Hilton Head Young Artists International Piano Competition is Days Away

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Hilton Head Islander Calendar of Events lists piano competition as highlight of March Events for Lowcountry Activity.

“It’s going to be a thrilling week of incredible music by remarkable young pianists from all over the world,” says Mona Huff, Competition Director.

The biggest event on the island next month, coming up March 4 - 9.

It’s going to be a thrilling week of incredible music by remarkable young pianists from all over the world.

Hilton Head Islander’s calendar of events cites the Young Artists International Piano Competition as the biggest event on the island next month, coming up March 4 - 9, at First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. Twenty of the world’s best pianists, ages 13 – 17, will compete in three rounds of competition for $11,000 in cash prizes, a Summer Music School Scholarship, and a return performance with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, plus other performance opportunities.

“It’s going to be a thrilling week of incredible music by remarkable young pianists from all over the world,” says Mona Huff, Competition Director. “Their astounding musicianship and level of maturity belies their young age.”

This is the 18th year of the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, which alternates the age group eligible to compete between 13 - 17 year-olds in odd years and 18 - 30 year-olds in even years. The competition for the older competitors started in 1996 and the winners’ prizes have increased to $35,000 in cash with the first place winner receiving engagements including a recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City along with a return performance with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra.

It takes about 200 island residents help to make the competition a success by volunteering for the many necessary jobs involved, including: acting as host families for competitors and judges, offering their homes, pianos, transportation, and time. Audiences come from all over the country and many from Canada to listen to these pianists and in years’ past, the final round has been sold out.

Three judges chose the final 20 competitors who will perform Round I on Monday and Tuesday, March 4 - 5, from 1:30 - 9:10 p.m, and Round II on Wednesday and Thursday, March 6 - 7, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:35 p.m. Five judges come from as far away as Shanghai, China, will determine the five finalists, who will play one movement from a concerto with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, March 9, at 7 p.m., then choose the winner at the end of the performances. Tickets can be purchased for any of the rounds via http://www.hhipc.org

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