Headquartered in Ft. Collins, Colorado,
U.S.A., the International Keyboard Odyssiad & Festival (IKOF) is a
501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting new generations
of keyboard artists through an internationally linked competition and
festival. The IKOF is hosted annually in the U.S.A. and exported to music
schools in different countries around the world through a network of
participating member associates.
The International Keyboard Odyssiad & Festival in each member country hosts its own competition and festival under license of the U.S.A. Headquarters that provides a turnkey operation for distribution to member associates. The IKOF supports the exchange of keyboard students and faculty via scholarships and fellowships, conferences, workshops, masterclasses, and performance opportunities around the world. Unique in its vision, format, and global outreach, the IKOF is designed for young musicians, teachers, distinguished amateurs, patrons, sponsors, and audiences that love the piano and its repertoire.
The 2013 International Keyboard Odyssiad & Festival, U.S.A. is presented in conjunction with the Summer Keyboard Institute (SKI/Colorado). The event features a series of recitals, special topic presentations on repertoire, performance, and pedagogy, master classes by guest artists and SKI/Colorado faculty, and a live audience for the International Keyboard Odyssiad & Festival, U.S.A.
Special SKI/Colorado guest artists for 2013 include Van Cliburn Silver Medalist, Valery Kuleshov, and Aleksandr “Sasha” Voinov, the brilliant 15-year-old Russian pianist and composer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Gold Medalist in the 2012 IKOF. Other guest artists include pianists Hsing-ay Hsu, Theresa Bogard, Steven Mayer, and three orchestral conductors - Lawrence Golan, Wes Kenney, and Scott O’Neil - for the Piano Concerti Session.