Panayis Lyras is professor of piano and artist in residence at the Michigan State University College of Music.
A native of Greece, Lyras attended the Athens Conservatory at age 6, and received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the Juilliard School. Winner of the Silver Medal in the 1981 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Lyras has been seen and heard by millions of television viewers on PBS and the Arts and Entertainment Network. He is also the first prize winner of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in Utah, the University of Maryland International Piano Competition, the Three Rivers Piano Competition in Pittsburgh, and is a silver medalist in the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Israel.
Since his 1980 recital debut in the prestigious Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, California, Lyras has performed solo recitals in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and many other cities across North America, including Boston, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Denver, Houston, Portland, Sarasota, Seattle, Toronto, and Vancouver. His orchestral engagements have included performances with the Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras, the Buffalo and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestras, the Boston Pops, and the San Francisco, Dallas, Saint Louis, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Phoenix, Florida, Omaha, New Mexico, Nashville, New Jersey, Utah, North Carolina, Honolulu, and Pacific Symphony Orchestras. Internationally, Lyras has performed in England, Greece, Hong Kong, Israel, Mexico, South Africa, and Uruguay.
"An artist who can tame formidable technical beasts and bring colorful delineation to a multiplicity of moods and textures." --Donald Rosenberg, Gramophone
"Expressive and dexterous flair" --Vivien Schweitzer, New York Times
Laura Melton, professor of piano and coordinator of keyboard studies at Bowling Green State University, has won competitions and awards including the Mendelssohn Competition in Berlin and a Fulbright Grant for study in Germany (Freiburg Musikhochschule). She has performed with major orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and has been featured on Südwestfunk Radio (Germany), Kol Israel, Radio Nacional de España and National Public Radio's Performance Today in celebration of the birthday of composers John Corigliano and Samuel Adler. An avid chamber musician, Laura has recorded Sebastian Currier's violin and piano works for Albany Records and Samuel Adler's chamber works on Naxos. Her CD of Currier's solo piano works earned rave reviews from Gramophone and the NY Times.
Laura's principal teachers included Nelita True, John Perry and Robert Levin. A graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, Laura is currently a summer faculty member at the Interlochen Arts Camp.
“Pagano is such a fine performer that any opportunity to hear him should be seized.” --Joseph McLellan, Washington Post
Caio Pagano is an internationally renowned concert pianist, teacher and scholar. He has been a distinguished professor of piano at Arizona State University since 1986, having earned the honor of Regents' Professor of Piano at this institution.
He is the recipient of many piano performance awards in Europe and in his native country, Brazil. Pagano has performed throughout four continents in more than 900 public performances as recital soloist, chamber musician and as soloist with orchestras. He has premiered 36 works in concert halls worldwide--25 of which were written and dedicated to him by the composers--including several concertos for piano and orchestra. He also has recorded several of these works. Pagano was the first pianist to perform the complete works of Schoenberg in several capitals of the world. Among the remarkable premières was the performance of Pousseur's Apostrophe, along with Beethoven's Diabelli Variations in Washington D.C. and New York City, which received following reviews:
“The Pousseur was transcendent, and Beethoven was absolutely first-class, simultaneously idiomatic and original.” New York Times.
“I started jotting comments after each variation, but I abandoned that as I realized I was being presented with a conception that was an incandescent entity.” Washington Post.
He performed with orchestras throughout the world conducted by Sergiu Comissiona, Camargo Guarnieri, Szimon Goldberg, Howard Griffits, John Neschling, Eleazar de Carvalho, Silva Pereira, Ernest Bour, Morton Gould, Roberto Minczuk, Roberto Tibiriçá. His programs are vast and have included great Masters of the 20th century; he performed Berg's Chamber Concerto, Schoenberg's Concerto, Bartók's II Concerto and a large number of premières of contemporary composers.
As professor at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, Pagano created the International Biennial of Music, which attracted many internationally acclaimed artists who collaborated with him, including Saschko Gawriloff, Cristof Caskel, Raphael Hillyer, Werner Taube and Henry Schuman. He also toured with Pierre Fournier, Janos Starker, Thomas Friedli, Szymon Goldberg and the Dutch Chamber Orchestra, Albor Rosenfeld, the St. Petersburg Quartet, Maria João Pires, Gerard Caussé, the St. Petersburg Quartet and the Jacques Thibaud Trio. Pagano has been a featured artist at the Miami New World Festival, the Washington Interamerican Fest, the Grenoble Festival, the Megève Festival, the Merida Festival, the Montpellier Festival and many others. At ASU he created the Brazilian Arts Festival in 2000 (followed by two CDs, the first with two works for piano and orchestra by Brazilian composer Camargo Guarnieri, with the Czech National Symphony, and the second with "Trio for piano, violin and horn" by Almeida Prado, which he commissioned, both released by Summit Records) and the Steinway Chamber Music Festival in 2010 and 2012.
He has adjudicated competitions in Portugal, Switzerland, Singapore, Brazil, the USA and Panama. He became "Professor of the Year" at Arizona State University in 2010.
In partnership with Maria João Pires, Pagano created the Belgais Centre for Studies of the Arts in Portugal in 2000 and recorded "Sounds of Belgais" for DGG. He created the Piano Department of the Institute Politechnic in Portugal, and was for many years advisor for special projects of the Minister of Culture of Portugal.
Summit, Soundset, Deutsche Grammophon and Glissando labels publish his acclaimed recordings. His CD "Music for Children" by Heitor Villa-Lobos has received rave reviews which have included “CD of the Month” by BBC Music Magazine, and other magnificent reviews on Gramophone (Great Britain), CD Compact (Spain) and Fanfare (United States). In 2009 Soundset released a CD selected as CD of the week by NPR/KBAQ, called "Remembrances."
Also in 2009 a CD with works of Brahms, Poulenc, Debussy and Berg (with Carlos Alves, clarinet) was released by Soundset, and in 2010 Pagano was selected by the Magazine "Concerto" to have his new CD with Chopin and Schumann sent to 5,000 subscribers.
In 2012 he released a CD with the three Brahms Sonatas for violin, with Emmanuele Baldini, and the Quintets of Schubert (Trout) and Hummel with the Jacques Thibaud Trio, recorded live in Japan. Caio Pagano combines a profound knowledge of the Arts, Literature and Music, which characterizes his interpretations as authoritative and unique. His transcendent technique is accompanied by exuberant
lyricism, intellect and a polished sense of style. Pagano is a Steinway Artist.
Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne is a Carnegie Community Engaged University that awards Indiana University bachelor’s degrees in music. It is located on the northeast side of Fort Wayne. The piano competition and camp will be held in the Rhinehart Music Center on the north end of campus. Built in 2007, the IPFW John and Ruth Rhinehart Music Center was designed to serve the university and community; it provides an ideal learning environment, as well as excellent rehearsal spaces, studios and performance halls.
The competition will be held in Rhinehart Recital Hall, an acoustically superb performance space. Ample practice facilities are available, including a number of rooms with grand pianos.
The IPFW Gene Marcus Piano Competition is under the direction of Dr. Hamilton Tescarollo, Assistant Professor of Piano and Director of Keyboard Studies at IPFW. Questions regarding the program should be directed to him at 260-481-6723 or email@example.com.