July 24  |  6:30PM

Grand Cru Piano Series Concertos at Castello di Amorosa

This evening is manna for lovers of piano music – a concert in the beautiful courtyard of Castello di Amorosa showcasing the Gold Medalists from three of the world’s most prestigious piano competitions, each playing a concerto with the Blackburn Music Academy Orchestra under the baton of Martin West.

Prepare to be dazzled by South Korean-born Yekwon Sunwoo, who won the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition; Italian pianist Rodolfo Leone, who took top prize in the 2017 Vienna International Beethoven Competition; and Zoltán Fejérvári from Hungary, winner of the Concours Musical International de Montréal.

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Performers

Yekwon Sunwoo
Yekwon Sunwoo

Gold medalist of the fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, twenty-eight-year-old pianist Yekwon Sunwoo has been hailed for “his total command over the instrument and its expressiveness” (San Francisco Examiner).

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Rodolfo Leone
Rodolfo Leone

Twenty-six-year-old pianist Rodolfo Leone has already amassed a list of major international performances and was the First Prize winner at the fifteenth International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna in 2017.

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Zoltán Fejérvári
Zoltán Fejérvári

Winner of the 2017 Concours Musical International de Montréal for piano and recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, Zoltán Fejérvári is a consummate recitalist, passionate chamber musician, and dedicated educator.

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Martin West
Martin West

Martin West is one of the foremost conductors of ballet today and is the Musical Director and Principal Conductor of San Francisco Ballet. He has worked with many of the top companies in North America and Europe, including New York City Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, and the Royal Ballet.

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Blackburn Music Academy Orchestra
Blackburn Music Academy Orchestra

Musicians from over one hundred different schools and conservatories, from four dozen states and seven countries, competed for entry to the Blackburn Music Academy. Just one in five aspirants was ultimately accepted. Their performances are an integral part of the festival's 13th season.

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Venue

First Republic Bank Stage at Castello di Amorosa

Rising above the hills in the Napa Valley is Castello di Amorosa, which translates to the “castle of love” in Italian.  Castello di Amorosa is an authentically-styled, thirteenth century Tuscan castle winery replete with high walls, five defensive towers, and over 30 acres of estate vineyards.  It was built over a 14-year period by Dario Sattui, a fourth generation winemaker and owner of V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, California. 

First Republic Bank Stage at Castello di Amorosa