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International Westfjords Piano Festival

August12 - 21

The International Westfjords Piano Festival (IWPF), August 12-21, 2022, presents world-class piano recitals in the beautiful Northwest region of Iceland. Each year invited musicians will produce various exciting programs each with a unique artistic vision. Concerts are expected to be held across the Westfjords region in Patreksfjörður, Tálknafjörður, Bíldudalur, and Ísafjörður. The tour will culminate with a concert at Harpa in Reykjavík. This year's inaugural festival presents four international artists: Peter Toth (Hungary/USA), Antoinette Perry (USA), Myung Hwang Park (France/South Korea), and artistic director, Andrew J. Yang (USA/Iceland). 

Andrew J. Yang, deemed by the San Francisco Examiner as a prodigy, [running] the emotional gamut from brooding introspection to manic exuberance”, has performed across Europe, North America, and Asia. Yang has won awards from multiple international piano competitions, most recently the top prize at the 30th International FLAME Piano Competition in Paris. In 2018, Yang was awarded a "White Rose" Medal of Honor for musical excellence from President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö. Yang currently resides in Patreksfjörður, Iceland, where he is on piano and violin faculty at Tónlistarskóli Vesturbyggðar.

Peter Toth, praised by Peninsula Reviews for his “artistic sensitivity and commanding virtuosity”, is one of the most recognized artists of his generation, having concertized across most countries in Europe in addition to throughout the Americas, Asia, and Australia. He won top prizes at numerous competitions, such as the American Paderewski Piano Competition and the Franz Liszt International Piano Competitions in Budapest and Weimar. 

Antoinette Perry, praised by the Los Angeles Times for her “exceptional artistry”, currently serves on the piano faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music. She has been heard often on NPR and the Bravo! Channel, and has recorded for the Crystal, Harmonie, Pacific Rainbow, Pacific Serenades, Excelsior, and Navona/PARMA labels.
 
Myung Hwang Park currently studies Composition Theory and Film Scoring at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and previously received a master’s degree in piano performance from Haute Ecole de Music de Genève. As composer-in-residence, a variety of his piano compositions will be premiered. In addition, Park will also perform in recital in addition to a special cine-concert.
 

IWPF is gratefully funded in part by Uppbyggingarsjóði Vestfjarða and Ýlir – Tónlistarsjóður Hörpu. More information can be found at the festival website: www.icelandpianofestival.com 

Location

Aðalstræti 107, 450 Patreksfjörður