Piano music has always been something I could listen to for hours. This is fortunate for me because next week is the start of three straight weeks of piano events here at CCM! We kick things off with the World Piano Competition and continue the fun with our Art of the Piano workshop and concert series.
Here’s a rundown: The World Piano Competition features up and coming pianists from all over the world competing for a gold medal and prizes such as money and a New York debut recital. Last year’s winner was Marianna Prjevalskaya, who played Brahms’ Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15 for her finals performance. The 5 member jury for the World Piano Competition has been hand-selected by Awadagin Pratt, CCM Professor and Chair of the Piano department, and includes Frederic Chiu, Hee Sung Joo, Yoshikazu Nagai, Ursula Oppens, and Andrey Pisarev.
Art of the Piano is a two week intensive for piano students, giving them the opportunity to study with world-renowned pianists, including World Piano Competition jury members. The workshop features public performances of guest faculty as well as the students – giving competition audiences the chance to see jury members and possibly future WPC competitors perform! Giving young pianists the chance to learn from the best is a direct result of our close partnership with the World Piano Competition.
World Piano Competition public performances start Monday, June 23 and conclude with the finals performance on Saturday, June 28. Buy tickets for WPC events.
Art of the Piano performances include both ticketed and free performances throughout the course of the workshop. Find out more.