26th New Orleans International Piano Competition Presented by the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans

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The Musical Arts Society of New Orleans presents the 26th New Orleans International Piano Competition (NOIPC) July 24-31 at Loyola University’s Roussel Hall. 12 semi finalists were selected from 186 pianists representing 28 countries from around the world.

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Presentation to 25th NOIPC winner, Marianna Prjevalskaya

The Musical Arts Society of New Orleans is proud to present the 26th New Orleans International Piano Competition (NOIPC) July 24-31 at Loyola University’s Roussel Hall. This internationally acclaimed classical piano competition has drawn 186 pianists representing 28 countries from around the world who competed in the Preliminary/Recorded Round of the 2016 New Orleans International Piano Competition (NOIPC).

The 12 Semifinalists invited to compete in New Orleans this July are:
Moye Chen, China
Scott Cuellar, USA
Christopher Goodpasture, USA
Matthew Graybil, USA
Yewon Jeong, South Korea
Wenjie Lu, China
Yejin Noh, South Korea
Kyle Orth, USA
Alexander Soares, United Kingdom
Xiaohui Yang, China
Hyun Ji You, South Korea
Re Zhang, China

Contestants will compete for cash prizes and performance fees as follows:
First Prize: $15,000

  • Recital at London's Wigmore Hall
  • Concerto performances with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra
  • Concerto Showcase featuring the 2016 NOIPC Finalists and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Solo recital on Loyola University's Montage Series
  • An exclusive one-on-one career development consultation with executive leadership at Astral Artists. http://www.astralartists.org

Second Prize: $10,000

  • Concerto Showcase featuring the 2016 NOIPC Finalists and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Solo recital on Loyola University's Montage Series

Third Prize: $5,000

  • Concerto Showcase featuring the 2016 NOIPC Finalists and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Semifinalist Prizes (9): $750

The Clarence “Pete” Wolbrette Jury Discretionary Award: $1000

The 2016 New Orleans International Piano Competition Jury includes Peter Collins - USA, Danny Driver - United Kingdom, Faina Lushtak - USA, Marianna Prjevalskaya - Spain, Nelita True - USA, and Daniel Weilbaecher, Chair - USA.

2016 New Orleans International Piano Competition Schedule of Events:
Sunday, July 24
RECITAL    Marianna Prjevalskaya, piano    4:00 PM
Monday, July 25
COMPETITION    SEMIFINAL ROUND I, day one    7:00 PM
Tuesday, July 26
COMPETITION    SEMIFINAL ROUND I, day two    7:00 PM
Wednesday, July 27
COMPETITION    SEMIFINAL ROUND I, day three    7:00 PM
Thursday, July 28
COMPETITION    SEMIFINAL ROUND II, day one    7:00 PM
Friday, July 29
COMPETITION    SEMIFINAL ROUND II, day two    7:00 PM
Saturday, July 30
N.O. Piano Institute    Showcase Recital    tbd
Saturday, July 30
RECITAL    Danny Driver, piano        7:00 PM    
Sunday, July 31
COMPETITION    FINAL ROUND    2:00 PM

For 24 years, the NOIPC had been presented annually. Starting in 2012, NOIPC became a biennial event.

This summer’s competition also includes the 36th annual New Orleans Keyboard Festival (NOKF) and the 18th annual New Orleans Piano Institute (NOPI). Since 1981, MASNO has offered a weeklong festival featuring a series of master classes, lectures, and recitals. The educational component of the keyboard festival was enhanced in 1989 with the introduction of the New Orleans International Piano Competition (NOIPC) and further enhanced in 1999 with the establishment of the New Orleans Piano Institute.

Serving again as NOPI Directors are Alan Chow, Northwestern University; Igor Resnianski, Westchester University; and Joni Jensen, Tulane University. Additional NOPI faculty members include Constance Carroll, LSU; Kevin Chance, University of Alabama; Frank Heneghan, Ireland; and Shearon Horton, Austin.

NOPI invites talented local, national and international college and high school students to New Orleans for a week of intensive classical study and performances including individual lessons and master classes with the distinguished NOPI faculty, competition opportunities, and a solo appearance on the Showcase Recital. NOPI master classes and recitals are open to the public at no charge.

Sponsors of the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans and these events include Hall Piano Company, Steinway and Sons, Loyola University, WWNO 89.9, Arts Council New Orleans, Louisiana Division of the Arts, and the Louisiana Jazz and Heritage Foundation.

All events during the week are open to the public. For ticket pricing and further Information contact Cara McCool Woolf at (504) 899-4826 (office), (504) 715-0818 (cell), director(at)masno.org , or visit the MASNO website: http://www.masno.org.

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