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DALLAS – Eighteen young pianists from all over the world will come to Dallas Wednesday through Saturday to participate in the fifth annual Dallas International Piano Competition. The four-day event, presented in community partnership between the Dallas Chamber Symphony and Southern Methodist’s University’s Meadows School of the Arts, will consist of three rounds of competition before a distinguished international jury panel.
Master classes with renowned faculty also are planned. All competition rounds and master classes will be at Caruth Auditorium in the Owen Arts Center. 
“This year the DIPC is expanding its master-class offerings, providing more educational opportunities to participating pianists while also creating more opportunities for local music teachers to learn from some of the top educators in the country,” says Richard McKay, artistic director and conductor of DCS. 
Master classes are short, public piano lessons. Pianists selected by audition will begin by performing a piece of music, and then audiences can observe as faculty members provide feedback and instruction. 
The competition, which runs concurrently, focuses on concerto and solo recital repertoire. The competition attracted more than 100 applicants from 19 countries, and the top 18 candidates were selected by audition to participate.
The live competition rounds will be adjudicated by Angela Cheng of Oberlin College Conservatory, Enrico Elisi of the University of Toronto and Ning An of California State University – Fullerton. Results will be announced following each round.
The First Prize Winner of the DIPC will perform a piano concerto with the DCS during the 2017-18 season at City Performance Hall in Dallas. Cash prizes also will be awarded.
For additional event details, schedules and judges’ biographies, visit
Schedule of Events in Caruth Auditorium
Wednesday, March 15, 7-9 p.m. – Master Class with Dr. Carol Leone
Thursday, March 16, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. – Quarterfinals (concerto repertoire)
Friday, March 17, 1-2:30 p.m. – Master Class with Ning An
Friday, March 17, 2:30-4 p.m. – Master Class with Angela Cheng
Friday, March 17, 5-10 p.m. – Semifinals (solo recital repertoire)
Saturday, March 18, 1-2:30 p.m. – Master Class with Enrico Elisi
Saturday, March 18, 2:30-4:30 p.m. – Master Class with Boris Slutsky
Saturday, March 18, 7-9:30 p.m. – Competition Finals (concerto repertoire) & Award Ceremony
Tickets are available for purchase online at or by phone at (214) 449-1294. Full Access (all four days) Passes, giving access to all events, are $45. Single-day passes are $15. Youth and student admission is free with ID.
All events are held at Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Boulevard, Dallas, Texas 75205.