Icicle Creek Winter Piano Festival

Masterclasses and lessons for pre-professional pianists.

January 17 – January 20, 2019

Extraordinary teachers
in an extraordinary setting

Icicle Creek Center for the Arts’ annual Piano Festival welcomes advanced pianists for an intensive week of private lessons, masterclasses, and recitals.
Applicants must be at least 18 years old to apply.

2019 Piano Festival Faculty 
Christina Dahl (Stony Brook University)
Oxsana Ejokina (Pacific Lutheran University)
Gilbert Kalish (Stony Brook University)
Seth Knopp (Peabody Conservatory)

  • Piano Festival tuition and fees are $750 (includes tuition, lodging, and meals). Limited amount of scholarship assistance is available. $50 application fee/deposit required during registration.
  • Application deadline is December 15, 2018. Please contact Oxana Ejokina (ejokinoa@plu.edu) if you are interested in participating. Students who have not attended the Festival before must submit a letter of recommendation from their teacher and a representative recording (not to exceed 30 minutes in duration), to be emailed to Oxana directly at the above email address.
  • As you make your travel arrangements to Icicle Creek, please note that arrival date is January 16 (Wednesday) and departure date is January 21 (Monday).
  • $50 non-refundable deposit. If you cancel more than 30 days before the session start date, then you will receive all money paid except the $50
  • 8 to 30 days before start of session, 50% refund
  • 7 days before start of session, no refund

Masterclasses: 
All masterclasses are free and open to public and held in Canyon Wren Recital Hall.
January 17, 18, and 19, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Faculty Concert  with Christina Dahl, Oxana Ejokina, Gilbert Kalish and Seth Knopp Saturday, January 19 at 7:00 PM, Canyon Wren Recital Hall – TICKETS

Young Artist Concert – Sunday, January 20 at 3:00 PM, Canyon Wren Recital Hall

Learn from the pros

Oxana Ejokina

Russian-born pianist Oxana Ejokina appears frequently as guest recitalist and chamber musician on concert series across the United States and abroad. She has soloed with the Seattle Symphony, St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic and Tacoma Symphony and played in venues such as the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Davies Orchestra Hall in San Francisco, and Klassik Keyifler Festival in Turkey. She has been featured on live radio broadcasts on such stations as WFMT-Chicago, KUOW and KING FM in Seattle, Maine Public Radio, and NPR’s Performance Today. Oxana is the pianist of the Volta Piano Trio, whose recordings received accolades in multiple international music magazines, such as The Strad, Gramophone and American Record Guide.
A sought-after teacher, Ejokina is Chair of Piano Studies and Assistant Professor of Music at Pacific Lutheran University. She has been associated with the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts for nearly fifteen years serving as Artistic Director of several flagship classical music programs.

Christina Dahl

Christina Dahl has established a reputation as one of the leading teachers of her generation, working for nearly twenty years in the Stony Brook University graduate music department, a program that has fostered eclectic pianists whose careers range from Bang On a Can and Yarn/Wire membership to prizewinning in the Cleveland Competition, the Gina Bachauer, the Orleans and other international solo competitions. She has directed chamber music jointly with the Emerson Quartet at Stony Brook for more than ten years. She has recently given masterclasses at New England Conservatory, Royal College of Music Stockholm and the Steinhardt series at NYU. Since childhood her focus has been on chamber music: Christina can be heard on the Bridge, Albany and Tzadik labels. She has twice been a cultural ambassador for the US State Department, and has toured and taught master classes in Africa, South America and the United States. She has played at the Gilmore International Piano Festival, Aspen, the Banff Centre, the Steans Institute at Ravinia, been a fellow twice at Tanglewood, has collaborated with her distinguished colleagues at Stony Brook in promoting new music, and has premiered pieces written specifically for her and Gilbert Kalish by composers on the faculty. She has played at the Gilmore International Piano Festival, Aspen, the Banff Centre, the Steans Institute at Ravinia, and Tanglewood.

Gilbert Kalish

As head of the performance faculty, Gilbert Kalish had done much to create the uniquely supportive and stimulating environment of Stony Brook’s music department. Through his activities as performer and educator, he has become a major figure in American music making. A native New Yorker, Mr. Kalish studied with Leonard Shure, Julius Hereford and Isabelle Vengerova. He is a frequent guest artist with many of the world’s most distinguished chamber ensembles. He was a founding member of the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, a pioneering new music group that flourished during the 1960’s and ’70’s. He is noted for his partnerships with other artists, including cellists Timothy Eddy and Joel Krosnick, soprano Dawn Upshaw, and, perhaps most memorably, his thirty-year collaboration with mezzo-soprano Jan DeGaetani. In addition to teaching at Stony Brook, he has also served on the faculties of the Tanglewood Music Center, the Banff Centre and the Steans Institute at Ravinia. Mr. Kalish’s discography of some 100 recordings encompasses classical repertory, 20th-century masterworks and new compositions. In 1995 the University of Chicago presented him with the Paul Fromm Award for distinguished service to the music of our time.

Seth Knopp

Pianist Seth Knopp serves on the piano and chamber music faculties of the Peabody Conservatory. In 1983, Knopp met violinist Violaine Melançon forming the Knopp-Melançon Duo, an artistic collaboration which would eventually expand to become the Peabody Trio, winner of the 1989 Naumburg Chamber Music Award and Peabody ensemble-in-residence from 1987 to 2016. In 2000, Knopp was named Artistic Director of the Yellow Barn Music School and Festival, an international gathering of artists who meet each summer to explore the vast riches of the chamber music repertoire. Knopp has performed in North America, Europe, the Far East, and Middle East with appearances at New York’s Alice Tully Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, Israel’s Jerusalem Music Center, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. He has conducted master classes at Eastman, San Francisco Conservatory, New York University, Conservatoire de Montreal, Jerusalem Music Center, and Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts. Knopp’s solo and chamber music performances can be heard on the Albany Records, Analekta, Artek, CRI, Koch and New World Records labels. Knopp studied at the New England Conservatory with Leonard Shure, at the San Francisco Conservatory, where he studied with Nathan Schwartz, and with Leon Fleisher.