Scavenger Hunt

We’ve prepared a short scavenger hunt around to help you get to know the site! Answer these three questions for a chance to win a CD by one of the past Cincinnati World Piano Competition jury members!

1. Who is the Volunteer Coordinator?

2. Name a 1979 medalist.

3. Who is playing at an event on November 5, 2014?

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Inspiring Performances at Carnegie

A note from Mark W. Ernster, Chief Executive Officer
On Saturday, October 4th, the Cincinnati World Piano Competition presented 29 talented young musicians in their Carnegie Hall debuts.
These young people were medalists in the 2013 Young Artist Division competition held in Cincinnati, and this recital was the big payoff for a lot of hard work. On the stage, their continued growth was apparent and impressive – it was a rainy day in New York City, but the music making truly brightened the day.
2014 Artist Division finalist Reed Tetzloff was in attendance, as were fans of the Cincinnati World Piano Competition from as far away as Denver! The gentleman from Colorado that I spoke with was so excited to share that seeing so many talented pianists in one performance in such a famous hall was on his bucket list. Weill, one of the most storied halls in all of New York, was buzzing with excitement as player after player stepped on stage, gave a big smile, and played honestly and with energy.
Events like these remind me of why the Cincinnati World Piano Competition is not only important for our community, but important for young people across the United States. These young people are role models, and they are going out into the world spreading the good word of the Cincinnati WPC.

Weill… was buzzing with excitement

It was an inspiring day to be sure, and I want you to be a part of these events as the Cincinnati World Piano Competition becomes a big part of even more young people’s lives. To find out more about how you can support the Cincinnati WPC’s community and educational efforts, please visit today.
- Mark W. Ernster, Executive Director

CCM Presents a Joint Recital by Faculty Artists and Naumburg Gold Medalists Soyeon Kate Lee and Awadagin Pratt on Oct. 11

Originally posted on THE VILLAGE NEWS BLOG:

CCM faculty artists Soyeon Kate Lee and Awadagin Pratt. Photo by Andrew Higley.

CCM faculty artists Soyeon Kate Lee and Awadagin Pratt. Photo by Andrew Higley.

CCM proudly presents a one-of-a-kind joint piano recital featuring faculty artists and Naumburg International Piano Competition Gold Medalists Soyeon Kate Lee and Awadagin Pratt at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11. The performance will also serve as the CCM debut for Lee, who joined the faculty in August as an Assistant Professor of Music in Piano.

In existence since 1926, the Naumburg Competition is one of the most distinguished competitions in the world. Lee took first prize in 2010. Pratt, an Artist-in-Residence, Professor of Piano and Chair of the Department of Piano at CCM, took the first prize in 1992.

CCM’s Naumburg Gold Medalists Piano Recital will provide a rare chance for piano lovers to hear two Naumburg Gold Medalists perform together in the stunning Robert J. Werner Recital Hall. Lee and Pratt will present a…

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Undeniably, Unforgettably Moved by Music

Guest blog post by Reed Tetzloff

2013 Artist Division Semifinalist
2014 Artist Division Finalist

The French writer Léon Bloy once said, “Man has places in his heart which do not yet exist, and into them enters suffering, in order that they may have existence.”  During my adolescence, a symphonic masterpiece which moves from deep suffering to glorious redemption engendered one of those places in my heart.

We’ve all played Beethoven’s Ode to Joy – on the recorder in third grade – and I even witnessed a lady humming it as she left the polling place one Election Day, with made-up lyrics that clearly hinted at her candidate.  In preparing to write this blog entry, I was asked to think of some of my earliest memories of concert-going, but I could barely think past the frigid February evening in 2006 when I heard the Minnesota Orchestra play the real thing, the great Ninth Symphony.  I was already fourteen, and had been playing the piano for almost ten years, but it was the first time I was undeniably, unforgettably moved by music.  It’s as if that experience divided my musical memory bank in half: before the 9th and after.

it was the first time I was undeniably, unforgettably moved by music.

I sat in the third row, right behind Minnesota’s beloved conductor, Osmo Vanska, who led a performance both crisp and immense.  I was stunned by the sweeping first movement, the high-voltage Scherzo, an Adagio like the embrace of God, and, of course, the famous choral finale which breaks free of the world.  From that night on, I have tried to somehow chase after that experience in my own studies and the way I approach music.  The goal is elusive, perhaps never completely attainable, but the pursuit of it is forever rewarding.

About Reed

Reed Tetzloff made his Lincoln Center debut at Alice Tully Hall in 2011 and has been presented at the Kaufman Center’s Merkin Concert Hall in a solo recital debut in 2012. Past orchestral engagements include performances with the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, Mississippi Valley Orchestra, and the Minnesota Orchestra. He has given solo recitals in the United States, as well as at both the China Conservatory of Music and Peking University in Beijing.

Mr. Tetzloff has taken first prize in the Beijing International Music Festival and Academy Concerto Competition, the American Protégé and Bradshaw and Buono Competitions, as well as and the silver medal in the Schimmel International Competition. He has appeared on NPR’s From the Top, and has had performances aired on Minnesota Public Radio and WQXR New York.

Changes Ahead

We have exciting news to share: the World Piano Competition will now be known as the Cincinnati World Piano Competition. The Artist division will now happen once every three years (competition to be held in 2015). Young Artist and Amateur competitions will be held between Artist Division competitions. This article by Janelle Gelfand at the Cincinnati Enquirer has more details.

Next year’s competition will be structured very differently.”

- Mark Ernster, Executive Director

There is so much more in store for the Cincinnati World Piano Competition, stay tuned!

Sharing My Music

Guest Blog post by Hanqing ChangChang, Hanqing

2013 Artist Division Semifinalist
2014 Artist Division Competitor

Being a part of various World Piano Competition events has been my pleasure. WPC has different kinds of events for different communities and through this, I’ve been given opportunities to share my music with other people. The audiences are always really great; they love the music a lot and they have the passion about the music.

When I played at Maple Knoll Village, a Cincinnati-area retirement community, the audience loved my performance. They had a lot of interesting questions about the music and my background and I really enjoyed performing for them.

I’ve been given opportunities to share my music with other people

The Bach Beethoven Brahms performance (now known as Hammers, Strings & Keys) is one of the most special events I have ever attended. That was my first time to play a recital for an audience of kids only, and hundreds of them were there. They absolutely loved the music. Will White (CSO Assistant Conductor) and I introduced different composers from different time periods and the kids were so engaged. They liked the composers from the classical period quite a bit!

I hope the WPC will continue to grow and give artists more chances to share our music with people who really love it.

About Hanqing

Hanqing Chang started playing the piano at the age of 4 and began her formal music education at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music at age 12. She received a Master of Music from from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Music Arts at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Ms. Chang has won several piano competitions, including First Prizes at the College-Conservatory of Music Piano Concerto Competition, 3rd Wiesbaden International Piano Competition, as well as Second Prize in the Asian Youth Music International Competition.

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