The Radford University Department of Music in cooperation
with the Ibla Foundation of New York City presented the
2006 Bartok – Kabalevsky – Prokofiev Competition Winner
along with other IBLA International Grand Prize Competition
Winners in concert on Wednesday, April 11, 2007.
Here are provided some comments as written by students attending the concert.
I thoroughly enjoyed the IBLA concert presented last week-it was a great
opportunity to see some exceptional musicians from all over the world,
both our own age and much younger. The music performed was very well
selected; nearly all styles of playing were well-represented, and as the
former winner of the Bartok competition stated, it really says something
that the university is willing to host a competition exhibiting such an
unconventional and still widely unaccepted genre of music.
One performance that stood out to me was the Rachmaninoff Prelude. As a
pianist, I have always appreciated Rachmaninoff's work, and I feel that
the performer really captured the mood of the piece. It was also really
neat (albeit slightly unnerving) to see the 8-year old pianist sitting
behind him fingering the part on an invisible keyboard while it was
By Kerry Milan
It was truly amazing to see such young musicians play such
difficult pieces. There was also a wide range of genres of music which
was really nice to hear. I was really impressed that the Winner of 2006
Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev Competition memorized almost 25 minutes of
music, very difficult music. You can really see the dedication and self
discipline that these musicians have to get to this skill level at such
a young age. There is also such passion in their music, every note
meant something. You could see the emotion flow from their heart to
their hands. One of the performers that stood out to me the most was
the violinist Lukasz Lagun Kuzminski. The sound his violin made was one
of the most beautiful sounds I've heard. The pianist who was the
accompanist for two of the performers also stood out to me. I really
enjoyed listening to all the performers, their talent really inspired
By Carrie Beltz
On the evening of April 11th 2007, I attended the Gala Concert
featuring the winners of the Ibla International Grand Prize and the 2006
Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev Competition. I greatly enjoyed the concert
and thought the level of expertise was very outstanding and inspiring.
All of the performers impressed me but I was really astonished by some
of the performers.
In the beginning of the concert three children pianists played and they
really impressed me. These young performers really blew me away. I
was just completely shocked by the skill and control they had on the
piano. The first performer was a nine year old pianist named Janice
Carissa. She played a piece that was technically and rhythmically very
difficult. I loved the balance she kept throughout the piece by really
bringing out the melody in certain areas that rhythmically is very
difficult. The entire time the three children performed I was
incredibly blown away. I thought they all had very good dynamics and
excellent control of tempo throughout each of the pieces.
I also was very impressed by Kelsey Tamayo who played the marimba and
xylophone. I was impressed by the amount of focus she kept throughout
the entire piece. I was very impressed by how quickly her hands moved
while keeping the tempo precise. I really enjoyed that piece and I
thought the climax of the piece was almost breathtaking.
By Amy Donnellan