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Positano and ICMC

    ICMC Positano 2008

July   6th - 17th ICMC
July 18th - 21    ICMC Art Tour
(Positano to Roma, Firenze and Toscana region)


Positano is one of Italy's most famous seaside resorts. Renowned for its spectacular scenery, beautiful beaches and unique architecture, it is one of the most enchanting corners of the world.  This region has many historical connections with music. Wilhelm Kempff lived and taught Piano in Positano from 1954 until his death in 1991. Near Positano, Richard Wagner lived and wrote an opera in Ravello, and the great tenor Enrico Caruso was born in Napoli and lived in Sorrento.

The ICMC Positano is a unique summer music festival and camp for all ages. There are various classes for students of Piano, Violin,
Viola, cello, wind instruments and Vocal, art courses are also included.

ICMC Positano features daily master classes, ensembles and individual lessons conducted by internationally distinguished musicians.
The great Maestro Aldo Ciccolini will present an optional master class to ICMC students.

The classes will be held at the Positano senior high school (Scuola Media)
where practice facilities are available. There are public performances for both solo and chamber groups.

Everyday will begin with
Taichi Quan (traditional Chinese exercise) held on the seashore. Lunches will be at many different restaurants so that participants may experience the unique Southern Italian cuisine.
Sightseeing tours will include the
Amalfi Coast, Vesuvio, Pompei and the Isle of Capri. Evenings will be devoted to concerts or simply enjoying the beautiful environment of Positano.

After the ICMC Festival, participants are welcome to join the ICMC Art Tour to
Roma, Firenzeand Toscana region.  Lodging will be in Montecatini for the four nights of the Tour.

The International Chamber Music Courses & Festival "Positano ICMC" was established in 1998 in Positano, Italy by a Chinese-American Pianist Eileen Huang.  Since 2007 the ICMC has been extended to ICMC Shanghai, China

Our goal is to provide quality musical training in a healthy environment, warm friendship, international cultural exchanges and great musical experiences.

How to reach Positano

By train: the most convenient railway station in Naples is Napoli Centrale, at Piazza Garibaldi, where on a lower level you can get a Circumvesuviana local train to Sorrento; buses for Positano leave from the square in front of the Circumvesuviana station at Sorrento, then change to a Sita bus to Positano.

By air: if you arrive in Napoli Capodichino airport it will be more convenient to take a taxi directly to Positano (about 90 to 100 euro.)

you may also take a bus Curreri from Napoli Capodichino airport to Sorrento, then change a Sita bus to Positano (7 euro) 




ICMC Positano波色太浓  

8.45    Taichi Quan in Grand Beach/海滩太极拳

9.30    Breakfast/早餐

10.15   Lesson/上课

13.00   Lunch/午餐

17.00   Chamber Music Ensemble/室内乐排练

Evening Concert/音乐会

Weekend Sightseeing Tour/周末参观游览:

Pompei - Vesuvio (July 11), Capri (July 17)/庞贝,维苏威火山,卡普里岛  




11th  ICMC Positano

July 6 - 17, 2008

Non-refundable Registration Fee (not included below) = 300 euro

ICMC Fee: participant = 1,500 euro

(Includes: room, two meals/day; sightseeing tours to Pompei, Vesuvio and the Isle of Capri; courses and concerts).

Non-participant = 1,300 euro

(Includes: room, two meals/day; sightseeing tours to Pompei, Vesuvio, the isle of Capri and all ICMC music events, concerts)

*The master class of MaestroAldo Ciccolini has a separate fee.


*Deadline for ICMC registration fee is May 1, 2008.
After the deadline a late fee of 50 euro will be charged.

Deadline for all ICMC fees is June 1, 2008.
After the deadline a late fee of 50 euro will be charged.

* ICMC fee doesn't include ICMC Art Tour fee.

* Registration fee is non- refundable.

* All payments have to be made with bank certified checks in euro,

Payable to: Eileen Huang               Mail to:  7 Place Jussieu, 75005 Paris  FRANCE


  • Sorry, credit cards or bank transfers are not acceptable.


ICMC Art Tour  Fee (  Positano to Roma, Firenze and Toscana region )

July 18-21

 ICMC Art Tour fee for Participants and Non-Participants = 550 euro.  All others must pay an additional 100 euro registration fee.

( includes: four nights room, two meals/day and sightseeing trip from Positano to Roma, Firenze and Toscana region. Lodging is in Montecatini www.hoteltoscanyinn.com )


Special Fee :

  • The master class of Maestro Aldo Ciccolini (ICMC Positano) has a separate fee.



* Deadline for ICMC Positano registration fee only is May 1, 2008  A late fee of 50 euro will be charged after the deadline. 
   Please send e-mail notification when fees are posted.

 * Deadline for all ICMC fees is June 1, 2008.  A late fee of 50 euro will be charged after the deadline.  Late registrations will be considered. 
Please send e-mail notification when fees are posted.

Registration fee is non-refundable.



Professors of Positano ICMC 2008


Director: Eileen Huang
Assistant: Giuseppe Desiderio
Marketing Consultant: Francesco Carpegna
Administrative Consultant: Julian Ponce, CPA


The Newstead Trio ( USA)

The Newstead Trio has captivated audiences worldwide, from New York; London; Budapest; Lhasa, Tibet; Florence, Tuscany; Shanghai and Beijing. They gave their concerto debut performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra in Shenzhen, China. The Trio made its New York debut to a standing ovation at Carnegie Hall in 2000, has performed at Lincoln Center, and has been broadcast live worldwide on radio and television. Arnold Steinhardt, a founder of the Guarneri String Quartet observes, “They play with fine ensemble, youthful energy, and thoughtful musicality.”

The Newstead Trio’s innovative and unique concert programming combines traditional piano trio literature with more contemporary works. In addition, they have performed customized residency activities at college campuses spanning the United States and in China, and have been requested as a resident ensemble for various festivals in China, Italy, and the United States. These presentations are characterized by a dramatic variety and have been enjoyed by a wide array of audiences, from students well versed in the art of music to audiences who had never before been exposed to classical chamber music. Of their recent residency at Dartmouth College, Joe Clifford, Outreach and Arts Education Manager, says, “Michael, Sara and Xun…did wonders to show audiences that chamber music (whether classical or contemporary) is a vivid genre, alive with the human spirit.”

The Newstead Trio has also commissioned numerous works by highly respected composers such as Robert Starer and Chen Yi, and has included a world premier performance on three of their four CD’s, all of which are recorded on the Prince Productions label. Of their most recent CD release, Audiophile critic Tom Gibbs writes, “This disc represents among the very finest trio recordings I’ve ever heard; their playing of this oft-recorded Mozart repertory is peerless…”

The Newstead Trio is ensemble in residence at the Pennsylvania Academy of Music and has been included on the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour roster since its inception in 1996. Additionally, they have had the distinct pleasure to have been named Ambassador for the Qinghai Zongheng Culture and Arts Development Company in China.


Michael Jamanis, Violin

Michael grew up around music all his life. His parents, both accomplished pianists, have been his guiding force since an early age. He received a Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School, a Master of Music from Yale University and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Rutgers University. He has received numerous awards throughout his career, including the Victor Herbert Lincoln Center and Metro-Media Awards.  Dr. Jamanis has worked with such artists as Leonard Bernstein, Arnold Steinhardt and Joseph Fuchs.  When Dr. Jamanis is not on tour with the Newstead Trio, he is the head of the string department at the Pennsylvania Academy of Music, and is also the Artistic Director of Music Naturally, a summer music festival now in its eighth year. He is a visiting professor at China Northwest University for Nationalities and is also a member of the faculty at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Sara Male, Cello
Canadian cellist, Sara Male is a founding member of the highly acclaimed Newstead Trio, the ensemble-in-residence of the Pennsylvania Academy of Music. She received an Associate of the Arts in Music from the Victoria Conservatory where she was presented the Principal Emeritus Award. Her major teachers include Bernard Greenhouse, Zara Nelsova and Timothy Eddy. Ms. Male holds a Bachelor of Music with high honors from Rutgers University, and a Master of Music from Mannes College. Ms. Male is a former member of the Saskatoon Symphony and is well sought after as a chamber music recitalist, having performed in major venues in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia. Ms. Male joined the faculty of the Pennsylvania Academy of Music, as cello instructor and director of the Chamber Music Program, in 1994 and is on the faculty of Franklin and Marshall College.

Xun Pan, Piano

Born in Tianjin, China, Xun received his early musical training from his grandmother and his parents. He continued his studies at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and Syracuse University, and earned the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Rutgers University. Winner of the Dr. Luis Sigall International Piano Competition in Chile in 1987 and the Frinna Awerbach International Piano Competition in New York in 1992, Dr. Pan has performed solo recitals worldwide from Carnegie Hall to China’s Beijing Concert Hall.  He is the chairman of the piano department at the Pennsylvania Academy of Music. He is also visiting professor at the China Conservatory of Music, at China Northwest University for Nationalities, and at Wenzhou University.



Michelle LaCourse has appeared as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe, including recent recital performances in Rome, Madrid, and Boston. Her playing has been described by critics in such terms as “a miraculous blend of intense passion and artistic elegance” and “has a mastery of the instrument like a sixth sense, and with it reveals to us the most profound secrets.” An enthusiastic advocate for new viola repertoire, she has also commissioned and premiered several new pieces for the instrument. Ms. LaCourse was formerly a member of the Lehigh Quartet, the Delphic String Trio and the Aeolian Trio, and has performed at numerous festivals such as Aspen, Eastern, Interlochen, Skaneateles, Musicorda, and the Heifetz Institute, and at some of the world’s leading concert venues, such as Vienna’s Musikverein, Berlin’s Kammermusiksaal and Washington’s Kennedy Center. As an orchestral musician, she has performed with the Baltimore Symphony, and was formerly principal violist of the Chamber Orchestra of Grenoble France. She holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where she studied with, and was for many years teaching assistant to renowned pedagogue Karen Tuttle. She currently teaches viola at Boston University, where she is also Chair of the String Department. She has given master classes at music schools across the United States, and during the summer months she also teaches and performs at the annual Karen Tuttle Viola Workshops and at BU’s Tanglewood Institute.



Benjamin Shute ( USA)  Violinist

 Benjamin Shute, whose playing has been praised by some of today’s foremost musicians as “deep,” “magical,” and “exciting,” has been described as “truly remarkable in many regards—sense of style, his curiosity, and most of all his vitality.”  Educated at the New England Conservatory, where he served as concertmaster, as well as the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg (Germany), his principal teachers have included Rainer Kussmaul, Masuko Ushioda and Lee Snyder, through whom he stands in the traditions of Leonid Kogan, Joseph Szigeti, Hideo Saito, Ivan Galamian, and Carl Flesch.  Jaime Laredo, Lewis Kaplan, Eduard Schmieder, Yair Kless, David Kim, John Gibbons, Robert Hill, and members of the Hagen, Cleveland, Muir, Borromeo, Axelrod, Keller and Rubin quartets are among the other artists for whose instruction he is deeply grateful.  A frequent recitalist, Ben Shute has also appeared as soloist with a number of orchestras and performed with such musicians as Joseph Silverstein, Masuko Ushioda, Kenneth Slowik, John Gibbons, Stephen Gunzenhauser, Sandra Carlock, and members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Venues at which he has performed include Konzerthaus Freiburg, the Mozarteum (Salzburg, Austria), Centre d’Arts Orford (Québec, Canada), the Kimmel Center (Philadelphia, PA, USA), and Jordan Hall (Boston, MA, USA), and the Grand Opera House of Wilmington, Delaware.  Also active as a baroque performer, he has appeared with period instrument ensembles in both the United States and Europe and has been cited in such publications as Early Music America for his activities as performer and composer.  He serves on the faculty of the Csehy Summer School of Music in Philadelphia and performs on a rare old Bolognese instrument by Agostino Facini.


Eileen Huang (China/USA/Italy ), - Pianist

Eileen Huang (China/USA/Italy ), - Pianist

Eileen Huang, the founder and director of ICMC in Positano, Italy and Shanghai, was born in Chongqing, China.  She began her piano studies at age 6.  At the age of eleven, she won the National Young Musicians Performance Competition and that year was admitted to the Central Conservatory in Beijing from where she graduated in 1966. Like many other Chinese musicians, her career was put on hold during the Cultural Revolution.

She immigrated to San Francisco in 1979 and received the Master of Fine Arts Degree from Mills College in Oakland, California in 1982 and was honored with the Flora Boyd Memorial Award for Best Piano Performance.  At Mills her mentor was Bernard Albramowitsch.  She also studied in both Portugal and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg under Helena Costa, whose mentors included Alfred Cortot and Edwin Fischer. 
Since 1990, Eileen has been living in Austria, Switzerland, Italy and France.  She has taught Master classes and given concerts in the United States, Asia and Europe.

She has recorded and produced numerous CDs of Chinese piano works and European classical music including: “Ancient and Modern Chinese Music I, II ”, “Chinese Piano Concertos”, “24 Chinese Folk Songs”, “Longing”, “Flowing Through Time”, “Beethoven Sonata and Chinese Music”, “Venezia e Napoli”, and “Bach-Busoni,  Ravel and 22 Chinese Folk Songs.”  Her works have been distributed by the Wind Record Company and Wind Song, Ltd. of Taiwan, ASV Ltd. of London, and Divox of Basel.  

She is also a Tai-Chi teacher and the author of several books in Chinese: “Flowing -Chinese Gypsy Woman”, “Struggle –How to Build Happiness”, “The 19 Letters from Positano”, “My Homes” and “My Corner of Paradise-Positano.”

Eileen currently resides in Positano and Paris. 



Maestro Aldo Ciccolini

Aldo Ciccolini is one of the few great international pianists of our times to have pursued an international career for over 50 years, since his early success in the Marguerite Long / Jacques Thibaut competition. Neapolitan by birth, he has earned a reputation as a mastered interpreter of French music. Indeed his early pioneering recordings of the piano works of Eric Satie for EMI have earned him recognition beyond the world of the classical concert hall, and they remain to this day the most popular recordings of twentieth-century piano music ever made. Through nearly 100 recordings for EMI-Pathé Marconi, Aldo Ciccolini has bought to light works that were unjustly neglected at the time of release, such as the sonatas of Schubert and Scarlatti and Liszt’s Les Années de Pélerinage, or little known, as in the case of Satie. He has also recorded the complete Mozart sonatas, the complete sonatas of Beethoven, and the complete works for piano of Janácek, Debussy, Massenet and Satie. In 2002 he was awarded two Diapasons d’Or by the French record magazine Diapason : at the beginning of the year for his Janácek album and in October for his Schumann album. A third Diapason d’Or was awarded in the 20 best-selling classical CDs in France. His recent release of the complete Grieg Lyric Pieces was awarded Le Grand Choc By Le Monde de la Musique. At the age of 80, Ciccolini’s concert diary is a busy as ever, his international career taking him to numerous venues throughout Europe and the Far East during 2005/6 and 2006/7. He has performed under many great conductors, including Fürtwängler, Mitropoulos, Erich Kleiber, Pierre Monteux, Sergiu Celibibache, Carlo-Maria Giulini, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Ernest Ansermet and more recently Daniel Gatti, Sir Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink and Christoph von Dohnanyi. Ciccolini was for thirty years a professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. He is still active as a teacher and regularly gives masterclasses particularly in his native Italy.


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