Past Festivals

The Mannes Festival series was founded in 1999 by its Artistic Director (and Piano department chair) Pavlina Dokovska, without whose total dedication, boundless enthusiasm, and enormous investment in time and energy, the series would not be possible. Also deserving of many thanks and credit are the numerous co-producers and patrons who contributed their financial support, facilities, services, hospitality, and expertise.

Current Festivals

2013: Sounds of Change: Music in Transition
Sounds of Change: Music in Transition, explores music written during transitional periods, from the baroque to the present.

2012: The Rise of Modernism: Innovation and Tradition 1890-1939
The Rise of Modernism: Innovation and Tradition will focus on music and art from the period 1890-1939, a period rich in collaboration between poets, musicians, actors, and visual artists, through concerts and master classes by students, faculty, and guests.

Past Festivals

2011: Liszt, A Life in Music
A celebration of the 200th anniversary of a towering figure in music history, Franz Liszt. From his youth as the first modern superstar to his senior years as the sage of European music, his career spanned the Romantic Era. The breadth and depth of his influence is incalculable.

2010: Schumann and Chopin
In celebration of the 200th anniversaries of Robert Schumann and Frederic Chopin, Mannes explores the musical world they shared through concerts and master classes by students, faculty, and guests.

2009: The Mendelssohn Salon
Felix Mendelssohn and his musically talented sister Fanny were hosts and guests at gatherings of the great composers of their time. In celebration of his 200th anniversary, Mannes explores this special musical world through concerts and master classes by students, faculty and guests.

2008: The Pianist as Composer
Music of the great pianist-composers from the classical period to the present in concerts and master classes by Mannes's young artists, faculty, and guests.

2007: Beethoven’ Influence and Immortality
The music of Beethoven and of his heirs is celebrated in in concerts and master classes by Mannes's young artists, faculty, and guests.

2006: Bach and the Baroque Legacy
Bach and his baroque era contemporaries and their influence on future generations are explored through concerts and master classes with Mannes's students, faculty, and guests.

2005: The Late Romantics
The culmination of musical romanticism, from the mid-19th to the early 20th century, comes to life through concerts and master classes featuring Mannes's student artists, distinguished faculty, and guests.

2004: The Flowering of Romanticism: from Schumann to Brahms
The early maturity of musical romanticism, represented in the works of Chopin, Mendelssohn, Clara and Robert Schumann, Bellini, Berlioz, Liszt, and the young Brahms.

2003: The Birth of Romanticism: From Haydn to Schubert
An exploration of the genesis of musical romanticism from its roots in the Sturm und Drang of Haydn and Mozart to its early development in Beethoven, Rossini, and Schubert.

2002: La Belle Epoque: Music Around the Turn of the 20th Century
The fourth Mannes Festival explores one of the most dynamic and explosive eras in music history and the genesis of the music of our time. Students, faculty, and guests present the works of a broad spectrum of composers active between the 1880's and the end of World War I and representing many nations, including as Brahms, Strauss, Dvorak, Faure, Debussy, Franck, Mahler, Schoenberg, Wolf, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, Albeniz, Granados, Griffes, and Joplan.

2001: The Schumanns and Their Circle
The third Mannes Festival features works by Robert Schumann and his wife Clara and by composers who were personally close to them or were admired by them, such as Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Chopin.

2000: Mannes Bach 2000
The second Mannes Festival marked the 350th anniversary of the death of J.S. Bach. An extraordinary number and range of works covering every area of Bach's vast oeuvre were performed: major keyboard compositions on piano, harpsichord and organ, plus chamber compositions, solo and orchestral concertos, and cantatas with instrumental ensembles.

1999: Chopin at Mannes
The inaugural Mannes Festival commemorated the sesquicentennial of the death of Frederic Chopin. The Festival was especially notable in that every extant piano, chamber, and vocal work by Chopin was presented in chronological order, the first time this was ever done in the United States.

Festival Venues

Austrian Cultural Forum New York
Church of St. Thomas More
Consulate General of France
Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany
Consulate of the Republic of Poland
Goethe-Institute New York
Harvard Club
Jewish Museum
Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church
National Arts Club
The New School Tishman Auditorium
New-York Historical Society
Spanish Institute
St. Vincent Ferrer Church
Steinway Hall
The Church of the Holy Trinity
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

Guest Artists, Lecturers, and Master Class Presenters

Edward Aldwell
Eteri Andjaparidze
Philippe Bianconi
Rita Bouboulidi
Yefim Bronfman
Vladimir Feltsman
Janina Fialkowska
Claude Frank
Leopold Godowsky III
Richard Goode
Phillip Lasser
Murray Perahia
Menahem Pressler
Therese Casadesus Rawson
Charles Rosen
Victor Rosenbaum
Andras Schiff
Vladimir Shakin
Robert Taub
Jean-Yves Thibaudet

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