Pianos on the Point Faculty
Diana Fanning, pianist
Diana Fanning has toured extensively as a solo performer and chamber musician throughout the eastern U.S. and in England, France, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, the Czech Republic, Canada and Germany. After a concert in Munich in 2006, a critic wrote that “Diana Fanning stunned her listeners with the rich spectrum of subtle colors and tonal nuances she revealed. Her recital seized the audience with a veritable deep magic.” Ms. Fanning has performed on numerous occasions as a concerto soloist with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. She was featured as soloist in a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in the debut concert of the Champlain Philharmonic Orchestra and performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the CPO twice in 2009. Vermont Public Television featured her in a program of works by Scarlatti, Ravel and Chopin. Radio audiences hear her frequently over Vermont Public Radio, and she has performed live on “Morning Pro Musica” (WGBH-FM) Boston and on WNYC, New York City.
Ms. Fanning has been a guest artist with the Takacs String Quartet, the Alexander String Quartet, the Jupiter String Quartet, and with ensembles from Point Counter Point Music Camp, which she owned and directed for ten years with her husband Emory Fanning. With cellist Dieuwke Davydov, she has undertaken European concert tours which included recordings for Radio Netherlands and has issued a CD of live performances. Ms. Fanning’s CD of solo piano works by Janacek, Chopin, and Debussy received enthusiastic reviews in England and the U.S. Her principal teacher has been Ruth Geiger of New York City; she also studied at the Paris Conservatoire and at the Manhattan School of Music.
Diana Fanning has taught at Middlebury for 35 years. Her students have been accepted into the Aspen Music Festival, the Fontainebleau Music School in France, the Royal College of Music in London, the Schola Cantorum in Paris, the Hochschule fur Musik in Vienna and in Hamburg, and graduate programs at the Eastman and Hartt Schools of Music.
Michael C. Haigler, Co-Director, pianist
Born in Atlanta, pianist Michael C. Haigler has been living and working as a freelance musician in New York City since 2003. He graduated magna cum laude from the Eastman School of Music with a degree in piano performance, and also studied at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, where he was twice a finalist in the concerto competition, and also a two-time recipient of the Van Cliburn Scholarship award. In 2001 Mr. Haigler was a North American finalist in Lorin Maazel’s international conducting competition, and has also won many awards as a pianist, including the Atlanta Steinway Society piano competition, and the state and regional divisions of MTNA’s Yamaha Competition. Currently Mr. Haigler serves as Music Director at Christ Church in Oyster Bay, Long Island, home to the Christ Church Festival Orchestra with which he has conducted Requiems by Mozart, Fauré, and Brahms, and symphonies such as Mendelssohn’s
Italian, Beethoven’s Ninth, and Mahler’s Resurrection, in addition to performing as pianist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Schubert’s Winterreise, Brahms’s Liebeslieder Waltzes, and many others. He also serves as conductor and Artistic Director of the Hudson Valley Chorale, associate conductor of the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble, assistant conductor at the Bronx Opera. Other conducting credits include Atlanta Opera, the Sarasota Pops Orchestra (FL), Sarasota Opera, Virginia Opera, Knoxville Opera (TN), the Opera Company of Brooklyn, the Cartersville Opera (GA), and Festival 56, Illinois’ largest summer theater festival, of which is the founding music director.
Arielle Levioff, Co-Director, pianist
Described as “elegant” by Steve Smith in the New York Times, Arielle Levioff has established herself as a unique and versatile artist, in demand both as a soloist and collaborative pianist. She has appeared as a soloist in some of New York City’s most prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall and Alice Tully Hall; performed at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, the French Embassy in Washington D.C., and abroad in London, France and Italy. Ms. Levioff’s concerto engagements include the Lower Merion Symphony (Gladwyn, PA), the Goliard Chamber Orchestra (Queens, NY), the Astoria Symphony (Astoria, NY), the Christ Church Festival Orchestra (Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY), the Seniors Orchestral Society of New York, and the Rapides Symphony Orchestra (Alexandria, LA). Ms. Levioff was a finalist in the 2009 Sorel Medallion Competition in Collaborative Piano and in July 2010 was invited by the Sorel Foundation to join the coaching staff at the Daniel Ferro Vocal Festival in Tuscany. From 1999 to 2009 Ms. Levioff was the principal pianist of Goliard Concerts, an organization dedicated to community outreach and the commissioning of new ensemble works by young composers. Starting in 2005 she served as Goliard’s artistic director, overseeing several tours of the Southeastern United States with performance sites in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North & South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Ms. Levioff received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and has attended prestigious summer festivals including the Tanglewood Institute, the Cleveland Orchestra’s Kent/Blossom Festival and the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France. She has served on the piano and chamber music faculties of the 92nd Street Y School of Music in Manhattan since 2005, and teaches piano and “The Art of Listening to Music” for the 92 Street Y’s Himan Brown Senior Program. She is also the faculty pianist and music director of the Point CounterPoint Adult Chamber Music program, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at Stony Brook University as a student of Gilbert Kalish.