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The Society offers:

  • Journal of the American Liszt Society (JALS), published annually
  • The American Liszt Society Newsletter, published biannually
  • Annual ALS Festivals
  • ALS Archives at the Library of Congress
  • Local Chapters in various geographical areas
  • Publication opportunities in JALS
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  • Paper presentation opportunities at festivals
  • Host "house concerts"
  • Networking and mutual support among performers, scholars, and music lovers dedicated to the ideas and ideals of Franz Liszt

2021 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition
Winners Concert

Videos of the Winners Concert of the 2021 LAILC are still available at Website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel


Dr. Katherine Hickey, Competition Director

Greeting note - Dr. Jay Hershberger, Head of the Jury and
President of The American Liszt Society

Message from Mr. György Vashegyi - Principal Patron of the 2021 Liszt Competition and
President of the Hungarian Academy of Arts (delivered by Dr. Éva Polgár)

Winners' Concert

    Taige Wang - Division I
    Ryan Wang - Division II
    Angelina Zhang - Division III
    Mariya Kaganskaya - Division VIII
    Sebestyén Pellet - Division IV
    Aoshuang Li - Division V
    Rixiang Huang - Division VI;
    Nóra Tatai - Division IX
    Christopher Richardson - Division X
    Endnote - Dr. Éva Polgár, Competition Director
    Sebestyén Pellet - Division VII
    Concert credits

Congratulations to all winners and their teachers!

News from the Franz Liszt International
Piano Festival and Competition

The Franz Liszt International Piano Festival and Competition (FLIPFAC) proudly announces the winner of the Ohio Call Competition for a new piano work written by a Ohio composer. The winner is Dolores White, and the winning composition is entitled Sound Echoes. ALS members Daniel Paul Horn and Paul Barnes served as judges for the composition competition, and they gave honorable mentions to Tyler Kline (Five Pieces from Orchard) and Jack Ballard (Las Aguas de las montañas). There were nearly 30 competitors. Competition organizers have made a query as to the releasing of the winning piece to the piano competitors via pdf file on the FLIPFAC website.

FLIPFAC "Virtual Edition 2021" organizers include Dr. Caroline Hong, Artistic Director; Co-Director Dr. Ryan Behan; and Competition Team, Dr. Yingzhou Hu and Shitong Sigler. They have have deemed it necessary to postpone the piano competition to the general time frame of August 17 - September 17, 2021, and early registration started on April 1. Organizers hope to offer a live festival component in early October 2021. For the most recent information, please go to Franz Liszt International Piano Festival and Competition

Board of Directors Announces New Membership Secretary

Dr. Jay Hershberger, President of The American Liszt Society, announces the appointment of Renata Yuill as the society's new Membership Secretary. The appointment comes as the result of a unanimous vote of the Executive Committee and the unanimous support of the board. Renata is active in the Chicago-Midwest chapter of the ALS, a patron of the arts, and a lover of good music. You will learn more about and hear from Renata in coming issues of the Newsletter and on this website. Welcome, Renata!!

Matthew Bengston in Recital Saturday, March 13

Matthew Bengston, host of the 2021 ALS Festival at the University of Michigan, performed a concert Saturday evening, March 13, on the UM campus. The program featured two books of Albeniz's Iberia and a premiere of Roberto Sierra's 12 Estudios ritmicos y sonoros.

Oregon Chapter Offers Franz Liszt Remote Masterclass Series

Alexandre Dossin announces the inaugural event of a new series organized by the Oregon Chapter of The American Liszt Society. The "Franz Liszt Remote Masterclass" series was live-streamed on Facebook Wednesday, March 10. Frederic Chiu presented the masterclass from his residence in New York and worked with two of Dossin's top students, Marina Bengoa (Spain) and Tung Nguyen (Vietnam). Included in the all-Liszt program was Fantasy and Fugue on BACH and the first movement of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. Visit Alexandre's Facebook page.

Ksenia Nosikova Performs in Livestreamed
Recital February 21

The Avita Duo performed a concert at the Voxman Music Building on the campus of The University of Iowa. ALS board member Ksenia Nosikova (piano) and Katya Moeller (violin) played before a limited audience pieces by Beethoven, Chausson, Auerbach, and Brahms on Sunday, February 21. The performance was livestreamed at Nosikova-Moeller recital and may be available through the School of Music audio archives at The University of Iowa.

2021 Online Global Piano Summit March 1 - 5, 2021

During these tough times, we wanted to offer an exciting event that challenges and inspires you. We have gathered some of the most distinguished names in piano!

ROBERT MCDONALD (Juilliard/Curtis)
ALAN CHOW - ALS (Eastman)
JOSH WRIGHT (Online Teaching Expert)
SASHA STARCEVICH (Master Pre-college Teacher)
MEI LI - ALS (CIMC/IIPA Founder-Director)
Click HERE for more info on our presenters!

WHAT? An online global piano convention with all the topics you really want: online teaching, developing your studio, memorization, performance anxiety, auditions, competitions, and much more! Check the schedule and topics.

WHERE? Online-from the comfort of your home.

WHEN? March 1-5, 2021. Please check the schedule. Can't make it? We can send you recorded sessions, too.


ALS Vice President Alexandre Dossin's
Newest Liszt CD Now on Naxos Website

Dr. Alexandre Dossin, ALS vice president and professor and chair of piano at the University of Oregon, is the featured soloist on a new CD released by Naxos. Entitled Buch der Lieder, Books 1 and 2, the new CD is volume 57 in Naxos' series, Liszt Complete Piano Music. For more information, please go to New Dossin Liszt CD.

ALS Board Member Caroline Hong Solos in
Prokofiev Third with Columbus (Ohio) Symphony

Dr. Caroline Hong, professor of piano at The Ohio State University and president of the Ohio Chapter of The American Liszt Society, was the featured soloist with the Columbus (OH) Symphony in a digital streaming concert on Friday, February 5, 2021.

As of February 10, you can still access Dr. Hong's performance of Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major by clicking on Hong performance. An interview starts at ca. 39 minutes into the performance, followed by the concerto. The concert is included in the CSO's Russian Winter Festival II and also featured the Shostakovich Chamber Symphony, Op. 73a.

Requiescat in Pace: Nelita True

Dr. Nelita True has passed away. In speaking of Nelita, ALS President Jay Hershberger said, "I vividly remember a recital and master class in Tulsa that she gave when I was in high school. I had the pleasure of playing for her in that master class, and her comments, suggestions, demonstrations, and positive encouragement were truly inspiring and motivating. Think of the number of professionals that have achieved careers of high distinction as performers and pedagogues under her seasoned and masterful guidance. She truly was one of the finest teachers in the US during the latter half of the 20th century. Moreover, she was an elegant pianist whose playing was aristocratic and imbued with refinement and substantive musical insight. Nelita True's legacy has and will continue to shine into the future. Her memory may best be served by those of us who knew and admired her by following hard after her example as a wonderful human being and world-class artist/teacher."

To read an interview with Nelita by ALS board member Helen Smith Tarchalski, please click here.

Nelita True was honored by the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association at its 2020 Virtual Alumni Association Awards Ceremony on Thursday, January 28, 2021. If you would like to view an archival copy of this event, please go to Johns Hopkins Alumni Association First Virtual Awards Celebration.

Daniel Glover Pays Tribute to Beethoven

As ALS member Daniel Glover reminds us, the Beethoven 250th Celebration "would have been celebrated worldwide by concerts, lectures and festivals in [Beethoven's] honor. Sadly, 'our' pandemic has created a roadblock that prevented it. I have decided to do my own very personal celebration of one of my favorite composers with a special solo streamed concert. Beethoven has increasingly become an important composer to me, as I have suffered from hearing issues the past six years. I have the same condition as Beethoven: otosclerosis. Fortunately, modern medicine can treat it, whereas Beethoven had no help. I understand his desperation, rage, and eventual acceptance of his condition as I never could before."

This video invitation will explain Daniel's program and provides a link to the event page. Although the concert took place on December 18, 2020, you may "attend" the event at Daniel Glover Piano Recital

Musical America names Liza Stepanova "New Musician of the Month"!

ALS member Liza Stepanova was chosen by Musical America as its "New Musician of the Month" for November 2020. For more details, please go to Liza Stepanova. The American Liszt Society extends its congratulations on this significant achievement!

Joanne Cormac Authors Alan Walker Book Award Winner!

Liszt and the Symphonic Poem (Cambridge University Press) by Joanne Cormac has been named winner of the 2020 Alan Walker Book Award. The award, sponsored by The American Liszt Society, carries a cash benefit of $1500. Congratulations to Ms. Cormac for this recognitition!

The 2020 Festival at the University of Michigan
has been postponed - again!

Matthew Bengston, host of the 2020 ALS festival at the Univesity of Michigan, after consultation with UMich administration, announces further postponement of the 2020 festival. The change in plans is the result of the coronavirus and the uncertainty concerning government and university regulations for spring 2021. The new dates for the festival will be announced as soon as possible, but not before February 2021.

Southern California Chapter Presents
"Salute to Young Lisztians"

The Southern California Chapter of The American Liszt Society presented a Virtual Gala Concert featuring past winners of the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition (LAILC) as well as performances by board members of the chapter. The concert, which was a fundraiser to benefit the LAILC took place on Sunday, November 22 at 4:00 p.m.

The concert coincided with what would have been the date of the 16th edition of the competition and the night of the prizewinners' concert and ceremony. This year it would also have been a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition. Yes, all of this would have taken place the weekend of the 22nd if it were not for COVID-19 having curtailed our celebratory events - stopping us in our tracks! (As you may know, the 16th LAILC will be taking place next March instead (the format TBA), as it has been postponed until then.)

You may still experience the event through the wonders of technology by accessing the link LAILC Fundraiser Concert. You will also want to visit the Southern California Chapter website.

Connecticut Chapter Presents
Virtual Piano Gala November 1

On Sunday, November 1, the University of Hartford (CT) Chapter of The American Liszt Society produced a virtual piano gala from Trinity Episcopal Church of Torrington, CT. Titled "60 Minutes of Liszt's Least and Most Acclaimed Works," Trinity Parish and the New Britain Museum of American Art served as co-sponsors of the event. The concert was available on facebook, Zoom, and other online platforms.

For this unique event, the Chapter engaged four pianists of international acclaim: Corbin Beisner, Paul Bisaccia, Margarita Nuller, and Justin Kolb. These virtuosi, who have appeared in Asia, Europe, and North and South America, emanate from the private studio of world-class pedagogue and pianist Luiz de Moura Castro. The guest pianist are members of de Moura Castro's "circle of pianists." The international media outlets have lauded the pianistic pyrotechnics of these performers, and their technical wizardry is supported by solid and refined musicianship.

ALS Treasurer Presents Virtual Recital

Dr. Daniel Paul Horn, treasurer of The American Liszt Society, presented a live-streamed piano recital on Saturday, October 10, 2020, sponsored by the Artist Series at Wheaton College. Originating from the beautiful new Armerding Concert Hall on the Wheaton campus, the program included the world premiere performance of Seven Mysteries, a 30-minute cycle by Richard Danielpour, along with Danielpour's Piano Fantasy; Mendelssohn's "Prelude and Fugue in E Minor," Op. 35, No. 1; and the Beethoven Sonata in C Major, Op. 53 ("Waldstein"). You may view a performance of the Danielpour premiere at Daniel Paul Horn recital.

New Festival Celebrates the Music of Carlos Guastavino

The Sonus Music Festival, an online event celebrating the 20th anniversary of Argentinian composer Carlos Guastavino's death, has now concluded. The seven-day event included a different program each evening and panel discussions, etc., during the day. The series began October 22, Liszt's birthday, with a performance of Guastavino's "Las Niñas," from Tres Romances Argentinos, played by ALS NY/NJ Chapter President, Gila Goldstein. Among other ALS members performing this year were pianists Daniel Glover, Pablo Lavandera, Joseph Kingma, and Nancy Roldán. The Festival was founded by Artistic Director Dr. Nancy Roldán, who was also the founder of the Liszt-Garrison Competition, co-sponsored for many years by The American Liszt Society. You can view past Festival events and various short videos on Facebook at Sonus Music Festival. The home page of the Festival is at Sonus Music Festival complete, another means by which to view Festival events.

Paul Barnes Performs in Recital at University of Nebraska

Celebrating both his twenty-fifth year at the Glenn Korff School of Music and his return to playing for a live audience, pianist and chanter Paul Barnes returned to the Lied Center for Performing Arts on Thursday, September 24, to present a contemplative and cathartic program of piano works inspired by the mystical world of Native American, Greek, Jewish, and Latin chant. Barnes, a concert pianist and Greek Orthodox chanter, has collaborated most recently with Philip Glass and Victoria Bond to create piano works based on ancient byzantine and Jewish chant. Barnes has also been a passionate champion of the works of Liszt and performs Liszt's late masterpiece, Via Crucis, the Way of the Cross. Barnes was joined by Nicholas Lemme and the Our Lady of Guadalupe Schola, who performed traditional Gregorian chant and assisted Barnes with the Greek Orthodox chant. World premieres on this program include Barnes' transcription of Philip Glass's Annunciation and David von Kampen's new piano work, Trisagion (2020). The overall theme of "bright sadness" permeates the program as the tremendous depth and intensity of ancient chant is seen through the bright prism of hope and love.

You can watch the performace on YouTube.

In Memoriam: Nancy Bachus

"I am sorry to relay the sad news of the death of Nancy Bachus, long-time board member of the ALS and former student of the late ALS president, Fernando Laires. Nancy was a marvelous teacher and a well-known published pedagogue. Her enthusiastic and active support of the ALS as a board member was outstanding, and she was a wonderful professional colleague. We shall miss her and think of her with fond remembrance. We send our heartfelt condolences to her family and friends."

Jay Hershberger, President, The American Liszt Society

Maurice Hinson's The Pianist's Dictionary updated and expanded.

Members will be interested to know that Indiana University Press recently published a new edition of the late Maurice Hinson's The Pianist's Dictionary, which has been updated and expanded by ALS member Wesley Roberts. The book is a handy and practical reference dictionary aimed specifically at pianists, teachers, students, and concertgoers. This revised and expanded edition is a compendium of information that users will find helpful with clear definitions of musical and pianistic terms, performance directions, composers, pianists, famous piano pieces, and piano makers. It will be useful for compiling program and liner notes, studying scores, and learning and teaching the piano.

Roberts has a new 3rd edition of The Piano in Chamber Ensemble at press and scheduled for release in early 2021.

In Memoriam: Sandra Mauchley

The Board of Directors extends its sincere condolences to Dr. Jay Mauchley upon the death of his wife, Sandra ("Sandy"). Sandy and Jay were frequent performers of duo- and two-piano music at many festivals of The American Liszt Society, as well as in concerts at festivals in Montana, Michigan, Idaho, and other states. As ALS President Jay Hershberger has said, "Jay and Sandra were active Lisztians, and they started the Idaho chapter of the ALS. Sandra was lively and quick in her personality, and her youthful spirit and sparkling humor brightened all of us. She was also a very fine teacher, and she and Jay were long-time respected members of the music faculty at the University of Idaho-Moscow, as well as regulars at the Red Lodge Music Festival in Montana. Our hearts go out to Jay and their family." For further information please go to Sandra Mauchley obituary.

The deadline for the next issue of
The American Liszt Society Newsletter
(Winter/Spring) 2021, Volume 36, Number 2) is
May 15, 2021.

Due to the pandemic and its influence on performances, competitions, and day-to-day professional activity, the Newsletter of The American Liszt Society will be published according to the following schedule, subject to change:

Vol. 36 No. 2 (Winter/Spring 2021) - ca. June 1, 2021
Interviews with Elyse Mach, Helen Smith Tarchalski, Justin and Barbara Kolb, perhaps one more
Results of LAILC, details/updates and registration information about UMich festival and Ohio Competition
Info depending on dates of 2022/23 LAILC, etc.

Vol. 37 No. 1 (Summer/Fall 2021) - ca. December 15, 2021
Interviews (3 to 4 TBA)
Results of Ohio Competition, previews of 2022 and 2023 festivals (themes, dates, locations) as projected
Depending upon dates of competition, further info or results of LAILC, etc.

Member News, Chapter News, and other regular features of the newsletter will, of course, continue. Your contributions to the newsletters, such as your professional activities, students' achievements, interviews, etc., are most welcome and encouraged!

Please note: the schedule above reflects a temporary change in the normal number of yearly issues of the newsletter: rather than two issues per calendar year, there will have been only one in 2020, three in 2021, and then (hopefully) a resumption of two issues in 2022 and thereafter. Your kind assistance is greatly appreciated! Thank you.