Berkshire High Peaks Virtual Festival July 20-August 2, 2021.
Announcing the 2021 Berkshire High Peaks Festival for Outstanding Young Instrumentalists! For the twelfth year, an international group of strings, pianists and vocalists will converge for intensive instrumental study with distinguished faculty. Thanks to the best available technology, each participant will receive 4 private lessons, participate in master classes by our faculty and guests, enjoy discussions by prominent composers, renowned pedagogues and notable figures in the music world who will look at the past, present and beyond the Coronavirus universe to chart what might be the course of classical music, all over a state-of-the-art virtual platform.
We have added distinguished new faculty and a guitar department! The 2021 faculty includes violinists Irina Muresanu (University of Maryland) and Peter Zazofsky (Boston University); violists Daniel Panner (Mannes School) and Michael Strauss (Dana School of Music, Youngstown State University); pianists Annie Brooks (Wingate University), Eva Jokubaviciute (Duke University), Antoinette Perry (University of Southern California), Alexander Shtarkman (Peabody Conservatory) and Mikael Darmanie; soprano Danielle Talamantes (Metropolitan Opera) and bass-baritone Kerry Wilkerson (George Mason University); cellists Yehuda Hanani (Mannes School), Diego Fainguersch (Institute of Art at the Teatro Colon) and Sae Rom Kwon (Kang-Nam University, Korea) and guitarist Eliot Fisk (New England Conservatory). “Music Undefeated!” has been the manifesto of this virtual adaptation of our traditional festival, and it underscores the festival’s resolve to imbue participants with skills, confidence, and optimism for the future, even amidst the challenges of the current pandemic.