"Bright lights, big festival".
Both participants and listeners will find something special at New York City’s irrepressible and irreplaceable International Keyboard Institute and Festival, as founder Jerome Rose tells Inge Kjemtrup.
The interview appears inside Pianist magazine’s April/May issue (No 89) 2016.
Inge Kjemtrup, Pianist Magazine, April/May 2016
"Since 1999, this festival has been the go-to summer event for piano aficionados, a mix of lectures, master classes, and, most tantalizingly, innovative and robust concert programs from a variety of international virtuosos, up-and-comers, and local heroes....the festival, which has for years been a summer must-see event for lovers of all types of piano music, continues to offer varied fare...those seeking deeper knowledge can arrive early to catch pre-concert talks."
Russell Platt, The New Yorker, July 18 & 22, 2015
"This two-week piano institute and festival, which for years has drawn eager audiences to its daily recitals, master classes and lectures, is now working with Hunter College, having previously been associated with Mannes College The New School for Music. Its founding director, Jerome Rose, is still in charge and, as usual, kicks off the festival with the first recital."
Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, July 17, 2015
"The Keyboard Institute and Festival has become a perennial favorite among piano aficionados."
Vivien Schweitzer, New York Times, July 23, 2014
"Jerome Rose, of course, is the founder of IKIF, which should garner him at least a serious footnote in the cultural history of New York, in addition to the product of his artistic endeavors."
Donald Isler, Classical Music Guide Forums, July 21, 2014
"For those who love piano music, this institute and festival, now in its 16th season, is a highlight of the summer. For two weeks the Festival offers recitals by distinguished and emerging younger artists, usually two per day, along with lectures, panels, master classes and, in the second week, a competition."
Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, July 11, 2014
"Jerome Rose's annual festival brings noted pianists from around the world to New York to teach and perform. Rose, a bravura player, leads off the "Masters Series" of evening concerts.""
The New Yorker, July 2014
"For 15 years now, Jerome Rose’s piano recital has opened the annual International Keyboard Institute and Festival (IKIF), which he founded in 1999. Taking place at Mannes College The New School for Music, one of Rose’s alma maters, the intensive, two week-long celebration of the piano features lectures, master classes, and faculty recitals, as well as two guest artist performance series. That’s a lot of piano – even for New York City. The festival shines by its musical diversity and vast variety of different approaches to the instrument, and so promotes an open-minded and low-key atmosphere. It also sponsors a competition whose winner is honored with the Dorothy MacKenzie Competition prize ($10,000) and a recital at the next festival."
Ilona Oltuski, Piano News (Germany), November/December 2013
"Jerome Rose presides over the annual piano extravaganza at Mannes College. More formally, this extravaganza is the International Keyboard Institute & Festival, or IKIF. Rose is its founder and director. IKIF takes place in the second half of July. And, every year, Rose gives the opening recital.
IKIF is celebrating its 15th year, a veritable institution here in New York. It is appreciated, and attended, by pianists and piano cognoscenti all over town, and from out of town. There is nothing else like it. Students get taught. Professionals give recitals. And the vast piano repertory is explored. True, Rose played four canonical sonatas. But IKIF typically gives you music from way off the beaten path.
The second half of Steven Mayer’s program was all-American—beginning with Silver Spring, by William Mason, whose dates are 1829 to 1908. This is not an immortal piece (though it is still being played in 2013, isn’t it?). But I’m glad to have heard it. And where else could you, besides IKIF?
The piano repertory is wide and wonderful, and Jerome Rose’s festival reminds a person of that fact."
Jay Nordlinger, CityArts, August 2013
"As usual, at the Festival, the audience consisted of numerous pianists, pedagogues, critics and music lovers. The daughters of Artur Rubinstein could be seen sitting down the aisle from the granddaughter of Artur Schnabel. "
Donald Isler, Classical Music Guide Forums, July 21, 2013
"Jerome Rose's summer celebration of the keyboard, which prompts a big huddle of pianists and piano fans to converge on Mannes College The New School for Music, is now fifteen years old."
New York Times, July 2013
"This annual series at Mannes College has pedagogy at its roots, but for audience members it can seem like a return to the notion of salon-based music making thanks to skilled, stylish performers and a relatively cozy concert hall."
TimeOut New York, July 2013
"This is the 15th summer season of the popular, two-week keyboard festival at Mannes College the New School of Music, a favorite for devotees of pianists and piano music. The packed festival schedule includes lectures, masterclasses and a mini-competition. But the main events are the Prestige Series of daily recitals and the Masters Series in the evening."
Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, July 2013
"It's the middle of July, which means it's time for the International Keyboard Institute and Festival, a very welcome feature of summer for lovers of the piano and its repertoire. Featuring two weeks of two recitals almost every day given by wonderful artists at different stages of their careers, masterclasses, lectures and a competition, it is a significant cultural event in the life of New York City.
Many of the people who attend the Festival are people of major accomplishment in music: teachers, performers and critics. So are some of the students who attend the masterclasses. I met one such "student" before this evening's recital, who came here from England. He has already recorded the Chopin Piano Concerti, will soon perform or record all of the Rachmaninoff Concerti and already has an international career playing recitals. This, to me, sounds like the description of a finished artist, as I am sure this young man (whom I have not yet had the pleasure of hearing) already is.
And then there are the fans of the Festival. At the recital this evening I sat next to a gentleman whom I met last year. He came here again from Colorado because he said, he "wouldn't miss" the Festival. He also said he is a big fan of Jerome Rose, the Founder of the Festival, because he so successfully shows what "wild and crazy guys" Beethoven and Schumann were. (Schumann was the featured composer on Mr. Rose's recital last year.)
As an aside, hearing Mr. Rose, a distinguished member of the piano faculty of Mannes College, perform a Beethoven recital at Mannes reminded me how many other members of its faculty have also been important Beethoven pianists. One thinks of Richard Goode, Claude Frank, Bruce Hungerford.....
Donald Isler, Classical Music Guide Forums, July 15, 2013
"A Festival Tunes Up for Recitals Galore: For those who love piano music, piano recitals and everything about the piano, Mannes College the New School for Music is again ready to gratify you. The festival has an excellent record of presenting worthy artists, both emerging talents and revered veterans. "
Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, July 14, 2013
"Piano devotees flock to Mannes College the New School for Music to enjoy a busy lineup of master classes, lectures and recitals by rising stars and established performers."
Vivien Schweitzer, New York Times, May 19, 2013
"For two weeks each year, the International Keyboard Institute and Festival (IKIF) creates a dream fortnight for piano lovers, drawn to wall-to-wall performances in the intimate recital hall at Mannes College The New School for Music. "
Bruce Hodges, Monotonous Forest, October 2012
"In a recent issue, I referred to the International Keyboard Institute & Festival as a “piano-palooza.” Every July, there are some 25 recitals presented at Mannes College, on W. 85th St. The festival is directed by a distinguished pianist and Mannes teacher, Jerome Rose, and his better half, Julie Kedersha. One benefit of this festival is that a patron has a chance to hear music that is hardly ever played during the regular season. You hear little-known pieces by well-known composers. You also hear composers who are themselves little known. And then there are our old friends transcriptions—arrangements of songs, orchestra pieces, and the like for piano. "
Jay Nordlinger, CityArts, August 9, 2012
"The festival attracts many piano buffs, who eagerly take in two recitals a night."
Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, July 17, 2012
"Mr. Rose’s recital always opens the two week International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Mannes College, which he founded. With two recitals almost every day given by pianists at all different stages of their careers, masterclasses, and a competition, the Festival comes along in the second half of July, a traditionally “slow” time in New York for concerts, and fills it with a wide array of delights for those who love the piano, and the classical piano repertoire.
Also featured are special programs in memory of great pianists, and composers for the piano.
Mr. Rose is to be saluted for his performance this evening, as well as for his contribution to musical life in New York by creating this Festival. "
Donald Isler, Classical Music Guide Forums, July 16, 2012
"One of New York's hidden gems, this pedagogical institute includes a recital series in which performers of the first rank appear in a setting conducive to chamber-scale intimacy."
Steve Smith, New York Times, July 13, 2012
"Toscanini's statement "Tradition is the last bad performance" notwithstanding there are some very GOOD traditions in the musical life of New York, and one of the finest is the International Keyboard Institute and Festival, which started its annual extensive series of programs all about the piano for the 13th time this evening. During the next two weeks those who come to Mannes College will be able to hear two recitals every day, performed by accomplished artists at all different stages of their careers, master classes and a piano competition. The audience consists of students, seniors and everything in-between. People greet fellow listeners they have met in previous years, and the audience includes some very distinguished musicians, including well-known teachers and critics.
Donald Isler, Classical Music Guide Forums, July 17, 2011
"Now in its 13th season, the International Keyboard Institute and Festival offers two weeks of concerts, panels, lectures and master classes, as well as a competition - everything and anything that pianists and lovers of piano music could ask for. The festival presents two recitals on most days: a Pretige Series and an evening Masters Series."
Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, July 15, 2011
"Piano devotees flock to Mannes College the New School for Music to enjoy a busy lineup of master classes, lectures and recitals by rising stars and established performers. Liszt, whose bicentennial is celebrated this year, will be a mainstay of programming."
Vivien Schweitzer, The New York Times, May 2011
"On the Upper West Side, Mannes College will host the International Keyboard Institute & Festival, presided over by Jerome Rose, a pianist and teacher, and his executive director, Julie Kedersha. The festival will last two weeks, from July 17 to July 31. There will be a slew of piano recitals—something like 25. Some names are familiar (e.g., Marc-André Hamelin). Many names are not. Maybe those names deserve to be familiar.
Among the lesser-known pianists is Koji Attwood, a talented guy in the Lisztian mold: He’s the type to compose his own transcriptions. A veteran, wizardly pianist is in the lineup: Cyprien Katsaris. He has more technique than five average pianists put together, and plenty of musicianship, too.
The festival gives you a chance to hear many pianists, yes. But I’ll tell you what I especially appreciate about it: It gives you a chance to hear much piano music, a great deal of repertoire. Recitals are becoming fewer and fewer, even as opera, chamber music and some other things are flourishing. (The death-of-classical-music people don’t want you to know that, but it’s true.)
Jay Nordlinger, CityArts, May 2011
"IKIF...a magnet for piano buffs that features recitals by veteran and emerging musicians, lectures and master classes."
Vivien Schweitzer, New York Times, July 23, 2010
"The most expansive (and best attended) of the summer institutes presented by Mannes College The New School For Music is its annual keyboard festival. Everything is open to the public, and although the recitals - two most days, at 6 and 8:30pm - are of particular interest, there are also master classes, rehearsals and lectures all day."
Allan Kozinn, The New York Times, July 23, 2010
"The 12th Annual International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Mannes College is underway, and not a moment too soon for classical piano aficionados. It would be a significant addition to New York cultural life at any time of the year, but as it always takes place during the last two weeks of July, when concert activity in New York slows down, it is particularly welcome. It features reasonably priced recitals by excellent pianists at all different stages in their careers, lectures, a competition and special events."
Donald Isler, Classical Music Guide Forums, July 19, 2010
"Now in its twelfth season, this two-week round of concerts and master classes is the brainchild of Jerome Rose, an able pianist in the grand European tradition. He offers the opening concert, performing two sonatas by Schubert...at the New School's Mannes College."
New York Times, July 2010
"For piano connoisseurs, July in New York means the International Keyboard Institute & Festival. Its 12th season opens July 18 and runs through August 1 at the Mannes College...This event always offers opportunitites to hear talented emerging artists back-to-back with more established artists, many of whom do not often get to play recitals in New York...Ten 6pm Prestige Series recitals are respectively given over to young up-and-comers....the 8:30pm Masters Series features festival founder and artistic director Jerome Rose on opening night...The July 24/25 weeekend stands as the Festival's epicenter...an all-day centenary tribute to Leonard Shure...and a summit meeting of former Shure pupils...On Sunday the 25th, festival mainstay pianist/writer/radio host David Dubal celebrates the late, great Earl Wild (a long time IKIF favorite)...followed by an interview with Gary Graffman...as if these events weren't enough, two concerts at 6 and 8:30pm showcase a whole slew of IKIF faculty members."
Jed Distler, Gramophone Blog, July 2010
"This summer's upcoming IKIF at New York's Mannes College offers many prospective delights..."
Benjamin Ivry, Forward.com Blog, July 2010
"Listen to the pros tickle the ivories at the 2010 International Keyboard Institute and Festival."
"Eager pianophiles head to the International Keyboard Institute & Festival each July to enjoy a busy lineup of seminars, masterclasses and concerts by distinguished artists and rising stars."
Vivien Schweitzer, New York Times, July 2009
"Jerome Rose's annual series at Mannes College brings concerts, lectures, and master classes, all centered on the art of the piano. Rose, a fine pianist in the bravura tradition, opens the event with a solo recital featuring Beethoven...as well as three works by Liszt."
The New Yorker, July 2009
"The renowned Spanish pianist Joaquin Achucarro participates in the Masters Series of this acclaimed event, one of the most important piano festivals in the world."
"TEN GREAT YEARS...adding to the richness of the musical culture in New York...the festival roster reads like a Who's Who of the piano..."
John Bell Young, Clavier, September/October 2008
"...the world's foremost piano gathering..."
Ron Hubbard, Pioneer Press, Twin Cities.com, September 2008
"This two-week event, in its 10th year, offers recitals, panels, lectures, master classes and a competition for young artists...there are recitals galore, usually two a day..lovers of piano music, piano-playing, and everything relating to this storied instrument may be equally interested in the panels and master classes that are open to the public."
Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, July 2008
"We think of Jerome Rose's annual IKIF series as one of New York's hidden treasures, given its relative intimacy and consistently admirable recital offerings."
TimeOut New York, July 2008
"The annual celebration of all things piano-related returns, with recitals by young international talents and masters..."
New York Magazine, July 2008
"For two weeks each summer eager pianophiles flock to the International Keyboard Institute & Festival for a bustling lineup of seminars, masterclasses and concerts by distinguished artists and rising stars."
Vivien Schweitzer, The New York Times, July 2008
"ROSE GARDEN: For the last ten years, Jerome Rose, an able and impassioned pianist devoted to preserving the traditions of Romantic style, has run the International Keyboard Institute and Festival, a brief but intensive summer series that features a whirl of concerts and master classes given by artists who occupy a variety of places on the name-recognition spectrum."
Russell Platt, The New Yorker, July 2008
"...among "the city's most vital places, people and things". During those long summer weeks when everything else shuts down, the Upper West Side's Mannes College steps up with imposing festivals devoted to a variety of inspirations—piano artistry, contemporary music, Beethoven and so on. Concerts featuring world-class soloists and recitals by faculty and students are friendly to any pocket."
Steve Smith, TimeOut New York, November 1, 2007
"In addition, ...a parade of significant pianists at the International Keyboard Institute & Festival at Mannes College."
Alex Ross, The New Yorker, July 2007
"...the school's invaluable International Keyboard Institute & Festival...the Festival's chief attraction is a series of evening concerts that allow the public to hear pianists in a room large enough to hold some 300 patrons yet intimate enough to qualify as a chamber-music setting."
Steve Smith, New York Times,
"Jerome Rose's annual festival at the Mannes College of Music is a big-tent affair that accommodates a number of distinctive personalities."
The New Yorker, July 2007
"Jerome Rose launches his invaluable summer celebration of the piano..."
TimeOut New York, July 2007
"The smattering of Croc shoes 'n' shorts that besmirched the audience gathered in Mannes College's auditorium belies the impressive roster of pianists assembled here annually for the International Keyboard Institute & Festival..."
Ben Finane, The Star-Ledger, July 2007
"I have never heard so many pianists in the short time frame of two weeks, and there were up to six master classes daily given by these internationally recognized pianists. What a wonderful festival for these young, fortunate students coming from all over the world – some making their very first trip to America. Hats off to Founding Director Jerome Rose as well as Julie Kedersha for the daunting task of organizing this amazing Festival."
New York Concert Review, Winter 2006
"The buzz was for the final night of the International Keyboard Institute and Festival, a summer treat now in its eighth season, which draws a discriminating audience eager to focus on an array of some of the world’s most distinguished pianists."
Seen and Heard International, August 2006
"Across the Atlantic, if you can ignore the prospect of sultry New York City summer weather, you’ll want to head for the International Keyboard Institute and Festival."
Erica Worth, Pianist Magazine, London, UK,
"IKIF is New York City's finest summer music event. The performances are consistently superb ... up close and personal (and in the company of passionate listeners) ... it is really the only way to hear piano music."
M.L. Rosenberg, Newsday, July 2006
"The International Keyboard Institute & Festival at the Mannes College of Music...has become a staple of the summer concert calendar."
New York Times, July 2006
"Mannes College of Music’s must-hear piano extravaganza…"
"Mannes College of Music’s International Keyboard Institute & Festival is, hands down, my favorite summer music event…Don’t miss the chance to hear maestro Jerome Rose, Marc-André Hamelin, …and other piano luminaries hold forth in the heimisch, human-scale concert hall at Mannes."
M.L. Rosenberg, Newsday, July 2006
"During the slow summer months, concertgoers who love the piano have plenty to keep them happy during the two weeks of this series at Mannes College, directed by the pianist Jerome Rose."
New York Times, July 2006
"The Mannes School of Music, long regarded as a fine conservatory, is emerging as a locus for the kind of concert that interestingly combine the educational and the exploratory. Jerome Rose’s series is such an event…"
The New Yorker, July 2006
"A quiet highlight of New York’s summer season since it was established in 1999, the International Keyboard Institute & Festival presents a stellar lineup of established and emerging pianists in an intimate setting."
Time Out New York, July 2006
"Annual series of concert and lectures celebrating the ivories"
New York Magazine, July 2006
"Concertgoers queued around the block for a ticket to this year’s annual piano extravaganza at Mannes College of Music, which ran from 17-31 July. And with the various talents of Melvyn Tan, Dmitri Bashkirov, Marc-Andre Hamelin and Earl Wild on the schedule of concerts, lectures and masterclasses, it’s easy to see why"
International Piano, November/December 2005
"Luckily for New Yorkers, Mannes College of Music’s International Keyboard Institute and Festival (IKIF), one of the nation’s finest piano-concert series, transforms the Upper West Side’s summer-in-the-city grit into an oasis of inspired music making."
Time Out New York, July 2005
"Mannes College of Music’s International Keyboard Institute & Festival presents world-class artists in the kind of intimate surroundings where Mozart and Chopin might have played."
"This annual festival, now in its seventh summer season, again promises to keep even the most insatiable lover of piano music happy."
The New York Times, July 2005
"Jerome Rose’s annual festival, a boon to the city’s piano aficionados, returns with an impressive lineup of major artists offering concerts and master classes."
The New Yorker, July 2005
"The IKIF roster is stellar…concerts take place in Mannes’ cozy recital hall, creating a mood of unique concentration and intimacy. The whisper of the air-conditioning here is a roar over audiences’ silence; cell phones and coughing are nowhere to be heard."
"One of the nicest things about the New York summer – classical-music division- is the International Keyboard Institute & Festival at the Mannes College of Music. What we get is two weeks of concerts, masterclasses, and other activities. If you want a concentrated pianistic education – you could do worse."
The New York Sun, July 2005
"More attention should be given to the International Keyboard Institute & Festival, now under way at Mannes College. In its seventh year, it comes along each summer for two weeks in the latter half of July, when concert life in New York has slowed down, and provides one and sometimes even two concerts a day by marvelous pianists, as well as master classes by many of the distinguished artists who perform, and also teach the young musicians who come there to study. It is the place to be, especially for pianists….If you’re in New York in the second half of July, and love the piano, you really should spend some time on West 85th Street, and hear what goes on there"
Classical Music Guide, July 2005