Feb. 16, 2005
Internationally acclaimed pianist Dr. Jack Winerock will be the featured adjudicator for the Morningside College Young Artist Piano Competition held Friday, March 4, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Eppley Auditorium. The public is invited to attend the competition. There is no admission charge.
The Morningside College Young Artist Piano Competition takes place concurrently with the Iowa Piano Competition sponsored by the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra (SCSO). The Morningside event is designed to showcase the very finest high school pianists in the area and to provide educational experiences, performance opportunities, cash awards, and substantial scholarships for piano study at Morningside College.
Ten high school pianists from the three-state area will compete for cash prizes of $300 for first place, $200 for second, and $100 for third, as well as a chance to perform with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra.
Competitors will also have the opportunity to participate in a master class with Dr. Alan Chow, associate professor of piano at Northwestern University in Chicago, Ill., on Saturday, March 5, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at Eppley Auditorium. Music educators and students as well as the general public are encouraged to attend both the Friday and Saturday events to witness master piano teachers at work.
Winerock has received national and international acclaim as a teacher, clinician, adjudicator, and performer. His students have won prizes in national and international competitions including the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Poland, the Music Teachers National Association, and the Johanna Hodges International Piano Competition.
As a performing artist, Winerock received second prize in the 1976 International Bach Competition. That same year he made his orchestral debut with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and in 1979 made his New York debut at Alice Tully Hall in the Lincoln Center. Since that time he has received yearly invitations to perform in Europe, South America, China, and Japan.
Winerock received his undergraduate and master’s degrees at The Juilliard School of Music and his doctorate from the University of Michigan. He has served as a visiting professor at the Chopin Academy in Warsaw, Poland, the Herzliya Conservatory in Israel, and at Middlesex University in London, England. He is currently professor of piano at the University of Kansas.
Chow graduated from The Juilliard School of Music and is a Steinway artist, which recognizes high musical performance achievement of musicians around the world. He has performed solo recitals and in concert with orchestras across the United States and in Asia, including the Lincoln Center in New York City, the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., the Utah Symphony, the Tulsa (Okla.) Philharmonic, the Kansas City (Mo.) Symphony, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic.
Chow won first prizes at the Concert Artists Guild International New York Competition, the UCLA International Piano Competition, and the Palm Beach Invitational Piano Competition. He was a silver medal winner and selected as audience favorite at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition.
For more information on any of the events, contact the Morningside College music department at (712) 274-5210, or the office of Public Relations at (712) 274-5320.