International Concert Festival Returns To Gould

June 28, 2011

BETHEL, Maine – They’re back. Young pianists from around the world will study and perform at Gould Academy from July 1 to July 19 during Music Without Borders, an international piano festival directed by acclaimed Georgian-Russian pianist and teacher, Dr. Tamara Poddubnaya. The festival is in its fifth year.

Recitals typically include works by Brahms, Rachmaninov, Beethoven, Mozart and Liszt among other composing greats.

Public performances will take place throughout the festival at 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evening in Trustees Auditorium in the McLaughlin Science Center on the Gould campus.

The first recital will take place on Friday, July 1. Recitals are free and are general admission. Seating is limited.

For changes to recital scheduling or location, watch the Gould facebook page or follow Gould on Twitter.

About Dr. Tamara Poddubnaya

A distinguished graduate of St. Petersburg’s Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory, Dr. Poddubnaya established herself as one of Russia’s foremost keyboard artists and piano teachers. Renowned for her masterful command of a vast repertoire, she has performed to great acclaim in Europe and the United States.  She frequently serves on juries at international piano competitions teaching and performing in Russia, the Netherlands, and in the United States, where she is Professor of Piano at the Long Island Conservatory and visiting professor at the Portland Conservatory of Music. Visit for more information.

(Dr. Tamara Poddubnaya)

Returning Students

Several alumni of past festivals will return for this season: Evgeny Genchev of Bulagaria, 22, who just completed his third year of study at London’s Royal Academy of Music; Dimitar “Mitko” Dimitrov of Bulgaria, 23, now pursuing graduate study in Amsterdam; and Veselin “Vesko” Ninov of Bulgaria, 20, a student of Dr. Poddubnaya at the Long Island Conservatory, and recent prize-winner in competitions in Canada and the United States.

(Dimitar Dimitrov)

Also returning is Farshad Tahvildar-Zadeh, a recent graduate of Princeton High School in New Jersey.  Since last year’s festival, Farshad has been performing and winning prizes in competitions in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.  He will study at Oberlin Conservatory in the fall. Kevin Chen, 12, a prizewinner in competitions in Massachusetts and New Hampshire during this past year, and George Kiu, 8, will return this season.

First-Time Participants

Attending their first Music Without Borders are Ilya Ischenko from Buzuluk, Orenburg Province, Russia, and Christian Sanders and Elvire Boelee from the Netherlands.  These three students are prizewinners in European competitions and have studied with Dr. Poddubnaya at the Prins Claus Conservatorium in Groningen, the Netherlands.

Gould Academy is a coed college preparatory boarding school located at the eastern edge of the White Mountains in Bethel, Maine. With 250 students and an average class size of ten, the Academy prepares academically motivated students for college and helps them to become independent-minded, ethical citizens who will lead lives of purpose, action, excellence, and compassion in a dynamic world. Visit the Gould website,, for more information.

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