From a Press Release by Rudy Arispe
Twelve pianists from the U.S., Russia, Ukraine, Israel, China and South Korea compete for the gold medal, concert performance opportunities and a $15,000 cash prize during the San Antonio International Piano Competition (SAIPC) June 5-12 at the Ruth Taylor Recital Hall at Trinity University. Admission to the competition performances and Winner’s Recital is free.
Suzan Lambillotte, SAIPC executive director, said the public can enjoy 30 hours of professional classical music through daily concerts by 12 semi-finalists, five concerts by finalists, and a final Winners’ Recital. “At the end of the competition, we will have a recital from the gold, silver and bronze medalists,” she said, adding that the event is held every four years.
The 2012 Gold Medalist Lo-An Lin of Rochester, N.Y. will give a recital at 6 p.m. June 5 as part of the opening celebration. Admission is $20 per person; $10 with student ID. She will perform Gabriel Fauré’s “Nocturne No. 6” and Robert Schumann’s “Kreisleriana,” among other pieces.
Founded in 1983, SAIPC is dedicated to providing an enriching musical experience for San Antonio and South Texas audiences while offering a challenging yet inspiring opportunity to promising young artists. Limited to pianists between the ages of 20 and 32, the SAIPC provides significant cash awards to the gold, silver and bronze medalists, who compete through a series of daily concerts given by twelve semi-finalists, five concerts by finalists, and a final Winners’ Recital. For competition performance times, visit www.saipc.org or call (210) 655-0766.
For those who can’t attend, all performances will be live streamed. “You can still watch your favorite competitors as they compete and advance to the next level,” Lambillotte said. “You can watch on your phone, Facebook live or Periscope.”
This year, SAIPC received 96 applications, more than ever before. All submitted a video online of a required performance. “They had to play repertoire from specific style periods, which was reviewed by judges,” she said.
SAIPC commissioned Texas composer Matthew Mason to produce a new work, which all 12 semi-finalists are required to learn. The world premiere of his work will then be performed by the five finalists. In addition to awards for first, second and third place, there are awards for best performance of the Commissioned Work, and of works from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th-21st century eras, as well as of a Russian work and a work by a Spanish, Latin American or Impressionistic Composer. The winners of these awards will perform at the Winners’ Recital at 3 p.m. June 12.
A Winners’ and Judges’ Reception immediately follows the Winners’ Recital at The Veranda, 1746 Lockhill-Selma Road. Cost is $50 per person. Enjoy a light buffet and meet the competitors, judges, and composer. Seating is limited, so reserve online at www.saipc.org.