The stage is set, the notes are poised to flow, and the world of classical music turns its eager gaze to the 2024 Gurwitz International Piano Competition. This year, Alamo Piano Galleries proudly steps into the spotlight as a key sponsor, bringing with it a legacy of musical passion and the pinnacle of piano craftsmanship – the Shigeru Kawai SK-EX Concert Grand Piano.
A Symphony of Talent and Craftsmanship
At the heart of this year's competition lies the Shigeru Kawai SK-EX Concert Grand Piano, an instrument that represents the zenith of piano artistry. The Shigeru Kawai SK-EX is not just an instrument; it's a storyteller, weaving tales through every note and turn of phrase. Contestants from across the globe will fly to San Antonio to compete for the $30,000 Gold prize.
Experience It Live
Musical Bridges Around the World is ensuring that the 2024 Gurwitz international Piano Competition reaches every corner of the globe. RSVP for free events and/or purchase tickets for all events, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to see these up and coming pianists in action. Can’t be there in person? Through live broadcasting, music enthusiasts can immerse themselves in the competition, experiencing each performance as if they were seated in the front row. But why stop there? Alamo Piano Galleries is also co-hosting live stream events, offering expert commentary and behind-the-scenes insights – a real treat for piano aficionados.
"El Colibrí y la Cempasúchil": A Musical Tribute by Dr. Aaron Prado at The Gurwitz 2024
Dr. Aaron Prado, a distinguished figure in the San Antonio music scene, composed a special piece for Round III. His work, “El Colibrí y la Cempasúchil” (The Hummingbird and the Marigold), draws inspiration from an Aztec legend, beautifully blending Mexican and Hispanic cultural themes. This composition is part of the Third Round , featuring elements like the traditional leona bass. Read more about Prado’s piece here.
Finalists will add their personal flair to this piece, crafting original cadenzas that reflect their interpretations of the legend, showcasing their creativity and virtuosity. This initiative, generously underwritten by Pauline and Randolf Glickman, not only showcases individual talent but also celebrates the rich cultural heritage, making The Gurwitz 2024 a fusion of competition and cultural storytelling.
Competition Highlight: Round Four with the Mexico City Philharmonic
Round Four of the competition presents a notable achievement, featuring the entirety of the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra under the guidance of the esteemed conductor Scott Yoo. This collaboration is a noteworthy highlight, bringing about 80 professional musicians to San Antonio and providing an extraordinary opportunity for the finalists. In this round, three finalists will each perform a challenging piano concerto from a selection including works by Beethoven, Grieg, Liszt, and others. This collaboration not only showcases the exceptional talents of the competitors but also highlights the competition's commitment to providing a global platform for musical excellence.
This year's Gurwitz Competition is not just a contest; it's a testament to the enduring power of music and the endless possibilities it holds. Join us, either in person or virtually, and be part of this extraordinary musical celebration.