Amici International Music Festival

Amici International Music Festival

July 2-14, 2023 at Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.

Operating as usual

Winner's List 27/02/2024

Congratulations to all participants!
The result is available at

Winner's List

13/02/2024

Amici Summer Festival proudly announce Professor Meng-Chieh Liu from Curtis and NEC, Dr. Evelyn Chen from Columbia University and Dr. Stephen Pierce from USC as visitng artists for piano program in 2024. We hope to meet professional young pianists at Amici to share music and talent.

25/01/2024

Apply to Amici Solo/Chamber Competition. We have many awards for young professionals and scholarship to participate at Amici Summer Festival at Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.

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It’s sometimes too intense! Sleeping beauties of the festival… 😅

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Scenes from the Final Concert.

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After Ensemble Showcase Concert!

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More beach pictures!

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Creative artwork during spare time. 😃

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Amici Violin Masterclass with Prof. Henry Gronnier.

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Amici Piano Masterclass with Prof. Tina Chong.

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Amici Cello Masterclass with Prof. Andrew Shulman.

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No oceanside music festival is complete without a day at the beach. The weather was perfect and students had a blast. 🙌🏼

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Game Night fun!

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Amici Piano Masterclass series with Prof. Antoinette Perry.

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Let’s start the Polonaise! We learned about various Polish dances with Dr. Ivona Kaminska-Bowlby.

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Art Enrichment Class with Ms. Sarah Joo!

17/07/2023

Amici Cello Ensemble at work!

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Amici Piano Masterclass series opened with Prof. Ning An!

17/07/2023

We started every day with the morning meeting at 8:45am. Student names were drawn to perform. Starbucks cards were given away for getting the “Question of the Day”. 🤓

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Highlights from the 2023 Amici International Chamber Music Competition Winners Concert & Awards Ceremony. 👏👏👏

05/04/2023

Introducing our piano faculty: Christopher Bowlby!

Dr. Christopher Bowlby’s playing has been acclaimed for its warmth and integrity to the musical text. Recent engagements have included performances at the prestigious Salle Cortot in Paris, Castello Visconteo Sforzesco di Galliate, Italy, the SOU piano series in Oregon, and the Biblioteca Nacional de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, and he was invited to join the jury as part of the 2014 and 2016 Thalberg International Piano Competitions in Naples, Italy.

As a young pianist he performed Beethoven’s Cello Sonata in A major with Yo-Yo Ma. He was also featured as a guest pianist with the Rimsky Korsakov String Quartet during their tour in PNW in 2016, and regularly performs four-hand and duo piano music with his wife, Ivona Kaminska. Throughout his international studies, he has coached with eminent artists such as Marek Jablonski, Henri-Paul Sicsic, Eugene Skovorodnikov, Boris Berman, Patricia Michaelian, and Craig Sheppard.

05/04/2023

Introducing our piano faculty: Susan Boettger!

Dr. Susan Boettger is the founder and executive director of the Junior Chamber Music program. She was a winner of the Juilliard Contemporary Concerto competitions, which resulted in being selected to premiere solo works for the New Juilliard Ensemble at Lincoln Center. She has performed concertos with the Ventura Symphony, Conejo Symphony (now New West Symphony), Peninsula Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, and the Orange County Chamber Orchestra.

Dr. Boettger's private students have been prize winners in major competitions such as the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, the Minnesota International e-Competition, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Spotlight Award, and the YoungArts Foundation. Dr. Boettger received her DMA in piano performance at USC, minoring in business and music education, and she received her MM from Juilliard and her BM (piano) and BA (mathematics) from Rice University.

05/04/2023

Ning An studied music at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Olga Radosavljevich and Sergei Babayan, and continued his studies under the tutelage of Russell Sherman at the New England Conservatory.

He has won top prizes in numerous competitions, including first prize at the Tivoli International Piano Competition (2006), first prize of the William Kapell International Piano Competition (2003), and third prize at the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition (1999). Ning An has been soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and performed at Carnegie Hall, Salle Verdi (Milano), Salle Cortot (Paris) and the Great Hall of the People (Beijing) among others.

04/04/2023

Introducing the strings chair faculty: Joon Sung Jun!
Joon Sung Jun is an internationally acclaimed cellist, widely known for his musical integrity and world class artistry, from his hundreds of concerts. Jun is the founder of Amici Concert Artists: a non-profit music organization, a board member of Peninsula Symphony, records movie soundtracks for Warner Brothers Motion Pictures, 20 Century Fox, Disney, Sony Pictures, and is also the Artistic Director of Junior Chamber Music, which concert toured Salzburg and Mozarteum in 2012. As a professor, he has given masterclasses in the United States, Europe and Asia and has taught and lectured in chamber music ensemble and literature at notorious institutions all around the world. In his homeland of South Korea, Jun has a contract to be a soloist and give master classes with the Prestige Youth Orchestras as their principal professor throughout the country, each year.

04/04/2023

Introducing our piano chair faculty: Kookhee Hong
Dr. Kookhee Hong is an active performer, educator and award winner. Over the years, Dr. Hong has played all around the world with many different musicians and received numerous awards. She has given recitals in cities such as New York, Seoul, Paris, Barcelona, Lanzarote, Las Palmas, Tenerife, and Panama. Dr. Hong holds Doctorate of Musical Arts, Professional Studies, Master of Music, Bachelor of Music degrees from Manhattan School of Music, under the direction of Dr. Solomon Mikowsky. She also serves as a director of Junior Chamber Music in Inland Empire Branch, a board member in MTAC, and an adjunct professor at Irvine Valley College. A consummate performer, Dr. Hong is gifted on stage as a pianist, and the myriad of accolades she has been honored with gives evidence to her aptitude and talent.

04/04/2023

Meet the Director Faculty: Dr. Minji Noh
Praised as a “superb pianist” by the Boston Globe, Dr. Noh is active as a soloist and a chamber musician.She started her piano career at age nine as a soloist with the Baroque Symphony in South Korea and has appeared with the others like Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra, LA Sinfonietta, and State Academic Orchestra of Ukraine. An avid interpreter of new music, Dr. Noh premiered A Piano Piece by Christian Wolff at the New England Conservatory of Music’s PianoFuture Festival in 2007. She graduated from both the Oberlin Conservatory and the New England Conservatory as a scholarship student. Dr. Noh completed a doctoral degree in piano performance at University of Southern California. As an educator, she serves as an Adjunct Professor of Music at Irvine Valley College and manages an award-winning studio in California.

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Introducing: Henry Gronnier!

Gronnier’s early musical studies took place at the Conservatoire in his native town of Saint Quentin, France.
He then attended the Conservatoire National de Region de Versailles, receiving the Gold Medal in the class of Madeleine Thuillier Deverge. He continued with Michèle Auclair of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, where he received his Artist Diploma. He concluded his studies with Nell Gotkovsky, Sally Thomas, and Zino Francescatti.

As Vice President of Jack Mastroianni Associates, he has worked with elite musicians including Cecilia Bartoli, Mirella Freni, Angelika Kirschlager, Julia Fischer, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet (to name a few).

A soloist, chamber musician, educator, and an expert on artist management — we hope you’re as excited as we are to meet and learn from Henry Gronnier at Amici’s 2023 Music Festival!

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Introducing our second Amici faculty member: Brinton Averil Smith!
Smith’s critics have described the American cellist as “a proponent of old-school string playing such as that of Piatigorsky and Heifetz”. Smith’s debut recording of Miklós Rózsa’s Cello Concerto has received widespread international critical acclaim, with Gramophone praising Smith as a “hugely eloquent, impassioned soloist.”

His most recent recording, Exiles in Paradise, for Naxos explores the rich legacy of the émigré composers who gathered in Hollywood in the mid-20th century. Devoted to expanding the cello repertoire, Mr. Smith performs a wide variety of violin, piano and vocal transcriptions and gave the North American premiers of rediscovered cello works of Jean Sibelius and Alexander Zemlinsky and the world premiere of Castelnuovo-Tedesco's 1951 Sonata.

We are thrilled to invite him to Amici’s Music Festival!

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