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NSA Masterclass Series: Derek Wieland, piano – September 11, 2021 (Online)

Online Experience
September 11, 2021 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Tuition:
$75 for performers
$45 for auditors
Registration Deadline: September 9, 2021

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Masterclass

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Break

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Q&A for all


DEREK WIELAND, Pianist

Pianist, composer, and arranger Derek Wieland is a Juilliard graduate (Pre-College, BA, MM) whose technique, artistic prowess and genre-crossing versatility has received critical acclaim in performances throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America.

As a concert pianist, Wieland has performed at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, with the Cleveland Orchestra and others. In 1987, he was the first pianist to win the Seventeen Magazine/General Motors Concerto Competition (violinist Joshua Bell won five years earlier).

“I started out with a classical foundation in my music training,” noting that during his teenage years, his interests began to diversify. “When I got to Juilliard as an undergraduate, I branched out. I was putting together jazz and rock gigs, and I accompanied a baroque dance class for the dance department.” Wieland’s love of electronic music inspired him to open Uptime Studios, a recording studio in Midtown NYC that Wieland led while working on his master’s degree.

Wieland composed, music directed, and performed The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park: Othello, his contemporary score praised by the New York Times to “have done double duty for an episode of Showtime’s The Tudors.” Wieland has collaborated in additional theatre, film, and live performance projects, including the theatrical work “Things of Dry Hours” directed by R. Santiago-Hudson, “Feather: A Musical Portrait” (New York Musical Theatre Festival), and “An Evergreen Christmas” (Netflix).

A lover of rock and roll music, Wieland has an extensive pop/rock repertoire, performing on Al Di Meola’s LP “All Your Life (A Tribute To The Beatles Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London)” and working with six-time Grammy Award-winning producer/engineer, Brent Maher, on several Nashville records.

Since 2006, Wieland has served as Music Director for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, conducting, and performing on tour in 105 shows in 61 cities each year to millions of TSO fans. His piano playing and arrangements are heard on many TSO recordings.

Wieland’s live radio and television appearances cross genres from classical concerts on New York’s WQXR Classical Radio with David Dubal’s “Reflections from the Keyboard,” to progressive rock music on Jimmy Fallon and Live with Kelly and Michael.

Growing up in Long Island, Wieland began to play piano at the age of 5 and entered Juilliard Pre-College at age 11. At Juilliard, he studied with legendary pianist György Sándor (a prominent student of classical composer Béla Bartók).


Going Virtual with NSATechnology Requirements

We recommend using a wired internet connection for the best experience. If you are unable to connect your desktop, laptop or tablet to the internet using an Ethernet cable, a strong, stable Wi-Fi connection and/or cellular data may be used. Check the speed and strength of your Wi-Fi at speedtest.net; connections of at least 20 mbps (download) and 10 mbps (upload) are best. If yours is below 10 mbps (download) or 5 mbps (upload), you may need an upgrade from your internet provider. Upload speeds below 5 mbps will produce poor quality video and audio. 

We also recommend that participants have access to an external microphone and webcam for best video and audio quality. 

NSA Masterclass Series: Micah Yui, piano – April 10, 2021 (Online)

photo: Philip Pirolo

Online Experience
April 10, 2021 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Tuition: $75 for performers, $45 for auditors
Registration Deadline: April 8, 2021

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Masterclass

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Break

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Q&A for all


MICAH YUI, Pianist

Described by the Los Angeles Times as playing with “blazing enthusiasm, power, and technical assurance,” pianist, Micah Yui, has had a versatile performance career.

Yui made her solo recital at the age of ten and orchestral debut at the age of thirteen in Canada. She has given solo recitals around the world, including venues in Zurich, Tokyo, New York, Toronto, and Copenhagen. Yui has given radio performances on CBC, NHK, and WQXR and orchestral performances with the Syracuse, Edmonton, Victoria, Montreal Metropolitan, Asheville, and Baltimore Chamber orchestras. As a chamber musician, Yui has performed with many of the preeminent performing artists in the country, including Matt Haimovitz, VictorDanchenko, Robert de Maine, Paul Coletti, the St. Lawrence string quartet, and others. A frequent collaborator with Daniel Heifetz, Yui toured the country performing with “Heifetz and the classical Band”. Yui has a love of lieder and most recently worked on songs by Schubert with the great vocal coach, Graham Johnson, at Songfest on the Colburn campus in Los Angeles. She is the recipient of three Canada Council grants, the Alberta Achievement Award and the Edmonton Civic Award. Her recording with the London Symphony of Ernest Bloch’s concerto symphonique and scherzo fantasque won “Record of the Year” from Stereophile Magazine.

Yui is passionate about impacting the lives of young people. She has taught at the RoyalConservatory of Music in Toronto where she was the youngest faculty member. She has also been on the faculty at the Peabody Institute, Music Institute of Chicago, and Heifetz Institute. Her students have won numerous national and international competitions and have been accepted into prestigious music conservatories and schools of music around the country. Yui is currently on the piano faculty at the Colburn School in both the Academy and the Community School where her students have continued to win prizes in numerous competitions and awards. At the Colburn School, she is the director of the Piano Camp Intensive, a unique summer piano camp for young piano students ages nine to thirteen. The camp gives students the opportunity to focus on developing their complete musicianship through solo playing, as well as voice, drama, and movement classes in a social atmosphere. In the summer of 2020, she was instrumental in developing a two-week Colburn Virtual Piano Seminar for advanced pianists with students from all over the world and a world-class faculty. Most recently, she gave masterclasses for the Gifted Music School in Salt Lake City and was a judge in the inaugural round Espressivo online Livestreaming Music Competition. This summer, she will be on the faculty at Montecito International Music Festival, Colburn Piano Camp Intensive, and the Colburn Piano Seminar.

Born in Japan and of Korean heritage, Yui immigrated to Canada at the age of eight. Her most important teachers were Leon Fleisher at both The Royal Conservatory of Music and PeabodyConservatory, Bella Davidovich at the Juilliard School, Marietta Orlov at the University of Toronto, and her first teachers, Boris Zarankin and Inna Perkis. Her other influential teachers were Giovanni Valentini with whom she worked with in Pesaro, Italy, as well as Menahem Pressler at the Banff Arts Center.

Yui currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter, and rescue dog, Daisy. In her free time, she loves to hike in the great outdoors.


Going Virtual with NSATechnology Requirements

We recommend using a wired internet connection for the best experience. If you are unable to connect your desktop, laptop or tablet to the internet using an Ethernet cable, a strong, stable Wi-Fi connection and/or cellular data may be used. Check the speed and strength of your Wi-Fi at speedtest.net; connections of at least 20 mbps (download) and 10 mbps (upload) are best. If yours is below 10 mbps (download) or 5 mbps (upload), you may need an upgrade from your internet provider. Upload speeds below 5 mbps will produce poor quality video and audio. 

We also recommend that participants have access to an external microphone and webcam for best video and audio quality. 

Piano Masterclass with Blair McMillen – November 21, 2020

Online Experience
November 21, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Tuition: $75 for performers, $45 for auditors
Registration Deadline: November 16, 2020
Performer Application Required (see below)


10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Masterclass

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Break

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Q&A for all

Performer Application

Record a 3-5 minute video of your piece, upload to YouTube, and include the link in your application below. Your submission will be reviewed and you will be notified whether or not you were chosen to perform.

Deadline: November 13, 2020


BLAIR MCMILLEN, pianist

Hailed by the New York Times as “prodigiously accomplished and exciting” and as one of the piano’s “brilliant stars,” pianist Blair McMillen leads a musical life unbounded by convention.  He is known for his advocacy of living composers and contemporary music, as well as championing very early keyboard music and more recent neglected masterpieces.   For more than two decades he has divided his time as soloist, ensemble leader, music festival director, and educator.  

Blair McMillen has performed in major concert venues throughout New York City, the United States, and around the world. He has played frequently with the Knights, the International Contemporary Ensemble, the New York Philharmonic, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and jazz legends Fred Hersch and Don Byron.   He is a member of several ensembles, including American Modern Ensemble, the six-piano “supergroup” Grand Band, and Perspectives Ensemble, among others.  For 11 years, McMillen was pianist for the Naumburg Award-winning Da Capo Chamber Players. 

His first solo CD “Soundings” was released to critical acclaim in 2000.  Since then, Blair McMillen has been featured on dozens of commercially-released solo and ensemble recordings, spanning numerous musical genres.  A recent album of contemporary American two-piano music with Stephen Gosling, “Powerhouse Pianists II,” was declared “one of the finest piano recordings of the year” by NPR.

McMillen is the co-founder and co-director of the Rite of Summer Music Festival, an outdoor contemporary-music series in New York.  Celebrating its ninth season in 2019, Rite of Summer is the only annual music festival on Governors Island, a place the New Yorker has called “an enormous playground for the arts.”  

Blair McMIllen holds degrees from Oberlin College, The Juilliard School, and the Manhattan School of Music.   At Juilliard, he was principal soloist on a tour of Japan with the Juilliard Orchestra.   While there, he also won the Juilliard Gina Bachauer Competition and the Sony “Elevated Standards” Career Grant. 

Having taught at Bard College and Conservatory since 2005, McMillen also serves on the piano faculty at Mannes at the New School in New York.  He is grateful for the many teachers who have inspired him; including Jerome Lowenthal, Robert McDonald, Joseph Kalichstein, Sophia Rosoff, and Byron Janis.

“When played by the formidable Mr. McMillen, any piece sounds terrific.” – Anthony Tommasini, New York Times   

www.pianoblair.com


Going Virtual with NSATechnology Requirements

We recommend using a wired internet connection for the best experience. If you are unable to connect your desktop, laptop or tablet to the internet using an Ethernet cable, a strong, stable Wi-Fi connection and/or cellular data may be used. Check the speed and strength of your Wi-Fi at speedtest.net; connections of at least 20 mbps (download) and 10 mbps (upload) are best. If yours is below 10 mbps (download) or 5 mbps (upload), you may need an upgrade from your internet provider. Upload speeds below 5 mbps will produce poor quality video and audio. 

We also recommend that participants have access to an external microphone and webcam for best video and audio quality.