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Young, international musicians ready for library concert

ENCINITAS — Classical music lovers are in for a treat July 12 to July 15 when some of the world’s most gifted young musicians make their debut at the Encinitas Library for the first leg of the iPalpiti Music Festival of International Laureates. 

The concert will continue July 17 at UCLA for the first of several performances in the Los Angeles area that conclude July 28.

“To witness a iPalpiti festival is to glimpse into the future of classical music,” Jim Gilliam, Encinitas city arts administrator, said. “This past year we featured two iPalpiti artists in concert and the audience response was phenomenal. We hope the festival will have the same level of success.”

Eduard Schmieder will serve as music director and conductor for the six award-winning soloists who will be performing: Catharina Chen, violin, Norway; Marie Radauer-Plank, violin, Austria; Kian Soltani, cello, Iran; Svetlana Smolina, piano, Russia; Victor de Almeida, viola, Australia; and Maron Anis Khoury, flute, Israel.

“Maron is now the youngest member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, just as each soloist is a foremost artist in their respective country,” said director Laura Schmieder.

Schmieder explained that iPalpiti means “heartbeat” in Italian. “It symbolizes the important role music has in the hearts of all people,” she added.

Each year since 1997 when iPalpito was founded, the two-week festival has been held in Los Angeles. Gilliam said the decision to include Encinitas in the concert series has been in the works for more than a year.

“In 2010 the city of Encinitas joined the Consortium of Southern California Chamber Music Presenters based in Beverly Hills, where I met Laura Schmieder,” he said. “She and Eduard had long wanted to expand the iPalpiti festival to three weeks. After hearing about the concerts we present, they came to the Encinitas Library last July and asked if we were interested in hosting a week of the festival. I approached the Commission for the Arts who enthusiastically voted ‘yes.’”

The artists will arrive on July 11 and rehearse at the library in preparation for their first concert the following day.

“They are dedicated musicians but I can’t help wonder if Moonlight Beach might not end up as a favorite rehearsal site,” Gilliam said, smiling.

They will stay at the McNeill Guest House, one block south of the library and dine in downtown restaurants.

“The opportunity to experience Downtown Encinitas for five days will be a blast for the soloists while hearing them in concert will be a thrill for Encinitas audiences,” added Dody Crawford, executive director of the Downtown Encinitas MainStreet Association, or DEMA.

The festival is a partnership with the City of Encinitas Commission for the Arts, DEMA, Friends of the Encinitas Library and the Mizel Family Foundation Community Grant Program.

Before each concert, attendees will enjoy a reception hosted by downtown restaurants on the library patio overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Concert tickets are $10. For complete concert information, and to purchase tickets, visit Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

The Encinitas Library is at 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas.

For additional information, call (760) 633-2746 or visit

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