Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Young Performers Competition Returns to A&M-Kingsville Campus

KINGSVILLE - March 25, 2009

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361.593.4143

The Music Club of Kingsville will hold the Isabel Scionti Piano Solo and Piano Concerto Competitions Thursday-Saturday, April 2-4, on the campus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville. 

This is the 28th year of competitions presented by the Music Club, as part of its Young Performers Competitions series. Assistance for the event has been provided by the Texas A&M-Kingsville music department.

Young pianists under the age of 26 will compete for more than $24,000 in prizes.

The schedule for this free event, open to the public, is as follows. All events listed take place in the Frank C. Smith Recital Hall of the Bellamah Music Building:

            Thursday, April 2
            9 a.m.-6 p.m.: Senior Piano Solo Contest
            7:30-9:30 p.m.: Junior Piano Concerto Contest

            Friday, April 3
            9 a.m.-2 p.m.: Senior Piano Concerto Contest
            3:30-4:30 p.m., 7:30-8:45 p.m.: Junior Piano Solo Contest

            Saturday, April 4
            9-10:15 a.m.: Senior Piano Solo Contest Finals
            10:30 a.m.-noon: Junior Piano Solo Contest Finals
            1-2:15 p.m.: Senior Piano Concerto Contest Semi-Finals
            2:45-4:15 p.m.: Junior Piano Concerto Contest Semi-Finals
            7 p.m.: Final Piano Concerto Contest among junior and senior winners

The Festival de San Miguel del Allende will award performance prizes to concerto finalists. The highest-ranking winner will receive cash prizes totaling at least $6,000.
In addition to the first, second and third place prizes in each contest category, numerous special prizes are offered contestants. These prizes include two Isabel Scionti Piano Solo Awards of $1,000 each; the Judge Woodrow Laughlin Memorial Award of $500 for outstanding piano concerto performance; and the Texas Performer’s Prize of $500 for an outstanding performance in the final competition by a resident of Texas.

Forty-three young musicians have been chosen to participate.  Contestants represent 23 music schools and 11 foreign countries.  The youngest contestant of the group is 11 years old.

Widely recognized professional pianists make up the collection of judges.  They include Thomas Hrynkiw, Jerome Lowenthal and Jorge Luis Prats.

For further information about the competitions and a schedule of contest events call 361-592-2374.

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