The piano competition at La Sierra is part of a U.S. visit for the festival’s participants. The students will travel from La Sierra to Las Vegas, Nev. and on to New York City where they will tour the famed Juilliard School at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and other sites.
La Sierra has hosted the piano festival since 2007. The university’s Director of Keyboard Studies Elvin Rodriguez heard of the possibility to bring the event to La Sierra through a mutual friend who connected him with festival leader Christopher Zhong, a faculty member with the Shanghai Conservatory.
The piano festival’s master teachers are Alison Edwards, who leads the nationally recognized Piano Pedagogy Program at California State University, Fullerton; Edward Francis, a concert pianist and national award-winning educator who serves on the faculties of Cal State Northridge, Pepperdine University in Malibu, and Moorpark College; and La Sierra’s Rodriguez, a piano soloist, chamber recitalist and composer who chairs La Sierra’s music department and coordinates its music technology program.
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