piano Division of Kilgore College. It is an opportunity for all area piano students to prepare and perform for formal adjudication. The 2017 Festival will hold auditions from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 1st in the Anne Dean Turk Fine Arts Building. Selected students will perform in a recital at 2:00 p.m. in the Van Cliburn Auditorium.

David Karp, nationally known pianist, composer, educator, lecturer, and author, holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and the University of Colorado. Dr. Karp is professor of music and director the National Piano Teachers Institute at the Meadows School of the Arts. He teaches courses at Southern Methodist University in piano performance, composition, theory and aural skills, improvisation, and class piano techniques for the college teacher. His former students are now professionally engaged on college campuses through the United States. He has performed, lectured, and conducted workshops and seminars at many colleges and universities from Alaska to New Hampshire and as far away as Taiwan. In 1993, Dr. Karp was honored with the establishment of the David Karp Piano Festival, an annual event held at Kilgore College in Kilgore, Texas, in which over two hundred students perform and are judged on Karp compositions. 

A list of selected repertoire for the Festival may be found at Mundt Music in Longview or Tyler, on the Kilgore College website or by clicking here. Students may enter in only one solo category: Division I, II, or III. Soloists may also enter in the Duet Division IV. Required pieces will be performed from memory (excluding duets). An original copy of the music must be provided for the judge. Copied music will not be allowed. Each student will receive an adjudication sheet with a rating and a ribbon. Preliminary judges will select finalists from each division who will perform in a recital on Saturday afternoon in the Van Cliburn Auditorium. At the recital, Dr. Karp will award trophies to first, second, and third place winners in each division. He will be available to autograph music after the recital.

Each student entering the Festival must send the following information on a 3 x 5 index card: name, age, telephone number, piano teacher’s name and mailing address, division entering, and title of composition. A non-refundable entry fee of $18 and a self-addressed, stamped envelope must accompany each index card. Failure to send in an index card for each student will result in disqualification of the student. Entries must be postmarked no later than March 17th, 2017. Checks should be made payable to Kilgore College Piano Club. Inquiries and entries should be addressed to Dr. Mary Heiden, Department of Music & Dance, Kilgore College, 1100 Broadway, Kilgore, Texas 75662-3204. Phone: 903-983-8120.
<![CDATA[Introducing The Northeast Texas Piano Festival 2O17]]>Mon, 13 Feb 2017 22:42:11 GMThttp://infinitymusicstudio.net/blog/the-northeast-texas-piano-festival-2o17
We are excited to invite you to participate in a brand new piano competition for piano students from all around the Northeast Texas area. After much planning and input from a number of local music teachers, we are pleased to inform everyone about what we truly hope will be a quality competition for all ages and levels of advancement.
The Whatley Center for the Performing Arts at Northeast Texas Community
has graciously allowed all of the East Texas piano teachers and their students to use their facility for the competition. Please refer to the PDF file attachment for the musical selections chosen for this year's contest. We hope that everyone will find something to their liking as the competition judges have endeavored to include a variety of musical styles, historical periods, and composers to choose from.

We have listed the sources from which these musical selections were chosen, but you may also use other sources as long as it contains the original versions. Original copies must be presented to the judges. No xerox copies are allowed. Music should be memorized with the exception of duets for which the original sheet music may be used. The duet competition division, Division lV, will be comprised of any One Piano Four Hands duet of your own personal choice.
The competition will be held on April 8th, 2O17. Cost per student will be $14 and is non-refundable. Entries should be postmarked no later than March
17th, 2017. To submit an entry form, please send a self-addressed envelope and enclose a 3 x 5 index card with the student's name, the teacher's name, the email addresses for both the student and the teacher, the division and the song title to be performed along with the entry fee and mail to the following address:
Sherry Hudnall
32 FM 21
Pittsburg, Tx, 75686
lf email notification is not a dependable option, then please include a mailing address on the entry form. Depending on the number competing, we plan to begin judging at 9:00 am and conclude by noon. Judges will select the top six performances in each division to participate in a "Finalists' Recital" at 2:00 pm. Trophies will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners in each division. Should you have any questions, contact Sherry Hudnall at 903-767-0003 or Sandra Goldsmith at 903-767-1103 or send an email to the following address: sherryhudnall@yahoo.com.
<![CDATA[The Wideman Piano Competition Finals]]>Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:52:28 GMThttp://infinitymusicstudio.net/blog/the-wideman-piano-competition-finals
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SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2017—7:30 PM 
RiverView Theater
Shreveport, Louisiana
Michael Butterman, Conductor

The final round of the Wideman Competition will be an evening of incredible piano music featuring three different piano concerti performed by the finalists with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, concluding with the live announcement of the 1st place gold medal winner! Be sure to join your fellow audience members in choosing an audience favorite while the judges confer.

  • Alison Chiang, Eastman School of Music (from New York), Brahms: Concerto No. 1 in D minor
  • Tzu-Yin Yuan, University of Michigan, (From Taiwan) Barber: Piano Concerto
  • Chloe Zhang, The Juilliard School (from China), Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 3 in D minor
Competition Awards and Prize Money

1st Place Gold Medal                                  $5,000
The William Peyton Shehee & Virginia Kilpatrick Shehee Award
The Gold Medalist also will win several orchestra performances, engagements and recitals with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra,  the Emmett Hook Center Texas Street Artist Recital Series in Shreveport, Louisiana, the Noel Foundation, Inc. Chamber Music Series also in Shreveport, Louisiana, the Downtown Piano Works Fine Arts Series in Frederick, Maryland and the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, Illinois.

2nd Place Silver Medal                                 $3,000
Given by Alice & John Frazier (in memory of Genevieve & Carlton Frazier) and Martha & Bill Smith.

3rd Place Bronze Medal                              $1,500
The Magnolia Award given by the family of Marilyn Johnson King

There are still a few tickets available for the final competition being held on Saturday January 28th, 2017 starting at 7:30pm. You can select and order your tickets online by going to this link: Shreveport Symphony Tickets.
<![CDATA[The 2017 UT Tyler Piano Skills Festival]]>Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:54:13 GMThttp://infinitymusicstudio.net/blog/the-2017-ut-tyler-piano-skills-festival
UT Tyler School of Performing Arts
3900 University Blvd. 
FAC 2211
​Tyler, TX 75799

The UT Tyler Piano Skills Festival is an annual two-part festival in which pre-college students have the opportunity to earn ribbons, medals and trophies for their participation and excellence in the areas of functional piano skills and piano performance, while also being able to perform in the UT Tyler Braithwaite Recital Hall on a Steinway & Sons Concert Grand Piano.

The festival will be a two-part event with functional skills isolated from repertoire performance. Part 1 will include the functional skills of technique, harmonization and sightreading. Part II will include a performance of two solo selections. Solo repertoire must be memorized and music may be used for collaborative works. Students will receive a critique sheet and ribbons immediately following their performance on each day of participation. 

By including technique, harmonization and sightreading in a piano festival, students will have more incentive to develop these important skills. When students gain experience and confidence in their creativity and learning abilities, they will be more likely to continue to play the piano at home and in informal social settings after lessons cease. More advanced pianists with strong functional and performance skills will also be better prepared for college scholarship auditions and employable for the many accompanying positions available in local churches, competitions and schools. 

2017 Festival Dates
  • Part I: Functional Skills
    Friday, January 27
    Saturday, January 28

  • Part II: Performance Skills
    Friday, February 24
    Saturday, February 25
  • An Outstanding Musicians Recital will be held in Braithwaite Recital Hall on Saturday, February 25 at 6:30 p.m. Outstanding Musician Awards will be given at the conclusion of this recital, and a reception will follow. 
Application Materials
  • Registration Deadline: December 9, 2016
  • Entry fee: $30
  • Please download the 2017 SkillsFest Book for entry form and festival guidelines.
<![CDATA[33rd Annual Young Texas Artists Music Competition]]>Fri, 11 Nov 2016 01:03:21 GMThttp://infinitymusicstudio.net/blog/33rd-annual-young-texas-artists-music-competition
Photo Credit: http://www.ytamc.com/
March 9-11, 2017
Crighton Theatre
236 North Main Street
Conroe, TX

The Young Texas Artists Music Competition is an official music competition of the State of Texas. YTA was created by the Montgomery County Performing Arts Socety in 1983 as an effort to encourage excellence in young musicians and to further artistic growth throughout the state of Texas. The Young Texas Artists Music Competition (YTA) has been showcasing and supporting the state's rising classical music stars for over three decades.
Competition Requirements
Each candidate will be judged by the highest artistic standards in regard to musicianship, technical proficiency, selection of repertoire, stage deportment and artistry. Formal attire is required only for the finals. All selections must be performed from memory.

Candidates must provide one copy of each selection for the panel. Scores should be unmarked except for measure numbers. No photocopies will be permitted without expressed written permission from the publisher. Scores must not be labeled with names of candidates or teachers. The judges will choose which excerpts of your repertoire they would like to hear, including repertoire for the final round of competition.
Final Round
Finalists’ performances are limited to 12 minutes. Candidates should edit their longer pieces to the time constraints of the concert Saturday evening. One movement of a concerto or other work may be edited for the finals, although preliminary rounds require that the entire work be prepared.
Formal attire is required for the final round of competition. Formal attire shall be tuxedo or white tie and tails for men and formal gowns for women. Regular suits and long ties are not considered formal attire for men and will not be permitted. Candidates not wearing the required formal attire will not be allowed to compete in the final round.
Repertoire Requirements

Voice Competitors
Three selections of contrasting style in the original key, selected from standard opera, oratorio, cantata, or songs with orchestral accompaniment. Two selections must be in the original language. A third selection of the candidate’s choice may be performed. All selections must be performed from memory.
Piano Competitors
A complete concerto or any other major work for solo instrument and orchestra. One movement from a Beethoven Sonata. If the candidate chooses to play one of the Beethoven concerti to fulfill the concerto requirement, another solo of contrasting style and period should be chosen.
All selections must be performed from memory.
Application Deadline is Wednesday, December 31st, 2016, 11:59 p.m CST. 
Go Here for a complete list of contest rules and application information.
<![CDATA[Power On Music Conference Oct 19 in Corpus Christi]]>Tue, 04 Oct 2016 23:46:12 GMThttp://infinitymusicstudio.net/blog/power-on-music-conference-oct-19-in-corpus-christi
Graphic Credit: http://gov.texas.gov/music/
State Representative Todd Hunter, the Texas Music Office and the The Corpus Christi Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) along with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Del Mar College are pleased to announce the 2016 Power On Music conference at 8 a.m., Wednesday, October 19th. 

The free, day-long conference will feature panel discussions from Texas music industry leaders and is aimed at promoting the importance of the music industry in Texas.

Mathew Knowles, father of pop music superstar Beyoncé and former manager of Destiny’s Child, will be the keynote speaker during the lunch hour. Knowles left his career in the medical-systems sales division at Xerox Corporation to create a music company and manage his daught
er Beyoncé’s career. Other speakers will include Grammy Award nominee El Dusty and popular Texas Country Music artist Jake Ward.

“The music industry contributes to the economy of this state and it is important to both celebrate it and recognize its value,” State Rep. Todd Hunter said. “We are happy to host this event in Corpus Christi and work with the Governor’s Texas Music Office to showcase some of the Texas music industry’s top leaders.” 

Some of the topics to be discussed include: Forming Music Friendly Communities, Training for Careers in the Music Industry and Funding Ideas for Start-ups, An Exploration of Careers in the Music Industry and Tips for Getting Your Foot in the Door.

“We sincerely appreciate Rep. Todd Hunter and staff, the City of Corpus Christi, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Del Mar College, and the Corpus Christi Convention & Visitors Bureau’s work toward developing and highlighting the South Texas Coastal Bend music community,” said Texas Music Office Director Brendon Anthony. “This unique day-long event kicks off the first of, what we hope, are many similar regional music industry conferences spotlighting the state’s music businesses, allowing our industry leaders to network, as well as providing educational opportunities for students and music business entrepreneurs.”

This event is free, but registration is required. You can go to http://poweron.tamucc.edu/ to fill out the registration form.

For more information about the Power On Music conference contact Angie Flores at (361) 695-2048 or aflorestx@me.com.