2018 VIPA Piano Performance Academy Applications Now Open!

Application deadline – May 1st, 2018


Ensemble in Residence: Mivos String Quartet

One of America’s most daring and ferocious new-music ensembles” (The Chicago Reader), the Mivos Quartet is devoted to performing the works of contemporary composers, presenting new music to diverse audiences.

Soloist in Residence: Philippe Spiesser

More than a percussionist, Philippe Spiesser is an atypical and enthralling musician. Born in 1971 in France, and coming from a family of musicians, he studied percussion at the Strasbourg Superior Conservatory of Music. An unanimously appreciated pedagogue, Philippe Spiesser is head teacher in charge of the Percussion Studies at the HEM Geneva Superior Conservatory of Music in Switzerland, and at the National Conservatory of Perpignan in France.

Ensemble in Residence: B3: Brouwer Trio

Since its debut in France –where they have already been cultivating success for many years– the B3:Brouwer Trio has solidified its position as one of the foremost contemporary music ensembles.

Composition Faculty

The 2018 Composition Institute will feature composers Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann (Ithaca College, NY), Gregorio Jiménez (Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaquín Rodrigo, Valencia, Spain) Lei Liang, (University of California, San Diego) and Stefano Gervasoni (Paris Conservatoire).

Soloist in Residence: Mieko Kanno

Violinist Mieko Kanno first came to international attention in the 1980s when she won prizes in international competitions such as the Carl Flesch, Queen Elisabeth of Belgium and Hannover. Later she developed an interest in performing contemporary music and received the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis at the Darmstadt New Music Institute in 1994.

PIANO PROGRAM: July 26, 2018


Valencia, Spain

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  It was an honor to be accepted into the VIPA program. The faculty were extremely enjoyable to work with. I received great insight into music and my own progress as a composer in lessons. The musicians were top notch; they both listened to what we as composers had to say about our music and gave their own helpful input as well. Their performances were spectacular. However, the one thing that really stood out about VIPA was the support and camaraderie among all of the composers. There was a great stylistic diversity, yet all showed support for each other regardless of style. I would highly recommend VIPA to any young composer looking to immerse themselves in a comprehensive and ultimately rewarding musical environment. – Evan Anderson, 2017 Alumnus

I had a fantastic experience hearing, thinking about, and writing music at VIPA. The other participants, faculty composers, and performers all contributed to a thoughtful, exploratory environment that made me consider new ideas and approaches. The openness of the schedule, as well as the fact that it became more open as the festival progressed, was critical in this regard, since it meant that there was time for socializing and reflecting on all the music we were experiencing. Also, the international nature of VIPA is invaluable; it helped me understand my own perspective, and some of my own assumptions, in relation to others’ points of view.

– Nic Chuaqui, 2017 Alumnus

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