OVERVIEW: Odyssiad® - "A Journey to the Performance of a Lifetime"
Headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado, U.S.A., the International Keyboard Odyssiad® & Festival, U.S.A. (IKOF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting new generations of keyboard artists through an internationally linked competition and festival. The International Keyboard Odyssiad® & Festival (IKOF) is hosted annually in the U.S.A. and exported to music schools in different countries around the world through a network of participating member associates. Each member country hosts its own competition and festival under license of the U.S.A. Headquarters that provides a turnkey operation for distribution to member associates.
The IKOF supports the exchange of keyboard students and faculty via scholarships and fellowships, conferences, workshops, masterclasses, and performance opportunities around the world. Unique in its vision, format, and global outreach, the IKOF is designed for young musicians, teachers, distinguished amateurs, patrons, sponsors, and those who love the piano and its repertoire.
The International Keyboard Odyssiad® & Festival, U.S.A. showcases a series of evening recitals, special topic presentations on repertoire, performance and pedagogy, masterclasses by guest artists and faculty, and a live audience for the Odyssiad® Competition.
In 2019, special guest artists include Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko (2013); Kemal Gekic (Croatia/Serbia/USA); Ju-eun Lee (Korea) and Frederic Chiu (USA). Other guest artists and judges include Pamela Mia Paul, University of North Texas; Oscar Macchioni, University of Texas at El Paso; Hsing-ay Hsu, University of Colorado; Dzmitry Ulasiuk (Belarus); Daria Kiseleva (Russia); Jiatianze Liu (China); Andrey Ponochevny; Silvana Santinelli; Lei Weng; Justin Kravitz; Larry Graham; Linda Chen; Chi Chen Wu; along with orchestral conductors Bohuslav Rattay (El Paso Symphony Orchestra), Wes Kenney (Ft. Collins Symphony), and Devin Patrick Hughes (Boulder Symphony); and three young concerto soloists for the popular “Conductors Collaborating on Concerti” session.
The International Keyboard Odyssiad® & Festival, U.S.A. takes place live in Fort Collins, Colorado, on the Colorado State University campus. Fort Collins is located approximately one hour north of Denver and within a one hour’s drive to the colorful Rocky Mountain National Park.
04.10.18 - As an alumnus of IKOF and the 2017 Gold Medalist of Level C, Solo Division, Richarlita You has been accepted to the New England Conservatory, the Juilliard School of Music and Yale University for a master's degree program beginning this fall, 2018. She has decided that she will go to Juilliard! Congratulations!
04.03.2016 -Three International Keyboard Odyssiad® & Festival, U.S.A. medalists have been accepted to Juilliard for next year: Anastasia Magamedova, College Division, 2013 Odyssiad Gold Medalist, Level B (14-18); Jeffrey Chin, Pre-College, 2014 Odyssiad Silver Medalist, Level A, (13 and under); and Katherine Wang, Pre-College, 2014 and 2015 Odyssiad Bronze Medalist, Level A (13 and under). Congratulations on your "Journey to the Performance of a Lifetime."