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Loyola hosts New Orleans International Piano Competition

Loyola press release - July 19, 2010

Loyola University New Orleans is playing host to the 22nd annual New Orleans International Piano Competition which began Saturday and runs through July 25. The competition is presented by the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans, and includes a field of 12 semifinalists selected from 158 applicants, who represent 32 countries.

The semifinalists are Yue Chu, China; Yoonjung Han, South Korea; Stanislav Khristenko, Ukraine; Kimberly Kong, United States; Eduard Kunz, Russia; Alexandre Lacombe, France; Serhii Morozov, Ukraine; Heejung Nam, Canada; Sun-A Park, United States; Andrey Ponochevny, Belarus; Diyi Tang, China; and Wei Xing, China.

The competition will begin with the first semifinal round where competitors will each perform a 35-minute program. This round will take place over the course of three evenings; Monday, July 19 - Wednesday, July 21, at 7 p.m.

All 12 semifinalists will be heard again in the second semifinal round, on Thursday, July 22 and Friday, July 23, at 7 p.m., where they will each perform another 20-minute program.

Following Friday’s performances, the competition jurors will determine the three contestants who will advance to the final round, which take place on Sunday, July 25, at 2 p.m. This round will feature each of the three finalists in a 50-minute recital.

After the conclusion of the final round, the jury will confer and announce their decision on who will be the winner.

The 12 semifinalists are competing for prizes totaling more than $35,000 and for the right to perform with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra. The winner will also present a recital at the famous Wigmore Hall, in London.

The 2010 NOIPC jurors are 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.

Other events related to the competition that will also be taking place include several lectures and masterclasses, all of which are open to the public.

To view a schedule of events, order tickets or for more information, visit MASNO’s website at www.masno.org or call 504-899-4826.