NEWS

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Sixth season’s Grand Piano Series goes beyond piano

September, 2021

After an unpredictable year spent virtually on Zoom and safely distanced outdoors, Grand Piano Series is making up for lost time with new venues, new artists, chamber music concerts, violin, jazz, kids and masters.

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This year, it's a Grand-er Piano Series in Southwest Florida with chamber concerts, jazz

August, 2021

The Grand Piano Series created a Plan B series this season, but that's in name only. It's a whole roster of  "A" stars: Beethoven, be-bop, Bochum.

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Two concert pianists start their post-COVID return in Southwest Florida

February, 2021

When the International Chopin Piano Competition, the definitive word on who is best among new interpreters of the composer, opens Oct. 2, Washington, D.C., native Avery Gagliano will be there as the U.S. winner.  

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Israeli music power couple to dazzle SW Florida music lovers

January, 2021

On Monday, Feb. 1, local music lovers will hear world-renowned Israeli violin/ piano duo Vadim Gluzman and Angela Yoffe in Bonita Springs. Widely recognized as one of today’s top-performing violinists, Vadim Gluzman brings to life the glorious violinistic tradition of the 19th and 20th centuries

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Pianist Asiya Korepanova to give ‘superhuman’ Gulf Theater performance

December, 2020

Her Pre-Raphaelite tresses fly free at high points in a recital —matching the passion of the composer whose work pianist Asiya Korepanova will spotlight at Punta Gorda’s Gulf Theater.

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Classic Chamber Concerts' new home in Naples: Grand Piano Series

November, 2020

In an arts year when only change has become a constant, Classic Chamber Concerts has changed in the biggest way possible: It has become part of the Grand Piano Series.

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Expanding Horizons!

November, 2020

We are so delighted to announce that Naples’ own Classic Chamber Concerts plans to transfer its 25-year tradition of chamber music to Grand Piano Series under the capable leadership of our own Juilliard-trained Artistic Director Milana Strezeva. 

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Grand Piano Series includes online concerts, lectures classes and chats

September, 2020

Milana Strezeva could have surrendered to despair when the Grand Piano Series was forced to discontinue live performances due to COVID-19. Instead her creative instincts quickly engaged, leading her to adopt an alternate method of reaching audiences: the internet.

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Grand Piano Series receives a grant.

July, 2020

Grand Piano Series is pleased to announce it has received a $1500 grant from the Community Foundation of Collier County. These funds provide needed support to our active concert and community outreach operations. Though our live concert program came to an abrupt halt in March 2020, we responded by implementing a diverse online program to maintain our connection to local students and reduce the isolation of seniors.

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The Healing Language of Music

February, 2020

The audience was captivated as Roman Rabinovich played a repertoire ranging from Debussy to Gershwin as part of Naples’ Grand Piano Series. The program, the brainchild of Manhattan Piano Trio member...

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Ludwig groupies, or just music lovers: Beethoven 2020 offers Naples a solid grounding

October 21, 2019

The only thing missing from Beethoven 2020 is a college credit. It's nearly 16 hours of Beethoven piano sonatas and another 16 hours of fervent discussion around them. Milana Strezeva, founder of the Grand Piano Series in Naples, might concede getting...

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Grand Piano Series aims to preserve the repertoire

January 31, 2019

It’s easy to think that after devoting a life to the study and performance of music, pianist Milana Strezeva would be content simply with a full performance schedule. After all, the stage has kept her busy since ...

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Pianist brings his own keys to Naples

June 18, 2017

 

Trumpet soloists carry their own brass, and violinists their own strings. But Mike Cheng-Yu Lee is one of the few performers who brings his own 450-pound piano.

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Beethoven meets two Italians in Naples recital Monday

December 6, 2018

 

When Rodolfo Leone, winner of the 2017 International Beethoven Competition, sits down at the piano for his Naples appearance Monday, he won't be the only Italian in the hall. 

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A portrait of the artist Hyejin Kim​

May 31, 2018

 

Praised by critics for her, “passionate… polished and expressive,” performances, Ms. Kim is one of South Korea’s most thrilling young classical stars. She completed her studies in Germany, earning her MA in musical art as a “Konzertexamen” (highest distinction) from Berlin’s Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler. 

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A portrait of the artist, Sophie Shao

June 21, 2018

 

Cellist Sophie Shao will perform alongside noted concert pianist Milana Strezeva at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at Trinity-by-the-Cove, playing selections by Bach, Dvorak and Chopin, as part of the Grand Piano Series. She is the winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and top prizes at the Rostropovich and Tchaikovsky competitions

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Eric Lu, U.S. Chopin champ, in Naples to play, of course, Chopin

July 15, 2018

 

Eric Lu rehearses piano six hours a day, plays at least 30 concerts a year, and has won first prizes in four of five international competitions he has entered.

 

And he's not even out of school yet.

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A portrait of the artist Eric Lu

July 19, 2018

 

Concert pianist Eric Lu gained the world’s attention when he was first prizewinner at the ninth U.S. National Chopin Competition in Miami in 2015, and also a prize winner at the 2015 International Fryderyk Chopin Competition in Warsaw at the age of 17.