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Nicholas Mariscal wins 2013 Latin American Music Center Recording Competition

January 28, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music's Latin American Music Center (LAMC) is pleased to announce cellist Nicholas Mariscal as winner of the final round of the third Latin American Music Recording Competition, held Jan. 27 in Auer Hall.

Mariscal is a junior studying cello with Professor Eric Kim. As winner of the competition, Mariscal will record a professional CD fully produced by the LAMC and will perform a full concert at the winner's recital at 8 p.m. Feb. 28 in Auer Hall.

This year's final included three proposals, and the final round featured each of the finalists in mini recitals of approximately 20 minutes each. Repertoire selections included music from Argentina, Brazil, Cuba and Venezuela.

Mariscal's performance focused on works by Argentineans Alberto Ginastera and Osvaldo Golijov, and by Venezuelan composer Paul Desenne.

The other two finalists were pianist Huyen Khanh Do, a student of Emile Naoumoff, and the Villa Guitar Duo -- Daniel Duarte and Rodrigo Almeida -- both students of Ernesto Bitetti.

"The LAMC honors the work that the students put into preparing for this year's competition and congratulates them on their high level of preparedness and artistry," said Erick Carballo, interim director of the LAMC, following the announcement of the competition results. "We are also grateful to the participants' teachers for their advice and support throughout the entire process."

This year's jury included Jacobs School of Music faculty Julian Hook, Espen Jensen, Brandon Vamos and Thomas Walsh, and guest Erzsébet Gaál. Carballo was jury moderator.

The LAMC's competition is a continuation of the Annual Competition in the Performance of Music from Spain and Latin America that started in 1998. In 2011, when the LAMC celebrated its fiftieth anniversary, the format was changed to focus on Latin American music, with a grand prize of a professional recording project. Financial support is now provided by the Guillermo and Lucille Espinosa Fund for Artistic and Research Projects of the Latin American Music Center.

The winners of the first competition, violinist Colin Sorgi and pianist Jooeun Pak, recorded the CD "Eco de violín: A Collection of New Latin American Music for Violin with Piano and Electronics," now commercially available through the Jacobs School of Music Marketplace, iTunes and CD Baby. The LAMC will soon release the CD "Danza del Parque de las Acacias," recorded by pianist Daniel Inamorato, winner of the second Latin American Music Recording Competition.

For more information, visit the LAMC website.