Piano Competition begins today

Pianists from 11 countries will arrive this weekend in Joplin to compete in the 12th Missouri Southern International Piano Competition April 20 – 26. The pianists range in age from 10 to 30 and come from some of the most prestigious music schools and conservatories in the world. They will compete for more than $46,000 in prize money plus a debut concert in Carnegie Recital Hall for the Grand Prize winner.

The day and evening competition rounds are open to the public free of charge, affording an opportunity to hear some of the best young pianists in the world. In addition to competition rounds, the week will include an opening concert by Nancy Weems, a master class for area Honors Audition winners, programs for area schools and programs for area school children by

pianist and lecturer Justin Kolb. The week concludes with the Gala Winners Concert at 8 p.m. on April 26. Competition rounds are open to the public free of charge. Tickets for the opening and Gala concerts are $15. Students and 60-plus seniors are admitted free to all events.

Over the years, MSIPC has grown in stature and prestige and enjoys a reputation in the music world for

maintaining the highest standards of quality and fairness.

“We have a world-class event here that truly enriches the cultural life of the region,” says Vivian Leon, competition director. “We also are honored to have such a prestigious panel of international judges.”

This year’s judges come from France, Armenia, Hong Kong and the United States.

As a non-profit organization, the MSIPC receives support from businesses and individuals in the community, as well as foundations. Many families in the area open their homes to host the competitors, providing an opportunity for cultural exchange.

For additional information and concert tickets, persons may contact MSIPC at 417-625-9755, email [email protected].