Feb. 28, 2006
Julian Martin, pianist and faculty member at The Juilliard School in New York, N.Y., and the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Md., will be the featured adjudicator for Morningside College’s Young Artist Piano Competition held Friday and Saturday, March 10-11, at Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Avenue. Auditions will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday. Piano master classes will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The competition and master classes are free and open to the public.
The Young Artist Piano Competition takes place concurrently with the Iowa Piano Competition sponsored by the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra. The event provides educational experiences, performance opportunities, cash awards, and substantial scholarships for piano study at Morningside College.
Ten high school pianists from the four-state area will compete for cash prizes of $300 for first place, $200 for second, and $100 for third, as well as scholarships and a chance to perform with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra.
Competitors will also have the opportunity to participate in master classes with Dr. Nelita True, professor of piano at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., and Dr. Logan Skelton, associate professor and director of doctoral studies in piano performance at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. 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.
Martin has performed in recital and chamber music concerts throughout the United States, South America, and Japan. He was awarded first prize at the Montevideo International Piano Competition in Uruguay in 1975 and received additional awards at the University of Maryland Competition and the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow.
Martin has presented seminars and master classes in Taiwan, Canada, Korea, the United Kingdom, and Israel. He is a former member of the International Artistic Advisory Committee of the Gilmore Foundation in Kalamazoo, Mich., and a former faculty member at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio. He holds diplomas from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, the Ecole d'Art Américaines in Fontainebleau, France, and Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy.
True made her performance debut at age 17 with the Chicago Symphony in Orchestra Hall and her New York debut with the Juilliard Orchestra in Avery Fisher Hall. Since then she has performed throughout North and South America, Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, Iceland, New Zealand, and Australia. She was a visiting professor at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia, performing and conducting master classes, and has performed recitals and taught master classes in the People’s Republic of China.
True is the recipient of several awards including the 2002 Achievement Award from the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). This summer she will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Keyboard Pedagogy Conference in Chicago, Ill. Several of her students have received top prizes at national and international competitions, including an unprecedented five first prizes in national MTNA competitions. Prior to joining the faculty at the Eastman School of Music, True was a distinguished professor at the University of Maryland in College Park.
Skelton is a pianist, teacher, and composer. He has been featured on many public radio and television stations including National Public Radio's "Audiophile Audition," "Performance Today, " and “All Things Considered,” and has recorded numerous discs for Centaur, Albany, Crystal, and Naxos Records.
He has served as a regular faculty member and associate director at music festivals and institutes around the world including the Gina Bachauer International Piano Festival at Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City, Utah, the New Orleans International Piano Festival in Louisiana, and the Prague International Piano Masterclasses in the Czech Republic, to name a few.
Skelton holds degrees from Loyola University in New Orleans, La., Eastman School of Music, and the Manhattan School of Music in N.Y. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, he served on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music and Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield.
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