7/28/2019: The program last night was the next to last recital of this season.  This afternoon's program lists all participants from start to finish, July 1-28, 2019.  Our thanks to all who attended our 13th season! 


7/20/2019: Music without Borders completed the third week of this 13th season with the program highlighted on our home page.  

At 3 o'clock on Sunday afternoon, July 21, we welcome our first guest artist of this season, Hyojin Rhim, to the stage of McLaughlin Science Center Auditorium.  Her performance, preceded by brief presentations by two Festival students, Evan Huang (Andover, Mass.) and Sebastian Iivonen (Stockholm, Sweden), will consist of works by Haydn and Brahms.  Dr. Rhim, a graduate of the New England Conservatory (M.M.) and Boston University's College of Fine Arts (D.M.A.), performs widely in the Greater New York City area and was formerly a colleague of Tamara Poddubnaya at the Long Island Conservatory.


A second guest artist recital follows at 7:30 on Tuesday, July 23, when pianist (and Festival veteran) Philip Petkov is joined by violinist Olya Turkina Petkov.  During final this week we will welcome back "veterans" Caleb Darling, Mark Demidovich, Ilya Ishchenko, and Vassily Panteleev.  There will be LOTS a piano playing, with the usual evening recitals on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, as well as a "Piano Marathon" from 1:30 to 5 on Thursday afternoon.  The season will close with a special (extra!) 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon, July 28, recital.



At 7:30 tomorrow night (Saturday, the 13th), Tamara Poddubnaya will give her annual faculty recital, a rare event not to be missed.  On Sunday, the Festival gives its only performance outside of Bethel, when all travel for a 7 p.m. recital at The Hayloft at Dragonfly Barn, 95 Sanborn’s Grove Road, Bridgton.  Admission is free, but reservations are necessary ( If you haven’t already attended an event at Dragonfly Barn, seeing this former dairy barn, now transformed into an intimate, spectacular performance space with a wonderful piano, is worth the trip, alone!


This 13th season soon enters its third week.  One "veteran," Enrick Woo-Therrien, returns this weekend, followed by two new members on Monday, the 15th.  Over the following 10 days, right up to the last weekend, we eagerly await the return of three veterans: Sebastian Iivonen, Ilya Ishchenko, Mark Demidovich, and Vassily Panteleev.  There will be solo recitals and, yes, Tamara's famous "piano marathons.


Music without Borders International Piano Festival returns to the Gould Academy campus in Bethel for its 13th season, July 1-- 27, 2019.  Concert artist and master teacher Tamara Poddubnaya assembles aspiring young pianists from the U.S. and Europe for up to four weeks of intensive study on the Gould campus, where they live and enjoy the exceptional practice and performance facilities offered at this All-Steinway School, in a friendly community nestled in the mountains of western Maine. 


The first two recitals for the general public are on Thursday, July 4, and Saturday, July 6.  Thereafter, regular public recitals are held every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, July 9 through July 27.  All recitals are free and begin at 7:30 p.m.  Programs are held in air-conditioned Trustees Auditorium of the McLaughlin Science Center on the Gould campus.  No reservations necessary, but seating is limited.