Sunday, July 18, 2004

World Piano Competition


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[IMAGE] Silver medalists Anastasya Terenkova of Russia (from left) and Clara Shin of South Korea with WPC founder Gloria Ackerman and Gold Medalist Ekaterina Mechetina of Russia.
(Philip Groshong photo)
The Aronoff Center for the Arts in downtown Cincinnati was the site for the World Piano Competition (WPC) that wrapped up last week. More than 150 musicians from around the globe competed for medals in this year's competition.

Founded by Cincinnatian Gloria Ackerman, the competition is in its 48th year.

The WPC consists of two separate categories: the Young Artist Division (ages 5-17) and the Artist Division

(ages 18-30).

The competition ends with a glorious concert in which the finalists in the Artist Division perform, accompanied by a full orchestra, for the title of World Piano Champion.

A gala dinner at the Bankers Club, overlooking Fountain Square, follows.

During the gala, the medalists are announced. This year's Gold Medal was presented to Ekaterina Mechetina, 26, of Russia.

Two artists received this year's Silver Medals: Clara Shin of South Korea and Anastasya Terenkova of Russia.

More than 150 guests, at $150 per ticket, attended this year's gala.




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