OVERVIEW: Odyssiad® - "A Journey to the Performance of a Lifetime"
Headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado, U.S.A., the International Keyboard Odyssiad® & Festival, U.S.A. (IKOF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting new generations of keyboard artists through an internationally linked competition and festival. The International Keyboard Odyssiad® & Festival (IKOF) is hosted annually in the U.S.A. and exported to music schools in different countries around the world through a network of participating member associates. Each member country hosts its own competition and festival under license of the U.S.A. Headquarters that provides a turnkey operation for distribution to member associates.
The IKOF supports the exchange of keyboard students and faculty via scholarships and fellowships, conferences, workshops, masterclasses, and performance opportunities around the world. Unique in its vision, format, and global outreach, the IKOF is designed for young musicians, teachers, distinguished amateurs, patrons, sponsors, and those who love the piano and its repertoire.
The International Keyboard Odyssiad® & Festival, U.S.A. showcases a series of evening recitals, special topic presentations on repertoire, performance, and pedagogy, masterclasses by guest artists and faculty, and a live audience for the Odyssiad® Competition.
In 2017, special guest artists include 2013 Van Cliburn Gold Medalist, Vadym Kholodenko; a new 2017 Van Cliburn Medalist (Gold, Silver, or Bronze to be named in June); the Gold Medalist of the 2016 Olga Kern International Piano Competition, Chen Guang; Kemal Gekic (Croatia/Serbia/USA); and the Atlantis Piano Duo - Eduardo Ponce and Sophia Hase (Salamanca, Spain). Other guest artists and judges include Yoheved Kaplinsky (Chair of Piano at Juilliard); Oscar Macchioni (University of Texas-El Paso); George Lopez (Artist-in-Residence at Bowdoin College); Hsing-ay Hsu (University of Colorado); Cecilia Huang and Professor Yang (Guangzhou, China); Daria Kiseleva (2016 Odyssiad® Gold Medalist, Russia); Dzmitry Ulasiuk (Belarus); along with three orchestral conductors, including Wes Kenney (Fort Collins Symphony, Opera Fort Collins, and Denver Young Artists Orchestra); Devin Patrick Hughes (Boulder Symphony); Bohuslav Rattay (El Paso Symphony Orchestra); and three young concerto soloists for the popular “Conductors Collaborating on Concerti” session.
The International Keyboard Odyssiad® & Festival, U.S.A. takes place live in Fort Collins, Colorado, on the Colorado State University campus. Fort Collins is located approximately one hour north of Denver and within a one hour’s drive to the colorful Rocky Mountain National Park.
04.03.16 - Three International Keyboard Odyssiad® & Festival, U.S.A. medalists have been accepted to Juilliard for next year: Anastasia Magamedova, College Division, 2013 Odyssiad Gold Medalist, Level B (14-18); Jeffrey Chin, Pre-College, 2014 Odyssiad Silver Medalist, Level A, (13 and under); and Katherine Wang, Pre-College, 2014 and 2015 Odyssiad Bronze Medalist, Level A (13 and under). Congratulations on your "Journey to the Performance of a Lifetime."