Dallas International Piano Competition 2014
Event / Program Detail

March 12th-15th, 2014 at Caruth Auditorium

Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd, Dallas, TX 75205 (map it)

Day 1

Masterclass with Alessio Bax

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 — 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Up to six pianists are chosen from the field of candidates to participate in this Masterclass, taught by distinguished faculty TBA. Audiences are welcome to observe these public piano lessons, which focus on solo repertoire.

Day 2

Round 1 Quarterfinals

Thursday, March 13, 2014 — 9:00am to 5:40pm

Each of the 18 Quarterfinalists shall receive a maximum performance time of 20 minutes in Round 1. Contestants perform their repertoire for piano and orchestra, accompanied by a second pianist who performs the orchestral reduction. Judges may stop the contestant at any time to ask for different movements or sections. Round 1 results will be announced at 6pm.

Day 3

Round 2 – Semifinals

Friday, March 14, 2014 — 5:00pm to 8:40pm

Each of the 9 Semifinalists shall perform a 30-minute recital of repertoire for piano solo. Round 2 results will be announced at 9pm.

Day 4

Round 3 – Finals

Saturday, March 15, 2014 — 6:00 to 8:30pm

Each of the 5 finalists shall perform his or her chosen competition piece for piano & orchestra in its entirety without interruption, accompanied by a second pianist who performs the orchestral reduction. There are no time limits in the final round. Winners are announced at the conclusion of Round 3.

Award Ceremony & Winner’s Recital

Each of the winners of the Dallas International performa a brief solo encore at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Next Season

Winner’s Dallas Chamber Symphony Debut

During the 2014-15 Concert Season, at Dallas City Performance Hall.


Convenient parking can be found in the nearby Binkley Garage.

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Caruth Auditorium is located in the Meadows School of the Arts.

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General Admission: $15-35

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Tickets can be purchased at the box office in the lobby, which opens 90 minutes before the event start time. Cash and major credit cards are accepted.

What People Are Saying

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    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
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  • "The mostly young ensemble of two dozen strings responded with performances as eager and expressive as they were accomplished."

    Scott Cantrell The Dallas Morning News
  • "For this symphony the educational outreach is far-reaching."

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  • "…the orchestra here demonstrated a continually improving precision and comfort in a room that can be unforgiving. The Warlock Suite provided ample opportunity for McKay to show off a wonderful ability to evoke the special atmosphere, at once modern and archaic, that the composer created here."

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
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  • "If we want to keep classical music relevant, we need to fuse it naturally with our other passions. It should be an accompaniment to our lives, not just a fancy auditory meal gobbled up occasionally while wearing fine clothes. The Dallas Chamber Symphony is making that happen."

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  • "Dallas Chamber Symphony has, along with the presentation of a fresh and widely varied repertoire of standard and non-standard works, carved a notable niche on the local scene…"

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  • "McKay had a great sense for the tempo and character of the piece, which was clearly chosen to show off Takagi's technical and artistic skill."

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  • "As they had been all night, phrases were beautifully shaped. Throughout the performance there was palpable emotion in the playing and ultimately that intangible -- artistic sensibility -- is what made this concert a success."

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  • "The conductor’s long-term vision is precisely the kind of eclectic and occasionally challenging classical group Dallas really needs."

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  • "The ensemble is extremely adroit in their presentation as well as programming."

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