Genova and Dimitrov Open 12th Dranoff 2 Piano Competition Season

Internationally-acclaimed Piano Duo Perform March 8 at University of Miami

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Genova and Dimitrov Piano Duo

Miami, Fla. (PRWEB) February 11, 2013

The Genova-Dimitrov Piano Duo, artistic directors of the 12th Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition, will be featured in recital on March 8, at 8 pm, in the University of Miami’s Gusman Hall, 1314 Miller Drive Coral Gables, FL. The concert is the inaugural program of the 12th Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition and will feature works by Debussy, Saint-Saëns, Prokofiev, Anton Arensky, and Richard Rodney Bennett. Tickets, priced at $35/$5 (students), are available by calling (305) 572-9900 or go to http://www.dranoff2piano.org.

A pre-concert presentation hosted by international radio and television classical music personality and Dranoff Artistic Advisory Board Chairman Martin Bookspan will feature pianist, composer, and scholar Sheldon Berg. Berg, Dean of Music at University of Miami, will discuss his composition Mary and Martha Meditation, which will be performed as a required work for the 12th Competition in May. The pre-concert presentation will begin at 6:30 on the Gusman Hall stage.

The international concert career of the Genova-Dimitrov Duo began by their winning virtually all of the world’s major duo piano competitions, including the Dranoff 2 Piano Competition, ARD Music Competition in Munich, Tokyo Piano Duo Competition, and Bellini Music Competition in Italy. Since then, they have performed at many of the major concert halls of Europe, North and South America, Asia, and Africa. They have also appeared as guest artists with the Beijing and Moscow Symphonies, Munich Radio and Sofia Philharmonics, the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony, and the NDR Hamburg Radio Choir. The duo has released eight CDs on the CPO label, including world premiere recordings of piano duo works by Shostakovich, Johann Christian Bach, Muzio Clementi, Pancho Vladigerov, and Robert Casadesus.

Both Aglika Genova and Liuben Dimitrov are of Greek origin and were born in Bulgaria. They serve on the faculty of the Hannover State University in Germany and were awarded German citizenship by the German federal government for their exceptional artistic achievement. For more information on the duo, go to http://www.genova-dimitrov.info

The Dranoff International 2 Piano Foundation was established in 1987 by the late duo pianist and educator Loretta Dranoff, in memory of her husband and performance partner. She sought to invigorate international interest in two-piano repertoire and artists, assist with young artist career development, and contribute to the community through innovative outreach programs. The centerpiece of the Foundation is the Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition, which takes place for the twelfth time this year. In 2004, the Foundation increased its activities beyond the competition to include free community and in-school programs. Piano Slam was initiated in 2009 and is a multi-media poetry contest for middle and high school students that emphasizes the two piano art form and encourages Miami-Dade’s teens to experience the excitement of creating art through poetry, dance, and music.

12th Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition Inaugural Concert
featuring:

  • Genova-Dimitrov Piano Duo
  • Aglika Genova, piano
  • Liuben Dimitrov, piano

March 8, at 8 pm
University of Miami
Gusman Hall
1314 Miller Drive
Coral Gables, Florida

Debussy - En blanc et noir

Saint-Saëns - Variations on a Theme by Beethoven, op.35

Anton Arensky - Suite No.2, op.23, Silhouettes

Richard Rodney Bennett - Lilliburlero Variations

Prokofiev - Cinderella Suite (arr. A. Gotlieb)

Ticket Prices:
General Admission: $35; VIP: $75; Students: $5; $5 Student tickets are also available through CultureShockMiami.com
For complete information about the Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition season or to buy tickets by phone, call (305) 572-9900 or visit online at Dranoff2Piano.org.

Artists’ Bios
Aglika Genova and Liuben Dimitrov
Artistic Directors
12th International Two Piano Competition

The international concert career of the Genova and Dimitrov duo began with winning all the major piano duo competitions, including the ARD Music Competition in Munich, the Dranoff 2 Piano Competition in Miami, the Tokyo Piano Duo Competition and the Bellini Music Competition in Italy.

Since then, the duo has performed at many of the major concert halls of Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa. The artists have appeared with, among others, the orchestras of the Munich Radio Philharmonics, the Bulgarian National Radio symphonies, the NDR Hamburg Radio Choir, Sofia Philharmonic, Beijing Symphony, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the Cape Town Philharmonics and the Polish Chamber Philharmonic, under conductors such as Eiji Oue, Ari Rasilainen, Hannu Lintu, Emil Tabakov, Alun Francis, Toshiyuki Kamioka, Leos Svarovsky, Robin Gritton and Alexander Rudin.

Named "Artists of the Year, 2001," Genova & Dimitrov have released eight CDs on CPO including world premiere recordings of piano duo works by Shostakovich, Johann Christian Bach, Muzio Clementi, Pancho Vladigerov and Robert Casadesus.

Both artists were born in Bulgaria of Greek origin. They have been playing piano since the age of five, and made their orchestra debuts at the age of nine. They studied solo piano with Prof. Ganev at the Music Academy in Sofia and duo piano with Prof. Vladimir Krainev, whom they consider their mentor, at the Hannover State University. In 2005, Genova and Dimitrov served as the youngest jurors at the ARD Competition in Munich and in 2008 at the International Piano Competition in Almaty. Since 2009, they have been appointed Directors of Piano Duo Studies at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media. In 2010, the two pianists were appointed Artistic Directors of the Dranoff International Two Piano Competition in Miami. And a short time later, they founded the «Young Music Elite» concert series in Auetal. In 2011 they established the piano duo forum of the world’s leading piano training center under the heading «Twin Pack Piano».

The artists give master classes worldwide, as e.g. the annual Piano Duo Academy in Cloister Michaelstein (Blankenburg/Harz, Germany) in January. The similarities between them reach far into their past: Aglika Genova and Liuben Dimitrov both began piano lessons at the age of five, and as 9-year-olds, both had their first public appearances as soloists with orchestra. During their soloist training at special music high schools for highly talented youngsters, and then at the Sofia Conservatory with Julia and Konstantin Ganev each won multiple prizes at international competitions. Following the personal invitation from their mentor, the legendary pianist Vladimir Krainev, they finished their post-graduate studies in his class at the Hanover University of Music.
For their exceptional artistic achievements, the Artists were awarded the German citizenship by the Federal Government.

Today Genova and Dimitrov live in Hanover, Miami, and Sofia.

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About The 12th Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition
The 12th Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition will be held in Miami, Florida in May 2013. Eight semifinalist teams from six countries will arrive to compete in semifinals from May 11 through May 14, 2013. The Grand Finals will be held on May 16, 2013. All competition performances will be held in Gusman Hall, University of Miami in Coral Gables.

The Dranoff Competition begins with the seating of the Competition Committee who establish the competition rules, select the juries and commission a new 2 piano work from an internationally prominent composer. Competition Applicants’ first step is to submit a 45-minute, unedited DVD of an original audition performance, which may not be a recording of a prior performance. Winners selected from this round go on to the Regional Live Audition Rounds which took place in Chicago, Beijing, and Hannover for this competition..    

At the end of the fifth day of the Semifinals Round, the Jury Chair announces the awards for best performance of the newly commissioned work and the top three teams. These six artists then play with orchestra, competing for a First Prize of $25,000, a Second Prize of $15,000 and a Third Prize of $10,000, plus an additional Best Performance prize.

About The Dranoff International 2 Piano Foundation
For 25 years, the Dranoff International 2 Piano Foundation has been the world’s leading champion of two-piano repertoire and artistry. Located in Florida’s Miami-Dade County, it is one of the area’s few performing arts organizations whose activities span the globe and create recognition abroad for the Miami region.

Formerly known as the Murray Dranoff Foundation, the Dranoff International 2 Piano Foundation was established in 1987 by the late duo pianist and educator Loretta Dranoff, in memory of her husband and performance partner. Loretta and Murray were a highly sought after piano team from 1946 to 1973, performing as Steinway and Columbia artists. In forming the Foundation, Loretta sought to invigorate international interest in 2 piano repertoire and artists, assist with young artist career development, and contribute to the community through innovative outreach programs.

Since its inception, the Foundation’s principal agenda has been to sponsor a 2 piano international competition for young, professional musicians. Competitions currently take place every four years. First ($25,000), Second ($15,000), and Third ($10,000) Prizes are awarded as well as two $5,000 prizes that recognize the finest performance of a particular piece. Winners also receive assistance with securing concert engagements. The past 11 competitions have produced over 30 winning duos, hailing from more than 30 countries. In 1999, the Dranoff became the only international competition exclusively dedicated to 2 piano artistry and repertoire to be accredited by the World Federation of International Competitions.

In conjunction with the competition, the Foundation also endeavors to sustains and expands the quality of 2 piano repertoire. For each competition cycle, an internationally recognized composer is commissioned to create a new duo piano work which is required to be performed by all teams in the semi-final round. The award-winning composers commissioned thus far include Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Marcel Bergmann, William Bolcom, John Corigliano, Morton Gould, Fred Kaufman, Michel Legrand, Lowell Liebermann, Robert Xavier Rodrigues, Ned Rorem, and Paul Schoenfield. Through these commissioned works, the Dranoff makes two highly significant contributions to the world of music, adding to the growth of the 2 piano repertoire at the highest level and ensuring that the music is heard by a wide audience. The commissions have been made possible through the generosity of Alvin Perlman and his family as well as other funders.

In 2004, the Foundation increased its activities beyond the competition. Noting the need for substantially greater emphasis in arts learning and activities in the Miami-Dade public schools, the Foundation developed free community and in-school programs.

In 2009, Piano Slam, was organized and presented as a multi-media poetry contest for middle and high school students. Piano Slam furthers the Dranoff mission by emphasizing the beauty of the 2 piano art form, as well as motivating Miami-Dade’s students to experience for themselves the excitement of creating art through poetry and having the chance to perform it with professionals on the area's premiere concert stage, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Thousands of students are vying to be among the fifteen winners who will receive $100 in prize money with one middle school student and one high school winning an additional $500 and a laptop computer for their performances as Best-in-County.

The gala multi-media concert includes high-profile community members, such as basketball’s Miami Heat, as well as past Dranoff Competition winners. Over 1,500 student entries have been received each year from more than 62 schools. The Foundation has also presented public concerts for the past eight years to expose south Florida audiences to the Dranoff and its laureates, and to gain wider support for 2 piano repertoire.

The Foundation is currently preparing for the 2013 Competition as is composer Gabriela Lena Frank, who has been commissioned to write a new piece for the semi-final round. Eight teams from six countries will come to Miami in May hoping to leave with the coveted grand prize of $25,000.


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