World Piano Competition draws young artists to Cincinnati

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Piano students from around the world will convene at the Aronoff Center for the Arts this week as the World Piano Competition celebrates its 55th anniversary.

The international competition will attract 157 World Semifinalists to Cincinnati in the Young Artist Division June 27-June 30 in the 2011 World Piano Competition.

The World Piano Competition in Cincinnati began in 1956 by Founder and CEO Gloria Ackerman as a competition among 12 students for a $25 prize. Since its start, an estimated 11,000 students have participated in the competition. This year's candidates range from 5 to 18 years old, representing six U.S. regions, with 20 competitors from foreign countries.

Many winners from the World Piano Competition go on to positions at prestigious musical institutions, including Julliard, the Metropolitan Opera and the Tchaikovsky and St. Petersburg Conservatories.

The competition will start 9:30 a.m. Monday-Wednesday and at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut Street.

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