A nearly full and wildly enthusiastic audience turned out for the opening 2014-2015 program of the Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation Concert Series Friday night at Coral Gables Congregational Church. Olha Chipak and Oleksiy Kushnir, 2nd prize winners of the 2003 Dranoff International Two Piano Competition, played a series of arrangements of music originally conceived for the opera, ballet and Broadway stage. Even though we only had our mobile phone for video, a professional audio engineer captured the sound. Please enjoy the selections above and below this message.
The Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition 2013 was held at the University of Miami on May 11-18, 2013. Eight duo piano teams from all over the world reached the semifinals in Miami and played for 4 days before a Jury of international judges. The fifth day, the three finalists played before the judges and full audience at the University’s Gusman Hall.
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ABOUT THE COMPETITION
The Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition cycle spans 18 months and features top scholars and performers as judges of hundreds of young artist applicants vying for cash and performance awards. Two piano artist teams must prepare four hours of repertoire for four rounds of competition.
The Dranoff Competition begins with the seating of the Competition Committee who establishes the competition rules, selects the juries and commissions a new 2 piano work from an internationally prominent composer. Competition Applicants’ first step is to a 45-minute, unedited DVD of an original audition performance. It may not be a recording of a prior performance. Winners selected from this round go on to the Regional Live Audition Rounds which take place in a music and cultural capital of the Americas, Europe and Asia. From this pool, ten teams are selected to travel to Miami for the Semi-Final and Final Rounds.
At the end of the fifth day of the Semifinals Round, the Jury Chair announces the awards for best performance of the newly commissioned work and the top three teams. These six artists then play with orchestra, competing for a First Prize of $25,000, a Second Prize of $15,000 and a Third Prize of $10,000, plus an additional Best Performance prize.
May 16, 2013
DUO YAMAMOTO WINS THE GOLD AT THE 12th DRANOFF 2 PIANO COMPETITION
Miami, FL – The jurors of the 12th Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition have awarded the Gold Prize to Duo Yamamoto. The winning duo team, sisters, Ayaka and Yuka Yamamoto, of Japan, performed Francis Poulenc’s Concerto for 2 pianos and orchestra in D minor.
The Silver Prize has been awarded to Duo Yoo and Kim of South Korea, and the Bronze Prize has gone to Duo ImPuls of Germany. The three competing teams performed with conductor Sarah Hicks and the Dranoff Competition Orchestra at the Gusman Concert Hall on the campus of the University of Miami.
The prizes awarded for Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards are $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000, respectively.
In addition to the three top prizes, three best performance prizes for selected repertoire were awarded to Duo ImPuls. They were for Gabriela Lena Frank’s Seis Cantos de los campos ($5,000,) Jerome Moross’s The Last Judgement ($5,000,) and Shelton Berg’s Mary and Martha Meditation ($2,500.)
Each day the audience in attendance for the semifinals voted for their favorite teams. The Audience Prize ($1,000) also went to Duo ImPuls.
The Dranoff International 2 Piano Foundation is generously sponsored by the Department of Cultural Affairs, Miami-Dade County, Steinway and Sons, Bacardi USA, Lufthansa, and The Betsy South