Coming in August 2023
The International Westfjords Piano Festival presents world-class piano recitals in the beautiful Northwest region of Iceland. Each year invited musicians will produce an exciting program with a unique artistic vision and give masterclasses to the students in the community culminating in a student concert. Concerts will be held across the Westfjords region in Patreksfjörður, Tálknafjörður, and Ísafjörður. The tour will culminate with a concert at Harpa in Reykjavík.
This year's inaugural Festival is gratefully funded and sponsored by Uppbyggingarsjóði Vestfjarða, Rannís Music Fund, Ýlir – Tónlistarsjóður Hörpu, Lionsklúbbur Patreksfjarðar, Oddi hf., and Tónlistarskóli Ísafjarðar.
Andrew J. Yang (Bandaríkin/Ísland)
Píanóleikarinn Andrew J. Yang fæddist árið 1992 og hefur komið fram í Evrópu, Norður Ameríku og Asíu. Talinn af The San Francisco Examiner vera undrabarn, eða orðrétt: a prodigy, [running] the emotional gamut from brooding introspection to manic exuberance. Yang hefur komið víða fram, s.s. Auditorium Marcel Landowski (Paris), Musiikkitalo (Helsinki), Jewish Cultural Center (Krakow), Mozarthaus (Vín), Hoheikan (Sapporo), og Carnegie Hall (New York City). Yang fékk fyrstu verðlaun á þrítugustu International FLAME Piano Competition í París (2019). Hann hefur einnig hlotið verðlaun frá Piano Award International Competition í Þýskalandi, og Metropolitan International Piano Competition í New York. Árið 2018 hlaut Yang heiðursverðlaunin Hvítu rósina fyrir tónlist frá forseta Finnlands, Sauli Niinistö.
Yang útskrifaðist með B.A. í hagfræði og B.M. í píanóleik frá Northwestern University árið 2015. Við útskrift með M.M. í píanóleik frá Mannes School of Music í New York árið 2017 hlaut hann Steinway & Sons verðlaunin, sem veitt eru framúrskarandi útskriftarnema. Yang stundar þessa dagana doktorsnám í píanóleik við USC Thornton School of Music (Los Angeles) á fullum skólastyrk. Andrew J. Yang býr á Patreksfirði og kennir á píanó og fiðlu við tónlistarskóla Vesturbyggðar. Hann er einnig meðstofnandi Íslenska Schumannfélagsins.
Myung Hwang Park (Suður-Kórea/Frakkland)
Tónskáld í Residence & Guest Artist
Myung Hwang Park, born in 1987 in South Korea, made a commitment to music studies at the age of 16. He pursues his studies of Composition Theory and Film Scoring at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, while being laureate of scholarships from the Tarazzi Foundation and Leg Jabès Foundation. He studied piano in parallel at Haute Ecole de Music de Genève for his master’s degree in piano performance. His teachers and mentors include Thierry Escaich, Yves Henry, Dominique Weber, Bruno Coulais, Marie-Jeanne Serero.
Since 2017, Park composes for short animations and films, several which have been selected by numerous festivals and exposed in the museum (such as at the Jeu de Paume in Paris). His compositions were also featured in media facade projections on Grand Cathédrale of Orléans, Abbaye de Notre-dame des anges. He was a composer and musician on numerous cine-concerts in film festivals (Mon premier festival at Paris, Music&Cinéma at Aubagne and Marseille) and cine concerts Méliès redécouvert (Maison de la Radio France), and Voyage extraordinaire (Hermès).
Antoinette Perry, born into a family of professional musicians, gave her first public performance at the age of four. Since then, she has concertized extensively throughout the United States, Germany, France, England, and China. She has been heard often on NPR and the Bravo! Channel, and has recorded for the Crystal, Harmonie, Pacific Rainbow, Pacific Serenades, Excelsior, and Navona/PARMA labels. Her first solo album, “Beethoven Bookends,” was released under the Navona LIVE/PARMA label in 2021. Le Dauphine Libéré has lauded her “irreproachable technique” and “a musical comprehension which could only belong to one of the Greats.” The LA Times has praised her “exceptional artistry”, her “superb Schubert in every respect".
Artist-faculty Emeritus at the Aspen Music Festival and School, Ms. Perry performed in over 100 concerts there during her 25-year tenure. Other festivals include Bravo!International, Lansum International, Zhengzhou International, Saarburg International, Idyllwild Arts Academy, Chamber Music Sedona, Ojai Festival, Taipei International, 20th Century Unlimited in Santa Fe, and the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, among others.
As a young artist she was one of only two women representing the United States in the 6th Van Cliburn International Competition (1981). Ms. Perry served on the UCLA piano faculty for 12 years before joining the faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music in 1996, where she currently teaches. She has given over 200 master classes around the world. The California Association of Professional Music Teachers awarded her their 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Antoinette Perry (Bandaríkin)
Nína Margrét Grímsdóttir
Meet the Team
Andrew J. Yang
Sara Líf Helgadóttir