About the Foundation
Even if a student comes to New York City with a financial award to subsidize their musical education, a significant gap often remains in their ability to thrive in the city due to a lack of material resources and reliable connections.
Our ten year old son has recently been accepted into Juilliard's Pre-College Division. In order for him to attend Juilliard we are all moving from Costa Rica to live in Manhattan. When I say all, I mean our son, along with my other 3 children, my wife, and myself. As you may understand, maintaining a family of 6 in Manhattan is not an easy proposition. That is why we are respectfully asking for the possibility of obtaining a scholarship for our son…"
Parent of Festival Student and Foundation Scholarship Recipient
Created in 2007 out of a response to the recognized needs of young, gifted pianists from around the world who come to New York City to study classical piano music, the Vladimir Nielsen Foundation seeks to provide fiscal support to these individuals and their families through the distribution of grants and stipends that would help to ease the burden of expenses associated with housing, academic education, and cost of living as well as to provide vital resources to guide them through the process of establishing themselves in New York City via pro bono legal work to help obtain visas, connecting them with housing guarantors, and schools that would offer tailored curriculum in support of the demands of their musical studies. Read more about Founder and Executive Director Dr. Robert Maimone
Programs of The Vladimir Nielsen Foundation
With your help, it is our goal to add to our initiative, the following programs:
- Legal work for securing students and parent visas
- Student and sibling academic tuition assistance. Currently we have developed a scholarship program with the Geneva School of Manhattan
- Stipends for student and or family housing and living expenses
- Housing for student families and possible building purchase in New York City
- The purchase or provision of Steinways for students in their place of residence
- Teaching seminars, retreats and concerts hosted by the Vladimir Nielsen Foundation in the Sag Harbor home with provision for travel expenses and artist honorariums
- Festival program expansion, including competition and winter student festival, etc.
- Year round housing in the Sag Harbor facility for young piano students that are apart from their families
- Piano Pantry: an outreach program of our foundation to the community that will accept donations of pianos for the purpose of giving them to underresourced families
In 2006 we celebrated the inaugural season of the Vladimir Nielsen Piano Festival in Sag Harbor, NY, a highly selective program of the Vladimir Nielsen Foundation that provides national and international students with the highest level of musical training and individual attention in a dynamic and nurturing environment designed specifically for the purpose of meeting every need so that their musical studies may be furthered without distraction. Participants of the festival receive private lessons, attend master classes, have supervised practice sessions, participate in weekly classes in music theory and keyboard harmony, and perform in weekly concerts that are open to the public. Now entering our fifth season, the festival's four week program has included students from the Juilliard School, the Juilliard Pre-College, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Frankfurt Musicshulle (Germany) and the Shanghai Conservatory, to mention just a few.
The Vladimir Nielsen Foundation and Piano Festival are housed in a custom designed, newly built living space with state-of-the-art practice, performing, recreation, and all-inclusive living facilities where students receive uncompromised attention and care. Steinway and Sons, the official piano of the foundation and festival, provides 12 grand pianos for use each summer. In addition to weekly concerts held in the home, our students perform for audiences in such prominent locations as the John Drew Theater of Guild Hall in East Hampton, the Southampton Cultural Center, the National Arts Club in New York City, Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and Wave Hill, among others, in addition to master classes conducted by such renowned classical musicians and pedagogues as Dr. Veda Kaplinksy and Dr. Paul Schenly that are held throughout the summer. Founding Artistic Director, Ms. Victoria Mushkatkol, brings her many years of experience teaching piano and chamber music at the Juilliard School to this educational program. Named after Vladimir Nielsen, Ms. Mushkatkol's former teacher, the festival and foundation were established in the memory of this great performer and pedagogue whose profound legacy of teaching and musical thought are upheld in all our programming. In the fall of 2010, the Vladimir Nielsen Foundation celebrated the 100th Anniversary of Nielsen's birth by presenting a recital by Ms. Victoria Mushktkol in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall.
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