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…
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.
Piano Slam is an annual music-based education program that brings together Dranoff’s award-winning pianists, renowned poets, and spoken word artists, and middle and high school students throughout Miami-Dade Country. Students are invited to write poetry about music and then create a “Spoken Word “ experience for a county-wide competition. Student winners perform their work in a gala concert on the John S. and James L. Knight Stage of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and are accompanied by Dranoff pianists, professional rappers, and other artists. Winners receive cash prizes and are eligible to win laptop computers. There is no fee to participate.
Piano Slam 5 will take place on Thursday, May 2, 2013, at 7:30 pm. Featured professional artists will include Marcel and Elizabeth Bergamnn, Dranoff's award-winning duo piano team, Mecca aka Grimo, known as the icon of the Hip Hop Creole movement; multi-talented Teo Castellanos, an actor/writer/director and former Executive Producer of the Miami Hip Hop Project; Summer Hill Seven, a hip-hop theatrical artist, director and educator who has been featured at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City; Shamele Jenkins, internationally recognized touring poet, spoken word artist, wordsmith, storyteller and author.
Tickets are free and available by clicking here through the Arsht Center's online ticket sales portal.