Van Cliburn Finalists

Even if you missed the live coverage, you can still catch the archived recordings from each round of the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition! Here’s a rundown of the winners:

First Prize: Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal and Van Cliburn Winner’s Cup:
Vadym Kholodenko

Second Prize: Silver Medal
Beatrice Rana

Third Prize: Crystal Award
Sean Chen

Audience Award:
Beatrice Rana

Steven De Groote Memorial Award for the Best Performance of Chamber Music:
Vadym Kholodenko

Beverley Taylor Smith Award for the Best Performance of a New Work:
Vadym Kholodenko

John Giordano Jury Chairman Discretionary Award:
Steven Lin

The Raymond E. Buck Jury Discretionary Award:
Alessandro Deljavan

Jury Discretionary Award:
Claire Huangci

Watch the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

One of my early music inspirations was the CD “World’s Favorite Piano Music” by Van Cliburn. I think because of that and because of the opportunity I had to hear him in person at the 2006 MTNA Conference, he will always have a special place in my heart. The piano competition he began in 1962 is getting ready to hold its fourteenth event.

30 of the finest pianists from around the world will be converging on Fort Worth, Texas, May 24-June 9 to participate in the competition. And the rest of us around the world are privileged to be able to tune in to watch the live webcast on the Cliburn website.

And for those who are in Fort Worth or close enough to make the drive, you should check out the wonderful free events open to the public that are being held in conjunction with the competition. If I was closer, I would sure love to get in on some of these!

The Inaugural World Pianist Invitational

Destined to take its place among the world’s premier international classical music challenge events, the World Pianist Invitational is a two-part competition.

Phase I – which officially launches this week – is an online entry activity through which aspiring competitors, aged 5-29,will submit a video recording of their classical piano performance to a blue chip panel of international judges. From those submissions – and we are capping the entries at 2,500 – five finalists across five age groups (25 performers total) will be invited to participate in Phase II – a live concert performance at the world renowned Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Washington, D.C.

Sounds like a pretty exciting new event for pianists! You can find out more on the World Pianist Invitational website.

Theta Music Winter Competition 2013 Starts Today

Theta Music, one of the best sites for on-line music theory games is commencing their 3rd Annual Ear Training and Music Theory Competition today! This is a great way for teachers and students to have some fun while building their skills. It’s a one-day competition, so sign up and start playing now for your chance to win up to a $30 Amazon gift certificate!

Happy New Year and a Special Offer!

Welcome to 2013!

It’s always exciting to start a New Year, contemplate possibilities for growth, launch new ideas in the studio, renew each student’s vision for success, and dream that maybe, just maybe, this is the year when I will become completely organized and efficient as a business owner/teacher! It’s good to dream, right? :-)

We should be back to a regular blogging schedule next week, but in the meantime I thought I would launch the New Year with a special offer for all Music Matters Blog readers. From now until January 15th, you can get $5 off any purchase in the Music Matters Blog Store! Maybe a new Practice Incentive Theme, or the 5 for Fun book of games and activities for the private piano lesson, or a beautiful and organized Book of Scales and Keys will be just the thing to jumpstart the New Year in your studio. Enter this coupon code and you’ll get $5 off your total order amount: 06PF9J98

MTNA Offers $500 Scholarship to a Teacher Pursuing RMM

MTNA recently sent an e-mail announcing a $500 scholarship to teachers interested in pursuing RMM (Recreational Music Making). If  you’re thinking about attending the MTNA Conference in Anaheim, CA next March, this would be a great opportunity to receive funding to help cover those costs!

Here’s the content of the e-mail for those who are interested:

Thanks in part to a generous grant from the NAMM Foundation, the National Piano Foundation is offering a limited number of scholarships up to $500 to MTNA-member piano teachers who are interested in and committed to learning more about Recreational Music Making (RMM), and developing an RMM program for their studio and/or their community. These scholarships are to be used for travel, lodging, membership and registration fees and other costs associated with attending MTNA’s 2013 Pedagogy Saturday event.

The RMM Teaching track at Pedagogy Saturday 2013 is an excellent opportunity for piano teachers to learn about RMM teaching, with a variety of topics and presenters. It will be held at the 2013 MTNA National Conference, at the Disneyland® Hotel in Anaheim, California, March 9.

To be considered for a scholarship, applicants:

  • Must have a minimum of two years piano teaching experience (group teaching experience preferred)
  • Must be age 21 or older
  • Must be a member of MTNA (a portion of the scholarship may be directed toward MTNA dues)
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to developing an RMM program for their independent studio or their community (in partnership with a local piano retailer, music school, senior center, or other appropriate venues.)

Scholarship applicants must submit a short application form, a resume of their teaching experience and a 500-word essay on why they want to pursue RMM teacher training and how they plan to implement a program in their local community.

The application deadline is December 31, 2012. For more information and applications, click here. You can find the application under “Quick Links” in the bottom right corner.

Happy Thanksgiving Week!

The studio is closed for Thanksgiving this week, so I’ll be taking the week off of blogging as well. Hope you all have a wonderful time of celebration and rest with your families. Here’s a video of one of my favorite songs that reminds me to have an attitude of thankfulness for the many blessings God has given me: Blessed Be Your Name by Matt Redman