Semi-finalists announced for Piano Competition

BOWLING GREEN, O.–A Bowling Green student is among the semi-finalists selected for the David D. Dubois Piano Competition and Festival at Bowling Green State University. Slated for the weekend of February 4-6 in the Moore Musical Arts Center, activities include a master class and performance by noted pianist Robert Levin.

The Dubois piano competition provides a number of scholarship opportunities for high school students to attend BGSU and encourages undergraduate piano students to develop innovative programming ideas for outreach projects in addition to allowing current students to participate in music festivals around the world.

The David D. Dubois Trust established the competition at BGSU to enhance the piano program in the College of Musical Arts.

Nineteen high school-aged pianists will compete for the chance to win one of three awards in the amounts of $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000.  The semi-final round of the competition will take place from noon-5:30 p.m. Feb. 5; the final round will run from 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 6, both in Kobacker Hall.

Semi-finalists include: Vivian Anderson, 15, Ann Arbor, Mich.; Alex Berko, 15, Solon; Meredith Bixel, 18, Bluffton; Naomi Causby, 16, Columbia, S.C.; Brooke Evans, 18, Findlay; Amy Fan, 15, Bowling Green; Danni Feng, 17, LaSalle, Ontario, Canada; Kangling Gu, 15, Troy, Mich.; Iris Jang, 16, Westerville; Arianna Korting, 16, Gates Mills; Michael Lenahan, 16, Rossford; Cathy Li, 16, Sewickley, Pa.; Heather Shen, 15, Birmingham, Mich.; Scott Sherman, 17, West Bloomfield, Mich.; Michael Tsang, 18, Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Brook Zhang, 16, Gahanna. Semi-finalists from the Interlochen (Mich.) Arts Academy High School include Ricardo Acosta Murguia, 17, Mexico; Michelle Lui, 18, Hong Kong; and Miguel Morrissey, 16, Port Charlotte, Fla.

Levin is one of America's leading keyboard players in the early instruments movement, but maintains a large repertory in all major periods and genres of piano music. He is equally at home at the harpsichord, the fortepiano, and the standard pianoforte, and as a recitalist, concerto performer, and accompanist. In addition, he is recognized as an authoritative scholar on the classical and baroque periods.

His master class will be from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Feb. 4 in Bryan Recital Hall and is open to the public, followed by a lecture-presentation on “Embellishment, Improvisation and Cadenzas in Mozart” at 4:30 p.m., also in Bryan. On Saturday, Levin will give a concert at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall as part of BGSU’s Festival Series.

For more information on the piano competition, visit http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/music/duboiscompetition. For tickets for Levin’s Festival Series performance, call 419-372-8171 or e-mail musictickets@bgsu.edu.

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(Posted January 26, 2011 )