Imola-China Project, Daisy Sun and Jin Ju in concert and City of Imola Piano Prize “Bruno Solaroli”
The Imola Summer Music Academy and Festival is set to conclude its 12th edition with some prestigious events.
On Thursday, July 27, at 9:15 p.m., the Courtyard of Palazzo Monsignani will host a concert entitled “Student and Master,” which well testifies to the didactic approach of the Imola International Academy: in fact, students in Imola do not follow the traditional standardized path of musical studies, but “meet the Master” best suited to their artistic potential and the characteristics of their individual personalities, thus creating the best educational path.
The evening’s program features piano academy student Daisy Sun engaged in a performance of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s “Gavotte et six doubles” and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major Op. 110. Together with her teacher Jin Ju, Daisy Sun will perform Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor Op. 23 in the transcription for two pianos. Jin Ju, a professor at the Piano Academy, has been awarded prizes in prestigious international competitions such as the Tchaikovsky in Moscow and the Queen Elizabeth in Brussels and was a winner of the China National Piano Competition, the Beethoven Society Competition in London and the UNISA International Piano Competition.
The piano will also be the protagonist of the day on Friday, July 28, with selections for the “Bruno Solaroli” Piano Prize of the City of Imola, which will be held in the Sala Cefla of Palazzo Monsignani starting at 6 p.m. The evening of Saturday 29, at 9:15 p.m. in the Courtyard of Palazzo Monsignani, will instead be dedicated to the Prize’s Closing Ceremony, with the awarding of the “Florence Marzotto” Talent Prize. The City of Imola Piano Prize is dedicated from this edition to Bruno Solaroli, an enlightened mayor who believed so much in Franco Scala’s initiative to create an Academy in Imola that he assigned the halls of the Rocca Sforzesca as its headquarters.
These initiatives are part of the broader framework of the Imola – China Project, created in 2012 and curated by artistic director Jin Ju, which brings to Imola young pianists selected from the best schools and conservatories in China. The twenty-two students from China, accompanied by their parents and seven teachers, have in fact been in Imola for a few days to participate in master classes offered by the International Academy and will take part in the Piano Prize selections. This is a prestigious opportunity for exchange, which confirms the Academy’s international vocation and promotes Imola’s role as a city with a vocation for welcoming people, and which brings with it a relevant cultural and economic contribution.