International piano competition set for June
By Carol Chroust
CINCINNATI — Southwest Ohio will soon be blessed with the most talented pianists on the planet competing in the Cincinnati World Piano Competition.
The event will be held June 7-13, in Corbett Auditorium, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Now in its 59th year, pianists from all over the world, including Spain, Russia, South Korea, Ukraine, China, Australia, Belarus, Armenia and the United States, compete in the annual event. Achieving the international level of piano competition requires decades of dedication, practice, stamina, strength, perseverance, sacrifice, expense and tremendous talent.
In 2013, the World Piano Competition Inc. joined with University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. The powerful musical triage infused the competition with new fervor and drew much deserved attention to the stellar event.
The pianists will compete in preliminaries, semi-finals and finals. The preliminaries and semi-finals will be ongoing throughout the day and evening. The format was revamped and the competition will be similar to sports competitions, with pianists competing head-to-head for their place in the finals.
In the final round, three finalists will perform a concerto with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. A prestigious panel of judges will award gold, silver or bronze medals and $45,000 in prize money. The winner will receive a New York City debut.
Carol has been a writer for local, regional, state and national publications for more than 30 years. She and her husband, Jim, reside in Wilmington.