The Collaborative Piano Institute launches the CPI Recital Series!

Great news! Audiences in Faribault and Minneapolis will be able to enjoy fantastic music-making by the CPI faculty and guests in our newly minted CPI Recital Series, featuring: 

  • Legendary pianist Martin Katz and internationally acclaimed baritone Jesse Blumberg, praised by the New York Times for his “rich sound and dramatic authority”. The recital will present a life’s journey through Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte, Schumann’s Liederkreis op. 24, Ravel’s Histories naturelles, and songs by Charles Ives. We are elated to hear Mr. Blumberg sing not only in concert, but also in masterclasses with the CPI students.
  • The Reverón Piano Trio, who will be in residence at the Collaborative Piano Institute. The trio will perform works by Mendelssohn, Villa-Lobos, and Rachmaninoff, and will also teach and perform with CPI students.
  • Rising stars mezzo-soprano Amy Sheffer and pianist Christopher Turbessi, who will perform works by Argento and Elgar, among others. Mr. Turbessi will join the faculty at CPI,  and Ms. Schaffer will collaborate in recitals and masterclasses with the CPI students.

Award-winning violinist Simon Gollo will be playing with CPI 2018 pianists!

We cannot be happier to welcome Simon Gollo, a renowned Swiss-Venezuelan violinist with an international career as chamber music player, soloist and conductor. Simon will be performing at the CPI Concert Series, as well as teaching and collaborating with students from the Collaborative Piano Institute 2018 in recitals and masterclasses.

Mr. Gollo has performed with international figures such as Alessio Bax, Richard Young (Vermeer Quartet), Miguel Dasilva (Ysaye Quartet), Ricardo Morales, Dmitri Berlinsky, Randolph Kelly, John Novacek, Mihai Marica, Yura Lee, and Jacob Koranyi, among many others. He has played as soloist in prestigious venues: Philadelphia Chamber Music Society (Philadelphia, USA), 92Y- Kaufmann Concert Hall (NY, USA), Chamber Music Society of Detroit, National Gallery of Art (Washington DC, USA), Bolivar Hall (London, UK), Teatro Teresa Carreño (Caracas, Venezuela), Auditorio Blas Galindo (Mexico City, Mexico), and the Teatro Mayor (Bogota, Colombia). 

Simon Gollo is also the Founder and Artistic Director of the Nuevo Mundo Festival & Academy (2000-2016), and the Aruba Symphony Festival, (2017-present).

He earned degrees from the Conservatoire de Musique de Geneve, Switzerland, and the Conservatoire Superieur et Academie de Musique Tibor Varga in Sion, Switzerland. His teachers include Gyula Stuller, Anne Bauer, Patrick Genet, and Gabor Takaçs.

Simon Gollo is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Music at New Mexico State University (NMSU), Conductor of the NMSU Philharmonic, and a member of the Reveron Piano Trio. He is also the associate concertmaster and Education Director for the Classical Music Institute (CMI) in San Antonio. TX.