The Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition
The Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition features top scholars and performers as judges of hundreds of young artist applicants vying for cash and performance awards. Two-piano artists teams must prepare 4 hours of repertoire for 4 rounds of competition. The Competition begins with the seating of the Competition Committee who establishes the competition rules, selects the juries and commissions a new 2 piano work from an internationally-prominent composer. Selected teams from DVD round go on to Regional Live Rounds which take place in music and cultural capitals of the Americas, Europe and Asia. 10 teams are selected to travel to Miami for the Semifinals and Finals. At the end of the Semifinals, the Jury Chair announces the awards for best performance of the newly commissioned work and the top 3 teams.
These six artists then play with orchestra, competing for a First Prize of $25,000, a Second Prize of $15,000 and a Third Prize of $10,000, plus an additional Best Performance prize.
The Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition Commission
Of particular value and significance to the world of music is the artistic commissioning activity of the Dranoff International 2 Piano Foundation. For each of the Dranoff International 2 Piano Competitions, the Foundation commissions a new work for two pianos from a leading contemporary composer. This is a required work, performed live by each of the Semifinalist teams. Past commissions have brought to the two-piano art form, works by Academy Award, Emmy, Grammy and Pulitzer-winning composers, such as Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Michel Legrand, William Bolcolm, Gabriela Lena Frank, John Corigliano and Ned Rorem. The new two-piano commission always receives its world premiere in Miami, Florida during the Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition.
PIANO SLAM in Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Since 2009, Piano Slam engages students of middle and high schools within the Miami-Dade County Public School System to be part of a transformational experience that uses music and language as a didactic tool. The Dranoff works throughout the academic year with Miami-Dade Public School educators and administrators to produce programs that will be integrated into classroom activities in preparation of the Piano Slam project. Dranoff Competition Laureates give classical piano performances in general assemblies at Miami schools during the school day. Following those concerts, students are invited to write poems inspired by music, using Language Arts or Math and Science concepts and submit them into a countywide contest. We engage published poets as jurors to select the winning poets of the contest. In the final step, Piano Slam brings together the community to enjoy a cutting edge cross-genre artistic performance and presents the winning student poets as part of a professional ensemble. 70,000 Miami teens have participated in Piano Slam.
2016/2017 Concert Season
Sunday, January 15th, 2017, 7:30pm
Dranoff 2 ++ Nu-Deco
Bach, Sixten, Reich and Radiohead
Dranoff 2 Competition winners Jaekung Yoo and Yoon-Jee Kim pair up with Nu Deco Ensemble Miami’s own virtuosic and eclectic chamber orchestra designed for the 21st century at the New World Center. This exciting and breaking new performance will present works of Bach, Steve Reich, and a Florida premiere of a new 2 piano concerto by Fredrik Sixten and venture in to the classic popular world of Frank Zappa and Radiohead
Directed by Nu-Deco’s Sam Hyken and conducted by Jacomo Bairos the Dranoff 2 Nu Deco Ensemble partnership will present various styles of music and premier new artists 2 piano works throughout 2017.
New World Symphony
500 17th Street | Miami Beach
$50 VIP Seating & Reception; $35 General Admission; $5 Students
Thursday, February 16th, 2017, 7:30PM
PIANO SLAM 9
Bach, Beyoncé, Andriessen, and Manuel Valera
Acclaimed pianists Bobby Mitchell and Ashley Hribar
Adrienne Arsht Center For The Performing Arts
1300 Biscayne Boulevard | Miami
Free Concert (tickets required); $75 VIP Seating with After Party
Thursday, March 9th, 2017, 8pm
2 Piano Classical Classics
Brahms Mozart and Chopin
Duo Seo and Kato
Coral Gables Congregational Church
3010 De Soto Blvd | Coral Gables
$50 VIP Seating and Reception; $35 General Admission; $5 Students