Washington, D.C., May 16, 2014 (McKenzieNewsService.com) – Six of the world’s finest young pianists will compete for top prizes in the upcoming Washington International Competition (WIC), Sunday June 8th at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. These virtuoso artists are vying for $22,000 in award money as well as star performances at the Kennedy Center and Phillips Collection.

In its 61st year, the prestigious WIC is sponsored by the Friday Morning Music Club Foundation and is open only to pianists age 18 to 30 who are not yet under professional management. Past winners, such as Yoonjung “Yoonie” Han in 2011, have gone on to brilliant solo careers on the international stage.

Judges this year are acclaimed pianists Jerome Ross, Ilana Vered, and Ralph Votapek. Rose, with an international career spanning five continents, debuted with the San Francisco Symphony at age 15. Israeli-born Vered graduated from the Paris Conservatory at age 15 and has been heard in virtually all of the world’s major music centers. Votapek launched his career with a gold medal at the First Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1962 and has played hundreds of concerts with major orchestras worldwide.

The event is free and open to the public. Audience members also will have an opportunity to vote for an audience prize of $1,000. Tickets are available one hour before the finals at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, 2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC, from 2 to 5 pm Sunday June 8; general seating as available. For further information contact Bonnie Kellert, wicpiano2014@gmail.com.

www.fmmc.org, 202-333-2075

About the Friday Morning Music Club:
A community of music lovers and musicians, the Friday Morning Music Club, Inc., has promoted classical music in the Washington, D.C. area for over 120 years. FMMC’s public concerts—now held throughout the week—provide performing members with a host of outlets for their talents as well as delighting audiences in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia. All concerts are free and performed as a public service. Outreach recitals at senior facilities, in-home musicales, and master classes provide additional opportunities for members to explore music together without audition. The Club also fosters the development of local talent through competitions for local students and recitals by student members. Through the Friday Morning Music Club Foundation, it supports renowned international competitions for emerging professional string players, pianists, and singers, and for composers.

Bonnie Kellert



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