SOURCE: The Jose Iturbi Foundation

June 10, 2008 10:29 ET

48 Competitors Selected to Compete for $250,000 in Cash Prizes at José Iturbi Music Competition Presented by Cunard Line

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - June 10, 2008) - 48 competitors have been selected to participate in The 2008 José Iturbi Music Competition at UCLA, it was announced today by Donelle Dadigan, President of the José Iturbi Foundation.

The world's only weeklong competition that adds features of "American Idol" to the world of classical music will take place June 16-21 at UCLA's Schoenberg Hall. The competition offers the highest cash prizes of any classical piano and singing competition worldwide. Competitors range in age from 19 to 32 and hail from more than 20 countries.

The 24 piano competitors are:
Ron Abramski, 29, England/Germany
Irina Bogdanova, 25, Russia
Sean Chen, 19, USA
Hye-Won Cho, 28, Korea/USA
Tommaso Cogato, 27, Italy
Gleb Ivanov, 25, Russia/USA
Mariya Kim, 26, Ukraine/Germany
Anna Kurasawa, 24, Japan/Germany
Dmitri Levkovich, 29, Ukraine/Canada
Anastasia Markina, 29, Russia/USA
Yevgeniy Milyavskiy, 23, Belarus/USA
Miroslava Mintcheva, 32, Bulgaria/USA
Margarita Muzychenko, 22, Russia
Emi Nakajima, 30, USA
Junghye Shin, 30, Korea/USA
Laura Sibella, 24, France
Stepan Simonian, 26, Russia/Germany
Konstantin Soukhovetski, 27, Russia/USA
Chetan Tierra, 24, USA
Agnieszka Ufniarz, 29, Poland/France
Xiaofeng Wu, 29, China/USA
Chun Chieh Yen, 24, Taiwan/USA
Maor Zur, 27, Israel
Darrett Zusko, 23, Canada

The 24 vocal competitors are:
Sarah Austin, 30, USA
Matt Boehler, 31, USA
Alyson Cambridge, 29, USA
Jamie Chamberlin, 29, USA
Andrew Garland, 31, USA
Daniel Holmes, 30, USA
Christopher Job, 30, USA
Rhoslyn Jones, 28, Canada/USA
Alexander Korenkov, 30, Russia/USA
Jesus Leon, 32, Mexico/USA
Jamilyn Manning-White, 23, USA
Kenneth Mattice, 29, USA
Angela Meade, 30, USA
Naguanda Nobles, 31, USA
Martin Nusspaumer, 28, Uruguay/USA
Ivo Posti, 32, Estonia/The Netherlands
Joslin Romphf, 30, Canada
Rodell Rosel, 32, Philippines/USA
Michael Todd Simpson, 30, USA
Chistia Starnes, 28, USA
Noah Stewart, 29, USA
Nicole Taylor, 28, USA/France
Amber Wagner, 28, USA
Christin Wismann, 24, USA

Photos and biographies of the competitors can be viewed at www.joseiturbifoundation.org. In addition to Cunard Line, sponsors of the 2008 José Iturbi International Music Competition include Alliance Bank, The Beverly Hilton, Fields Pianos and The Luxe Hotel.

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