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June 3, 2017

APTLI 46th Annual Student Recital Program Sheet

MAY 17, 2017

Program: Jeffrey Biegel
Topic: P.D.Q. Bach's New Piano Concerto and His Preludes and Fugues
Jeffrey will play and discuss

Leonard Bernstein said of the pianist Jeffrey Biegel: " He played fantastic Liszt. He is a splendid musician and a brilliant performer." There comments launched Jeffrey's a986 New York recital debut, as the 3rd recipient of the Juilliard William Petschek Piano Debut Award in Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. He studied at the Juilliard School with Adele Marcus, herself a pupil of Josef Lhevinne and Artur Schnabel.

On Feb.22 2015< Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters upon Mr. Biegel, for his achievements in performance, recordings, chamber music champion of new music, composer, arranger and educator. For the 2016- 17-18 seasons he premieres pop music icon Jimmy Web's Nocturne for Piano and Orchestra with Orchestra Kentucky, and P.D.Q. Bach's Concerto for Simply Grand Piano and Orchestra by Peter Schickele with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

A pioneer of commissioning projects joining multiple orchestras as a model for commissioning new music in the 21st century, Mr. Biegel created the first largest consortium of orchestras in 1998 for Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's Millennium Fantasy, premiered with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 2000. Jeffrey has commissioned new works for piano and orchestra. As part of this project he has performed Danielpour's Mirrors for Piano and Orchestra and Bolcom's Prometheus for Piano, Orchestra and Chorus. He returned toe Zwillich in 2010 and commissioned Shadows, which features piano, orchestra and percussion.

Jeffrey was chosen as the first pianist to record for the new Steinway & sons recording label. His Bach on a Steinway debuted #3 on the Classical Billboard charts, followed by A Steinway Christmas Album reaching the #1 spot. He also recorded a tribute to the Golden Age Pianists for Steinway's release, A Grand Romance.

As an avid composer, his choral music is published by Hal Leonard Corp., Carl Fischer, Porfiri & Horvath and the LeDor Group.

His is currently on the piano faculty at the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College/CUNY.


April 19, 2017
Joe Granziose and Naomi Lehman
Topic: 1 MYSSMA- Bridging the gap from Level 2 to Level 3 (Joe)
2. Memorization (Naomi)


Joe is a concert pianist, teacher, coach and adjudicator. He has gained a reputation at Master Classes and Lectures on technique and interpretation and also as a diagnostician for all kinds of hand problems. with 42 years of teaching experience, he has been an adjunct teacher for SUNY Stony Brook, and has prepared students for prestigious conservatories, universities and music schools. He has extensive experience with NYSSMA and All-State repertoire. Joe is also a member of American Teachers League, National Guild of Piano Teachers and the Suffolk Piano Teachers Foundation.

Naomi is a teacher and a solo and chamber music performer. She has been teaching for 20 years - both children and adults. She was a student of Alida Vazquez of Mannes College ( herself a pupil of Claudio Arrau) and has been studying with Blanche Abram of Hofstra University since 1993. Naomi is also active in the Friday-Woodmere Music Club as Vice President and Program Chairperson.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Pompeii Restaurant, West Hempstead
Cost:  $30 Per person.
Pay at meeting or send check (payable to APTLI) to Vern.

At the Luncheon, Albert will again entertain us with lovely violin music. Please plan on attending and bring a friend. Any questions, speak with vern.

March 15, 2017 Cancelled due to Heavy Storm
February 15, 2017
Jerry Mintz

Jerry is the son of Ouida Mintz, who was an active APTLI member for many years before her death on August 24, 2006. Always on the lookout for new talent, she was Program Chairperson from 1996 to 2002. She took great pride in her book, My friend Lenny, her reminiscences about Leonard Bernstein.

APTLI held a memorial concert for Ouida on March 24, 2007 at the Port Washington Library. Jerry will show a video of that concert. Jeffrey Biegel, Cecilia, Brauer, Hadassah Guttmann, Molly-Vivian Huang, Pat King, Jane Leslie, Carol Montparker, TOm Torino and Ren Zhang Performed.

Jerry will also speak to us about how to increase membership through the media.


January 16, 2017
Program: Philip Edward Fisher 
Topic: "From Baroque to the Present-
 Illuminating the works and inspiring students' interpretive goals"

Philip Edward Fisher is widely recognized as a unique performer of refined style and exceptional versatility. International tours as a prolific soloist and ensemble musician have taken fisher across his active United Kingdom to Italy, Austria, Denmark, Switzerland, Norway, Kenya, Zimbabwe, the Ukraine and the United States. In 2002 he made his New York debut at Alice Tully Hall, performing Rachmaninoff's 3rd Concerto. Fisher has also appeared in concert at Merkin Hall and Avery Fisher Hall (now David Geffin Hall). His UK credits include performances at Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre and Royal Festival Hall in London, Usher Hall in Edinburgh, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and Symphony Hall in Birmingham. He has performed with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Copenhagen Philharmonic, the Tampere Philharmonic , the Toledo Symphony and Juilliard Orchestra. As a chamber musician, he has worked with renowned performers and ensembles such as the Brodsky Quartet, Tenor Robert White, pianist Sara Davis Buechner, and violinists Elmar Oliveira, Philippe Griffin and Augustin Hadelich.

Fisher studied at the Royal Academy of Music and The Juilliard School. In 2001, he received the prestigious Julius Isserlis Scholarship from the Royal Philharmonic Society of London. His debut solo disc with the NAXOS label, Handel's Keyboard Suites Vol. 1, was released early 2010 to great critical acclaim and hit the US classical Billboard charts with in its first week. His recent release o the Chandos label, Piano Works by the Mighty Handful, was featured on Classic FM as John Suchet's album of the week, as classical album of the week in The Telegraph, and has been nominated in the best solo instrumental album category of the International Classical Music Awards 2012.


January 29, 2017

Program: Student Club 88

Sunday, Jan 29 5-7 PM
Frank & Camille's
482 Route 110
Melville, New York


(1) Time limit: 15 minutes per teacher. No time limit on any one piece, Duets are invited.
(2) Students need to be fluent at their piece.
(3) Dress as for school
(4) There is a $10 fee per student (check to "APTLI")
(5) Refreshments and socializing after the playing.

Apply to Joe Graziose by email or snail mail by January 15. Provide teacher name, student name and age piece(s) with title, composer and timing Checks must be received by January 22.

Joe Graziose
19 Irving Avenue
N. Babylon, NY 11703
Any questions, Please contact Joe.

November 16, 2016

Program: Roundtable Discussion

Bring your questions and concerns about piano teaching to this always lively and stimulating discussion session. Our members are happy to share their ideas, suggestions and experience. There is much to be learned by attending.If you plan to attend, please call Vern.

Dues for 2016 year are $45. All those who have paid their dues by 11/30, will continue to enjoy the benefits and activities of membership (meeting programs, Student Recital and Student club88, etc. Any questions , contact Vern.

Oct. 19 ,2016

"Granados and Ginastera: Nationalism, Tradition and Vogue"

Nelson Ojeda Valdes has been a soloist with the Southeast Symphony playing Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto; the Pacific Symphony Orchestra playing Saint' Saens " Carnival of The Animals" and California State University Fullerton and Ensemble playing Gershwin's  Rhapsody in Blue" on the tour of Japan.

His solo recital include Debussy's 150th Anniversary at Symphony Space,Steinway Hall in Los Angeles and Fundacion Juan March (Madrid) . His chamber concerts performances include  a two piano version of Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" at Yon Sei Uniersity in Seoul; a duo piano recital of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert at the Esterhazy Palace the Eisenstadt Austria); a concert of American composers in Alcala de Henares (Spain); and Brahms Quintet Opus 3 with Cuarteto Assai, broadcast live on RTVE Spanish Radio.

Mr. Ojeda has premiered works by composer Tom Lidell and David Heckler at Voces Novae New music festival and works by Carlos Carillo and Desmar Guevara at Pregones Theatre in the Bronx and at MACLA (Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana) in San Jose. He is Featured in the recordings of composers Greg Lawrence and Pau Bailey.

His solo album "Espana" has been released under the label Louis Ferdinand Productions.

Mr. Ojeda holds degree from California State University, Fullerton and Manhattan School of Music with additional studies at the Juilliard School and Mannes College of Music. His primary teachers have beer Earl Voorhees, Susan Svrcek and Constance Keene.

He has been on the faculty at My. San Antonio College, Rio Hondo College and Harbor Conservatory for Performing Arts and has taught master classes at CAMDA (California Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts), Escuela de Musica Adora Calvo (Madrid) and several independent music schools internationally.

To keep your membership current, Please be sure your DUES for this year have been paid. If you have already paid, Thanks you. If not, please send your check for $45 (payable to "APTLI" ) to:

Ms. Vern Kenney
 126 S. 11th Street
 New Hyde Park, NY 11040


Sept. 21 ,2016

Program: Long Island Piano Duo
"How to get to Carnegie Hall"

The Long Island Piano Duo, one-piano, 4-hands, was founded by accomplished pianists Yelena and Vladimir Polezhayev. Having met at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Russia, they have performed numerous times in Europe, Canada and the United States.

Since coming to New York in 1990 Yelena and Vladimir founded a successful music school, co-founded Concert Festival for young musicians and have appeared on various television and radio shows. Their programs include original classical masterworks written by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn and other composers, as well as their own arrangements of "favorites" from Broadway and folk, tango and gypsy, klezmer and jazz-presented with artistic  virtuosity and delightful humor.

On occasion they invite their sons- Anton, violinist-virtuoso, winner of international violin competitions and Simon, double-ass soloist - to join them. The family has been featured in Newsday and New York Times articles.

Dues for 2016 year are $45. Consider paying at the luncheon or mailing your check to Vern Kenney before our meeting resume on September 21,2016. It would e very helpful to have members renew early. Thank You.


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