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Annual Piano Day

Department of Music

Saturday, March 9, 2019 | 8:30 AM to 5 PM | Weber Music Hall | Registration: $33 
Guest Artist Concert - Dr. Jacob Ertl | Friday, March 8, 2019 | 6 PM | FREE | Weber Music Hall
Monster Piano Concert | Saturday, March 9, 2019 | 3 PM | FREE | Weber Music Hall

The Annual Piano Day
, hosted by the UMD Department of Music, welcomes pre-college piano students to our campus! The whole-day event is filled with fun educational activities. Together with Dr. Asami Hagiwara, Assistant Professor of Piano at UMD, students will prepare a Monster Piano Concert; students perform ensemble repertoire as a large group like a choir or orchestra using multiple pianos on the stage of the Weber Hall. In addition to rehearsals, masterclasses, and performances, our guest artist, Dr. Jacob Ertl (Assistant Professor of Piano at Nazareth College) will give a guest artist concert on Friday evening and a lecture during the Piano Day event.

Jacob Ertl HeadshotPianist and professor, Dr. Jacob Ertl has performed across the United States and abroad in Europe, Israel, China, Canada, Panama, and Mexico. A winner of national and international piano competitions, Ertl has given solo debuts at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in NYC, and on Chicago radio's "Live from WFMT" series. He has also performed as soloist with orchestras and wind ensembles, is regularly invited to give guest recitals and master classes, frequently performs solo and chamber music at international summer music festivals, and adjudicates numerous international, national, and regional piano competitions. An advocate of music outreach, Ertl has been an Artist-in-Residence Fellow for PianoArts for eight years, where he has performed hundreds of interactive outreach concerts. He is also currently a member of the performing artist rosters for the Lake George Music Festival and Fox River Chamberfest.

Ertl has recently released two commercial CDs: a world premiere recording of Fisher Tull’s Piano Concerto released on Naxos, and a digitally released disc with Eastern Standard trio, including world premiere recordings and composer commissions. Ertl has completed a solo recital and master class tour of China and was also recently featured as the guest artist for both the New York and Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association state conferences.

An avid supporter of music of our time, Ertl regularly programs new music and is currently a member of the Eastman Broadband contemporary music ensemble and the Alla Balena Ensemble. He has toured to Mexico (Chihuahua International Music Festival) and New York City (Americas Society, Symphony Space), and Washington D.C. He has also performed in Panama for the Musicarte Festival of Contemporary Music as a guest artist with Pittsburgh based new music ensemble, Alia Musica. Ertl is a founding member of the Eastern Standard trio, which has commissioned over a dozen new works and has been invited to perform at numerous international, national, and regional conferences.

Ertl completed the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees at the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with and served as teaching assistant for Nelita True. He earned the Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, studying with Robert Shannon. He has also studied regularly with Arie Vardi, Vladimir Krainev, Pascal Roge, Julian Martin, Robert McDonald, and Emanuel Krasovsky, among others.

Dr. Ertl currently serves as Coordinator of Keyboard Studies, Assistant Professor of Piano, and Program Director for the BM in Performance degree at the Nazareth College Music Department in Rochester, New York. In addition, Ertl is Director of the Lake George Music Festival On Tour, Director of the Nazareth College Piano Camp and Nazareth College Piano Competition, Liaison to the Rochester Piano Teachers Guild, Coordinator for the Nazareth College Piano Pedagogy Workshop, NYSMTA Collegiate Chapter Chair, as well as Visiting Guest Professor of Piano at Shandong Normal University in China.

asami hagiwara headshotDr. Asami Hagiwara has been praised for her “tone-color palette of great warmth and nuanced richness” (Fuldaer Zeitung). Recent appearances include concerts in Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, and the U.S.A. She has been invited to perform in music festivals including Joutseno Art Summer, Liszt-Garrison Festival, PIANALE International Academy, the Grieg Festival, Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival, and the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Piano and the Chair of Piano Area at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

In addition to her wide range of performing repertoire from Baroque to contemporary music, Hagiwara specializes in works of Nordic composers, especially those of Edvard Grieg and Jean Sibelius. Her doctorate document, Guide to the Published Solo Piano Music of Jean Sibelius, provides an overview of Sibelius’s rarely performed 115 piano works. As an American-Scandinavian Foundation research fellow, she spent a year at the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki, Finland), which deepened her understanding of the Nordic sound and the composers.

Previously, Hagiwara held several teaching positions at the collegiate level including lecturer positions at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville (Platteville, WI), Iowa State University (Ames, IA) and the University of Dubuque (Dubuque, IA) and she was the coordinator of the University of Iowa’s Pre-College Piano Conservatory (PCPC). She has also served on the piano faculty at summer programs such as the University of Iowa’s Youth Summer Camp and the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (Twin Lake, Michigan).

Hagiwara has been a recipient of American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship, Clara Rolland Award, Thomas J. Smith Award, and Gertraude Weber Gassman Award. Her former piano teachers include Erik T. Tawaststjerna at the Sibelius Academy, Ksenia Nosikova at the University of Iowa, William Heiles at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Marialena Fernandes at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, and Emilio del Rosario at the Music Institute of Chicago.