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Eastern Europeans dominate piano competition

July 30, 2010

Russian pianist Eduard Kunz walked away with a gold medal Sunday evening after winning the 22nd annual New Orleans International Piano Competition, hosted by Loyola University New Orleans. Kunz was one of 12 semifinalists selected from a pool of 158 applicants, representing 32 countries.

In addition to winning the gold, Kunz was awarded $15,000 and performing engagements with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra. Kunz will also present a recital at the famous Wigmore Hall in London.

For the win, Kunz performed a 50-minute recital featuring Sonata in C Major, Op. 53, Waldstein, by Ludwig van Beethoven; Evocation, from Iberia, by Isaac Albéniz; Sonata No. 3 in a minor, Op. 28, by Sergei Prokofiev; and Hungarian Rhapsody, No. 12, S. 244, by Franz Liszt.

Winning the silver medal after Sunday’s final round was Andrey Ponochevny of Belarus and winning bronze was Stanislav Khristenko, representing Russia and the Ukraine.

The 2010 NOIPC judges were Philippe Bianconi, French recording and performing artist; Louis Nagel, University of Michigan; Pamela Mia Paul, University of North Texas; Igor Resnianski, West Chester University, Pa.; and Nelita True, Eastman School of Music.

For more information, visit the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans’ website at www.masno.org or call 504-899-4826.

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