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Marianna Prjevalskaya wins New Orleans International Piano Competition

prjevalskaya-webMarianna 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. MORE

Published August 19, 2014
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Pianist’s journey takes her from Moldova to Maryland

By Janelle Gelfand

Marianna Prjevalskaya didn’t expect her name to be called as a semifinalist at the World Piano Competition on Tuesday night.

“It was a nice surprise because the cut was so big. I didn’t expect anything,” she said. MORE

Published July 11, 2013
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Marianna Prjevalskaya wins prizes at Panama International Piano Competition

Marianna Prjevalskaya ’07MM, ’10AD just won Second Prize and Audience Prize at the Panama International Piano Competition. First Prize was not awarded.

As the winner of the competition, she performed Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54, with the National Symphony Orchestra after the award ceremony.

The competition, which takes place every two years at the Teatro Nacional in Panama City, was held October 16–23, 2012. The event is open to candidates of all nationalities between the ages of 18 and 30. MORE

Published October 26, 2012
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Recordings from alumni

Marianna Prjevalskaya ’07MM produced a CD of a piano recital as part of her award for winning the first prize at the Jaen International Piano Competition in Spain in May 2011. The disc features Haydn’s Andante and Variations in F minor, sonatas of Scarlatti, Schumann’s Sonata in F-sharp minor, and Jose Zarate’s Aurgitana.

John Gilbert ’83MM was one of three featured soloists in a recording of 20th-century concerti released on the Sonoluminus label in late September. A violinist, Gilbert was joined by cellist George Work, pianist Dmitri Shteinberg, and the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra in music by Kurt Weill, Jaques Ibert, and Alban Berg.

Ian O’Sullivan ’11MM has recorded a CD of new Hawaiian music for classical guitar. In addition to recording his own music, O’Sullivan commissioned new pieces from several other Hawaiian composers. His original music wasrecently used in a Hawaiian Airlines in-flight video.

Derek Bermel ’89BA collaborated with the chamber ensemble Alarm Will Sound on the album Canzonas Americanas, scheduled for release in November on Canteloupe Records. Since 2009, Bermel has been the Artist-in-Residence at the Institute for Advanced Study Princeton’s noted community of scholars.

Published October 15, 2012
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Marianna Prjevalskaya wins Jaén Piano Competition

Marianna Prjevalskaya ’10AD has won the first prize at the 53rd Jaén International Piano Competition in Spain. The final round took place May 6, 2011 at the new Infanta Leonor Theatre of Jaén, with the City of Granada Orchestra directed by Stamatia Karampini. The jury, headed by the Spanish concert pianist Begoña Uriarte, included musicians from five different countries. Prjevalskaya performed Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11. The first prize winner receives 20,000 euros, a diploma and gold medal, the recording of a CD with Naxos, and a six-concert tour of Spain and the United States. Prjevalskaya, born in Moldavia in 1982, has been a resident of La Coruña since 1992; she is the thirteenth person from Spain to win the competition.

Tatiana Dorokhova, from Russia, won the second prize, while the third prize was awarded to the Italian Viviana Pia Lasaracina. The three winners received their awards in a ceremony at the new Infanta Leonor Theater. The 53rd edition of this competition boasted 46 pianists from 20 different countries. The contest is considered one of the most prestigious in Spain. MORE

Published May 12, 2011
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More success from YSM pianists

Fernando Altamura (photo by David Fung)

Fernando Altamura ’11MM won third prize in the Concurso Internacioal de Piano / First International Piano Competition of Santa Catarina, Brazil. Prizes were awarded in a ceremony on July 10 at the Governador Pedro Ivo Campos Theater.

Andrea Lam ’04CERT is the winner of Astral Artists‘ national search competition.

Astral Artists is a nonprofit classical music organization that aims to discover the most promising classical musicians residing in the United States, assist their early professional career development, and present their artistry through concerts and outreach programs.

Incoming student Kuok-Wai Lio ’12 has been newly signed to Opus 3 Artists. He will study with Peter Frankl and Boris Berman.

Six Yale pianists, both current students and alumni, passed the preliminary rounds in the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition and will compete for prizes in Warsaw this October:

Shih-Wei Huang ’11MM

Sheng-Yuan Kuan ’05MM

Hanchien Lee ’05MM, ’06AD

Esther Park ’12AD

Marianna Prjevalskaya ’10AD

Yury Shadrin ’08MM

Published July 22, 2010
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Piano alumni find success in summer competitions

Several students and alumni of the Yale School of Music’s piano department have enjoyed success in prestigious international competitions this summer.

Ilya Poletaev ’03MM, ’04MMA, ’10DMA (far left in photo) has just won the first prize for piano at the Seventeenth International Bach Competition in Leipzig, Germany.

Forty-seven pianists took part in the competition, which also offered categories for violin and cembalo. The event is open to musicians between the ages of 16 and 32.

Marianna Prjevalskaya

In June, Marianna Prjevalskaya ’10AD won the bronze medal in the Fourth Sendai International Music Competition, held in Sendai, Japan.

Listen to streaming audio of Prjevalskaya’s performances HERE.

Lindsay Garritson ’10MM and Esther Park ’12MM also participated in the competition; streaming audio of Garritson’s performance is available HERE, and Park’s is available HERE.

Yunjie Chen, an incoming student in the Artist Diploma program, earned fourth prize at the Gina Bachauer International Artists Competition, held June 16-July 1 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Published July 21, 2010
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Marianna Prjevalskaya ’10AD wins Jose Roca International Piano Competition

prjevalskaya_marianna_webAt the Jose Roca International Piano Competition in Valencia, Spain last November, Marianna Prjevalskaya won a first prize by a unanimous decision of the jury.

Prjevalskaya is currently a student of Boris Berman in the artist diploma program at the Yale School of Music. She is a laureate of many international piano competitions, such as the Paderewski International Piano Competition, the Young Artists Piano Competition in Hartford, Seoul International Piano Competition, Jose Iturbi International Piano Competition in Valencia, and the Ferrol International Piano Competition, among others. Marianna has performed with the Galician Symphony Orchestra, Valencian Symphony Orchestra, Korean Symphony, Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic Orchestra, Rzeszow Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra of Moldavia. Marianna has appeared at festivals and in venues such as Salzburg Festival at the Grosser Saal of the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Festival Russo at the Academia Santa Cecilia of Rome, Bologna Festival, Norwich and Norfolk Festival in the UK, Teatro Goldoni in Florence, Chopin Museum in Palma de Mallorca, Steinway Hall, Weill Recital Hall, and Yamaha Artists Services Piano Salon in New York. She has given recitals in cities such as Palermo, Warsaw, Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow, Dudley and London. Marianna has participated in the European Piano Forum in Berlin and in summer academies at the Salzburg Mozarteum, Euro Arts Music Academy in Leipzig, and Holland International Music Sessions. MORE

Published January 4, 2010
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