BETHEL — Top young pianists from around the world will once again perform intimate public recitals at Gould Academy from June 23 to July 20 during Music Without Borders, an international piano festival directed by acclaimed Georgian-Russian pianist and professor, Dr. Tamara Poddubnaya.

The festival is in its eighth year.

Public performances will take place throughout the festival at 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in the intimate Trustees Auditorium in the McLaughlin Science Center on the Gould campus.

The first public recital takes place Friday, June 27. Recitals are free and general admission. Seating is limited.

A special July 4 concert and the final concert July 19 will begin at 7 p.m.

Recitals typically include works by Brahms, Rachmaninov, Beethoven, Mozart and Liszt among other composing greats.

For up-to-the-minute scheduling or location changes, visit the Music Without Borders website at

A distinguished graduate of St. Petersburg’s Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory, Dr. Poddubnaya established herself as one of Russia’s foremost keyboard artists and piano teachers. Renowned for her masterful command of a vast repertoire, she has performed to great acclaim in Europe and the United States. She frequently serves on juries at international piano competitions teaching and performing in Russia, the Netherlands, and in the United States, where she is Professor of Piano at the Long Island Conservatory and visiting professor at the Portland Conservatory of Music.

This season’s festival participants range in age from 10 to 25 and are from all over the world including Russia, Turkey, the Netherlands, and the United States. Participants have daily lessons with Dr. Poddubnaya and a personal practice piano at which they spend many hours each day. They perform several times each week during the public concerts, and advanced students present a solo recital.

At the end of their time in Bethel, students will perform from memory a repertoire which they will have begun to study only after arriving on campus.

Music Without Borders participants go on to careers as concert artists and teachers.

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