The Department of Music hosted the second Piano Institute this fall, presenting a series of lectures, master classes, performances, and commentary on the weekend of November 14th in Hertz Hall. There were evening recitals with noted guests classical pianist Seymour Lipkin and musicologist/pianist Malcolm Bilson. With its educational mission, it was organized by music professors Nicholas Mathew and James Q. Davies.
“The visit of these artists represents a unique educational opportunity for the talented undergraduates of the UC Berkeley music department’s piano program,” says Davies. “More and more, we see that gifted young pianists choose to become double majors at UC Berkeley rather than go the traditional conservatory route — as the openings for graduates from the large United States conservatories have diminished.”