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IPF History

The International Piano Festival was founded in 1984 by legendary pianist and UH Cullen Professor, Abbey Simon.  For more than 30 years, the IPF has presented master classes and recitals by Abbey Simon and
  • 2017

    Lucas Debargue, Discovery Artist
    Danny Driver
    Ann Schein

  • 2016

    Kirill Gerstein
    John O’Conor, Discovery Artist

  • 2015

    Robert McDonald
    Roberto Plano, Discovery Artist

  • 2014

    Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
    Sandro Russo

  • 2013

    Inon Barnatan, Discovery Artist
    Larissa Dedova

  • 2012

    Markus Groh, Discovery Artist
    Alberto Reyes

  • 2011

    Danny Driver
    Di Wu, Discovery Artist

  • 2010

    Stephen Hough
    Gilles Vonsattel, Discovery Artist

  • 2009

    Stephen Kovacevich
    Pascal Rogé

  • 2007 (Nov.)

    Andrew Brownell
    Jean-Philippe Collard
    Ingrid Fliter

  • 2007 (Feb.)

    Olga Kern
    Enrique Graf

  • 2006*

    Marc-André Hamelin**
    Alexei Lubimov
    Anton Nel
    Nelita True #

  • 2005

    Arnaldo Cohen
    Antonio Pompa-Baldi

  • 2004

    Peter Frankl
    Ruth Slenczynska

  • 2003

    Frederic Chiu
    Stanislav Ioudenitch

  • 2002

    Angela Cheng
    Anton Kuerti

  • 2001

    Angela Hewitt
    Christopher O’Reilly

  • 2000

    Misha and Cipa Dichter
    Ursula Oppens

  • 1999

    Yoheved Kaplinsky #
    Evgeny Kissin**
    Stephen Hough

  • 1998

    Angela Cheng
    Horacio Gutiérrez

  • 1997

    John Bayless
    José Feghali

  • 1996

    Frederic Chiu
    Ruth Laredo

  • 1995*

    Constance Keene
    Dmitri Ratser
    Arturo Pizarro

  • 1994

    Anton Kuerti
    Ralph Votapek

  • 1993

    Claude Frank
    Fou T’song

  • 1992

    Richard Goode
    Charles Rosen

  • 1991

    Philippe Bianconi
    Arnaldo Cohen

  • 1990

    Joaquin Achucarro
    Earl Wild

  • 1989

    Gyorgy Sandor
    Ilana Vered

  • 1988

    Joseph Kalichstein
    Barry Snyder

  • 1987

    David Bar-Ilan
    Jerome Lowenthal

  • 1986

    John Browning
    Oxana Yablonskaya

  • 1985

    Lillian Kallir
    André-Michel Schub

  • 1984

    Claude Frank
    Eugene Istomin

* Mr. Simon was unable to perform.
** Recital only
# Master Class only