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Piano Competitions

Jayson Gillham Takes Gold in Montréal's Grand Prix Piano Competition

Laurence Vittes | Posted 08.06.2014 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

Jayson Gillham Takes Home the Gold. Photo by Antoine Saito The streets of Montreal these days are littered with a dazzling range of Ferraris, Bentl...

Gabriela Montero Improvising in Montreal

Laurence Vittes | Posted 07.28.2014 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

Unlike many other pianists, Montero believes that competitions build both musical and personal character. "If you want to test yourself, it can be a very quick growth spurt."

Ranking Summer's Classical Music Competitions: Cleveland Comes Out on Top

Laurence Vittes | Posted 12.23.2013 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

There's no denying the entertainment value of high-level classical music competitions. They come pre-loaded with a 24/7 soundtrack of the most 50 Shades of Grey, romantic music ever written. Sure, competitions are barbaric but so is the Super Bowl.

Cliburn: Searching for Rough Among the Diamonds

Brad Hill | Posted 07.24.2013 | Arts
Brad Hill

From a global screening, 30 competitors are selected for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas. Can the world's preeminent piano competition anoint a truly original artist?

Finals Week Opens at Indianapolis Piano Competition

Laurence Vittes | Posted 06.16.2013 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

After months of grueling rounds of the usual knuckle-grinding etudes and superhuman virtuoso showpieces, the last week began on Monday with the first of five free noontime concerts at Christ Church Cathedral across from Lilly Hall.