• Pamela Froman

2017 iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates

Now in its 20th year, the iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates is back and showcasing that classical music is super cool! iPalpiti Artists International works to support young classical musicians who are destined to make their mark in musical performance – and the gorgeous sounds that they play! iPalpiti Artists International was founded in 1997 by Eduard and Laura Schmieder, who are internationally renowned violinists and music educators. Eduard will also be performing this year at the Festival.

“iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates is unique because it brings classical music to the community,” says Laura. “And classical music evokes strong positive emotions.”

iPalpiti works to discover and promote gifted young professional musicians from all over the world. This year they are bringing 23 prize-winning musicians from 18 countries to Los Angeles, for the prestigious annual festival, the iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates. The festival takes place July 13 to July 30.

The Festival opens in Encinitas, where they have a growing and enthusiastic fanbase. From July 13 to 16, there will be daily Virtuosi concerts showcasing six iPalpiti soloists. Musicians will perform rare and popular works from the classic, romantic, and modern periods.

The whole of iPalpiti will then give a concert as orchestral ensemble on July 19th at St. Andrew’s Church. Following a residence at Soka Performing Arts Center from July 20 - 23 they will play an all Schubert concert of the iPalpiti orchestra on July 23rd featuring violinist Kazuhiro Takagi in the Schubert Rondo.

Returning to Los Angeles July 23 - 30, iPalpiti Soloists will present chamber works at Sunday’s Live @ LACMA: July 23rd will feature Korean violinist Gyehee Kim, with Italian pianist Jacopo Giacopuzzi. The July 30th program presents two illustrious alumni in Chausson’s Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet. The July 26th concert at Greystone Mansion will feature the Tchaikovsky Piano Trio and the July 27th concert at UCLA’s Powell Library Rotunda will present the Schubert Cello Quintet.

And the grand finale is at Walt Disney Concert Hall on July 29, where iPalpiti will present a Majestic Classics programs of Schubert, Mozart, and Beethoven. Included will be Mozart’s Adagio and Fuga – It's a rare chance to hear this foreboding and mysterious composition. The only other known performances given in Los Angeles were by LACO in 1993 and iPalpiti in 2003!

As well, the concert will perform the beloved Sinfonia Concertante for violin by Samuel Nebyu and viola by Juan-Miguel Hernandez. Maestro is known for his imagination and stage presence.

“Each concert will be really different. We have created a program that will be interesting to listen to,” says Laura. “People respond emotionally and our programs are really diverse, with majestic classics.”

iPalpiti works with local outreach programs and gives back to the community by giving free seats to local schools, youth at risk, nonprofits and shelters. They also offer the “Student Coalition to the Arts” where kids are invited to be a part of Ipalpiti. They pay whatever they can afford for their ticket and provide feedback on the concert.

“We heard from one boy who said 'When I went to concert I thought it would be boring – but I really liked it and want to go again.'” says Laura. “That's really special, because once the music starts these kids are glued to the seats. It makes a huge impression and the music reflects that.”

For tickets and information call (310) 205-0511 or visit Tickets for the Walt Disney Concert Hall event are available through Ticketmaster (213) 480-3232 or at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office.

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