International Piano Festival in Hawaii, June

International Piano Festival in Hawaii, June

This June the soundtrack of Hawaii will be all-Rachmaninoff. It's time for the Aloha International Piano Festival, and hometown hero (and assistant professor of piano at the Juilliard School of Music) Sean Botkin returns to present a recital, as well as teach master classes on the week's featured composer.

The festival, which starts on June 9 at 7:30 p.m., features public concerts, workshops, master classes for all ages, a piano competition and more. Visiting concert pianists this year include Martin Canin, Susan Duehlmeier, Bonnie Gritton, Norman Krieger and Noriko Uenaka. Violinist Ignace Jang and cellist Mark Votapek will join the artists onstage throughout the week.

The program will also feature Botkin performing Rachmaninoff's renditions of Bach, Bizet, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky and Kreisler, to name a few.

“I had the honor of meeting Alexander Rachmaninoff, the grandson of Sergei Rachmaninoff, last October when I was performing in Europe,” said Botkin. “He heard me perform Rachmaninoff’s rarely heard Sonata No. 1 and was deeply moved by my performance. Mr. Rachmaninoff is now organizing a joint recording project for me through Chicago’s Ravinia Festival. I feel truly blessed and never would have dreamed of something like this in a million years, let alone meeting Rachmaninoff’s grandson.”

Tickets to the opening evening recital are an impressive $20, or $5 for students.

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