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Contemporary piano course with Marilyn Nonken

June 30th – July 5th, 2020

During the course, young students and professionals to become have a chance to work with pianist Marilyn Nonken on a wide range of 20th-century and contemporary piano music. Nonken may be best known for her work with composers of spectral music (Tristan Murail, Hugues Dufourt, Jonathan Harvey), but she is also strongly dedicated to the composers of the New York School (Morton Feldman, Alvin Lucier, John Cage); classics of the 20th-century repertoire (Schönberg, Ives, Messiaen); and emerging voices. Pianists will have private as well as group coachings, and the session ends with a public concert. Duo piano teams will be considered.

Profile of course participants:
• Age limit: Born after January 1st, 1985
• Course language: English

Fee: Course fee for active participants is 250 €. The fee includes participation in the course, open lessons and workshops, and free entrance to all of the festival concerts.

We also offer a chance to take part as a passive student in this course. With a fee of 100 €, you can participate to the course as a listener, but you will not be able to take any private lessons. The passive participant fee does not include free entrance to the festival concerts. 

Marilyn Nonken
Upon her 1993 recital debut, Marilyn Nonken was heralded as “a determined protector of important music” (New York Times). Since then, she has been recognized as “one of the greatest interpreters of new music” (American Record Guide). Writes Fanfare: “Her voicings are exquisite, her pedaling throughout is a model to be studied, and, when necessary, her virtuosity is equaled only by the insight and passion with which every piece is imbued.” (2015) Since 2006, she has been Director of Piano Studies at New York University, where she is Associate Professor.

She has been presented at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Miller Theatre, the Guggenheim Museum, Neue Galerie, (le) Poisson Rouge, and Roulette (New York), IRCAM, Reid Hall, and the Théâtre Bouffe du Nord (Paris), the ABC (Melbourne), Logos (Ghent), Instituto Chileno-Norteamericano (Santiago), Chicago Cultural Center and Symphony Center, Barnes Foundation (Philadelphia), Phillips Collection (Washington DC), Menil Collection and Rothko Chapel (Houston), and conservatories and universities around the world. Festival appearances include Résonances and the Festival d’Automne (Paris), Musica Nova (Helsinki), Aspects des Musiques d’Aujourd-hui (Caën), Rencontres Musicales de Jaugette, ATEMPO (Caracas), New Music Days (Ostrava), Musikhøst (Odense),When Morty Met John, Making Music, Works and Process, and Composers Now (New York), American Sublime (Philadelphia), The Festival of New American Music (Sacramento), Music on the Edge (Pittsburgh), Puerto Piano (San Juan), Piano Festival Northwest (Portland), NUNC! (Chicago), Unruly Music (Milwaukee), and the William Kapell International Piano Festival and Competition. Composers who have written for her include Michael Byron, Richard Carrick, Yu-Hui Chang, Victoria Cheah, Jason Eckardt, Michael Finnissy, Michael Kuehn, Liza Lim, Tristan Murail, Arlene Sierra, Christopher Trapani, and Nina C. Young.

While she performs most often as a soloist, she enjoys collaborating with such ensembles as the Argento New Music Project (New York) and Sound Icon (Boston). As a duo pianist, she performs and records with Sarah Rothenberg, Manuel Laufer, Irina Kataeva, Augustus Arnone, and Joseph Kubera.

A student of David Burge at the Eastman School, Marilyn Nonken received a Ph.D. in musicology from Columbia University. Her monograph The Spectral Piano (Cambridge University Press, 2015) was received as “a screaming success …. Few books can boast as much, and it is gratifying to encounter an international concert performer who can make so engaging a discourse around her core repertoire.” (Bob Gilmore, Tempo). Identity and Diversity in New Music: The New Complexities (Routledge) was published in July 2019. She has written chapters for Perspectives on the Performance of French Piano Music, Messiaen Perspectives, and the forthcoming Messiaen in Context and Oxford Handbook of Spectral Music; served as a guest editor for Contemporary Music Review; and contributed articles to numerous journals.

A Steinway artist, Marilyn Nonken has recorded for New World, Mode, Lovely Music, Albany, Metier, Divine Art, Hanging Bell, Harrison House, Innova, CRI, BMOP Sound, New Focus, Kairos, Tzadik, and Bridge. Forthcoming recordings include Morton Feldman’s complete works for violoncello and piano, with Stephen Marotto (Mode); as well as solo piano music by Richard Carrick and Nina C. Young.

Documents to be submitted (all documents can be submitted or filled out online):
• Application form
• Two recent examples of your performance (sound files)
• Short motivation letter
• Curriculum vitae in English or Finnish (maximum of two pages)

Sign up for the course here: Registration for Time of Music Summer Academy 2020.

Marilyn Nonken
Marilyn Nonken