PianoArts 2014 Competition and Music Festival Set for Marcus Center, 6/5-11
lover (luv'er) n...e) a person who greatly enjoys some (specified) thing. In Southeastern Wisconsin, rock music lovers have Summerfest in Milwaukee. Chocolate lovers have Chocolatefest in Burlington. And for classical music lovers... there's the PianoArts 2014 Competition and Music Festival, set for Thursday, June 5, 2014 through Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, both in Milwaukee.
PianoArts presents this challenging international piano competition that has an equal emphasis on musical performance and articulate presentation. It addresses the belief that the coming generations of musicians need to be able to both speak about and play their music convincingly in order to deepen the audience experience and, ultimately, build audiences for classical music.
Twelve semifinalists, with hometowns as far away as Taipei, Taiwan, and as near as Madison, Wisconsin, have been selected by a distinguished jury of Anthony Padilla, Associate Professor of Music/Chair, Keyboard Department at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music; Aaron Wunsch, faculty member, The Juilliard School and Artistic Director, Music Mondays concert series in New York City; and Frank Weinstock, Professor Emeritus of Piano, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. To select the twelve semifinalists who will compete live in June, the jury listened to 40 pianists by way of 17 hours of DVD performances!
Competition Week will include six days at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, June 5-10, and the June 11 Finals and Awards Concert with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in Uihlein Hall of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. The world-renowned panel of judges includes Lydia Artymiw, University of Minnesota; Yoheved Kaplinsky, The Juilliard School, and André-Michel Schub, Manhattan School of Music and the 1981 grand prize winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.