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Dallas Chamber Symphony Launches International Piano Competition in Partnership with SMU Meadows

Competition for young professional, pre-professional pianists will offer solo concert engagement with DCS, thousands in cash prizes

Twenty young pianists from all over the globe will come to Dallas March 14-16, 2013 to participate in the first annual DCS International Piano Competition. The event, to be held in Caruth Auditorium at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, will consist of three rounds of competition before a distinguished international jury panel, as well as expert training and career-building guidance from renowned SMU faculty. The winner will perform a piano concerto with the Dallas Chamber Symphony on April 30, 2013 at City Performance Hall in downtown Dallas. The event is a community partnership between the Dallas Chamber Symphony and the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU.

The event’s jury panel includes Meadows alumnus Andrey Ponochevny, Bronze Medal winner of the 2002 International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow; Dr. Young-Hyun Cho, assistant professor of piano for The University of Texas at Arlington and international master instructor; and Dr. Pamela Mia Paul, Regents Professor of Piano at the University of North Texas and critically acclaimed Steinway artist. Dr. Paul will serve as the jury chair of the competition.

The DCS International Piano Competition is also unique in that it will place an emphasis on education and the responsible development of young pianistic talent. While the competition engages some of the most promising musicians from around the world, it also offers a forum where these pianists — including those who do not advance in the competition rounds — can receive advice from experts on how to further their careers. At the SMU Meadows School of the Arts, they will participate in a public masterclass and private lessons with renowned pedagogues, such as Dr. Carol Leone, Alfred Mouledous, David Karp and Catharine Lysinger.

Participants and audience members will also be able to experience a vast piano repertoire designed for a more compact chamber orchestra. Participating musicians, and the winner, will collaborate intimately in a professional concert setting, and audience members will be able to see the drama up close, just feet away from the performers.

“The DCS International Piano Competition is committed to providing value to all who participate, not just the winners,” says DCS Artistic Director and Conductor Richard McKay. “Everyone – from the contestants to the instructors to the audience – will have a rewarding musical experience unlike any other.”

All competition rounds, the Winners’ Recital of solo repertoire, and a masterclass, taught by Dr. Carol Leone, are free and open to the public. They will be held in the Meadows School’s Caruth Auditorium, located at 6101 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus. Audience members can expect to see contestants interact with jury members, who may interrupt the competition rounds to request to hear different passages of each contestant’s solo and concerto repertoire, in accordance with the competition rules and regulations. Judges score the contestants by ballot, and results are announced after each round. Final results are announced before the Winner’s Recital on March 16.

Applications to participate are due by January 25, 2013. The application, as well as competition guidelines, can be found at

Launched in September 2012, the Dallas Chamber Symphony is the newest and most exciting professional performance ensemble in North Texas. Led by Artistic Director and Conductor Richard McKay, it is comprised of close to 40 of the finest musicians in the Metroplex, all dedicated to building a chamber orchestra that performs a distinctive balance of programs that include underrepresented and standard repertory, as well as high-quality concerts of contemporary music, staged works, and pieces with extra-musical elements, such as film, actors, dancers and narrators. The DCS performs at the world-class, state-of-the-art Dallas City Performance Hall in the flourishing Dallas Arts District. The DCS also provides educational and community programming, including an International Piano Competition at SMU, and free pre-concert conversations. For more information, visit or

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