Twenty-four of the world's best pianists will be in Cincinnati next week for the 2014 World Piano Competition. Designed to promote and celebrate the art of classical piano music, the competition is held annually at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and attracts applicants from across the globe. Joining us to talk about the competition are U.C. College-Conservatory of Music Director of Summer Programs Sara Danner Dukic and World Piano Competition Executive Director Mark Ernster. The Opening Draw party is Sunday, June 22 and the competition runs through June 28. For more information, go to 2014 World Piano Competition.
The Bearcat Piano Festival is coming to the UC campus starting February 6 and will feature two weeks of performances, master classes and other activities, concluding with the popular Pianopalooza concert on February 16. Two of the area’s finest pianists and professors at the College Conservatory of Music, Awadagin Pratt and Michael Chertock, are in the studio with Brian O’Donnell to talk about this mid-winter piano celebration.