John Perry Academy of Music - SCMI

John Perry Academy of Music - SCMI The John Perry Academy of Music, formerly known as the Southern California Music Institute, is a school led by renowned pianist and pedagogue John Perry.

John Perry (Artistic Director) Mina Hirobe-Perry (Director) The festival is divided into two programs, and one full-day seminar: The Academy is for advanced pianists. The intensive two-week-course is filled by master classes given by world renowned artists, private lessons, performance opportunities, and JPA’s significant Lecture Series where we get inspired by guest speakers from various fields. The Junior Academy is for intermediate piano students. Participants will be introduced to a professional learning settings in very supportive atmosphere. In one week course, young future-pianists will learn wide-ranging skills that are required to be a performing musician. Unique to the JPA; designed by the Director, The Full-Day Seminar for Teachers geared towards teachers by focusing on intermediate through advanced pedagogy. This outstanding opportunity is available to all teachers, students, parents and beyond who desires to deepen their art of pedagogy. For more information please visit our website: http://johnperryacademy.org

Mission: Our mission is to spread the love and appreciation for music through the education of performance, composition, theory, and listening with the highest level of faculty. We teach students of every level, from music enthusiasts to conservatory level musicians.

Operating as usual

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there, especially those who work hard to support the dreams and ambitions of t...
05/10/2020

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there, especially those who work hard to support the dreams and ambitions of the dear students of JPA!

Today we also celebrate our Director Mina Perry, whose maternal care, dedication, and support of each and every student is inspiring and admirable.

In spite of the current global crisis, we hope that everyone has an opportunity to remember, embrace, and celebrate their mothers. We wish you all the best of health, joy, and success.
Much love and warm wishes from JPA.

04/01/2020

At this challenging time of crisis, we decided to cancel JPA 2020. We know this decision makes all of us very sad; however, we will return in the summer of 2021 with the biggest excitement ever, and we shall look forward to seeing you there.
To those who have already registered: the application fee will be refunded. You will be hearing from us shortly.

In the meantime, let's please focus on staying safe and healthy. Isolate (physically) yourself as much as you can. Be the honorable artist who cares about and influences others. Music is always with us, and we are all connected spiritually.
Love you All.

Mina Perry
Director

TONIGHT!!💫Umi Garrett moved into the final round of the National Chopin Piano Competition in Miami! Watch her performing...
02/29/2020
Chopin Foundation of the United States

TONIGHT!!💫
Umi Garrett moved into the final round of the National Chopin Piano Competition in Miami! Watch her performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto in e minor here on the live stream at 7:00 PM EST. Umi studied with our directors, John and Mina Perry, for extended periods, and she is always the heart of the JPA family. Go, Umi!!!

https://www.chopin.org

The Chopin Foundation’s mission is twofold: to assist young, talented American pianists in their career development and in so doing, open doors to international careers; and to make classical music, especially the music of Frederic Chopin, accessible to everyone.

John Perry masterclass🌟When: Friday, February 28thWhere: The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto - 11:00am and 2:30pm...
02/27/2020

John Perry masterclass🌟

When: Friday, February 28th
Where: The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto
- 11:00am and 2:30pm for the conservatory students of The Glenn Gould School (in Mazzoleni Hall)
- 6:30pm for the pre-college students of the Taylor Academy (in Temerty Theatre)

Sharing a great moment of reunion❤️ After a stunning recital by Yuja - who studied with him intensely for four summers. Wonderful to have such an extended family!

Announcing JPA 2020:We are incredibly proud to have such renowned artists on the faculty.The application will be open at...
02/20/2020

Announcing JPA 2020:
We are incredibly proud to have such renowned artists on the faculty.
The application will be open at midnight on Thursday, Feb. 20th. Learn more and register at:
www.johnperryacademy.org

We are extremely excited to have James Anagnoson on board this summer at JPA 2020! He is an artist and an educator and a...
01/19/2020

We are extremely excited to have James Anagnoson on board this summer at JPA 2020! He is an artist and an educator and a human being who is ONE OF A KIND!

James Anagnoson, Dean of The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School, is one of Canada's best-known pianists and pedagogues. He has been on the piano faculty of the GGS since its formation in 1987, and has also taught at the University of Toronto and the University of Western Ontario.

Mr. Anagnoson’s students have won prizes in International Competitions such as the Maria Canals, the International Franz Liszt, the Gina Bachauer, and the Dublin International competitions, and repeatedly are prizewinners in Canada’s National Competitions such as the Canadian Music Competition and the Toronto Symphony Competition. He has given master classes in various parts of Europe, North America, and Asia, and he has been a juror for competitions such as the Dublin International Piano Competition, the Hong Kong International Piano Competition, the Canadian Chopin Competition, the Prix d'Europe, the International e-Competition, the Toronto International Piano Competition, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Competition.

In 1976, James Anagnoson began performing with Canadian pianist Leslie Kinton. The duo Anagnoson & Kinton received unanimous acclaim from both audiences and critics, and have performed in more than 1000 concerts around the world. The duo has been heard in concerto appearances with Canada's leading orchestras, and they have made 10 CDs of works for two pianos, two pianos and orchestra and piano four hands, which are played regularly across Canada, the United States and Europe. Anagnoson & Kinton have also performed for the BBC, Czech National Radio, Hong Kong Radio, Hilversum Radio in Holland, and radio Suisse Romande. Recognized as one of the world’s finest piano duos, Anagnoson & Kinton were named Honorary Fellows of The Royal Conservatory of Music in 2019.

James Anagnoson has been heard nationally on the CBC radio as a guest host on both The Arts Tonight and This Is My Music, and as a piano commentator for both the Esther Honens International Piano Competition and the CBC Young Performer's Competition.

Mr. Anagnoson received his Master's degree from The Juilliard School, and his Bachelor's degree from the Eastman School of Music, which he attended on scholarship.

We wish all JPA families and friends a Happy New Year! May 2020 be filled with happiness and great music. We feel extrem...
01/02/2020

We wish all JPA families and friends a Happy New Year! May 2020 be filled with happiness and great music.

We feel extremely blessed to have each of you in the family, who love music and support one another wholeheartedly. The family keeps expanding, and the bond grows stronger each year. We look forward to welcoming the new and welcoming back the old this summer!

JPA 2020
Academy: June 22 - July 3
Junior Academy: June 28 - July 3

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Warmest,
John and Mina Perry

11/19/2019

A small clip from our artistic director, John Perry’s lecture-recital at NJMTA last weekend. Here, he is answering questions from the audience. What an inspiring, informative, educational, eye-opening, and breathtaking beauty of two hours! Eventually, he quiets the audience by his vast amount of knowledge about music and the mechanism of the piano - followed by his heavenly Schubert.

Rhythm: The canvas upon which the musician paints sound Tomorrow at 1:15 pm in NJ, our own John Perry will be giving a l...
11/16/2019
2019 Conference - Artists — New Jersey Music Teachers Association

Rhythm: The canvas upon which the musician paints sound

Tomorrow at 1:15 pm in NJ, our own John Perry will be giving a lecture-recital as a featured artist at the New Jersey MTA!
It’s a rare opportunity of hearing his musical philosophy in a lecture setting. ”Rhythm is the most important element in music” he spoke.

lecture-recital: Saturday, Nov. 16th, 1:15 pm
master class: Sunday, Nov. 17th, 1:00 pm

For more information;

https://www.njmta.com/2019-conference-artists

Mr. Perry will give a lecture presentation on how to express music through tempo, rhythmic nuance, rubato, and pulse which result in artistic interpretations at every level.

JPA2020: June 21 - July 3Another exciting summer with fantastic faculty members; including Boris Slutsky and Yoshikazu N...
10/28/2019

JPA2020: June 21 - July 3
Another exciting summer with fantastic faculty members; including Boris Slutsky and Yoshikazu Nagai!
Stay tuned!

John Perry Academy Interntaional Piano Festival Day 6To wrap up the day, we had a Masterclass by the amazing artist Sash...
07/12/2019

John Perry Academy Interntaional Piano Festival Day 6

To wrap up the day, we had a Masterclass by the amazing artist Sasha Starcevich, who has been with us for 3 years now. His extraordinary dedication to teaching, music, and students is exemplified not only in his students but also in the way he cares about everyone.

Thank you for sharing with us your time, musicianship, and insight!
We wish you all the best. Until next time!!

John Perry Academy International Piano Festival Day 6Baruch Meir gave a passionate masterclass focusing on the importanc...
07/11/2019

John Perry Academy International Piano Festival Day 6

Baruch Meir gave a passionate masterclass focusing on the importance of creating a beautiful sound, phrasing, and voicing. His visceral and physical connection with the music is very inspiring to watch! Thank you for being at our festival this year!

We are now on Instagram too! Follow us at @johnperryacademy

John Perry Academy International Piano Festival Snapshots from our Artistic Director John Perry's Masterclass. It's alwa...
07/10/2019

John Perry Academy International Piano Festival
Snapshots from our Artistic Director John Perry's Masterclass. It's always so awe-inspiring to hear him teach no matter the repertoire. His musicianship and understanding of the music spans so wide.

John Perry conducts another Masterclass tonight at 6.30pm! We hope to see you there!!

John Perry Academy International Piano Festival - Day 6Arizona State University's Baruch Meir gave an engaging and terri...
07/10/2019

John Perry Academy International Piano Festival - Day 6

Arizona State University's Baruch Meir gave an engaging and terrific lecture! From his origins of Israel (one of his earliest teachers was a Holocaust survivor at Auschwitz), to his studies in London, and in Arizona, Meir's fascinating life journey is exemplified by his artistry and musicianship. He emphasised personality and a singing tone when playing the piano. He also told us stories of his time with the legendary Martha Argerich.

Thank you Baruch Meir!!

John Perry Academy International Piano Festival - Day 5Alan Chow was incredibly inspiring during our Lecture Series, sha...
07/10/2019

John Perry Academy International Piano Festival - Day 5

Alan Chow was incredibly inspiring during our Lecture Series, sharing stories about growing up with his twin brother doing all the same piano competitions, then going on to go to all the same colleges and studying with the same teachers. He shared with us his desire to teach since he was a kid, and it was really wonderful to hear him share his story.

We loved having you at JPA!!

John Perry Academy International Piano Festival - Day 4We celebrated the Fourth of July with a barbeque party! Our Artis...
07/10/2019

John Perry Academy International Piano Festival - Day 4

We celebrated the Fourth of July with a barbeque party! Our Artistic Director John Perry bought delicious bratwursts from a German Deli and cooked them for us. Thank you CSUN for hosting our party!

John Perry Academy International Piano Festival - Day 3Our Artistic Director John Perry gave Masterclasses to our studen...
07/08/2019

John Perry Academy International Piano Festival - Day 3

Our Artistic Director John Perry gave Masterclasses to our students, emphasising the importance of a legato and phrased melody as well as character when playing Mozart.

We are currently on our Week 2 of the Festival. Please join us for daily Masterclasses at 3.00pm and 6.30pm!

John Perry Academy International Piano Festival Day 3We were so inspired by Alan Chow's Masterclass. His insight in piec...
07/08/2019

John Perry Academy International Piano Festival Day 3

We were so inspired by Alan Chow's Masterclass. His insight in pieces by Beethoven, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff were wonderful and full of creativity.

Thank you for being so generous with your musicianship!

John Perry Academy International Piano Festival: Lecture SeriesJean-David Coen, Artist In Residence of the Willamette Un...
07/07/2019

John Perry Academy International Piano Festival: Lecture Series

Jean-David Coen, Artist In Residence of the Willamette University in Oregon, gave a very inspiring talk concerning his views on balance, his education from the German, French, and American Piano School.

Thank you, Jean-David Coen for sharing your insights and knowledge with us!

John Perry Academy International Piano Festival Day 2 - Pizza Party!It was so nice to enjoy a lovely evening with facult...
07/04/2019

John Perry Academy International Piano Festival Day 2 - Pizza Party!

It was so nice to enjoy a lovely evening with faculty and students eating pizza!

@johnperryacademy

JPA Piano Festival 2019 Day 2Our guest artist Yoshikazu Nagai gave an inspiring and motivating talk in our Lecture Serie...
07/04/2019

JPA Piano Festival 2019 Day 2

Our guest artist Yoshikazu Nagai gave an inspiring and motivating talk in our Lecture Series. It was wonderful to have him at our John Perry Academy Piano Festival this year.

Today's talk was moderated by our Director Mina Perry.

Our Lecture Series is open to public everyday at 1.00pm.

Please follow us our Instagram account at @johnperryacademy for further updates!

Introducing faculty of the 2019 John Perry Academy International Piano Festival:Dmitry Rachmanov, California State Unive...
07/03/2019

Introducing faculty of the 2019 John Perry Academy International Piano Festival:
Dmitry Rachmanov, California State University Northridge

Pianist Dmitry Rachmanov has garnered much acclaim for his passionate performances, refined musicianship and brilliant pianism. Hailed as an "indisputable musician" by the Brussels' Le Soir and "suave and gifted pianist' by the New York Times, Rachmanov has been heard at venues such as New York's Carnegie Hall, Washington DC's Kennedy Center, London's Barbican and South Bank Centres, and Beijing Concert Hall, and his tours brought him to Canada, Mexico, Europe, Russia, Turkey and the Far East. He has recorded for Naxos, Navona, Omniclassic, Master Musicians and Vista Vera labels, and collaborated as a soloist with Manhattan Philharmonia, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Orlando Symphony, London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, Ukraine National Symphony, National Orchestra of Porto, Portugal, among others.

Dr. Dmitry Rachmanov is Professor of Piano at CSU Northridge, where he serves as Chair of Keyboard Studies. A sought-after master class clinician and lecturer, Dr. Rachmanov has served on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music and Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, and has appeared as a guest artist/teacher at The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Indiana University at Bloomington, University of Michigan, Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, Beijing Central, Shanghai and Harbin Conservatories as well as East China Normal and Shanghai Normal Universities, among others. Dr. Rachmanov has been a frequent competition adjudicator in the US and abroad.

Dmitry Rachmanov is a Steinway Artist.

Welcome to the JPA International Piano Festival 2019 Orientation Day!!We are so pleased to be joined by all our amazing ...
07/02/2019

Welcome to the JPA International Piano Festival 2019 Orientation Day!!

We are so pleased to be joined by all our amazing faculty and students! It's going to be a really exciting 2 weeks of music making!!

John Perry Masterclasses are daily at 6.30pm and are open to public. We also have guest artist masterclasses at 3.00pm everyday. They will all be held at Cypress Hall.

Announcing faculty of the 2019 John Perry Academy International Piano Festival:Jean-David Coen, Willamette UniversityPia...
07/01/2019

Announcing faculty of the 2019 John Perry Academy International Piano Festival:
Jean-David Coen, Willamette University

Pianist Jean-David Coen, artist in Residence at Willamette University in Oregon has studied and holds degrees from the Paris Conservatory, Juilliard, and Yale; finishing with his Doctorate from the University of Southern California. He worked with significant masters representing each of the 3 great and most essential pianistic traditions, the German, Russian, and French "schools" of interpretation and technique. These great artists included Adele Marcus, Jeanne Marie Darre, Claude Frank, Sacha Gorodnitzki, and John Perry.

Jean-David began concertizing with orchestra when he was 9, and by 17 had performed both Tchaikovsky and Brahms first piano concertos. He has played around the world with orchestras like the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Tanglewood and the Oregon Bach Festival. Completing a circle started with his performance of the Chopin G minor ballade at the age of 12 in the famous tent at the Aspen Music Festival and School, Coen became a member of the Piano and Chamber Music faculty there; his tenure lasting 24 years. His 2008 performance of the Diabelli variations concluded the festival's presentation of the entire cycle of Beethoven's piano works.

Announcing faculty of the 2019 John Perry Academy International Piano Festival:Sasha Starcevich, Artistic Director of Mu...
06/29/2019

Announcing faculty of the 2019 John Perry Academy International Piano Festival:
Sasha Starcevich, Artistic Director of MusicFest Perugia

Pianist Sasha Starcevich is currently enjoying a very rewarding career as an international performer and teacher. Since receiving his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Yale University in May of 2003, he has continued to thrill audiences here in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Starcevich has given recitals at New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall, Windsor Castle, and in London’s Wigmore Hall. His solo recital there in May of 2002 was met with much critical acclaim, and a review in the Musical Opinion wrote: “The repertoire was brilliantly conceived; a thoroughly enjoyable recital at every level”. Most recently he has given solo recitals and concerto appearances in Europe, and played a four hand piano recital with Peter Frankl. Upcoming concerts for the 2013-2014 season include those in Italy, England and in the United States.

As a soloist he has performed with orchestras throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, China and also toured Russia with the Samara Philharmonic Orchestra, and has performed at several international festivals such as the Henley Festival in England and Holder’s Season in Barbados. Starcevich has recorded for CBS Television in the United States and has released two CD’s under the Britstar label in the United States and the Jacques Samuel Label in London, England. His principal teachers have included Ilana Vered, Peter Frankl, Jane Allen, Donna Fishwick and Boris Berman.

Announcing faculty of the 2019 John Perry Academy International Piano Festival:Yoshikazu Nagai, San Francisco Conservato...
06/29/2019

Announcing faculty of the 2019 John Perry Academy International Piano Festival:
Yoshikazu Nagai, San Francisco Conservatory

Called “Pianistic fire” by the Charleston Post, Japanese pianist Yoshikazu Nagai has impressed audiences and critics alike with his fresh interpretations and dramatic presentation style across North America and abroad. Equally at home as both soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Nagai has performed internationally in such venues as the National Recital Hall in Taiwan, Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall in Canada, Castello de Donna Fugato in Italy, the John F. Kennedy Center, Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall in New York and with orchestras across the country. His extensive recital schedules in recent seasons have included acclaimed recitals in Taipei, Hong Kong, Italy, San Francisco, San Antonio, New York, Fort Worth, Seattle, Cleveland, Houston, Santa Barbara, Washington D.C., and New Orleans among others.

Yoshikazu Nagai was born in Landstuhl, Germany, and grew up in Kent, Washington where he began his musical studies at the age of eight. Since that time, Mr. Nagai has been a laureate of several international competitions, most recently capturing first prize at the 2002 Washington International Piano Competition and the Liszt Special Mention Prize in the 2002 IBLA Grand Prize International Piano Competition held in Italy. Mr. Nagai studied with John Perry at Rice University and received his Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he was awarded the Malvina Podis Prize in Piano upon graduation with Paul Schenly. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from the University of Puget Sound where he studied with Duane Hulbert. Other teachers include Jerome Lowenthal, and Sergei Babayan.

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John Perry (Artistic Director) Mina Hirobe-Perry (Director) The festival is divided into two programs, and one full-day seminar:

The Academy is for advanced pianists. The intensive two-week-course is filled by master classes given by world-renowned artists, private lessons, performance opportunities, and our significant JPA Lecture Series where we get inspired by guest speakers from various fields. The Junior Academy is for intermediate piano students. Participants will be introduced to a professional learning settings in very supportive atmosphere. In one week course, young future-pianists will learn wide-ranging skills that are required to be a performing musician.

Unique to the JPA; designed by the Director, The Full-Day Seminar for Teachers geared towards teachers by focusing on intermediate through advanced pedagogy. This outstanding opportunity is available to all teachers, students, parents and beyond who desires to deepen their art of pedagogy. For more information please visit our website: http://johnperryacademy.org

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