Viardo International Piano Competition Heats Up This Weekend!
by Sharon Adams    Mon, Sep 29, 2008, 02:23 pm

Viardo International Piano Competition Heats Up This Weekend!
Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.
3 - 5 October 2008


Name of event:  Viardo International Piano Competition

Dates:                  October 3-5, 2008

Where/When:      October 3, 4:

                            Semi-final round at Custer Road United Methodist Church – 6601 Custer Road, Plano, Texas 75023.

                                      T- 972.618.3450

                             Free and open to the public.
                             Friday, October 3: 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM
                             Saturday, October 4: 8:00 AM to 12:00 noon then 1:00 -4:30 PM
                             Link to a map and directions:

                             October 5:  Final round with Plano Symphony Orchestra in Countrywide theatre at Eisemann Center in Richardson. Must buy tickets for this event.
6:00 – 8:00 PM

Ticket price:        
$15 - $25 Buy Tickets here:                                                                              

                             2351 Performance Drive
                             Richardson, Texas 75082

                             Ticket Office 972.744.4650 

Categories:          There is a Junior Category, ages 12-17 and a senior category, ages 18 and up.

Repertoire           Visit the website for the complete listing:

Contact for Sponsorships:      This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 940-230-3539

Competitors:       Bios of the competitors are available via .pdf by request.

Judges:                Vladimir Viardo, Jean Fassina, Liu Shi Kun, Daniel Pollack

                             Marian Rybicki

Viardo Foundation Mission: Establish an international piano competition annually and bring world-class talented pianists to Dallas metropolitan area.

About Vladimir Viardo:           
















He was the first Russian to win the Van Cliburn Competition in 1973. Vladimir Viardo was born in the Caucasus Mountains near the Black Sea. He studied piano at the Moscow Conservatory with Lev Naumov. After having received his doctorate, he became Lev Naumov’s assistant. He won two international competitions: the “Prix du Prince Rainier” at the Maguerite Long - Jacques Thibaud Competition in Paris (1971) and the Van Cliburn Competition (1973).

His travel visa was withdrawn by the Russian Soviet authorities. It was not until the new era of “Glasnost” and “Perestroika” that he was again able to play abroad. He has performed at the Lincoln centre, the Kennedy Centre, Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw, and the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.

Vladimir Viardo is presently Artist in Residence at the University of North Texas. He is founder of the Viardo Foundation which is committed to providing financial assistance to talented students.

He has made many recordings including Johann Sebastian Bach, Claude Debussy, Cesar Franck, Alemdar Karamanov, Nikolai Medtner, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sergei Rachmaninoff.


Here's a link to an interview in NY 2 years ago:


Here are some images and a more extensive bio.:


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