YouTube viewers choose contest winner

June 2, 2008

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by Chris Pasles

May 31, 2008-¬†YouTube viewers chose Maryland gastroenterologist Christopher Shih, 35, as the winner in the Van Cliburn Foundation’s first cyberspace contest for amateur classical pianists.

Shih’s winning entry shows him playing “Los requiebros” from Granados’ “Goyescas.” Shih, a Harvard graduate who works at the Maryland Digestive Disease Center, was one of 41 pianists, 35 and older, from Italy, Japan, Mexico, Romania and the United States, who submitted 5- to 10-minute performance videos for the online competition.

Shih’s prize will be to compete on stage at the International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in 2011 in Fort Worth, Texas.


YouTube viewers can vote for their favorite pianist

May 29, 2008

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Van Cliburn Foundation holds a talent search on YouTube
By Diane Haithman, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

May 3, 2008-¬†If you’re a classical music aficionado envious of the “American Idol” viewers who get to vote on their favorite contestants, your time has come.

Inspired not by “Idol” but by Popsearch 2007, an online talent search sponsored by the Boston Popsthe Van Cliburn Foundation has taken its competition into cyberspace with its first YouTube contest for amateur classical pianists. Read the rest of this entry »