Feb. 26, 2007 Music Department
Dr. Enrico Elisi, pianist and assistant professor of piano at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, will be the adjudicator for Morningside College’s Young Artist Piano Competition held Friday and Saturday, March 9 -10, at Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Avenue. Auditions will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday. Piano masterclasses will be held at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. The competition and masterclasses are free and open to the public.
The Young Artist Piano Competition provides educational experiences, performance opportunities, cash awards, and substantial scholarships for piano study at Morningside College. It takes place concurrently with the Iowa Piano Competition sponsored by the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra.
High school pianists from a five-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.
Selected competitors and area college students will also have the opportunity to participate in master classes with Dr. Alvin Chow, associate professor of piano at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio, and Dr. Karen Shaw, professor of music at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington. Music educators and students as well as the public are encouraged to attend both the Friday competition and Saturday masterclasses to witness master piano teachers at work.
An accomplished pianist and chamber musician, Elisi has performed in venues across Europe, North and South America, and Asia. He has won a number of first prizes in national and international competitions including top awards at such venues as the Venice Competition and the Oporto International Competition, and has collaborated with such notable musicians as Baltimore Symphony concertmaster Jonathan Carney, Chicago Symphony associate concertmaster David Taylor, and violinist Qian Zhou.
Elisi studied at the Peabody Conservatory and holds two Italian degrees from the Conservatory of Florence and the International Piano Academy of Imola, where he studied with Lazar Berman, Alexander Lonquich, and Boris Petrushansky. He joined the faculty of the University of Nevada in Las Vegas in 2004 and holds a guest professorship at the China Academy of Arts in Hangzhou, China, where he is also artistic adviser. He is founder and artistic director of the Green Valley Chamber Music Festival and is a member of the Cerberus Trio.
Chow has appeared throughout North America and Asia as an orchestral soloist and recitalist, performing in such major concert halls at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Orchestra Hall in Chicago, and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. He has been heard in national broadcasts on National Public Radio's “Performance Today” and on CBC Radio in Canada. He has presented masterclasses and lectures throughout the United States and overseas, including the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Taichung University in Taiwan, among others.
Chow received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland at College Park, a master’s degree from the Juilliard School, and a doctorate from Indiana University.
Shaw is an active performer, teacher, conductor of master classes, and lecturer. She won the Concert Artists Guild Award and has debuted in New York, London, and Berlin. She has performed and taught masterclasses throughout the United States, Europe, and the Far East, and was recognized as a specialist in romantic literature following a series of concerts at Carnegie Hall. She is director of the Silvermine Artists Series in Norwalk, Conn.
Shaw received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees and a doctorate in music from Indiana University.