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Helen Taylor Johannesen International Piano Festival

Welcome to the 2022 Helen Taylor Johannesen International Piano Festival. This year the session will be held August 8-10, 2022. The Festival is held in David P. Gardner Hall on the University of Utah campus. During each session, Festival participants will fine-tune their pianistic, performing and musicianship skills by participating in daily individual lessons, master classes and seminars, learning from renowned teachers and concert pianists.

The festival takes place in the outstanding performance facilities of David P. Gardner Hall; the School of Music is an all-Steinway school.

 


Important Information for the 2022 Piano Festival

  • The School of Music University of Utah Piano Area would like to invite all UMTA teachers and students to attend the 2022 Helen Taylor Johannesen Piano Festival Masterclass series from August 8 – 10 at the School of Music David P. Gardner Hall.  All events are free to the public.  This year, the festival features world-renown pianists and teachers Angela Cheng, Jie Bu, Hsiang Tu, and piano faculty Jie Lu and Ning Lu of the University of Utah.  The schedule is as follows:

    Monday, August 8, 2022

    Libby Gardner Concert Hall
    9:00 AM – 12:00 PM; 2:00 PM– 4:00 PM

    Tuesday, August 9, 2022

    Libby Gardner Concert Hall
    9:00 AM – 12:00 PM; 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

    Thompson Chamber Music Hall
    10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    Dumke Recital Hall
    9:00 AM – 12:00 PM; 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

    Wednesday, August 10, 2022

    Libby Gardner Concert Hall
    9:00 AM – 12:00 PM; 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

    Thompson Chamber Music Hall
    9:00 AM – 12:00 PM; 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

    Dumke Recital Hall
    9:00 AM – 12:00 PM; 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM


Helen Taylor Johannesen

 

About the Helen Taylor Johannesen International Piano Competition

The Helen Taylor Johannesen International Piano Competition offers young pianists the opportunity to compete for cash prizes and a University of Utah scholarship, as well as to expand musically and to enjoy the benefits of cultural and artistic exchanges. Winners perform a public recital in Libby Gardner Concert Hall on the University of Utah campus.


About Helen Taylor Johannesen

Helen Taylor Johannesen was a gifted and promising Juilliard-trained composer and the wife of pianist Grant Johannesen, who died tragically at age 34 in a car accident. Johannesen grew up in Salt Lake City, where she attended the McCune School of Music to study piano. She received her BM from the University of Utah in 1937, her MM from Columbia Teachers College in 1941 and her degree in composition from Juilliard in 1945, where she completed a three-movement symphony. She also joined the Martha Graham Dance Company as a composition pianist. She and Grant had one son, David, with whom Grant collaborated in the 1990's to record all of Helen's work, including Discovering Helen Taylor, vols. 1 and 2. When she died, she was working on an opera, David and Bathsheba, from the Old Testament stories.


Events

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Director

Ning Lu

Guest Artist

Angela Cheng

Hsiang Tu

Jie Bu

 

 

Last Updated: 7/20/22