12th Dranoff 2 Piano Competition to Be Video Streamed Live on the Internet

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Viewers who wish to follow the webcasts will be able to visit dranoff2piano.org and watch from the Dranoff website. The webcast will also have social media components where viewers can post comments and questions through Twitter and a chat room.

Now everyone who has a love for the duo piano artistry, wherever they are, will have the chance to root for the favorite team and enjoy the event as if sitting in a front row seat.

The Dranoff International 2 Piano Foundation announced today that its 12th Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition from May 11th through the 16th will be streamed live over the Internet. Viewers who wish to follow the webcasts will be able to visit dranoff2piano.org and watch from the Dranoff website. The webcast will also have social media components where viewers can post comments and questions through Twitter and a chat room.

The live streaming of the Dranoff Competition has been made possible through a generous matching grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and support from Steinway and Sons, the official piano of the Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation, as part of larger sponsorships for international broadcast media, documentaries, and communications around the competition.

Gabriele Fiorentino, President of the Dranoff, said, “We are enormously excited about this opportunity to stream the competition globally via the internet. While, the Dranoff competition is an international event that takes place in Miami, most of our worldwide followers cannot attend because of the distance, time, and cost of a trip to Florida.We are extremely grateful to the Knight Foundation and Steinway for making this all possible.”

The 12th Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition, the only exclusively duo piano competition in the world that is accredited by World Federation of International Music Competitions, is scheduled to take place from May 11 through 16 at University of Miami. The four-day semi-final round will be held from May 11 through May 14 at Clark Recital Hall, University of Miami, 5501 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables, Florida. Three teams will advance to the Grand Finals which will be performed on May 16, at Gusman Hall, University of Miami, 1314 Miller Drive, Coral Gables, Florida.

The Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition is an all Steinway & Sons piano competition.

Semifinal performances will feature eight duo piano teams from seven countries. 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 (France/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 music that will be performed are duo piano works by Francis Polenc, Victor Babin, Shelton Berg, Jerome Moross, and a new commission by Gabriela Lena Frank.

Jurors for both rounds are 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; Benjamin Schwartz, Associate Artistic Administrator, Boston Symphony Orchestra; 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 schedule of performances can be found at dranoff2piano.org.

The video production and live streaming is produced by Expect A Miracle Productions.

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 Gabriela Lena Frank, 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 piano teams have the works in their active repertoire.


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