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Van Cliburn amateur winners. (Items of Interest).

Three top amateur pianists were selected in Van Cliburn Foundation's 3rd International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs. The competition was held at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, June 3-8, 2002.

Victoria Bragin, a chemistry professor from Barboursville, West Virginia, and Michael Hawley, director of special projects at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, tied for first place. They each received $2,000 from Steinway & Sons, a competition sponsor; a pair of tickets and Official Guest status for the finals of the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2005; and a recital engagement in Washington, D.C., sponsored by The Smithsonian Associates. Second prize, a $1,000 award, went to Paul Romero, a CD-ROM game composer from Los Angeles. There was no third place.

Designed to encourage and recognize the importance of music making, both off and on stage, this event features pianists above age 35 whose principal source of income is not derived from piano performance or teaching piano. The seventy-five competitors from Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and twenty-four states throughout the United States were selected out of 130 applicants.

In addition to Steinway & Sons, other sponsors were The Pangburn Foundation and Bank One, Trustee.

For more information contact the Van Cliburn Foundation at 2525 Ridgmar Blvd., Ste. 307, Fort Worth, TX 76116; (817) 738-6536; fax (817) 738-6534;;
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Publication:American Music Teacher
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Date:Aug 1, 2002
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