iPalpiti Festival returns for Encinitas concert series

Returning to Encinitas in July is the world-famous iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates. Its artists will perform classical solo, ensemble and orchestral concerts in the community room at the Encinitas Library and at San Dieguito Academy.

It is the city’s most prominent music festival, bringing young, virtuoso artists to the beach town for rare performances in an intimate setting with the ocean view as a backdrop.

This is the fourth year that iPalpiti has chosen Encinitas as its summer venue outside of Los Angeles, and unlike in previous years, this season of live performances spans a two-week period from July 9 through July 18.

The artists are some of the nation’s top-ranked, award-winning musicians. This summer, 25 international laureates will arrive in Los Angeles from 22 countries including Azerbaijan, Ecuador, Spain, Norway, Finland, Turkey, Italy, Denmark, Germany and Brazil.

There will be five soloist concerts at the library on four consecutive evenings beginning at 7:30 p.m. July 9 through July 12, and on July 15. Each one will be different, said Jim Gilliam, City of Encinitas Arts Administrator.

Soloists are violinists Kreeta-Julia Heikkilä from Finland and Yury Revich from Austria; violist Midori Maruyama from Japan; cellist Francisco Vila from Ecuador; and pianist Svetlana Smolina from Russia.

The first week of soloists is followed by a week-long residency, with the entire orchestra rehearsing at the library for a free grand finale performance of the “Fun for All Community Concert.” That will be held at San Dieguito Academy amphitheater at 4 p.m. July 18.

“It is their way of saying ‘thank you’ to the community of Encinitas for being such welcoming hosts,” said Gilliam.

The public can get a sneak peek at the artists as they rehearse at the library for this concert. These free public rehearsals will be held twice a day, from 10 a.m through noon, and 2 p.m. through 5 p.m. July 13 through 17.

Making the festival possible is the nonprofit iPalpiti Artists International, founded in 1997 by Eduard and Laura Schmieder, internationally renowned violinists and music educators.

With the support of renowned adult musicians, iPalpiti discovers and promotes talented young professional artists from around the globe and is dedicated to their artistic career advancement. The organization also promotes peace and understanding through music.

iPalpiti (pronounced ee-PAHL-pit-ee) is Italian for “heartbeats” and alludes to music being the pulse of the soul. The iPalpiti Orchestra, founded by Schmieder in 1991, became the flagship ensemble of iPalpiti Artists International.

Its humanitarian mission of cultural exchange created a universal network of more than 200 artists from all over the world, promoting cultural understanding through music.

Each summer, iPalpiti brings 25 to 30 of these exceptionally gifted professional musicians to its home base in Los Angeles. Encinitas is the kickoff for the annual California festival.

The musicians, often referred to as the “Musical Peace Corps,” have been honored with more than 100 international competition awards and are internationally recognized for their performances in Japan, Israel, Holland, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy and more.

“Classical music is the spiritual factor which brings people together and unites them irrespective of religion and culture, appealing to sublime senses,” stated Schmieder.

Visit and click on the Arts link, then follow links for information on the soloists and their repertoires and to purchase tickets.

Individual concerts are $15 each or a festival pass may be purchased for $70. The “Fun for All Community Concert” at San Dieguito Academy is free; musical selections will be announced from the podium. Bring blankets and low-backed chairs. Visit to learn more about iPalpiti.