History of the Maui Classical Music Festival
The Kapalua Music Festival was founded in 1982 by Maui visionary Colin Cameron and his wife, Margaret, with Yizhak Schotten and Katherine Collier as Music Directors. The Kapalua Music Festival, held annually at the Kapalua resort, reorganized after 14 years, following the passing of both Camerons. The Festival changed its name to the Maui Classical Music Festival, became a non-profit organization and began performing in historically recognized churches on the island of Maui.
The Festival is a top musical experience for classical music in the Islands. World-renowned musicians gather in a tropical setting of unparalleled beauty to create a program of wide appeal from the Baroque period to Twentieth Century works. To date, more than 390 musicians from the United States and 21 foreign countries have performed in the Festival. Distinguished ensembles, winners of international competitions, recording artists, illustrious soloists, principal chairs of some of the major orchestras of the world, and famous crossover musicians have performed at the Festival
Esteemed ensembles that have appeared at the Festival include the Tokyo, Shanghai, Ying, Formosa, Amernet, and Jupiter String Quartets, the Gryphon Trio, and the Fine Arts Brass Quintet. Gold Medal pianists Jon Kimura Parker, Wu Han, Ralph Votapek, Jose Feghali, Anton Nel, and Philip Bush have performed. Included are world-renowned violinists Joshua Bell, Andres Cardenes, Cho-Liang Lin, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Ilya Kaler, Ani Kavafian, Nick Eanet, Scott St. John, Emanuel
Borok, Arnaud Sussmann, and Benny Kim, among others. Famous cellists have been David Finckel, Steven Kates, Leslie Parnas, Steven Doane, Norman Fischer, Andres Diaz, Godfried Hoogeveen, David Requiro, Anne Martindale Williams, Edward Arron, Desmond Hoebig, and Ronald Thomas. Double Bass players Edgar Meyer and Harold Robinson, harpist Heidi Lehwalder, banjo player Bela Fleck, and prize-winning guitarists Ricardo Cobo, Dusan Bogdanovic, David Leisner, and Kevin Gallagher have appeared. Wind players have included David Shifrin, Eddie Daniels, Daniel Gilbert, Michele Zukovsky, Jim Walker, Lorna McGhee, Leone Buyse, and William Ver Meulen.
Over the years the Festival has received extensive coverage in national newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the New York Times, the Hawaii newspapers, and travel and airline magazines. Feature articles written about the Festival have appeared in important musical publications such as Musical America, Chamber Music America, and American Record Guide.
Katherine Collier and Yizhak Schotten, Music Directors
Husband and wife team Katherine Collier, pianist, and Yizhak Schotten, violist, have been directing festivals and music series for over thirty years. In 1978, they founded the prestigious Linton Music Series in Cincinnati, Ohio. On Maui in 1982, they met Colin Cameron and his wife, Margaret, and began the Kapalua Music Festival, now the Maui Classical Music Festival. In 1983, the couple also founded the Festival Internacional de Musica Classical in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and the Belle Arte Concerts in Bellevue, Washington. In 1994 this musical team was appointed Music Directors of Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where they served for fifteen seasons.
The mission of the Maui Classical Music Festival is to enrich and educate Maui's community by presenting renowned musicians to perform the highest quality chamber music, to build a growing audience of multi-cultural citizens of Maui, other Hawaiian Islands and visitors, and to provide outreach educational programs.
Board of Directors
• Tom Jezierny, President
• Jeff Alfriend, Vice President
• BK Griesemer, Secretary
• Philip Brown, Treasurer
• Colleen O'Shea Brady
• Keith Epstein
• Joan Hayden
• Judy McCorkle
• John Oliver
• Carolyn Schaefer
• Kent Stewart
• Colleen Welty