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Stony Brook Pianists Honored at David Lang Piano Competition

March 26, 2012

Katherine Dowling, piano, Stony Brook DMA candidate.

Two Stony Brook University pianists received high honors at the inaugural David Lang Piano Competition.

Held in November via YouTube, contemporary music-minded pianists from around the world uploaded performances of David Lang’s “wed,” a movement from Lang’s 30-minute composition memory pieces that will be featured on his forthcoming CD. The winning performance, selected from uploaded YouTube videos, would receive an all-expense paid trip to NYC to perform the work at the CD release concert in May. Of the 39 entries, Stony Brook DMA candidates Katherine Dowling (Saskatchewan, Canada) and Denise Fillion (Queens, NY) were chosen as runner-ups for their original interpretations of the work.

Pianists Jeremy Denk, Andrew Zolinsky, Lisa Moore, and Vicky Chow served as judges. Lang explained the work on his YouTube site: “It’s very moody, not too long. … Very introspective, very kind of beautiful, slow, and moody.” He picked the work for its open-ended nature, a piece subject to differing approaches.

The CD release concert will take place in on May 6 at (le) Poisson Rouge.

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