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Results from 13th Competition in the Performance of Music from Spain and Latin America

The Latin American Music Center is very pleased to announce the results of The Thirteenth Annual Competition in the Performance of Music from Spain and Latin America.

January 30 and 31, 2010: Special Focus Category: Violin


Violin Category

SECOND PRIZE: $500: Matvey Lapin (violin), student of Ik-Hwan Bae, for his performance of Lluís Benejam's Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano, and Alberto Ginastera's Pampeana No. 1, Op. 16.

Open Interpretation Category

FIRST PRIZE: $1,200: Matthew Cataldi (piano), student of Arnaldo Cohen, for his performance of Federico Mompou's "Cançon" in E-flat minor, No. 6 from Cançons i danses; Padre Antonio Soler's Sonatas No. 100 in G major and No. 43 in C minor; Manuel Ponce's Intermezzo No. 2 in E minor; and Heitor Villa-Lobos's Rudepoema.

SECOND PRIZE Ex Aequo: $800: Jonathan Godfrey (guitar), student of Ernesto Bitetti, for his performance of Isaac Albéniz's "Córdoba," No. 4 from Chant d'Espagne Op. 232 and "Torre bermeja (Serenata)," No. 12 from Doce piezas características, Op. 92; Julian Orbón's Preludio y danza; and Heitor Villa-Lobos's Preludes Nos. 2 and 3 from Five Preludes.

SECOND PRIZE Ex Aequo: $800: Erol Ozsever (guitar), student of Ernesto Bitetti, for his performance of Sérgio Assad's "Valseana," No. 2 from Aquarelle; Francisco Tárrega's Capricho árabe; Isaac Albéniz's "Sevilla," No. 3 from Suite española Op. 47; Jorge Morel's Danza in E minor; and Ástor Piazzolla's "Verano porteño" from Las cuatro estaciones porteñas.

HONORABLE MENTION $200 for research and creativity in programming: Francisco Vila, (cello), student of Sharon Robinson.


Indiana University Jacobs School of Music professors Ernesto Bitetti *(violin category only)*, Erick Carballo, Kim Carballo, Emma Dederick, Espen Jensen, Teresa Kubiak, Elzbieta Szmyt, and Carmen Helena Téllez, with non-voting moderator Luiz Fernando Lopes from the Latin American Music Center, and observer Manuel Collazo, education advisor of the Embassy of Spain.

All Winners will record a documentary CD that will be featured at:


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