Each will perform a complete concerto with the World Festival Orchestra, conducted by Cincinnati Symphony assistant conductor Eric Dudley, on July 9. The concerts take place at the Aronoff Center for the arts in Cincinnati.
The competition's winner will give a recital at a New York venue.
Meek, a Canadian, is studying at Oberlin Conservatory and made his debut with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in January 2004. Myer, an American, won the UNISA International Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa, in 2004, and has already performed all over the world. He is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and the Juilliard School. Yakushev, a Russian, studied at the Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music in St. Petersberg and is currently studying at the Mannes College of Music.
For this year's competition, the 46th since its founding, nearly 150 contestants were invited to perform for an international jury. The World Piano Competition Program, which was founded in 1956, also includes educational outreach programs, master classes, and performance opportunities.