June 1, 2009
Carol Leone, associate professor and head of piano at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts, is blogging for The Dallas Morning News about the 13th annual Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, being held through June 7 in Fort Worth's Bass Performance Hall.
The 2009 Cliburn Competition is showcasing some of the world's most talented pianists from all corners of the globe. At stake is an unparalleled opportunity to perform throughout the United States, as the six finalists share three years of concert tours, including more than 300 engagements coordinated by the Van Cliburn Foundation over the three years following the competition. Fees received by the Cliburn winners from U.S. engagements will total in excess of $1 million.
Leone has received national recognition as a performing artist. She has been a prize winner in international and national piano competitions such as the National Beethoven Sonata Competition, the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition, and the International Masters Competition.
Leone is the leading researcher and proponent for the technology of the 7/8-sized piano keyboard action for small-handed and young pianists for performance and to provide proper technical training and the reduction of injuries. Her master classes are highly regarded for her engaging teaching style as well as for her expertise in solving technical problems. Her articles have been published in The American Music Teacher, Piano Today, Keyboard Companion, and the Texas Music Teacher. She is also the author of a piano technique method called "In Your Grasp."
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