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Piano competition semifinals continue tonight

July 23, 2010

The 22nd annual New Orleans International Piano Competition, hosted by Loyola University New Orleans, will wrap up this weekend with the semifinal and final rounds. The competition presented by the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans includes a field of 12 semifinalists selected from 158 applicants, representing 32 countries.

The semifinalists are Yue Chu, China; Yoonjung Han, South Korea; Stanislav Khristenko, Ukraine; Kimberly Kong, United States; Eduard Kunz, Russia; Alexandre Lacombe, France; Serhii Morozov, Ukraine; Heejung Nam, Canada; Sun-A Park, United States; Andrey Ponochevny, Belarus; Diyi Tang, China; and Wei Xing, China.

The semifinals began Tuesday and conclude tonight Friday, July 23, at 7 p.m., in Roussel Hall. During tonight’s performance, remaining contestants will each perform a 20-minute program. The competition jurors will then select three contestants to advance to the final round, to be held on Sunday, July 25, at 2 p.m., in Roussel Hall. The finals will allow each pianist a 50-minute recital. For tickets or information, visit www.masno.org.

The 12 semifinalists are competing for prizes totaling more than $35,000 and for the right to perform with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra. The winner will also present a recital at the famous Wigmore Hall, in London.

The 2010 NOIPC jurors are Philippe Bianconi, French recording and performing artist; Louis Nagel, University of Michigan; Pamela Mia Paul, University of North Texas; Igor Resnianski, West Chester University, Pa.; and Nelita True, Eastman School of Music.

In addition to the competition, the NOIPC is offering several lectures and masterclasses, all of which are open to the public. To view a schedule of events and classes or for more information, visit MASNO’s website at www.masno.org or call 504-899-4826.

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