We are proud to announce that Aidan Mikdad (15) has been invited to participate in the Verbier Festival Academy. It is a great honour  to be part of the academy for a second year in a row. The Verbier Festival Academy is part of the Verbier Festival, which will take -place from July 18 – August 6 2017 in Switzerland. Aidan’s participation includes masterclasses with Sergei Babayan, Richard Goode, Klaus Hellwig, Ferenc Rados &  András Schiff, a solo & a chamber music performance.
Last year,  Aidan received the Tabor Foundation Piano Award from the Verbier Festival as a recognition of his potential and as an investment in his promise.

Aidan Mikdad has received the Tabor Foundation Piano Award from the Verbier Festival as a recognition of his potential and as an investment in his promise. Last Summer, the Verbier Festival Academy has invited him to participate as student-in-residence. This is an exceptional honour and testifies to the high level of playing Aidan has attained at such a young age. The Academy is part of the Verbier Festival. Aidan’s participation included masterclasses in Piano with Klaus Hellwig and Sergei Babayan, and a solo performance. In addition, he followed chamber music masterclasses with Pamela Frank and Gábor Takács-Nagy.

Recently Aidan has made his recital debut in Italy at Festival di Musica da Camera Armonie della Sera. See links below for the live registration of the concert:

Part 1

Beethoven
Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101
1. Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung. Allegretto ma non troppo 
2. Lebhaft. Marschm ̈aßig. Vivace alla marcia
3. Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll. Adagio ma non troppo, con affetto
4. Geschwind, doch nicht zu sehr und mit Entschlossenheit. Allegro
Scriabin
 Sonata No. 5, Op. 53

Part II

Rachmaninoff
Etude-Tableau Op. 39 No. 1 in C minor
Sonata No. 2 Op. 36 in B-flat minor
1. Allegro agitato
2. Non allegro
3. Allegro molto
Prelude Op. 32 No. 5 in G major
Stravinsky
Trois mouvements de Pétrouchka
1. Danse russe
2. Chez Pétrouchka
3. La semaine grasse
Encores:
Scriabin
Prelude Op. 37 No. 1
Etude Op. 8 No. 12
Brahms
Intermezzo Op. 116 No. 4

We are proud to announce that Aidan Mikdad (14) has been invited to participate as student-in-residence in the Verbier Festival Academy. This is an exceptional honour and testifies to the high level of playing Aidan has attained at such a young age. The Verbier Festival Academy is part of the Verbier Festival, which will take -place from July 22 – August 72016 in Switzerland. Aidan’s participation includes masterclasses with Klaus Hellwig and Ferenc Rados and a solo performance.
Only last month Aidan won first prize at the international competition Premio internazionale pianistico ‘A. Scriabin’ in Grosseto, Italy, for pianists up to 35 years of age, where he was by far the youngest participant.

Aidan Mikdad
Photography by Anne Meyer