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Dranoff 2-Piano Competition

The Dranoff International 2-Piano Foundation and the WFMT Radio Network would like to welcome you and your listeners to the 12th Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition currently in production and will be released this fall for worldwide syndication. This four 2-hour series titled The Dranoff 2 Piano Competition: 176 Keys To The World, highlights the Dranoff International 2 Piano Foundation and its 2013 competition by following the eight top professional semifinalist piano teams from seven countries.  Spending the week in Miami from May 11th through the 16th, 2013, the teams competed for more than $50,000 in cash prizes and worldwide touring contracts.  The competition culminated in the announcement of the Gold, Silver and Bronze awards going to Duo Yamamoto of Japan, Duo Yoo and Kim of South Korea and Duo ImPuls of Germany, respectively. The program will be available for broadcast beginning November 1, 2013.

The documentary, hosted by Peter Van De Graff and David Polk, has been made possible through a generous matching grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and support from Steinway and Sons, the official piano of the Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation, as part of larger sponsorships for international broadcast media, documentaries, and communications around the competition.  Gabriele Fiorentino, President of the Dranoff, said, "We are thrilled to have our 2 piano competition as the subject of WFMT's documentary.  This program will not only show the intensely exciting and riveting highlights of the 13th Dranoff competition, it will also bring attention to how valuable and special the 2 piano repertoire is to music lovers worldwide.  We are extremely grateful to the Knight Foundation and Steinway for making this all possible."

The 4-part series was produced by Jesse McQuarters and David Polk for the WFMT Radio Network, and features performance highlights from the competition, including the Dranoff commission by American composer Gabriele Lena Frank, Seis cantos de los campos, Jerome Moross's The Last Judgement, and Shelly Berg's Mary and Martha Mediatations.  Orchestral works heard in the broadcast, conducted by Sarah Hicks and the Dranoff Competition Orchestra, are Francis Poulenc's Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra in D Minor, FP 61 and Victor Babin's Concerto No. 2 for 2 Pianos and Orchestra No.1, Op. 22.

In addition to performances from the competition, the documentary will offer insightful interviews from many of the finalist and semi-finalist teams, including Duo Yoo and Kim; Duo Yamamoto; Duo Ping and Ting (Hong Kong); Lavrova/Primakov Duo (Russia); Duo Bohemes (France/Romania) and Duo ImPuls (Germany). 

Also interviewed are the internationally respected jurors for the competition, Bernd Goetzke, Professor, Hannover Musikhochschule; Chloe Herteleer, Director of Programming for De Singel Music Complex, Antwerp, Belgium; John Perry, Professor of Keyboard Studies, Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California; Kate Monaghan, Associate Director of Programming, Lincoln Center; Benjamin Schwartz, Associate Artistic Administrator, Boston Symphony Orchestra; Volker Stenzl of the piano duo Hans-Peter and Volker Stenzl.
Other interviewees of note are Shelly Berg, Composer and Dean, U of Miami School of Music; Dennis Scholl, Director of the Knight Foundation; Aglika Genova & Liuben Dimitrov, Dranoff Artistic Directors; Gabriele Fiorentino, Dranoff President; Carlene Sawyer, Dranoff Executive Director, Gabriela Lena Frank, composer, Sarah Hicks, conductor, and Carlos Gimenez, Mayor of Miami-Dade County.

The Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition is the only exclusively duo piano competition in the world that is accredited by World Federation of International Music Competitions. It is an all-Steinway & Sons piano competition.

This mini-series is available free of charge to all affiliated stations. 

For more information please contact either Tony Macaluso at 773-279-2114, tmacaluso@wfmt.com or Estlin Usher at 773-279-2112, eusher@wfmt.com.