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Classical Music is Alive and Well at the e-Piano Competition

Posted at 5:40 PM on July 9, 2008 by Melissa Ousley (6 Comments)

The first-ever e-Piano Junior Competition is in the Semi-Final Round this afternoon at Hamline University's Sundin Hall. Beginning at noon, each of the nine remaining contestants presented a 40-minute program. Lots of Lizst, Prokofiev and Chopin. Right now, a 16 year old Frank Dupree from Germany is presenting his program which includes a solo version of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue!

At the end of today, we'll find out who the judges have selected as the five finalists. Those five will compete in the Concerto Round on Friday at noon. For this phase of the competition, they play with the Minnesota Orchestra and the performance will be broadcast live on Classical MPR. The concert is free, but if you can't make it to Orchestra Hall please join us for what promises to be an exciting live broadcast.

Find out more about this year's Jr. e-Comp at the competition website. Later this evening, they'll provide the names of the five finalists.

Comments (6)

Vladimir Levitsky was amazing!

Posted by rita | July 10, 2008 10:53 AM

Jan Lisiecki is the best !!!!!!!

Posted by krasowska | July 11, 2008 12:24 PM

I was very impressed with the competition yesterday afternoon at Orchestra Hall with the wonderful performances of the the young pianists. What an accomplished group of young people. However, I was unable to stay for the awards and can't seem to find who finally won the award. Could you please post the winners of the epiano junior competition. Thank you.

Posted by Pat | July 12, 2008 9:16 AM

My sentiments exactly (as posted by Pat abov e).
I've searched everywhere I can think of and cannot find out how the finalists ranked and who won. Also, it was my impression that last night's concert was going to be broadcast by MPR. Guess I read that information wrong? Please post the rankings and the winner....soon?

Posted by Jackie Dahler | July 12, 2008 10:19 AM

The e-piano competition was wonderful. However, I too, have searched for the names of the final winners, but can find them nowhere on the web.#
Please post.

Thank you.

Posted by jean mcintosh | July 14, 2008 5:20 AM

First Prize went to two contestants:

Frank Duepree, 16/Germany, played Tchaikovsky Concerto #1 in the Final Round
Nansong Huang, 14/China, played Rachmaninoff Concerto #3 in the Final Round

Second Prize -- not awarded

Third Prize went to two contestants:

Osip Nikiforov, 14/Russia, played Beethoven Concerto #3 in the Final Round
Jan Lisiecki, 13/Canada, played Chopin Concerto #2 in the Final Round

Fourth Prize -- not awarded

Fifth Prize: Vladimir Levitsky, 16/Russia, played Tchaikovsky Concerto #1 in the Final Round

Posted by Melissa Ousley | July 14, 2008 8:23 AM