VANCOUVER MUSICAL PRODIGIES AND TECHNOLOGY CONVERGE AT THE MINNESOTA INTERNATIONAL PIANO-E-COMPETITION
Vancouver, BC —Six Vancouver musical prodigies will have their audition for the Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition on January 29 at Tom Lee Music Hall. They will use the latest Yamaha music technology –Disklavier- to play lively for the jury who will remotely judge their performance. Together with the other 35 contestants worldwide, the talented pianists will vie for the grand prize at the Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition, held July 6 through July 12, 2013 at Hamline University in St. Paul and Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Using the latest in music technology by Yamaha’s Disklavier grand pianos, this unique competition enables artists from around the world to record and transmit their audition performances over the Internet. This unique 9’ Yamaha Concert Grand piano, in addition to being a concert-quality acoustic instrument, features a built-in system to record live performances as MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) data. These performances are then recreated on other Disklavier pianos with each note and nuance delivered faithfully, precisely as the pianist originally recorded. Previous Canadians who have competed and placed in the top three include Jan Lisiecki from Calgary, as well as British Columbia’s Ryo Yanagitani.
All performances of the Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition are free and open to the public (unless otherwise indicated, for security and space considerations), including all but one Disklavier/Video Recordings in nine different locations around the world in January 2013, and the Virtual Auditions in New York City, February 27-March 1, 2013.
Yamaha grand pianos have earned a global reputation as instruments of exceptional quality, touch and tone. Renowned for their eloquent and expressive range, and reliable performance, Yamaha concert grand pianos play an important role in the performing arts community. The technology that is incorporated into the Yamaha Disklavier is the only piano of this kind where the built in grayscale key sensors and optional beams continuously monitor every motion of the key and hammer to precisely capture the touch and expression of the player. Yamaha has been a proud supporter and official provider of the Disklavier concert grand pianos throughout the years for this e-competition.