iPalpiti Festival returns to Encinitas in July


From July 10-13, five young virtuoso musicians from other countries will present four concerts at the Encinitas Library, Thursday through Saturday, July 10-12, as part of the iPalpiti Artists International Festival.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m., and at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 13. The music festival starts in Encinitas with the Soloists Concerts, then the full 30-member orchestra gathers and performs in Orange County, Los Angeles and concludes with a finale performance at Disney Hall.

“Each musician is a foremost artist in their respective countries and has won a major international competition,” said Laura Schmieder, iPalpiti director.

iPalpiti Artists International was founded in 1997 by renowned violinists and music educators Eduard and Laura Schmieder. iPalpiti (pronounced ‘ee-PAHL-pit-ee’) in Italian means “heartbeat.” The nonprofit discovers and promotes talented young musicians from around the world. Each summer, 30 are selected to visit Southern California for the festival, where they perform in solo, ensemble and orchestral concerts.

The Encinitas concerts will feature Irakli Tsadaia, violinist from Georgia (former USSR); Catharina Chen, violinist from Norway; Midori Maruyama, violist from Japan; Jacob Shaw, cellist from the United Kingdom/Denmark; and Timothy Durkovic, pianist from Guatemala/USA.

All rehearsals are scheduled at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive.

Encinitas concert tickets are $15; buy them at, by calling 800-595-4849, or at the door.

For concert information, visit, or call 760-633-2746. A pre-concert reception will be on the patio overlooking the Pacific Ocean, hosted by downtown restaurants and local wineries. Visit