About the Bermuda Piano Festival
The Festival was launched in 2017 by the Bermuda School of Music in collaboration with Alex Tuchman, as its Artistic Director. We are a not-for-profit venture whose mission is to further enrich Bermuda’s cultural landscape by presenting world-class performers in engaging programmes and to provide opportunities for BSM’s piano students to learn from and interact with the Festival artists. In addition to the concerts, master classes and private lessons during the Festival period, the Festival provides a minimum of $5,000 per annum to the Bursary Fund of the Bermuda School of Music, which proceeds are used for financial assistance to select students. What distinguishes the Festival from other festivals in Bermuda is its focus on the piano and the diverse repertoire which has been composed for the instrument. In addition, we believe that we are Bermuda’s only music festival that offers concerts that are free and open to the public.
About the Bermuda School of Music
A not-for-profit registered charity #483, the Bermuda School of Music was founded in 1978, beginning with the Dunbarton School of Music. This was followed by several mergers including that of the Bermuda Academy of Music and the Bermuda Conservatory of Music in 2001.
With a mandate to provide excellence in music education through a highly qualified local and international staff, the School offers Bermuda’s finest programmes for children and adults in piano, organ, voice, chamber choir, youth choir, flute, clarinet, saxophones, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone/euphonium, tuba, guitar (classical and electric), percussion, drums, steel pan and violin, viola and cello. There are also classes in music theory, composition and jazz studies. While a large number of its students are of school age, participants in the School’s programmes include every age group, from infants to retirees.
About Alex Tuchman
Alex Tuchman is a prizewinner of the Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International Piano Competition at Radford University in Virginia and the IBLA Grand Prize International Piano Competition in Sicily. He has performed at venues throughout New York including Steinway Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York University, and The Penn Club. Abroad, he has performed at The Central Conservatory in Beijing, China; the Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, England; the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar, Germany; and the Casa da Música in Óbidos, Portugal. In December of 2017, his performance of Franck’s Piano Quintet with Annie Fullard of the Cavani Quartet was broadcast on Cleveland’s WCLV Classical radio.
Mr. Tuchman has very strong ties to Bermuda, having been a resident of and a frequent visitor to Bermuda from 2007 to 2016 when he was not at conservatory and graduate school. He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studies with Antonio Pompa-Baldi. His Bermuda performance highlights include recitals at The Earl Cameron Theatre (formerly the City Hall Theatre) and the Bermuda School of Music. He has also appeared with the Bermuda Philharmonic at the Ruth Seaton James Centre for the Performing Arts.