Mechelke Piano Award Winner: Rie Tanaka
The U of M School of Music is pleased to announce the winner of the 2014 Marvin O. Mechelke II Piano Award, Rie Tanaka (MM, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky). Tanaka was presented with the inaugural graduate student cash prize of $1,500 by Larry and Deirdre Mechelke following a competition held in their home on April 25, 2014 before a specially invited audience. The prize is to be used by Tanaka as needed to further her studies at the University of Minnesota. The judges for the competition were Mark Russell Smith, artistic director of orchestral studies at the U of M School of Music, Dr. Paul Wirth, founder and artistic director of the Wirth Center for the Performing Arts; and distinguished concert pianist Elizabeth Wolff. The Spring 2015 Mechelke Competition will be open to undergraduate pianists. The next graduate competition is scheduled for 2016.