Ana Lizandra Socorro Torres

Ana Lizandra Socorro Torres

Photo by Néstor Martí (Habana Radio)

A bridge of keys between Manhattan and Havana

The fourth edition of the Meeting of Young Pianists, celebrated in Old Havana, has just finished. Once again it has been a great event that is not as visible as it is valuable. Between concerts and orchestral recitals the stages in the Historic Centre that are frequently used for music – the Sala Ignacio Cervantes, the Minor Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi and the Martí Theater – vibrated for twenty days. 26 multiple award winning young pianists from Armenia, China, Belorussia, South Korea, Russia, Egypt, the United States and Cuba offered music lovers works from different periods, styles and trends that make up part of the personal piano repertoires of the most demanding international audiences . Foreign players were mostly pupils who have been, for four consecutive years, the architects and patrons of this unprecedented project. It is about the Cuban teacher Gadles Mikowsky Solomon, a professor at the Manhattan School of Music. The Office of the Historian of Havana, the Office of Musical Heritage Esteban Salas, the Direction of Cultural Management, the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, the Mozartian Lyceum of Havana and other institutions have joined the effort. Cuban of soul and birth, Mikowsky often traversed the...

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