SOURCE: The Jose Iturbi Foundation

The Jose Iturbi Foundation

March 12, 2010 17:04 ET

The Fourth Annual Jose Iturbi International Music Competition Takes Place at UCLA June 14-19th, 2010 and Tickets Are Available to the Public; This Is the Only Classical Music Competition That Offers Pianists and Singers More Than $250,000 in Prizes

Who Is Going to Be the Next Great Classical Musician? Do You Want to Know Who Has a Voice as Great as Luciano Pavarotti or Marilyn Horne? Or Discover the Next Chopin or Lang Lang?

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - March 12, 2010) -  Tickets are on sale now for The José Iturbi Foundation's competition taking place June 14 - 19 in Los Angeles at Schoenberg Hall. This is open to classical pianists and singers of any nationality who are 17 to 32 years old on June 1, 2010. The application submission deadline is April 15, 2010. Past winners and finalists of the competition have hailed from Italy, Spain, Canada, Mexico, Japan, France, Austria, Germany, Ukraine, Russia, Croatia, China, South Korea and the United States. Last year there were hundreds of applications submitted from contestants representing 39 countries, making this an international musical extravaganza.

Competition is fierce; past competitors and winners have concerticized all over the world. The level of talent is outstanding and the judges in competition look for contestants to have a full range vocally, including the ability to perform pieces from opera to Broadway and Cole Porter; and for pianists to perform works from J.S. Bach to Chopin, to Gershwin and beyond.

"We are so pleased to announce our ten world-class concert artists, coaches and educators who will serve as the judges for the 2010 José Iturbi International Music Competition," said Donelle Dadigan, President of The José Iturbi Foundation"As a special treat this year, we have confirmed that Martin Katz will act as collaborator and accompanist for the final round in voice. As we enter our fourth year of competition we are excited about both the judges and the exceptional talent of our competitors."

The José Iturbi International Music Competition is pleased to announce the 2010 judges. The judges for piano are: David Pollack (Chairman), Jorge Mester, Lalo Schifrin, Mark Swed, and Ilana Vered. The judges for voice are: Matthew Epstein (Chairman), David Daniels, Marilyn Horne, Peter Kazaras, Carol Vaness. The collaborator/accompanist for the final round of competition is Martin Katz.

This competition awards the largest cash prizes of any classical piano and voice competition worldwide. The competition's $250,000 in cash prizes includes two first place prizes of $50,000 in each category (one for a pianist and one for a singer). In addition to the traditional prizes awarded, there are two People's Choice prizes of $3,000, which are voted on during the final competition round by the "live" audience. This competition is one of the most prestigious, as it is only international music competition that awards cash prizes annually, while most competitions take place bi-annually or every few years. 

Tickets are on sale now for the competition, which is open to the public. The schedule is as follows:

June 14 and 15: Preliminary Rounds for 24 pianists and 24 singers -- Semi-Finalists announced

June 16 and 17: Semi-Final Rounds for 12 pianists and 12 singers -- Finalists announced

June 18: Final Round for 6 singers followed by Awards Ceremony

June 19: Final Round for 6 pianists followed by Awards Ceremony

Information about the competition, photos and biographies of the judges and competitors can be found at Tickets are available at the UCLA Central Ticket Office (telephone: 310.825.2101). To go directly to the Iturbi ticket page at UCLA Central Ticket Office:

The José Iturbi Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to continuing the legacy of concert great José Iturbi, and to fulfill his desire of bringing to the public's attention today's greatest emerging classical pianists and vocalists. José Iturbi, one of the most popular concert pianists in the 1930s - 1970s, was also a well known conductor and composer who appeared in 1940s MGM musicals. It is the mission of The José Iturbi Foundation to globally expand the passion for classical music through dynamic competition and compelling live performance. The foundation's goal is to provide a platform for young classical pianists and singers to debut their talent and for the foundation to launch their careers. We acknowledge a passion for classical musicians and singers and want to share the very best talent with the world through promoting these young artists via competition and concert performances.

One of the greatest concert pianists of his time (1930s - 1970s), José Iturbi was also a well known conductor and composer. Iturbi was a performer of international acclaim who starred as himself in seven MGM musicals including "Anchors Away" (1945) starring Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly. He performed all over the world, in front of sold out audiences and overflow seating on the stage. He was the first classical musician to receive a Gold Record representing record sales in excess of one million copies and to receive a star on the world-famous Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame. As one of the few musicians who commanded audiences who enjoyed both classical music and popular music, Iturbi wanted to bridge the gap to make classical music a more recognizable part of everyone's entertainment. It was his hope that through live concerts, motion pictures, recordings, international competitions, and public forums, a larger number of people would learn to love classical music and attend live concert performances. The foundation was created in his honor.

For rules, regulations and competition schedule for The José Iturbi International Music Competition 2010 or to submit an application go to 

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