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2018 iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates


The iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates is a concert series that showcases classical music, creating evocative and emotional moments. iPalpiti Artists International was founded in 1997 by Maestro Eduard and Laura Schmieder, who are internationally renowned violinists and music educators. This year, the iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates will open its 21st season July 7 at Walt Disney Concert Hall with a gala concert celebrating Maestro Eduard Schmieder’s 70th birthday.

Maestro Schmieder has dedicated his life to music, as a virtuoso violinist, as a renowned teacher, as a conductor, and as an inspirational teacher to a generation of musicians. The year 1997 was a turning point. With the support and encouragement of the late Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Laura and Eduard Schmieder founded the organization now known as iPalpiti, with truly ambitious goals: to create and celebrate musical values of the classical tradition. Two decades later, iPalpiti has performed important compositions new and old around the globe, created a broad and respected discography, but most important, it has been the springboard for a generation of great classical musicians, who now populate the world’s leading ensembles and the solo stage. “Classical music really appeals to the human soul,” says Laura Schmieder. “It creates unity and the feelings of goodness.”

The program will feature MAESTRO FAVORITES, including Bach’s Chaconne, Anton Webern’s Langsamer Satz, Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations, and Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition. The pieces being performed are the most traditional and familiar to the audience and very significant. They are truly the “classics of classics.”

Featuring twenty-five international laureates from 22 countries including Ecuador, Turkey, Italy, Japan, Azerbaijan, Ireland and more, the acclaimed ensemble is informally known as the “United Nations of Classical Music.” Starting with an artistic residence at Soka Performing Arts Center on June 28, the festival will present 14 concerts in prestigious venues throughout the Greater Los Angeles and San Diego Counties, concluding with a July 18 concert at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. Between the Disney Hall and Greystone Mansion concerts, iPalpiti laureate soloists will be featured in solo and chamber ensembles, performing works by Janacek, Schubert, Berio, Brahms, Reger, Ripper, Schumann and Auerbach.

Because they strongly believe in giving back, iPalpiti ensures that many of its Festival performances are free to the public, and for paid performances gives over 600 tickets to under-served community organizations, shelters, youth music programs, public schools, and non-profit agencies serving economically disadvantaged and special needs groups. “We want people to come and enjoy the music,” says Laura. “We create the festival for the community, and we want the community to be a part of it.”

The name iPalpiti means heartbeats. Music truly has the power to open hearts and heal souls – and the hearts of the iPalpiti musicians perform together in unity.

Tickets range from $10 - $180. For the Disney Concert Hall performance, tickets are available through iPalpiti or at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office. For ALL 2018 festival and gala tickets, or to donate to the organization, please call (310) 205-0511 or visit www.iPalpiti.org.

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