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LPO joins piano competition winners at showcase at Loyola

Loyola press release - March 25, 2015

A pair of events at Loyola University New Orleans this weekend will give fans of classical piano the opportunity to hear from several preeminent young classical pianists.

On Saturday, March 28, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto will join finalists from the 2014 New Orleans International Piano Competition at the Concerto Showcase VIII. The event at Loyola is presented by the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans. It begins at 7:30 p.m. in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall on Loyola’s main campus. Tickets start at $20 and are available at lpomusic.com or by calling 504-523-6530. Competition winners include gold medalist Marianna Prjevalskaya, who made her solo debut at the age of 9 and has since won top prizes at more than 20 international piano competitions; bronze medalist Kenny Broberg, who has worked with and/or had masterclasses with some of the world’s great artists, including Abbey Simon, Alessio Bax, Arie Vardi, Bernd Goetzke and Menahem Pressler; and silver medalist Florian Feilmair.

Feilmair will give a solo piano recital the following day, Sunday, March 29 at 3 p.m., also in Roussel Hall. Tickets for the recital, part of the Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series at Loyola, are $10 for general admission and $5 for students, which can be purchased here.

“Subtlety and nuances,” “sparkling lightness and sovereignty” are just some of the attributes that critics ascribe Feilmair. Born in 1989, he has already won an impressive number of significant awards, including the Klassikpreis.Österreich award for his interpretation of Beethoven's “Piano Concerto No. 3” with the Mozarteum Orchestra in the Gradus ad Parnassum competition. In 2011 he won the New Star piano competition in Wernigerode (Germany), 2013 third prize at the International Piano Competition Prezzo Silvio Bengalli in Val Tidone (Italy) and the second prize at the Concurso Internacional de Piano XXVII Cidade Ferrol (Spain).

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