San Antonio International Piano Competition http://tpr.org en Piano Master Eduardo Delgado Coming To The Alamo City http://tpr.org/post/piano-master-eduardo-delgado-coming-alamo-city <p>An internationally-renown pianist returns soon to the Alamo City. I asked Eduardo Delgado about his upcoming appearance here.</p><p>"Well I’m very excited about it because the first time I went to San Antonio I was a judge of the competition,” he said.</p><p>He was here as a San Antonio International Piano Competition judge. &nbsp;</p><p>“We had a wonderful time and we listened to wonderful talents,” said Delgado.</p><p>Every three years the piano competition brings young talent together for a rigorous competition. On this visit though, Delgado has a different focus.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 21:25:15 +0000 Jack Morgan 32037 at http://tpr.org The Final Four At The SAIPC, And The Winner Is... http://tpr.org/post/final-four-saipc-and-winner <p>The four finalists are doing all they can to impress the judges and make their mark on this special occasion. There is the award-winning performance of the commissioned work "Upsparkles" by the Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Moravec.</p><p>Russian mystic Alexander Scriabin breaks free from 'sonata-form' with his "Sonata Fantasy in g minor."</p><p>Claude Debussy cuts loose from the forms he used in his first set of preludes when one of the contestants plays four of the twelve works from his second set from 1913.</p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 17:11:51 +0000 Randy Anderson 8436 at http://tpr.org The Final Four At The SAIPC, And The Winner Is... When The Finals Get Tough At The SAIPC, The Tough Get Going http://tpr.org/post/when-finals-get-tough-saipc-tough-get-going <p>It is nerve racking to compete head to head. In sports this is a fairly normal part of the job, but when it comes to artists, especially pianists, it is a big shift from the norm.</p><p>A musician's routine is quiet and predicable. You generally practice alone and it is here that you polish and learn, working on your fingering, phrasing and the little things that mean so much to you, but might not be even noticed by an audience.</p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 16:29:34 +0000 Randy Anderson 8062 at http://tpr.org When The Finals Get Tough At The SAIPC, The Tough Get Going SAIPC: No Two Performances Are Alike http://tpr.org/post/saipc-no-two-performances-are-alike <p>I remember reading a legendary performer once say that no two performances are alike. When I starting studying the piano I recorded some of my practice sessions to hear how I was playing without the distraction of making the music.</p><p>The great musician was right, not only were all my repetitions different, I couldn't make my performances sound the same if I tried.</p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 16:07:10 +0000 Randy Anderson 7153 at http://tpr.org SAIPC: No Two Performances Are Alike Competitors Impress: Swinging For The Fences At The SAIPC http://tpr.org/post/competitors-impress-swinging-fences-saipc <p>In the hurly-burly of a Piano competition there are selections that can make or break the chances of a competitor; pieces so difficult or dense that only a master musician can make them work for the audience and more importantly, the judges.</p><p>On the Piano this Sunday, we continue with music from the 2012 San Antonio International Piano Competition where two of the pianists "go big" in an effort to convince the judges that they have what it takes to be worthy of the gold medal.</p><p><strong>Debussy</strong></p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 17:25:49 +0000 Randy Anderson 6832 at http://tpr.org Competitors Impress: Swinging For The Fences At The SAIPC 2012 SAIPC Semi-Finals Heat Up With Debussy, Albeniz & Beethoven http://tpr.org/post/2012-saipc-semi-finals-heat-debussy-albeniz-beethoven <p>Over the years of listening to the San Antonio International Piano Competition, I've noticed that nerves play an important part. Just enough, and a performance can be charged with excitement, too much, and disaster awaits.</p><p>With the competitors narrowed from 11 to eight, the stakes are higher, and that could help the judges separate the best as the competition continues.</p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 19:00:07 +0000 Randy Anderson 6470 at http://tpr.org 2012 SAIPC Semi-Finals Heat Up With Debussy, Albeniz & Beethoven Making A Pianistic Point At The SAIPC http://tpr.org/post/making-pianistic-point-saipc <p>I've seen contestants in piano competitions play some large and impressive works when trying to stand out from their other competitors. Big and difficult works like Liszt's <i>"b minor sonata" </i>or Ravel's <em>"</em><i>Gaspard de la Nuit" </i>are sure to get the judges attention, but there is also the fear of losing the audience.</p><p>It is not easy programming your first set at a competition. This week on <em>The Piano</em>, we visit more recordings from last October's San Antonio International Piano Competition.There are only two big and challenging works on the program.</p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 18:52:02 +0000 Randy Anderson 6082 at http://tpr.org Making A Pianistic Point At The SAIPC Scarlatti, Medtner & Schumann Appear At International Piano Competition http://tpr.org/post/scarlatti-medtner-schumann-appear-international-piano-competition <p>We continue working our way through the preliminary rounds of last years contest. This Sunday, the music of Italian Domenico Scarlatti, a man who won a harpsichord "play-off" against G.F. Handel, and was so impressed by Handel's abilities that he always crossed himself when mentioning the composers name.</p><p>Scarlatti left Rome and moved to the courts of Spain and Portugal where he taught Queen Barbara to play harpsichord. Our "concert" starts with three of Scarlatti's sonatas.</p><p><strong>Carrying Scarlatti's style</strong></p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 17:31:05 +0000 Randy Anderson 5693 at http://tpr.org Scarlatti, Medtner & Schumann Appear At International Piano Competition San Antonio International Piano Competition A Lesson In Contrast http://tpr.org/post/san-antonio-international-piano-competition-lesson-contrast <p>Contrast really means something to those of us who enjoy classical music. The carefully constructed essence of music is the growth and movement between the various emotional plateaus of the composition. This is where the listener derives enjoyment, knowing that Beethoven, Stravinsky or Leonard Bernstein is in the driver's seat and that while we perhaps have a frame of reference for the adventure, we still don't completely know how the journey will proceed or end.</p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 20:31:49 +0000 Randy Anderson 5313 at http://tpr.org San Antonio International Piano Competition A Lesson In Contrast A Tsunami Of Talent At The International Piano Competition http://tpr.org/post/tsunami-talent-international-piano-competition <p>A wave of great young pianists crashes into the Alamo City every three years to compete in the <a href="http://www.saipc.org/" target="_blank">San Antonio International Piano Competition</a>. Last October 11, aspiring artists arrived and prepared themselves to impress the judges at the usual venue - the Ruth Taylor recital hall. Luckily for all of us it was all recorded by John Coker.</p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 18:09:27 +0000 Randy Anderson 4960 at http://tpr.org A Tsunami Of Talent At The International Piano Competition