After two canceled years, we are back for Mayfest 2022 with a star-studded list of international guests shaping a musical journey to places we have dearly missed.  It will be a festive reunion of intimate music-making.  We hope you can join us!

Miri Yampolsky and Xak Bjerken, Directors

Mayfest was founded in 2007 by Cornell pianists Miri Yampolsky and Xak Bjerken. You can find programs since the beginning of the festival here in our archive. Every year, by the time winter, has truly turned to spring, this chamber music festival brings a range of international guest artists to Ithaca. Come join us!

Friday, May 20th, Barnes Hall, 7:30 pm

Creston Saxophone Sonata (BanksBjerken)

Songs by Ruth Crawford Seeger, Jihyun Kim, Charles Ives, Jesse Jones, and

Margaret Bonds (UpshawBjerken)


Lutoslawski Dance Preludes (HaleviYampolsky)

Brahms C Major Piano Trio (BraunsteinPlesserYampolsky

Saturday, May 21st Barnes Hall, 7:30 pm

Bach Flute Sonata, BWV 1034 (SchwarzmanYampolsky)

Hugo Wolf Italian Serenade (SchwarzmanBraunsteinWangHaines-Eitzen)

Steven Stucky Scherzino/Bedard Fantasie (BanksBjerken)


Songs by Alma Mahler (UpshawYampolsky)

Zemlinsky Clarinet Trio, op. 3 (HaleviPlesserBjerken)

Sunday, May 22nd, Lincoln Hall, Room B20, 3 pm

Kodaly Serenade for two violin and viola, op. 12 (BraunsteinGellevWang)

Bartok Contrasts, Sz. 111 (GellevHaleviYampolsky


Beethoven Violin Sonata in G Major, op. 96 (BraunsteinYampolsky)

Selections from John Novacek’s Four Rags for Two Jons (HaleviBjerken)

Monday, May 23th, Moakley House, 7:30 pm

Kodaly Cello Sonata, op. 4 (PlesserYampolsky

Trio set (UpshawDivallBjerken)

Julius Röntgen, Der Schlaf (from Lyrische Gänge)

Lili Boulanger,  Reflets  

Henriëtte Bosmans, Arietta  

Paul Hindemith, Gute Nacht (from Die Serenaden)

Johannes Brahms, Die ihr schwebet (op. 91 no.2)


Shostakovich Preludes, arr. for violin and piano (GellevBjerken) #’s 10, 15, 13, 24, 6, 21, 3, 11, 20

Schoenberg First Chamber Symphony, arr. by Webern  (SchwarzmanHaleviBraunsteinPlesserBjerken)

Tuesday, May 24th, Barnes Hall, 7:30 pm

Songs of John Dowland arr. for string quartet and voice (UpshawGellevWangDivallHaines-Eitzen

Schumann Piano Quartet, op. 47 (BraunsteinWangPlesserYampolsky)


Mendelssohn Viola Quintet, op. 87 (BraunsteinGellevWangDivallPlesser