We are honored to present pianist James Dick, founder of the Roundtop Music Festival, in his first appearance here on Sunday, February 12 at 3 PM in a concert of Beethoven, Gershwin, and Ginestera. From his early years as prize winner of some of the world's most prestigious piano awards to his current successful career as an international guest artist and the founder of a distinguished musical education institute, James Dick is well known to music lovers as a man of great talent, vision and class.
"Modern Piano Playing at its Best" — New York Times
In addition to his schedule as a world-renowned guest artist, James Dick in 1971 established the Round Top Festival Institute in Round Top, Texas to nurture and incubate aspiring young musicians. The Institute (today operated under The James Dick Foundation for the Performing Arts) has grown from a handful of gifted young pianists in rented space on the town square of Round Top to a 210-acre European-styled campus where distinguished faculty each year teach nearly 100 young artists and the Festival Institute provides year-round education and performance programs for audiences.
For his work at Festival Hill and for his gifts of performance and new music to classical music enthusiasts everywhere, James Dick has received numerous honors and commendations, including the Texas Medal of Arts, the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture, and Honorary Associate of London's Royal Academy of Music.
James Dick is no stranger to accolades. From his youth, he has been recognized for his talent and for his contributions to music. He studied with noted teachers Dalies Frantz in Texas and Clifford Curzon in London. He went on to – in a single year -- win prizes in the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition (Moscow) and the Busoni International Piano Competition (Italy), and was a finalist in the Leventritt Piano Competition (New York).
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The Uptown Blanco Ballroom is home to the Blanco Performing Arts concert series, located on the west side of the courthouse square in Blanco, Texas. Find directions and parking...
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