Icicle Creek Winter Piano Festival

Masterclasses and lessons for pre-professional pianists.

January 11 – January 14, 2018

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.

2018 Piano Festival Faculty 
Xak Bjerken (Cornell University)
Christina Dahl (Stony Brook University)
Oksana Ezhokina (Pacific Lutheran University)
Gilbert Kalish (Stony Brook University)

  • 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, 2017. Please contact Oksana Ezhokina at (oezhokina@icicle.org) 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).
  • As you make your travel arrangements to Icicle Creek, please note that arrival date is January 10 (Wednesday) and departure date is January 15 (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

All masterclasses are free and open to public and held in Canyon Wren Recital Hall.
Thursday, January 11, 10:00-12:00 – Masterclass with Gilbert Kalish
Friday, January 12, 10:00-12:00 – Masterclass with Christina Dahl
Saturday, January 13, 10:00-12:00 – Masterclass with Xak Bjerken

Faculty Concert  – Saturday, January 13 at 7:00pm, Canyon Wren Recital Hall – TICKETS
with Xak Bjerken, Christina Dahl, Oksana Ezhokina and Gilbert Kalish

Young Artist Concert – Sunday, January 14 at 3:00 PM, Canyon Wren Recital Hall

Learn from the pros

Oksana Ezhokina

Russian-born pianist Oksana Ezhokina 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. Oksana 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, Ezhokina 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.

Xak Bjerken

Pianist Xak Bjerken has appeared with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, and members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Disney Hall. He has performed at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Konzerthaus in Berlin as well as at Alice Tully Hall, Weill Hall and the Kennedy Center. For many years, he has performed nationally as a member of the Los Angeles Piano Quartet and was co-director with Steven Stucky of Ensemble X, a new music ensemble. He has held chamber music residencies at the Tanglewood Music Center, Spoleto Festival and Olympic Music Festival, served on the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival, and is currently on the faculty at Kneisel Hall and at the Chamber Music Conference at Bennington College. He released his first solo recording on CRI in 2001, and has since recorded for Koch International, Chandos, Albany Records, and the Artona labels, and has a disc of solo and chamber works by Stephen Hartke on Chandos. Xak Bjerken is Professor of Music at Cornell University where, with his wife, Miri Yampolsky, he co-directs Mayfest, an international chamber music festival. Xak studied with Aube Tzerko at the University of California at Los Angeles and received his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the Peabody Institute as a student of and teaching assistant to Leon Fleisher.

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.