WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL PIANO ARTISTS COMPETITION
(Last Revision: August 16, 2014 ; further updates to follow as venues are arranged)
The 2014 Washington International Piano Artists Competition and Festival of Music began with a Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening July 30th at the Russian Cultural Center, and featured a concert by juror, David Witten, from Montclair University, with music of the Tcherepnin family and Rachmaninoff. The competition preliminary rounds took place as usual over the past 12 years at The George Washington University Music Department, which is an all Steinway music department. Semifinal is frequently held on Saturday at Kosciuszko Foundation, but this year, because we had 9 jurors, we decided to stay at the university music department. Masterclasses were offered by Raymond Jackson, Jay Gottlieb, Janice Weber, and Eric Himy. A piano marathon was held on Saturday morning at the historic Fraser Mansion near Du Pont Circle, where pianists had an opportunity to become better acquainted and to learn from each other. The final round and celebratory dinner were held in the grand ballroom of The Fairfax Hotel at Embassy Row, 2100 Massachusetts Avenue. Piano Craft company brought in the best they had, a concert grand Steingraeber & Soehne piano, manufactured in Bayreuth, which none of our competing pianists had ever played before, and to their extreme delight, found it beyond comparison!
The Washington International Piano Artists Competition is generally held annually in the third or fourth week in July. The public is cordially invited to all rounds of the competition. Several events are free and open to the public. Others are available for a nominal contribution. The WIPAC Celebratory Dinner following the last day of competition is catered and requires advanced reservation and payment. Masterclass events require a nominal audit fee at the door. Competitors are invited to submit their names on a first come first serve basis for performances in master classes. The masterclass performance fee will be $65.00 in 2015. Audit fee is $35.00. Competitors receive one free audit class with their application fee, and a CD of their preliminary round. Additional CD performances are available for a small charge by the recordist. The public is also invited to all masterclasses of the competition at the audit fee. Contributions at the door help to keep our master class fees lower for the benefit of the pianists.
WIPAC believes that pianists can benefit by receiving comments from its professional pianist jury. However, to protect their objectivity and misunderstandings which often arise from informal conversations, WIPAC believes the best forum for critical discussion is the PROFESSIONAL SETTING OF THE MASTER CLASS. Thus, we encourage pianists to seek advice in a formal and professional setting, rather than informally during the course of the competition. Notwithstanding, you will find jurors who cannot resist talking about music making and what one must do to acheive artistic success before a public audience..
WIPAC solicits membership donations in support of its mission and this competition, and relies heavily on public support to achieve its mission. Your donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Please be generous.
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