Annual Moores music event attracts top talent
Moores School of Music is gearing up for its 2012 International Piano Festival this weekend.
Now in its 29th year, the festival begins with a recital by its founder Abbey Simon at 7:20 p.m. Friday at Moores Opera House.
Fellow piano masters Markus Groh from Germany and Albert Reyes of Uruguay will also present classes and recitals through Sunday.
“The International Piano Festival has been very successful for many years,” said Alan Austin, director of special projects for Moores. “It has gotten better every year, we will be doing them for a long time.”
Austin described Simon as the patriarch of the festival.
He said Simon is someone whose approach to music is something that students will take with them for the rest of their careers.
“With Simon’s history as a pianist, he will develop his students to play at these festivals with poise and confidence,” Austin said.
“The students come to (Moores School of Music) to learn that traditional sound that Simon instills in his students.”
The recitals and a special luncheon will provide festival attendees a chance to both speak with and get to know the artists.
The festival will consist of new masterworks by Groh and Reyes, Simon’s fellow masters.
Both will perform their award winning works during the festival as well.