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Volume 16 Issue 3 - November 2010

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artists together at the same time persuaded them that a competitionwould be more feasible. To make the event more like a festival for24 competitors will give a short recital, and the jury will select themore discerning ear, by hearing a wide range of approaches tothe piano.Christina Petrowska QuilicoTo put this event into context Iasked a few questions of ChristinaPetrowska Quilico, an internationalconcert pianist who lives in Toronto.Is there a hierarchy of piano competitionsin the world? Where doesthe new Toronto competition fit inthis hierarchy? In Canada the mostprominent piano competitions areInternational Piano Competition;the Honens, which is also becomingChristina Petrowska Quilico.and the Eckhardt-Grammate InternationalCompetition, which in addition to requiring classical and romanticrepertoire has a contemporary music component. The competitionscurrently at the very top of the international hierarchy, however,are the Tchaikovsky, the Van Cliburn, the Queen Elisabeth andthe Leeds.The Toronto competition has an excellent jury, one of the factorsthat have enabled it to attract a good range of competitors from allover the world. I believe it will grow and develop into a major internationalevent.On what does the prestige of a competition depend? The winners andjuries are what give these competitions prestige. Winners who makesuccessful CDs and tours bring them notice. Pianists also feel that itis important to be judged by the top artist/performer/teachers fromconnections to the professional concert world: tours, bookings andmedia attention.How does an aspiring concert pianist decide which of the many competitionsavailable to enter? Aspiring concert pianists should haverealistic expectations about their ability to perform under extremepressure. They should select those competitions that require a repertoirethat is comfortable and dependable under stress and suits theirityto believe that you can win. Teachers are important in guidingthe young pianists in repertoire selection and training. There are alot of intermediate level competitions that would be a good trainingground before attempting the big international ones.What are the benefits to the competitors besides the prize money andthe professional connections? The discussions about performancesbackis crucial for competitors. That is how they learn to improvetheir performances. Competitions are about performing to yourformingto the best of my ability is what I remember. I also lovedbonding with the other pianists. We were extremely supportive ofThe first two rounds of the Toronto competition will be recitals by eachcompetitor, which is somewhat unusual. What are your thoughts onthat? I believe that the solo format is the way of the future. Thisgives the jury an opportunity to hear how the pianists construct a re-November 1 - December 7, 2010 thewholenote.com 17

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