PMF Founded by Leonard BernsteinPMF MUSIC PARTNER Summer 2018
Thank you for another successful summer! PMF 2018 featured 40 concerts between July 7 and August 1, in Sapporo, Greater Hokkaido, Hiroshima, and Tokyo, reaching 34,700 listeners. We are grateful to each of them, and to each of you! Your continued support, even from afar, is vital to our continued success. We are already hard at work preparing for next summer - PMF’s 30th anniversary! - and we look forward to sharing the process with you.
Thank you for another successful summer!

PMF ON DEMAND High-definition audio & video from PMF 2018!

Once again this year, high-definition audio and video from PMF 2018 will be available to stream online - for free! Highlights of 4 concerts will be online for 4 months, from September through December, all on PMF ON DEMAND:

[HD audio] PMF Mt. Moiwa Concert Chamber music by Beethoven, Reger, and Mozart [HD video] PMF Orchestra Concert < Program A > Mahler (feat. Rinat Shaham) and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, led by Principal Conductor John Axelrod [HD audio] PMF Orchestra Concert < Program B > Bernstein’s Fancy Free and Symphony No. 2 “Age of Anxiety” (feat. Andrew Tyson), led by Guest Conductor Edwin Outwater [HD video] PMF Orchestra Concert < Program C > Verdi and Mahler’s Symphony No. 7, led by Artistic Director Valery Gergiev
PMF Orchestra Concert

Relive these once-in-a-lifetime performances, or experience them for the first time, in HD formats that are almost like being there!

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vol. 13 World Voice − comments from PMF alumni currently on the world stage

Around 3,500 young musicians from 76 countries and regions of the world have attended PMF. World Voice is a place for PMF alumni to share their thoughts on the festival’s past, present, and future.

Keith Buncke
(PMF 2014)
Principal bassoon,
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
copyright Todd Rosenberg

What was your impression of PMF when you passed the audition and attended the event as an Academy member, and what do you remember the most about your time at PMF?

I remember that live auditions were held every year at the music conservatory I attended, the Curtis Institute. So many of my friends and fellow students took the audition for PMF. Also my teacher, Daniel Matsukawa, was and is a faculty member there. So there were all these connections to PMF, and it was easy for me to apply. I remember most vividly the experience of listening to and getting to play with the outstanding faculty. I think that’s a unique element of PMF, especially the fact they get faculty and artists from America, Europe, and Asia. That exposed me to many different styles of playing. I got to play Johann Strauss with players from Vienna, as well as Stravinsky Pulcinella with American faculty. And of course, getting to share great music, food, and conversation with inspiring peers.


A quarter-century after the founding of PMF in 1990, there are now around 3,500 alumni worldwide. What impact does PMF have on your current musical life?

I made some lasting connections with other students as well as faculty at PMF. It was the summer just before starting my first orchestral job with the Atlanta Symphony. I was excited yet anxious, and attending PMF helped me gain more experience playing orchestral and chamber music, and learn by example from the seasoned professionals there.


PMF will continue to foster young musicians and offer the inspirational power of music to a broad, global audience, passing on founder Leonard Bernstein’s vision, contributing to the classical music culture of the world, and thereby to world peace. What kind of festival would you like to see it become?

I would love to see PMF’s digital presence continue to expand; live streams of concerts, recitals, and otherwise. I think people all over the world would be eager for this, and I think it’s important for any arts organization in our increasingly digital age. In addition, I think it would be great to see masterclasses held by the faculty artists. Again, I think students and musicians all over are always eager for this kind of information and education.

Keith Buncke, bassoon
Keith Buncke began his tenure as principal bassoon of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in July 2015, having been appointed by Music Director Riccardo Muti. He previously served as principal bassoon with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, a post to which he was appointed in 2014 while still attending the Curtis Institute of Music.

At the age of eleven, Keith Buncke heard a recording of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no. 1, with prominent parts for the oboe and bassoon, and was immediately struck by the sound of the double-reed instruments, favoring the bassoon in the end. Growing up in Portland, Oregon, he went on to study at the Interlochen Arts Academy. His major teachers include Daniel Matsukawa, Dr. Eric Stomberg, Mark Eubanks, and Lyle Dockendorff. He was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival and has participated in the Pacific Music Festival, as well as the Marlboro, La Jolla, and Sarasota festivals, and the Music Academy of the West. He has also taught and given master classes at Aspen, Interlochen, and is an adjunct faculty at DePaul University.

Other interests
I love connecting with nature whenever I can. I think that was one great aspect of spending time in a beautiful place like Sapporo. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, skiing is one of my favorite activities ever. Hiking is also one of my favorites. On a more regular basis I enjoy working out, hot yoga, and other things that help me feel like a human! I also try to stay intellectually curious, musically and otherwise.

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