Twenty-six young, world-class pianists from across the globe have been competing this week in the inaugural Midwest International Piano Competition. Iowa Public Radio speaks with the founders of the competition, Dmitri Vorobiev and Sean Botkin. Hear the two University of Northern Iowa Piano Professors describe the origins of this inaugural event as they give us a peek behind the scenes.
The week-long event, which kicked off last Sunday, features students from eleven different countries competing in two different age categories. It culminates at 5 p.m. this Saturday with the final round of the senior division. Iowa Public Radio’s Jacqueline Halbloom and Al Schares will be there to broadcast the event live, presenting each of the three finalist’s one-hour solo recital with an encore, from the stage of the Great Hall at UNI’s Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center in Cedar Falls. The Midwest International Piano Competition winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize, as well as a CD recording with the Blue Griffin label, a concerto performance with the wcfsymphony on November 1, 2014, and an optional 2-year professional management contract with Heartland Concert Artists.
The finals concert for the junior category begins at 2 p.m. Friday, June 6 at $10 a ticket. The finals concert and receptions for the senior category begins at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 7 at $25 a ticket. Tickets are available by calling 319-273-4TIX or at www.uni.edu/tickets. The finalists for the Junior Category have been selected and are listed below by performance time.
Finals in the Junior Category
2:30 pm William YANG
3:10 pm Christopher Son RICHARDSON
4:10 pm Derek CHUNG
4:55 pm Mayuki MIYASHITA
7 pm Yinuo WANG
7:50 pm Jacob Wang
8:40 pm Michael LU