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.
2018/2019 Performance Season
Sunday, October 28th, 2018 | 3PM
“2 Pianos & Voices of Beethoven 9 Past & Present"
Renowned Piano Duo Chipak & Kushnir will perform Beethoven's 9th Symphony as transcribed for 2 pianos by Franz Liszt with local and national singers performing Beethoven's most famous world premier of Robert Chumbley's "Whisper & Cries" based on Beethoven's descent into deafness.
Wertheim Performing Arts Center
10910 SW 17th St.
Sunday, January 13th, 2019 | 3PM
"2 Pianos & Percussion - Ocean's Soul"
Maarten Van Veen & Ralph Von Raat play Stravinsky & John Luther Adams.
New World Symphony
500 17th Street | Miami Beach
Thursday, February 28th, 2019 | 7:30pm
PIANO SLAM 11
Dranoff will present the 11th year of PIANO SLAM with award winning duo Stephanie & Saar, DJ Cardi, choreographer Augusto Soledade, and BrazzDance who will mashup Classical/Hip Hop/Spoken Word with Miami’s top young poets.
Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd
Friday, March 22nd, 2019 | 8PM
“2 Piano Classical Classics - Songs of the Sea"
Featuring Duo Larova & Primakov
Coral Gables Congregational Church
3010 De Soto Blvd | Coral Gables
Thursday, April 18th, 2019 | 7PM
“2 Pianos & Classical Music of Silent Film”
In partnership with the Coral Gables Art Cinema, Bobby Mitchell, and Ashley Hribar.
Coral Gables Art Cinema
260 Aragon Avenue | Coral Gables
Friday, May 3rd, 2019 | 8PM
“The Cuban Idols of Classical & Jazz”
Miami Dade County Auditorium Black Box Theater
2901 W. Flagler St.