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Southern Oregon University

Founded in 2001 at Southern Oregon University, the IPI has been a favourite summer activity for pianists and piano enthusiasts of all ages. Traditionally the Institute has opened with a sold-out Gala opening Faculty Concert, followed by a week of masterclasses, seminars, workshops and supervised practice.

In addition to Institute founders Alexander Tutunov and Kristina Foltz, past faculty have included such prestigious teachers as Mack McCray, Nelita True, Lawrence Campbell, Christopher Bowlby and Ivona Kamiska. This year's institute is a “mini-Institute” for a one-weekend intensive instead of an entire week.

Our mission is to give talented piano students and teachers a place to convene, share the results of their hard work, and refine their art. Topics of study include refinement of technique, knowledge of style, tone production. Seminars touch upon issues that come up for pianists such as memorization, stage performing, and how to practice. Private lessons with Institute Faculty are available for an additional cost.

2013 Summer Schedule
July 26 - 28th, Music Building, Southern Oregon University

Friday, July 26th

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Orientation - Choir Room

Saturday July 27th

9:00 a.m. Tutunov Masterclass, Recital Hall

11:00 am. ​​​​​​​​​​​Foltz Masterclass​

2:00 pm. “Russian Secrets to beautiful tone production​​​​​​​​”  - Tutunov

​3:00 pm Foltz Masterclass, Recital Hall

5:00 Open Discussion/Supervised practice​​​

Sunday, July 28th

9:00 a.m. Tutunov Masterclass

11:00 am dress rehearsal

2:00 pm.  3:00 p.m. “the Musical Holographic Brain” - seminar on musical memory with Kristina Foltz (for piano teachers and open to students) or, private practice.

4:00 pm. Closing Concert participants and faculty, open to the Public - Music Recital Hall

Application Procedure:

The 2013 Piano Institute is open to talented pianists and piano teachers, ages 8 - 99, intermediate to advanced levels.

Cost: $150 performers; $65 Auditors;​​​ $75 one day only.​ Send application to Kristina Foltz

To apply, please send an email with a paragraph about yourself and your musical biography, ​list one or two memorized pieces you would like to work on. Also if possible include your teacher's name and email address and a recommendation from the teacher.

All classes will take place at Southern Oregon University Music Department. This year we are not providing dorm stays.  Out of town residents will need to find their own housing.  We are happy to assist you with making arrangements if possible. ​Closing concert, Sunday July 28th includes performers and the faculty and is open to the public.  Tickets are $10 and are free for parents of performers and auditors.

About the faculty:

Alexander Tutunov is widely recognized as one of the most outstanding virtuosos of the former Soviet Union. First Prize winner of the Belarusian National Piano Competition and winner of the Russian National Piano Competition, Tutunov's playing was described by Soviet Culture, Moscow, as "exhilarating and inspired, and which demonstrated a unique talent". 

Dr. Tutunov maintains a busy performing schedule in Europe, China, Mexico, and the United States as a recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and on radio and television. Dr. Tutunov is also in demand as an adjudicator for piano competitions.

Tutunov graduated magna cum laude from the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory (studies with Anna Artobolevskaya and Lev Naumov) and University of North Texas (piano studies with Joseph Banowetz). Awarded his doctoral diploma with honors in concert performance from the Belarusian State Conservatory, Dr. Tutunov has taught at the Minsk College of Music, the University of North Texas, and Illinois Wesleyan University.

Alexander Tutunov now lives in Ashland, where he is Professor of Piano and Artist in Residence at Southern Oregon University. A successful piano pedagogue, he continues to prepare award-winning students. Dr. Tutunov is Artist in Residence at the University of Alaska Southeast, Artistic director of the SOU International Piano Institute, and was recently named the Director of the Chinese-American International Piano Institute in Chengdu, China.

Kristina Foltz has been playing piano since the age of five. Her teachers include Joseph Banowetz, Lawrence Campbell, and Stanislav Pochekin with whom she undertook post-graduate studies at the Conservatorio del Liceu of Barcelona. She also holds a masters degree in piano performance from the University of North Texas.

In 1997 earned a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to study and perform in Germany Spain and Italy where she was sponsored as featured soloist as well as collaborative musician with young artists from all over the world. Her performing has taken her to many halls throughout the US as well as Europe and Mexico. Last season she appeared as guest artist at the Instituto Internacional de Piano de Guanajuato, the Britt International Piano Institute, as well as soloist and recitalist in a number of local and international concerts.

An avid educator, Kristina enjoys both the individual as well as the masterclass setting as avenues for personal and professional growth in dynamics and energetics of piano playing. She is also an enthusiastic yogi and most recently has studied yoga in India and the US, applying the principles she is learning enthusiastically to the piano.