Composing for the Competition has been gratifying for me as I envision each of the teams honoring every note they play.
Miami, Florida (PRWEB) April 30, 2013
A new work by Gabriela Lena Frank, commissioned by the Dranoff International 2 Piano Foundation, will receive its world premiere performances during the semi-final round of the 12th Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition May 11 through May 14. Titled “Seis Cantos de los Campos” (Songs from the Countryside), Frank’s piece comprises six movements and is part of the required repertoire for the competition. The semi-final rounds will take place at Clarke Recital Hall at the University of Miami, 5501 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables, Fla. Tickets to the semifinals and the Grand Finals concert on May 16 at 7:30 pm at University of Miami’s Gusman Concert Hall 1314 Miller Drive, Coral Gables, are available at http://dranoff2piano.org or by calling the Dranoff Box Office at (305) 572-9900.
The Dranoff Foundation commissions a new work for each cycle of its two-piano competition fulfilling its intent to augment the two-piano repertoire. Frank joins a distinguished and varied Dranoff roster of composers that includes Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, John Corigliano, Morton Gould, Lowell Lieberman, and Paul Schoenfield, among others.
Eight duo piano teams will perform Frank’s piece. Bacardi U.S.A., Inc., the United States import and distribution arm of one of the world's leading spirits and wine producers, is sponsoring a special prize of US$5,000 for the best performance.
The teams are Aventure Piano Duo (Russia); Duo Yoo and Kim (South Korea); Duo Yamamoto (Japan); Duo Ping and Ting (Hong Kong); Lavrova/Primakov Duo (Russia); Duo Bohemes (Romania), Julia Getallo and Alexander Andreev Duo (Russia); and Duo ImPuls (Germany).
Reflecting on her work, Ms. Frank said, “I am very excited to create this new work for the Dranoff Competition. It has given me the opportunity to explore the relationship of duo pianos, integrating their individual expression into a single piece. At the same time, I have considered the unique musicality of each of the competitors. The six cantos (songs) give them challenging yet appealing elements to let them reveal their virtuosic and musical personalities. Composing for the Competition has been gratifying for me as I envision each of the teams honoring every note they play.”
Carlene Sawyer, Executive Director of Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation, noted, “Joining an illustrious roster of major composers, Gabriela Lena Frank is the first world renowned woman composer to create a new commission for the Dranoff Competition. We recognize the profound quality of her work and feel she is adding an important new addition to the two piano repertoire.”
Aura Reinhardt, Vice President of Corporate Relations with Bacardi USA said, “Bacardi U.S.A. has a long-standing commitment to the performing arts in South Florida and our local communities. It is our privilege and pleasure to provide the prize for best performance of Gabriela Lena Frank’s new work. Bacardi shares so many similarities with the Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation; it is only natural that we support them. We are two respected brands headquartered in Coral Gables offering the highest standards of what we create. We look forward to a rewarding relationship.”
A native and current resident of Berkeley, CA, Gabriela Lena Frank is currently composer-in-residence of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and has served as the Creative Advisor to the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra since 2009. Her work has been commissioned and performed by many major ensembles including the Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco Symphonies, the Kronos and Emerson Quartets, Chanticleer, and Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project. A CD of her complete works, titled Hilos, was released on the Naxos label in 2011. The recording broke into Billboard's top 100 Classical Recordings and was nominated for a 2012 Grammy Award in the category of Best Small Ensemble Performance.
Frank has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a Latin Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Music Composition, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a United States Artists Fellow award. She is a board member of the American Music Center and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan.
Eight duo piano teams from seven countries have advanced to the semi-finals of the 12th 2 Piano Competition. The teams are Aventure Piano Duo (Russia); Duo Yoo and Kim (South Korea); Duo Yamamoto (Japan); Duo Ping and Ting (Hong Kong); Lavrova/Primakov Duo (Russia); Duo Bohemes (Romania), Julia Getallo and Alexander Andreev Duo (Russia); and Duo ImPuls (Germany). These teams were selected from live auditions in December which took place in Hannover, Germany; Beijing, China; and Chicago, IL, USA.
The four-day semi-final round will take place from May 11 through May 14 at Gusman Hall at the University of Miami, 1314 Miller Drive, Coral Gables, Florida. Three teams will advance to the Grand Finals which will be held on May 16, also at Gusman Hall. Jurors for both rounds are Benjamin Schwartz, Assistant Artistic Administrator, Boston Symphony Orchestra; Bernd Goetzke, Professor, Hannover Musikhochschule; Chloe Herteleer, Director of Programming for De Singel Music Complex, Antwerp, Belgium; John Perry, Professor of Keyboard Studies, Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California; Kate Monaghan, Associate Director of Programming, Lincoln Center; Volker Stenzl of the piano duo Hans-Peter and Volker Stenzl; and Wu Ying, Professor and Dean of the Piano Department of Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
The Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition cycle spans 18 months and features top music professionals and performers as judges of young artist applicants vying for cash and performance awards. Artists must prepare four hours of repertoire for four rounds of competition. Awards include a First Prize of $25,000, a Second Prize of $15,000 and a Third Prize of $10,000, plus additional prizes of $5,000 each for the best performance of the Competition's newly commissioned work and the best performance of a new two piano orchestration of a work by the late American composer, Jerome Moross. Non-cash prizes will include a brand new artist website designed by the award-winning firm, Marketorum, and career planning with music professionals.
Formerly known as the Murray Dranoff Foundation, the Dranoff International 2 Piano Foundation was established in 1987 by the late 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 two-piano repertoire and artists, assist with young artist career development, and contribute to the community through innovative outreach programs.
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. Piano Slam, initiated in 2009, is a multi-media poetry contest for middle and high school students that emphasizes the beauty of the two piano art form and encourages Miami-Dade’s teens to experience the excitement of creating art through poetry, dance, and music. Piano Slam is produced in collaboration with Miami-Dade County’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.
The Dranoff International 2 Piano Foundation is generously sponsored by the Department of Cultural Affairs, Miami-Dade County, Steinway and Sons, Lufthansa, and The Betsy Hotel, Miami Beach.
About 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 Greater 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 city of Miami.
Formerly known as the Murray Dranoff Foundation, the Dranoff International 2 Piano Foundation was established in 1987 by the late 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 principle 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 take significant steps toward sustaining and expanding the quality of 2 piano repertoire. For each competition cycle, an internationally recognized composer is commissioned for a new work required in the semi-final round. The award-winning composers commissioned thus far include Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Marcel Bergman, William Bolcom, John Corigliano, Morton Gould, Fred Kaufmann, 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. First, the Dranoff actively adds to the growth of the 2 piano repertoire at the highest level and second, it ensures that the music is heard by facilitating their post-competition performance as ten piano teams have the works in their active repertoire.
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. While they were well received by the community, the Dranoff leadership did not feel they accomplished enough.
In 2009, Piano Slam, was organized and presented as a multi-media poetry contest for middle and high school students. It was clear that Piano Slam was a better fit for the Dranoff mission. Piano Slam not only emphasizes the beauty of the 2 piano art form, but it also motivates 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. Now in its fifth year, 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 has included high-profile community members, such as the basketball’s Miami Heat, as well as 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 two- piano repertoire.
The Foundation is currently preparing for the 2013 Competition, so as composer Gabriela Lena Frank, who has been commissioned to write the new piece for the semi-final round. More than 50 teams worldwide are expected to compete in the December 2012 preliminary rounds, which take place in Hannover, Germany; Beijing, China; and Chicago, Illinois, USA.
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