Music Undefeated! 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), Ieva 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.

Here are some highlights:
  • Late night jamming and "Moonlight Sonatas" performances by participants. Cafeteria Hours to meet and chat.

  • Workshops on technique, historical performances, jazz and improvisation (write your own cadenza!), cultural context for music.

  • Sessions on performing world music -- Middle Eastern, Tango, etc.

  • Master classes with distinguished artists and pedagogues, including Colin Carr, Jay Lesenger, Eliot Fisk and more.

  • Individualized guidance for going beyond the notes for performances that communicate meaning.

  • A focus on music written under challenging and tragic world events of the past.

  • Opportunity to participate in “Buddy Day” with El Sistema-trained kids.

  • Stimulating talks and master classes with distinguished composers and performers.

  • Sessions on recording and filming technology, maximizing your on-line presence.
Message from Metropolitan Opera soprano Danielle Talamantes and baritone Kerry Wilkerson,
High Peaks Festival voice faculty

With all good wishes for your continued health, safety and progress!

Yehuda Hanani, Artistic Director
Faculty and Staff, Berkshire High Peaks Music Festival


Pianists, string players and vocalists:  We are pleased to announce that the High Peaks Festival is alive and well during this unprecedented and challenging time.  We look forward to returning to the heart of the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts next summer and enjoying together one of the world's top tourist destinations and an area renowned for its arts and culture, natural beauty and outdoor adventure. Meantime, in 2021, we will continue to uphold high peaks of artistic achievement at a distance from the gentle hills that normally surround us in our home on the inviting campus of the Berkshire School.  I and our stellar faculty and guest speakers and presenters look forward to welcoming you to an exciting virtual learning experience!
For information contact: Avital Louria at 800-843-0778.

“As an educational institution, our mission is to infuse students over a relatively short period with love and enthusiasm for their chosen vocation and with an appreciation of past traditions and a spirit of adventure and discovery.”

Yehuda Hanani, Artistic Director
Berkshire High Peaks Festival

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