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PIANO WINNERS, 2012
18 May 2012
The American Prize

The American Prize is very pleased to announce the winners of The American Prize in Piano Performance, 2012.

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog.

Please make us aware of any misprints: theamericanprize@gmail.com

The American Prize in Piano Performance (SOLO), 2012—PROFESSIONAL DIVISION:

The American Prize winner:
Nathanael May, MO


Pianist Nathanael May has performed recitals throughout the United States and Europe, presenting research on piano music of the modern era at the World Piano Conference and the Euro-Mediterranean Music Conference, with master classes in  Turkey, Serbia, the Netherlands, and Italy. May is also the Founder and Artistic Director of the Italian soundSCAPE festival, at which over 200 new works have been premiered. He is an assistant professor at Missouri Western State University.  www.NathanaelMay.com

2nd Place:
Lara Downes, CA
WWW.LARADOWNES.COM

Ms. Downes also won a Special Citation from The American Prize. Please see below.




3rd Place:
Graciella Kowalczyk, KY

www.graciellakowalczyk.com








The American Prize in Piano Performance (SOLO), 2012—COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY DIVISION:

The American Prize winner:
Azariah Tan, MI

Straits Times music reviewer states, "Azariah will touch the lives of many people with his music  wherever he goes." The National Arts Council-Conservatory scholar, graduated from NUS with first-class honors. He holds multiple awards, has performed with world-class orchestras, in master-classes by renowned pianists like Murray Perahia, and gives back by performing for charity.
Azariah, 20, currently studies with Logan Skelton for a double Masters in Music degree at the University of Michigan under full-scholarship.

2nd Place:
Kevin Kwan Loucks, NY

www.kevinloucks.com








3rd Place:
Yuanchang Zhou, MI





The American Prize in Piano Performance (SOLO), 2012—HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION:

The American Prize winner:
Taide Ding, MS


Taide Ding is a junior at Oxford High School in Oxford, Miss. Taide began studying piano at age 4 in Tokyo, Japan, and since moving to Oxford in 2001, he has studied with Dr. Ian Hominick. In addition, Taide is a varsity athlete for the OHS swim team, an Intel International Science and Engineering Fair Grand Award recipient, as well as a columnist and reporter for OHS’s nationally acclaimed student newspaper, the Charger.

2nd Place:
T.J. Keanu Tario, NY







3rd Place:
Michael Davidman, NY


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The American Prize in Piano Performance (CONCERTO), 2012—COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY DIVISION:

The American Prize winner:
Azariah Tan, MI


Straits Times music reviewer states, "Azariah will touch the lives of many people with his music  wherever he goes." The National Arts Council-Conservatory scholar, graduated from NUS with first-class honors. He holds multiple awards, has performed with world-class orchestras, in master-classes by renowned pianists like Murray Perahia, and gives back by performing for charity.
Azariah, 20, currently studies with Logan Skelton for a double Masters in Music degree at the University of Michigan under full-scholarship.

2nd Place:
Azariah Tan, MI







3rd Place:
Kevin Kwan Loucks, MI

www.kevinloucks.com

 





The American Prize in Piano Performance (CONCERTO), 2012—HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION

The American Prize winner:
Jim Lu, UT

Jim Lu, age 16, is currently a student of Dr. Irene Peery-Fox. He has won the Utah Valley Symphony Young Artist competition twice and soloed with the symphony when he was 9 and 11. At the age of 13, Jim won the Utah Symphony Salute to Youth competition and performed Franz Liszt's Totentanz with the symphony.  He was the state winner of the MTNA competition and placed 3rd at the regional MTNA in 2010.  Jim has also placed 1st twice at the Utah State Fair musical competition and is a winner of the 2012 AFAF International Competition.

2nd place:
Jing Luo, VA







3rd place:
Michael Davidman, NY











SPECIAL CITATION: UNIQUE ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT
Lara Downes

Lara Downes has been awarded a special Citation from The American Prize, recognizing Unique Artistic Achievement, for her compact disc, 13 Ways of Looking at the Goldberg. 

Praised by NPR as “a delightful artist with a unique blend of musicianship and showmanship” and praised by the Washington Post for performances “rendered with drama and nuance”, Lara Downes has appeared on many prestigious stages, including Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, and Lincoln Center. Downes’ six solo recordings have met with tremendous acclaim. Her latest CD, 13 Ways of Looking at the Goldberg was released in Fall 2011. WWW.LARADOWNES.COM

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Congratulations to all winners and runners-up.

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Chopin: Nocturne in D flat major, op. 27, no. 2
Chopin: Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante"
Chopin: Mazurka in F minor, op. 68, no. 4
Chopin: Mazurka in A minor
Chopin: Andante spianato et grand polonaise brillante, Op. 22
Liszt: Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz no 1 for Piano, S 514 "Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke"
Liszt: Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
Liszt: Grand Bravura Fantasia on Paganini's "La Campanella", S 420
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
Granados: Goyescas for Piano, Op. 11
Chopin: Mazurka in A minor, op. 67, no. 4
Puccini: Tosca: "Vissi d'Arte"
Mozart: Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467
Granados: Goyescas: Los Requiebros
Franck: Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor, M 7
Haydn: Sonata for Keyboard no 33 in C minor, H 16 no 20
Bach: Prelude and Fugue no 3 in C sharp major, BWV 848
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Rachmaninov: Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36
Granados: Goyescas for Piano, Op. 11
Chopin: Etude Op.25, No. 11 "Winter Wind"

MICHAEL DAVIDMAN







  


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