The College of Arts and Architecture

2011-12 Garcia Competition/Workshop

Penn State is pleased to announce the

 2011 Marian Garcia Piano Competition and PA Liszt Association Piano Teacher's Workshop

with Special Guest Jerome Lowenthal 
of the Juilliard School

and the Penn State Piano Faculty 

Christopher Guzman, Timothy Shafer, Steven Smith 

Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Franz Liszt
 at the School of Music, University Park campus of Penn State

Esber Recital Hall, October 21-22, 2011.


Jerome Lowenthal

(born February 11, 1932 in Philadelphia) is an American classical pianist. He is a professor of piano at the Juilliard School in New York, where he was also chair of the piano department. Additionally, Lowenthal is on the faculty at Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California.

He made his debut at 13 with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Returning to the United States from Jerusalem in 1963, he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic, playing Bartók's Piano Concerto No. 2. Since then, he has performed with famous conductors such Daniel Barenboim, Seiji Ozawa, Michael Tilson Thomas, Yuri Temirkanov, Leonard Slatkin, Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy, Pierre Monteux, and Leopold Stokowski. He has played sonatas with Itzhak Perlman, piano duos with Ronit Amir, his late wife and Ursula Oppens, as well as quintets with the Lark Quartet, Avalon Quartet, and Shanghai Quartet.

His studies included lessons with Olga Samaroff in Philadelphia, William Kapell and Eduard Steuermann at the Juilliard School in New York, and Alfred Cortot at the École Normale de Musique de Paris in Paris, France. A prizewinner at Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels (1960) and Busoni Competition, he is a frequent judge in international piano competitions.

He is recognized as a specialist of Franz Liszt, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Béla Bartók, and more generally of virtuoso and late romantic music. His recordings include piano concertos by Liszt with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the complete Tchaikovsky concerto cycle with the London Symphony Orchestra. He has an extensive repertoire, including 59 performed piano concerti, and is the dedicatee of many new works and has unearthed some rare romantic piano works, such as the Liszt Third Piano Concerto edited by his former student Jay Rosenblatt.

Christopher Guzman has entertained audiences throughout North America, Europe and Asia.  A prizewinner in many international competitions, including the Walter M. Naumburg Competition, the Seoul International Music Competition and the Isang Yun Competition of South Korea, he has performed as soloist with many large ensembles, including the San Antonio Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, the Corpus Christi Symphony and The EOS Orchestra of New York City. He has performed concerti with the Juilliard Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and in Spoleto, Italy during the orchestra’s first summer residency at the 2003 Festival Dei Due Mondi. Mr. Guzman has appeared in recital in such varied venues as Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Boston’s Jordan Hall, and Spoleto’s Teatro Caio Melisso.  
 An avid chamber musician, Mr. Guzman has performed in such venues as Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, the Kennedy Center, San Francisco Performances, the Vancouver Recital Series and others. He performs regularly with sought-after soloists such as violinists Tai Murray and Stephan Jackiw, and trombonist Joe Alessi of the New York Philharmonic; his recital with violinist Ilya Gringolts on National Public Radio’s Saint Paul Sunday continues to broadcast across the United States and online. Mr. Guzman also frequently collaborates with the Chameleon Chamber Players of Boston, recipients of the 2007 CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. 

Of special interest to Mr. Guzman is music of our time. He has collaborated with one of the nation’s preeminent contemporary chamber ensembles, Speculum Musicae, and numerous times with the New Juilliard Ensemble, including tours of the U.S. and France. The New York Times hailed his “coiled, explosive playing” of works by Christopher Theofanidis and Joseph Pereira at New York’s Society for Ethical Culture in 2002. He is a member of Second Instrumental Unit, a provocative new music ensemble based in the Northeast, and has participated in world premieres by such composers as Donald Martino, Bernd Franke and Paul Schoenfield.  

A Texas native, Christopher Guzman began studying piano at age nine and violoncello two years later. He has studied at the University of Texas at Austin, New England Conservatory, and at the Juilliard School. He is currently Assistant Professor of Piano at Pennsylvania State University.

Timothy Shafer received the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association Teacher of the Year Award for 1997. He teaches studio piano and coordinates the class piano and piano pedagogy programs at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Shafer earned the bachelor of music degree in piano performance from the Oberlin Conservatory, where he won several performing awards, including the Rudolf Serkin Outstanding Pianist Award. He received master's and doctoral degrees in piano performance from Indiana University, where he was the winner of the prestigious annual Concerto Competition, performing the Tchaikowsky Concerto in B-flat minor. Shafer appeared in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in 1995 as member of Duo Concertant and returned in 1997 for his solo debut. In addition to maintaining an active solo recital and chamber music schedule in the United States, he has concertized, taught and adjudicated in South America and Asia. He is an active master-class clinician and competition adjudicator throughout the country for professional music organizations and colleges, and is a frequent soloist with many regional orchestras. He is well known for his performances of the music of Franz Liszt.

Steven Herbert Smith has performed recitals and concertos throughout the world and has recorded solo recitals for the French, German, and Spanish national radios, Radio 4 Hong Kong, and America’s PBS. In May of this year, he gave recitals and master classes in Beijing and Zhengzhou, China. His compact discs appear on the Cambria and Innova labels. He has given many master classes and lecture recitals for universities and teacher associations in the United States and abroad, including the University of Melbourne, Australia, Hong Kong’s Academy of Performing Arts, and Glasgow’s Royal Scottish Academy among others. Recently he has focused on a comprehensive series of recitals of Beethoven’s sonata and other repertoire. He received critical acclaim for his series of new-music solo recitals, Piano Entente, presented at Merkin Concert Hall in New York and at St. John’s Smith Square, London. Smith was honored in 2005 with the PSU College of Arts and Architecture’s Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching; previously he won the Teacher of the Year Award of the Pennsylvania Music Teachers’ Association. His students have won significant national awards, including the Fulbright Scholarship and the Clara Wells Competition of the Matthay Association. In the Music Teachers National Association competitions since 1991, four of his Penn State students have been national semifinalists (Pennsylvania winners). Steven Herbert Smith received a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Baylor University and Master’s and D.M.A. degrees from The Eastman School of Music, as well as an Artist’s Diploma from the Mozarteum of Salzburg, Austria, where he was a Fulbright scholar. His teachers included Cécile Genhart and Kurt Neumüller.


**On Saturday, October 22, box lunches will be available for $9.75. Click here to pre-order your selected lunch.  You may pay when you pick up your lunch.  Cash only, please.  

***All piano teachers and their students (including students' families) may attend the Workshop FOR FREE. However, teachers must fill out the workshop online application form.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

8:00 p.m. SESSION I Duo Concertant in Recital, performing an homage to Liszt program; James Lyon, violin; Timothy Shafer, piano (Esber Recital Hall; see the program by scrolling down.)

Friday, October 21, 2011

9:00-10:00 a.m. Check-in (Esber Recital Hall Lobby--click here for maps and directions).

10:00 - 12 noon SESSION II Conversations and Masterclass with Jerome Lowenthal of the Juilliard School

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch in State College on your own

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. SESSION III Forum Discussion: Liszt, Beethoven, and Other Masters as Reported by Amy Fay in Music Study in Germany, 1869-1896, moderated by Dr. Steven Smith of the Penn State School of Music with invited guest, Dr. Marie Sumner Lott (Music Building II, Room 128)

3:00 - 3:00 p.m. SESSION IV Teaching the Music of Franz Liszt workshop with Dr. Timothy Shafer of the Penn State School of Music (Esber Recital Hall)

4:00 - 5:00 p.m. SESSION V The Intermediate Repertoire of Franz Liszt (Members of the Penn State Student Chapter of the American Liszt Society

5:00 p.m. Dinner on your own in State College

8:00 p.m. SESSION VI Jerome Lowenthal in Recital, performing an all-Liszt program (Esber Recital Hall; see the program by scrolling down.)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

9:00 - 11:30 a.m. SESSION VII Marian Garcia High School Piano Competition (Esber Recital Hall)

11:30 a.m. SESSION VIII Marian Garcia Piano Competition, award presentations (Esber Recital Hall)

11:45 a.m. Lunch (pre-ordered box lunches will be available for $9.75; please submit your preference from the menu by clicking here.*  You must pre-order to have a lunch available.  You may pay (cash only, please) when you pick up your lunch.

12:30 p.m. SESSION IX Timothy Shafer in Recital, performing an all-Liszt program (Esber Recital Hall; scroll down to see the program.)

2:30 p.m. SESSION X Christopher Guzman in Recital (Esber Recital Hall; scroll down to see the program.)

4:00 p.m. The workshop is completed.


2011 Duo Concertant Program
James Lyon, Violin
Timothy Shafer, Piano

Sonata in G, Hob.XV:32 (1794)                                 Franz Joseph Haydn
            Andante                                                           (1732-1809)

Grand Duo Concertant, S. 128 (1849)                       Franz Liszt

Sontensatz, Wo02 (1853)                                            Johannes Brahms
Scherzo: Allegro                                                         (1833-1897)
Epithalam, S. 129 (1872)                                             Franz Liszt

Romance Oubliee, S. 132 (1880)                                Franz Liszt

Roumanian Folk Dances  (1915)                                 Béla Bartók
   I. Jocul cu bâtă (Stick Dance)                                   (1881-1945)
   II. Brâul (Sash Dance)          
  III. Pe loc (In One Spot)
  IV. Buciumeana (Horn Dance)
  V. Poarga Românească (Romanian Polka)
  VI. Mărunţel (Fast Dance)    

2011 Christopher Guzman Program

J.S. Bach                  English Suite in G minor, BWV 808
                                                      Gavotte and Musette
Prokofiev                  Sonata No.4 in C minor, op.29
                                                      Allegro molto sostenuto
                                                      Andante assai
                                                      Allegro con brio, ma non leggiero
Chopin                                    Mazurka in E minor, op.41 #1
Scriabin                                   Mazurka in E minor, op.25 #3
Chopin                                    Impromptu in A-flat Major, op.29
Scriabin                                  Etude in D-flat Major, op.8 #10
Chopin                                    Prelude in F-sharp Major, op.28 #13
Scriabin                                   Poem in F-sharp Major, op.32 #1
Chopin                                    Prelude in A-flat Major, op.28 #17
Scriabin                                   Prelude in A-flat Major, op.11 #17
Chopin                                    Mazurka in F minor, op.63 #2
Scriabin                                   Feuillet d’Album, op.45 #1
Chopin                                    Prelude in G-sharp minor, op.28 #12
Scriabin                                   Etude in D-sharp minor, op.8 #12      

2011 Jerome Lowenthal Program

A Tale of Six Cities: A Program of the Works of Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Geneva: Les Cloches de G**** (from Album d'un Voyageur)

Weimar: Sonata in B Minor (in one movement)


Rome:  Aux cypres de la Villa d'Este II: Threnodie

            Les jeux d'eau a la Villa d'Est
  (from Annees de Pelerinage, Book 3)

Avignon: Sonetto di Petrarca, 104 (from Annees de Pelerinage, Book 2)

Venice and Naples: Venezia e Napoli




Friday, October 21st, 2011

8:00 p.m.
Esber Recital Hall

School of Music
Penn State University

2011 Timothy Shafer Program

Années de Pelérinage, Deuxième année  -  Italie                        Franz Liszt

Il penseroso
Canzonetta del Salvator rosa
Sonetto 47 del Petrarca
Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
Sonetto 123 del Petrarca
Après une lecture de Dante: Fantasia Quasi Sonata