Valentina Lisitsa

The iPalpiti festival: 20 years of peace through music

The iPalpiti festival: 20 years of peace through music

Inside Laura Schmieder’s Century City office are posters from several years of the iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates, the annual showcase for young-adult musicians she and her husband, Eduard, founded 20 years ago.

She points to one poster for the showcase concert of the 2005 festival at Disney Hall. On it are photos of the iPalpiti orchestra; Eduard Schmieder, who is the orchestra’s conductor and music director, and a young man in dark glasses, a long black coat and what appear to be snakeskin-print pants.

"That's Cameron," she says. As in Cameron Carpenter, the star organist that Times music critic Mark Swed has called “astoundingly original” and...

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