Marianna Prjevalskaya '07MM, '10AD won the gold medal in the 2014 New Orleans International Piano Competition. In addition to a $15,000 cash award, the prize includes opportunities including a recital at London's Wigmore Hall and performance bookings with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
Prjevalskaya was the first woman to win the competition since 2005, when Tanya Bannister '01CERT took the gold. The jurors awarded Prjevalskaya the medal based on her work in three live performances during the weeklong competition, which took place in New Orleans.
At Sunday's recital, which took place at Loyola University's Roussel Hall, she performed two of Debussy's Preludes as well as Schubert's Sonata in A Major, D. 959. In Sunday's finals she faced two other pianists. Florian Feilmair, 25, of Austria was awarded the silver medal. Kenny Broberg, 21, of the United States won the bronze.
The three finalists will return to New Orleans on March 28, 2015 to perform with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Carlos Prieto. The Concerto Showcase VIII is one of the annual events sponsored by the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans, the group that directs the piano competition.