JULY 29 - AUGUST 3, 2019
The International Keyboard Odyssiad® & Festival, U.S.A., is a five-day summer piano competition and festival featuring over a dozen guest artists and pianists in daily masterclasses, mini-recitals, presentations on topics such as repertoire, performance and pedagogy, the live Semifinal and Final Rounds of the Olympic-style Odyssiad® Competition, and five nights of enthralling concerts by internationally renowned pianists, including a Cliburn Gold Medalist and the wildly popular Cliburn hosts of 2017, Anderson and Roe. Participation is open to all those who love the piano and its repertoire, including students, professionals, teachers, competitors, and piano enthusiasts of all ages.
The semifinals and finals of the Odyssiad® competition are FREE and open to the public to attend, as are both the Participants’ Recital and the Winners’ Recital. See the schedule for details on dates, times, and locations. Other Festival events, such as masterclasses and special presentations, are paid events that require the purchase of an individual ticket to enter and observe. Evening concert tickets are available through the CSU ticketing page listed in the menu at the top of this page. Registrants of the Festival receive admittance to all events, including evening concerts, with their pass and do not need to buy any tickets.
Guest artists for the 2019 Odyssiad® Festival’s evening concerts include Vadym Kholodenko, the masterful Ukrainian and 2013 Van Cliburn Gold Medalist; the phenomenally entertaining piano duo of Anderson and Roe; an exciting young Russian, Zlata Chochieva; Bryan Wallick, Gold medalist of the 1997 Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition; and Kemal Gekic, the flamboyant, daring, and provocative Croatian pianist.
Additional guest artists, presenters, and judges during the daily festival events include Pamela Mia Paul (University of North Texas, 2017 Cliburn screening jurist); Oscar Macchioni (Argentina, University of Texas-El Paso), Jiatianze Liu (China, Shenyang Conservatory of Music), Hsing-ay Hsu (University of Colorado), Daria Kiseleva (Russia, 2016 Odyssiad® Gold Medalist), Shanlin Lin (China), Yang Ding (China), Chi-Chen Wu (Tiawan), Richard Zimdars (University of Georgia, Emeritus), Dzmitry Ulasiuk (Belarus, IKOF Official Staff Accompanist), Timothy Burns (IKOF Official Staff Accompanist), orchestral conductors Bohuslav Rattay (Czech Republic, El Paso Symphony Orchestra), Devin Patrick Hughes (Boulder Symphony), and Wes Kenney (Fort Collins Symphony), and three young concerto soloists for the popular “Conductors Collaborating on Concerti” session.
Anyone signed up for the Festival may participate in all Festival activities such as recitals, masterclasses, and special presentations, and may attend the live Semifinal and Final Rounds for both Solo and Concerto Divisions of the Odyssiad® competition. Festival attendees also receive tickets to all five of the evening concerts.
Private lessons with select guest artists are offered during the Festival. Lessons are not required, but are optional, and can be arranged between the artist and the individual student for $100 per hour, cash or check only, no credit cards. Times available for lessons will be posted at the registration table beginning Monday, July 30, and throughout the Festival.
NEW FOR 2019! Single Movement Concerto Division
Beginning in 2019, the Odyssiad® concerto competition will have two divisions: Single Movement Division for ages 18 and under, and Full Concerto Division for ages up to and including age 35 (age as of June 15, 2019).
Repertoire requirement for the Single-Movement Division (ages 18 and under): one complete movement from the standard repertoire with either second piano or orchestral accompaniment (except the following: Schumann Concerto in A minor; Gershwin Concerto in F; and Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini). All music must be played from memory. No changes in concerto repertoire may be made after June 15, 2019.
One winner will be chosen to perform the single movement on a youth concert with the Boulder Symphony in Boulder, Colorado during the 2019-2020 season, Devin Patrick Hughes, conducting.
2019 International Keyboard Odyssiad® & Festival Fees
Festival Registration Fee (IKOF PASS): $250 USD. Register and pay online. The five-day International Keyboard Odyssiad® Festival Pass admits participants to all masterclasses with guest artists, presentations on special topics, mini-recitals, the "Conductors Collaborating on Concerti" Session featuring three orchestral conductors and three concerto soloists, the LIVE Semifinal and Final Rounds of the Odyssiad® Solo and Concerto Competitions, five nights of riveting evening concerts by world-renowned pianists, and all social events.
All pianists who want to enter the Odyssiad® competition in 2019 can register online later for the Odyssiad® Festival after the completion of the Preliminary Rounds and notification of the Semifinal Rounds. There is a reduced Festival rate of $200 for competitors who advance to the Semifinal Rounds. Those who wish to attend the festival only and not enter the competition may register online for “Festival only.”
Odyssiad® Competition Fee (see all requirements and rules under Competition tab in the menu): $100 USD for Solo Division, $100 USD for Concerto Division, $150 for BOTH Solo and Concerto Divisions. Competitors going on to the Semifinal Rounds may register for the Festival at a reduced rate of $200 after notification of Semifinal Round status.
• $250 USD — Five-Day IKOF PASS
• $100 USD — One-Day IKOF PASS
• $20 USD — individual tickets to each masterclass or presentation (purchase at the registration table).
• Additional individual tickets to each of the five evening concerts are available online at www.csuartstickets.com