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Loyola plays host to international classical piano competition

Loyola press release - July 18, 2011

Twelve of the world’s best young classical pianists will converge on the Loyola University New Orleans campus July 24-31 for the 23rd annual New Orleans International Piano Competition. The competition, held in Rousell Hall in Loyola’s Communications/Music Complex, features young artists between the ages of 14 and 18, and boasts a $5,000 grand prize for the winner. Loyola professor of piano John Murphy, D.M.A., is one of the three judges for the prestigious competition.

The week-long event is presented by the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans, hosted by Loyola and sponsored by Hall Piano and Steinway and Sons of New York. The competition features performances by some of the best young classical pianists in the world and also provides a unique educational offering for up-and-coming musicians.

“The competition events are in the evening, but about 12 years ago we started The Piano Institute, which is the educational component to the event,” said MASNO Executive and Artistic Director Daniel Weilbaecher. “We bring in around 30 junior high, high school and college age pianists from around the world to get private lessons, perform, attend master classes and lectures during the day and then attend the concerts at night. It’s been very popular. We have an unbelievable amount of talented kids coming to Loyola from all over the place.”

The semi-finals begin Monday, July 25 and conclude Friday, July 29. All semi-final performances take place at 7 p.m. in Rousell Hall, with the finals scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 31.

Master classes and lectures are free and open to the public. Tickets for evening performances are available for $15 to $30 at the ticket box office or by visiting www.masno.org.