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Two CSU students get to audition for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition


This is huge news.

I had lunch with Marjorie Newman, who is always in the know about the arts scene in Columbus.

She told me that two Columbus State University Schwob School of Music students will be auditioning for the Van Cliburn Interntional Piano Competition.

Do you know how big that is? Two students from Columbus? I don't think that's ever happened before.

But then again, what school our size has a Van Cliburn winner teaching? Alexander Kobrin, who won that huge prize in 2008, is the piano professor in the CSU Schwob School.

His students, Tatiana Muzanova and Tzu-Yi Chen, are the ones auditioning in Fort Worth on Feb. 20-21. They will be among hundreds of pianists auditioning. There are also auditions in Hong Kong, Hannover, Moscow, Milan and New York City.

Before they leave for Texas, they will play their competition programs at 6 p.m. (Tatiana) and 7:30 p.m. (Tzu-Yi) in Legacy Hall on Feb. 7. Legacy Hall is part of RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, 900 Broadway.

Only 30 pianists from around the world will be chosen to compete in the finals in May.

Like I said, this is huge.

Even though most of us can't go to Texas next month, we can certainly go to Legacy Hall to cheer on these young pianists.

Congratulations and good luck!