Miami Music Festival
Miami Music Festival’s two-month 2016 season featured the debut of the unprecedented Miami Wagner Institute to rave critical reviews in one of two sold-out New World Center concerts, an orchestral tribute to celebrated violinist and South Florida neighbor Ida Haendel, a bill of six full-scale opera productions plus two South Florida operatic premieres and a world premiere of a new symphonic work. Nearly 300 participants were selected from over 1,500 auditions, with students from the US and over 25 international countries.
Each year, MMF welcoms a new team to the faculty including international piano soloists, revered conductors, coaches, guest artists, and pedagogues representing the world’s leading institutions of classical music. MMF also offers a Career Institute providing a combination of entrepreneurship seminars and one-on-one career training helping students take charge of their personal artistic development in an ever-evolving economy.
Founded in 2014, the Miami Music Festival (MMF) has become an international destination for young artists preparing for the rigors of the professional music industry and a welcomed addition to South Florida’s cultural dynamic. These young professional artists receive instruction and mentorship from an international array of 55 outstanding artist faculty and unparalleled opportunities to perform in public presentations. Programs include institutes in Orchestra, Opera, Piano, and Conducting.
The MMF Opera Institute offers passionate young singers a program of varied and intensive training designed to develop the full scope of skills expected in the professional arena. Comprised of Apprentice, Studio and High School programs, along with the professional division’s Miami Wagner Institute, the Opera Institute presents four mainstage operas; two studio operas; scenes programs; public concerts of opera arias, music theater and Zarzuela; as well as a large-scale Wagner production alongside the MMF Symphony Orchestra. The Opera Institute is designed to give singers "real-time" experience learning and producing professional-level operas. Participants work with renowned faculty, conductors, stage directors, coaches, and voice teachers from the world's leading institutions including the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, Houston Grand, Glimmerglass, Florida Grand, the Bolshoi, and the Royal Philharmonic, among others. The two-week intensive and highly selective Miami Wagner Institute–an elite Young Artist Program and the first of it’s kind for dramatic/lyric-in-transition singers led by pre-eminent Wagnerian performers, educators and specialists–aims to provide much-needed training and professional-level performance opportunities for the unique demands of the dramatic singer. All programs conclude with singers performing in productions alongside the MMF Orchestra, prepared by the MMF production team of professional directors, designers, and costumers.
The MMF Orchestra Institute is designed for dedicated young musicians who plan to pursue a career in the symphonic field. Comprised of talented instrumentalists ranging from the college to emerging professional level from many of the world’s leading educational institutions including Juilliard, The Royal College of Music, the Cleveland Institute, Eastman, Manhattan School of Music, and more, participants study and perform orchestral, chamber music and solo repertoire during the course of the festival. The program is aimed at mastering the fundamentals needed for professional auditions and life as a musician after college.
The MMF Symphony Orchestra performs multiple symphonic concerts each season at various large-scale venues around South Florida. Concert programming and orchestral readings consist of demanding repertoire that participants may have yet been exposed to in their current education. Led by renowned conductors and faculty from the world's leading institutions, students are given multi-faceted opportunities to explore and sharpen solo, ensemble, and collaborative skills.
All participants receive private lessons, chamber music coachings, symphonic assignments, and the option to compete in the annual MMF Concerto Competition. The MMF Orchestra Institute also conducts master classes, mock auditions, and seminars on auditioning, orchestral excerpts, resume building, and career management.
The MMF Piano Institute is a rigorous and in-depth program for devoted and exceptionally talented young pianists, ranging from the pre-college to conservatory level. The goal of the program is to offer solo and collaborative pianists a stimulating environment in which to study and explore various musical philosophies. With an open-class policy, students have the unique opportunity to observe, participate and learn from the insights of each faculty artist and student. Under the guidance of acclaimed guest & resident faculty including Ching-Yun Hu, Alessio Bax, Anton Nel, Douglas Humpherys, and Alexandre Moutouzkine, participants receive weekly private piano lessons, intensive technical and artistic seminars, career forums and master classes. Performance opportunities include solo recital and chamber music study in collaboration with the MMF Orchestra Institute, coached by piano and instrumental faculty. The Miami Music Festival Piano Institute is sponsored by Steinway and Sons of Coral Gables who graciously loan MMF exceptional pianos for participant study and performance throughout the festival.
In addition to solo repertoire, pianists have the opportunity to participate in the Vocal Collaborative program–gaining knowledge and experience in the operatic field as vocal coaches, accompanists, repetiteurs, assistant conductors and prompters, or the Instrumental Collaborative program with members of the MMF orchestra.
The MMF Conducting Institute is a two-week intensive program for aspiring conductors who wish to gain experience in the symphonic and operatic fields. Participants will work with leading faculty David Effron, Yuriy Bekker and Michael Rossi. Conducting Institute participants will receive daily conducting classes, orchestral readings and an orchestral concert. Accepted students have the option to participate as either participants or as auditors. Students participate in conducting sessions under faculty guidance with full orchestra, chamber orchestra and piano, have the opportunity to conduct orchestral readings with the MMF Symphony Orchestra, as well as the opportunity to serve as assistant conductors for select MMF Symphony concerts and may be selected through the MMF Concerto Competition to conduct a fellow student conductor in the large-scale Concert Competition concert.