San Antonio International Piano Competition Names Winners - Following Dispute Between Jury and Board

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Alexey Koltakov, a Ukraine native now studying at Texas Christian University, has won the top prize and $15,000 cash at the San Antonio International Piano Competition, which concluded on last Friday (October 20), reports the San Antonio Express News

The panel decided not to award the $10,000 second prize and silver medal but to divide the third prize between American pianists Michael Mizrahi and Grace Fong. Each will be awarded $5,000 and a bronze medal.

Contention arose between the board and the judges concerning the panel's decision not to award prizes for fourth and fifth place, worth $2,500 and $2,000, respectively. This meant that the Svetlana Smolina of Russia and the United States and Vicky Chow of Canada, the two remaining finalists, received no prize money, even though the five semifinalists who had not advanced to the final round received $700 each, according to the paper.

To resolve the discrepancy, the board then voted to give an honorarium of $2,000 to each unranked finalist in recognition of their having reached the finals.


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