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A piano competition like no other

May 24, 2012

A one-of-a-kind, international piano competition and teaching institute coincide at Colorado State this August, giving the public a rare opportunity to hear gifted pianists from around the world. The festival closes with a final round and winners' concert in the Griffin Concert Hall.

Janet Landreth, Ph.D., founded the International Keyboard Odyssiad and Festival.August 4-11
University Center for the Arts
Griffin Concert Hall

Inaugural international competition

Colorado State University Professor and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies Janet Landreth, Ph.D., is set to launch the International Keyboard Odyssiad and Festival U.S.A., presented in conjunction with the new CSU Summer Keyboard Institute (SKI/Colorado).  

Unique vision, format, global reach

The International Keyboard Odyssiad and Festival: A Journey to the Performance of a Lifetime" -- unique in its vision, format, and global outreach -- is the only competition of its kind in the world, attracting gifted and talented pianists from around the world and providing winners with travel opportunities, scholarships, and performances at IKOF events in other countries.

The inaugural event takes place Aug. 4–11, with the final round and winners' concert occurring on Saturday, Aug. 11 in the Griffin Concert Hall, University Center for the Arts

Korea, France, Italy, and beyond

Founded and directed by Landreth, IKOF is a non-profit corporation headquartered in Fort Collins, Colo., and exported to various countries around the world through licensing and exchange agreements. In 2013, IKOF will take place in Busan, Korea, the second largest city in South Korea, and plans are underway to produce IKOF in Montpellier, France, and Perugia, Italy over the coming years.

Want to compete?

To compete in the 2012 International Keyboard Odyssiad, visit the event website.


Tickets to the final round and winners’ concert, which are open to the public, will be available at starting June 1.

Summer Keyboard Institute

Taking place simultaneously with IOF is the new SKI/Colorado, a one-week institute for pianists, teachers, distinguished amateurs, and auditors on Aug. 6 – 11, 2012.

Institute participants will attend daily piano recitals, masterclasses, presentations on repertoire, technique, and pedagogy presented by ten international guest artists and CSU faculty. Participants will also be in the audience for the semifinal and final round of IKOF.

Distinguished guest artists

Ten guest artists, plus CSU faculty, are participating in the two events including:

  • Yakov Kasman and Valery Kuleshov, Russian silver medalists from the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition;
  • Hsing-Au Hsu, a silver medalist from the William Kapell International Piano Competition;
  • Therese Fahy, a senior piano professor from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin, Ireland who, in celebration of the 150th birthday of Debussy, will perform all 24 of his Preludes;
  • Dong-Seom Lee from Dong-Eui University in Busan, Korea who will perform and speak about the music of Franz Liszt; and
  • Additional guests and CSU faculty including Lei Weng, Ph.D., Silvana Santinelli, Ph.D., Bonnie Jacobi, Ph.D., Jeremy Dittus, Ph.D., Theresa Bogard, Ph.D., and Landreth.

“To have this many gifted pianists on our campus in one week is simply phenomenal,” said Landreth.

Dynamic, live competition

The international guest artists will also serve as judges for IKOF. Featuring a completely new format and system for judging piano competitions, the excitement of a live competition judged on the spot in front of an audience promises to be a dynamic experience.

“Many pianists have brilliant technique, but it takes a very special kind of intensely expressive performance to reach an audience and move them to joy or tears,” said Landreth. “This element is beyond technique and goes to the soul of music making, creating the performance of a lifetime.”

For more information contact Janet Landreth at (970) 493-7920, or email

Contact: Jennifer Clary
Phone: 970-491-3603