Guest Artists







Carl Cranmer made his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of nine.  Since then, in addition to solo recitals in Europe, Asia and North America, he has performed in concert with the Royal Philharmonic of England, the Gulbenkian Orquesta of Portugal, the Juilliard Orchestra and several other orchestras on the Eastern Seaboard.  In addition to his study in conservatories of music in the United States, he also studied at the Sommerakademie at the Mozarteum, in Salzburg, Austria under full scholarship, where he was under the tutelage of distinguished teachers Karlheinz Kammerling, Jacob Lateiner, and Hans Graf.  Dr. Cranmer has been the recipient of many competition prizes and awards.

Michael Gurt is Professor and Keyboard Division Chair at Louisiana State University. He obtained his BM degree from the University of Michigan School of Music with graduate studies at The Juilliard School. In 1982, Mr. Gurt won First Prize in the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, and since then has won prizes in various international competitions.













Since her age twelve debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Beth Levin has been celebrated as a bold interpreter of challenging works, from the Romantic canon to leading modernist composers like David Del Tredici and Andrew Rudin, both of whom have written works for her. The New York Times praised her “fire and originality,” while The New Yorker called her playing “revelatory.”Levin was taught and guided by legendary pianists Marian Filar, Rudolf Serkin, Leonard 
Shure, Dorothy Taubman, and Paul Badura-Skoda.“Levin plays with a rare percussive audacity, making notes and phrases that usually rush by in the background stand out in high relief,” writes Richard Brody in The New Yorker. “Her choice of adventure over suaveness,” stated David Patrick Stearns of the Philadelphia Inquirer, “created a sense of barely controlled improvisation.”

Levin has appeared as a concerto soloist with numerous symphony orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Boston Civic Symphony and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Said Tiara Ataii in Music and Vision of her PERSONAE recording, “Levin’s performance is near perfection, maintaining intensity in each note and crystalline tone in every register.”


Monday, May 18

            9:00 am – 10:00 am             “Introduction to the Taubman Technique and Single                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rotation”

            10:00 am – 11:00 am             “Hands-On Sessions”

            11:00 am – 12:00 pm             “Double Rotation”

            12:00 pm – 12:30 pm             Lunch (on your own)

            12:30 pm – 2:30 pm              Dr. Angelin Chang

            7:30 pm                                 Dr. Michael Gurt – “Gala Opening Concert”


Tuesday, May 19

            9:00 am – 10:00 am             “Double Rotation Hands-On”

            10:00 am – 11:00 am              “In and Out”

            11:00 am – 12:00 pm              “In and out Hands-On”

            12:00 pm – 12:30 pm              Lunch (on your own)

            12:30 pm – 2:30 pm               Dr. Michael Gurt – “Master Class”


Wednesday, May 20

            9:00 am – 10:00 am              “The Walking  Hand and Arm”

            10:00 am – 11:00 am               “Hands-On Sessions”

            11:00 am – 12:00 pm               “Review Rotation and In and Out”; Participants play                                                                         examples

            12:00 pm – 12:30 pm               Lunch (on your own)

            12:30 pm – 2:30 pm                Dr. Carl Cranmer – “Master Class”


Thursday, May 21

            9:00   am – 10:00 am            “Grouping”                

            10:00 am – 11:00am                “Hands-On Sessions”

            11:00 am – 12:00 pm               “Hands-On Sessions”

            12:00 pm – 12:30 pm              Lunch (on your own)

            12:30 pm – 2:30 pm               "A Pianist in Flight: A Look at Schumann Symphonic Etudes  Op. 13."                                                                                                                                                        Lecture Recital by Ms. Beth Levin, Lecture

Friday, May 22

            9:30 am – 10:30 am                 “Hands-On Sessions”            

            10:30 am – 11:30am                  “Shaping”                   

            12:00 pm – 12:30 pm                 Lunch (on your own)

            12:30 am – 2:30 pm                 “Piano Technique Clinic”


Saturday, May 23

            9:30 am – 10:30 am                 “Review of the basic concepts presented”

            10:30 am – 12:30 pm                 Dr. Angelin Chang – “Master Class”

            12:30 pm – 1:00 pm                   Lunch (on your own)

            1:00 pm                                      Graduation     


    May 18 - 23

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