October 20-21, 2005 in Omaha, Nebraska
Guest Artist: Leon Bates
Since winning the Philadelphia Orchestra Senior Auditions as a student over 20 years ago, Leon Bates has emerged as one of America’s leading pianists. He is invited to the most prestigious concert halls and his performances have warranted critical and audience accolades in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center, Philadelphia’s Academy of Music, the Hollywood Bowl and the Masonic Hall in San Francisco, presented by the Four Seasons Concert Association. He appeared in Naples, Italy in two recitals and took part in the filming of “Music in the 20th Century” telecast on PBS. He also hosted a radio series funded by the Pew Foundation, “Notes from Philadelphia.”
He has performed all over the world, appearing with the Vienna Symphony, the Sinfonica dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Strasbourg Symphony in France, and Canada’s Victoria Symphony. He played a series of concerts in South Africa with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Natal Philharmonic. He also performed in Rome and in Naples, Italy recently.
With the Basel Symphony, he performed the Gershwin Concerto in F in a unique and exciting classical music video which used creative images to depict the music. The video has been broadcast in France, Germany, Austria, Italy, and has been shown in the U.S. on the BRAVO! Network. Mr. Bates has been invited to appear frequently on both national and local radio and television programs; he has appeared on NBC’s The TODAY SHOW with Bryant Gumbel and on CBS SUNDAY MORNING with Charles Kuralt and Eugenia Zukerman.
Randall Faber, Guest Pedagogy Specialist
Randall Faber, guest clinician, is internationally known as co-author with his wife, Nancy, of the Piano Adventures teaching method and over one hundred publications for the piano. He has edited numerous editions of the piano repertoire, is editorial director of the Piano Adventures teacher newsletter, and maintains a busy schedule of presentations and performances for music teachers.
Recently, Faber has been special guest of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada, The Texas Music Teachers Convention featured artist, Arizona Music Teachers Convention clinician, Idaho Music Teachers convention artist, World Conference on Piano Pedagogy and The National Piano Teachers Institute keynote speaker, and National Conference on Piano Pedagogy moderator. He regularly presents at the Music Teachers National Association Conference and has given workshops throughout the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Randall Faber holds three degrees from the University of Michigan, with Bachelor and Masters degrees from the School of Music in Piano Performance, with a Ph.D. in Education and Human Development from Vanderbilt University.
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