International Piano-e-Competition
The Screening Jury will review the Disklavier/Video Recordings, narrowing the field to twenty-four contestants, who have been invited to Minneapolis and St. Paul for the 2009 Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition
Screening rounds - Virtual Auditions will take place at Salon at the Yamaha Artist Services Inc. at 689 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10022 during the dates of Thursday, February 12 through Sunday, February 15, 2009. The rounds are free and open to the public. Please stay tuned: more information and the exact times will be announced mid-December.

Rees Allison
Rees Allison
Accomplished performer and academic Rees Allison is Professor of Piano and Chair of the Music Department at Hamline University. Allison came to the United States in 1965 as a Fulbright Commission and English Speaking Union scholarship recipient after completing his undergraduate study at London's Royal Academy of Music. Since attaining a Ph.D. at Washington University, St. Louis, in 1970, Allison has continued to perform as well as teach. Currently, Allison performs with The Musical Offering and with The Hill House Chamber Players, and has performed as a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

Alexander Braginsky Chair (nonvoting)
Alexander Braginsky Chair (nonvoting)
Alexander Braginsky was born and educated in Moscow. At the age of six, he began 12 years of studies with Alexander Goldenweiser, a close friend of Leo Tolstoy and a classmate of Rachmaninov and Scriabin. After Goldenweiser's death, Braginsky entered Tchaikovsky Conservatoire to study with Theodore Gutman.
Braginsky's repertoire extends from Baroque to avant-garde. He has performed more than 20 world premieres, most of which were works commissioned and written for him. He concertized extensively in the former USSR, Israel, England, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Taiwan, People's Republic of China, Spain, France and the United States. Braginsky has recorded for a variety of record labels, and has performed for radio stations worldwide.
Braginsky serves as professor on the faculty of the International Music Summer Course in Vienna, Austria, and has given numerous master classes. Currently, Braginsky teaches at the University of Minnesota School of Music, where he is Professor of Piano. He also is the Artistic Director of the Musicians in Debut International (MIDI) as well as the President and Artistic Director of the International Piano-e-Competition.

Frederic Chiu Frederic Chiu's intriguing piano-playing and teaching springs from a diverse set of experiences and interests - his Asian/American/ European background, his musical training, and an early and ongoing exploration of artificial intelligence and human psychology, especially the body-mind-heart connection.
Frederic Chiu has toured in Europe and the US with the Orchestre de Bretagne and Stefan Sanderling. He has played with the Hartford Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Kansas City Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, BBC Concert Orchestra, Estonia National Symphony, China National Symphony, among others. In recital he performs in the world's most prestigious halls including the Berlin Philharmonic, Kioi and Suntory Halls in Tokyo, Lincoln Center in New York and Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Mr. Chiu's musical partners include Joshua Bell, Pierre Amoyal, Gary Hoffman, David Krakauer, Matt Haimovitz and the St. Lawrence and Shanghai string quartets.
He was the recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Petscheck Award of the Juilliard School, and was a fellow of the American Pianist Association. He was also the "non-winner" of the 1993 Van Cliburn Competition, where his elimination from the finals caused an uproar in the press.   
Deeper Piano Studies, Frederic Chiu’s innovative workshop program, brings together pianists from around the world to study aspects of piano playing usually left uncovered. Articles in Piano Today and the New York Times have featured his original approach to learning and performing that draws on ancient traditions of philosophy and meditation combined with the most recent discoveries in psychology and acoustic sciences, using non-traditional techniques such as cooking and learning without using the instrument. Frederic Chiu has been invited to many prestigious music schools and conservatories to present his DPS program, including the Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Mannes College. He has also been guest artist at many state and national Teachers’ Conferences.

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Stanislav Pochekin
Stanislav Pochekin was born in Russia and received his music education at the Gnesin Institute in Moscow under the tutelage of the illustrious Edouard Mirzoian and Theodore Gutman. Upon the completion of his studies he served as a professor at the Conservatoire in Sverdlovsk (Russia). In 1989 he was invited to Cuba where he became a professor at the “Instituto Superior del Arte” in Havana.
Mr. Pochekin’s repertoire ranges from Baroque to the Contemporary. He performed with many major orchestras and worked with distinguished conductors such as M. Paverman, F. Glushenko, I. Lapinsh. R. S. Ferrers well as many others.
Mr. Pochekin has been living in Spain since 1993, when he was appointed at the “Concervatorio del Liceo” de Barcelona. Pochekin’s students have received more than 50 prizes in the national and international competitions. Stanislav Pochekin gives master classes in Europe and America, and he has been invited to serve as a Jury member at many prestigious national and international competitions in Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Mexico and Russia. Currently Mr. Pochekin is the Artistic Director of the International Piano Competition in Andorra, Spain.

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