Marianna Prjevalskaya wins World Piano Competition in Cincinnati

Posted on: July 18, 2013

In Monday’s (7/15) Cincinnati Enquirer (Ohio), Janelle Gelfand writes about the finals of the World Piano Competition held Saturday at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where three finalists performed concertos with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. “The gold medal went to [Moldovan] pianist Marianna Prjevalskaya for her searing performance of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor.” Silver medalist was Korean pianist Jin Uk Kim, 29, and Russian-Israeli pianist Misha Namirovsky, 31, won bronze. “The jury was Frederic Chiu, Stephen Prutsman, Kyung-Sook Lee, Robert Weirich and Ursula Oppens…. Early last week, an anonymous donation more than doubled the prize money for the three finalists. Prjevalskaya received $20,000, plus a New York Lincoln Center recital and a recording with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. The silver medalist received $15,000 and bronze received $10,000. … For the first time, the public could text votes for their favorite performers. American pianist Reed Tetzloff, 21, won audience choice awards for the first two rounds, and Kim was audience choice for the finals.… This was the inaugural season of a new leadership team [for the competition] headed by P&G retiree Mark Ernster. The revived competition launched a new partnership with the CSO and CCM, where events were held.”

Posted July 18, 2013