2015 -2016 SEASON
June 3, 2017
APTLI 46th Annual Student Recital
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
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
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
February 15, 2017
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
Jerry will also speak to us about how to increase membership
through the media.
January 16, 2017
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
Sunday, Jan 29 5-7 PM
Frank & Camille's
482 Route 110
Melville, New York
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.
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
NELSON OJEDA VALDES
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
His solo album "Espana" has been released under the label Louis
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" )
Ms. Vern Kenney
126 S. 11th Street
New Hyde Park, NY 11040
Sept. 21 ,2016
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.