Keep Rolling – PianoArts Continues International Competition Free Streaming Link
After Covid-19 forced a one-year “intermission,” nine semifinalists in the PianoArts North American Competition are finally about to “virtually” perform their competition recitals. Their recitals, recorded in Shanghai, Toronto, Taipei, and across the United States, will be streamed to the public free of charge March 31–April 3.
It was March, 2020, when dozens of young pianists, ages 17-21, living or studying in America submitted videotaped performances to PianoArts’ preliminary jury, which then selected the top artists to advance to the semifinal round in Milwaukee. However, Covid-19 intervened. The live semifinals were postponed, and most competitors returned to their homes worldwide as their studies became virtual.
Now, Milwaukee audiences can join piano lovers worldwide in enjoying the semifinal recitals on the streaming link posted at www.PianoArts.org beginning at 7:00 p.m. CDT on March 31.
Over four days, competition host Aleksandra Kasman, herself a PianoArts winner, will introduce the 2021 semifinalists, the jury members, and special guests. Programs will be streamed at 7:00 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, March 31; Thursday, April 1; and Friday, April 2.
The finale, streamed at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 3, at 10:00 a.m. CDT, will feature all nine contestants performing Encore! with compositions of their choosing.
Afterwards, the decisions of the competition jury, led by Prof. Pavlina Dokovska, will announce their selections of the award winners and three finalists to advance to the concerto round with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Yaniv Dinur.
Current plans are to have the finalists travel to Milwaukee in June for live, in-person performances with the MSO. Naturally, these plans depend upon the pandemic situation at that time. Details will be announced as soon as possible.
Other special competition guests include Martha Brown, PianoArts board chair; Stefanie Jacob, artistic chair; Derek Hartman, PianoArts Fellow and master’s degree candidate at the Yale School of Music; Prof. Dokovska, concert pianist and department chair at the Mannes School of Music at The New School; and Mr. Dinur, resident conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and music director at the New Bedford (Mass.) Symphony.
The hosting segments of the competition were captured on video by Tank Think Media at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. Tank Think is also collaborating with videographers in several countries and in the U. S. to prepare the competitors’ videos that will be distributed to jury members and merged into a virtual competition for international audiences to enjoy via streaming.
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