Cincinnati Symphony looks to help revitalize World Piano Competition

Posted on: March 6, 2013

In Sunday’s (3/3) Cincinnati Enquirer, Janelle Gelfand writes, “For aspiring pianists who spend much of their life in practice rooms preparing for a big break, entering a top-notch competition can propel their careers into a higher arena. Winning a major prize can mean instant stardom. A new partnership aims to restore glory to the half-century-old World Piano Competition, and make Cincinnati a destination for the world’s top piano competitors. A former Procter & Gamble executive with a passion for the piano, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati have joined forces to enhance the World Piano Competition, with the intent of transforming it into a high-profile international summertime event. The Cincinnati-based competition, founded by Gloria Ackerman in 1956, will have a new venue, an acclaimed jury, a doubled operating budget, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as its resident orchestra when the competition returns in July. … Finalists in the Artist Division (contestants ages 18 to 32) will perform with the Cincinnati Symphony in Corbett Auditorium.”

Posted March 6, 2013