Awadagin Pratt Launches Nina Simone Piano Competition Reply

prattAwadagin Pratt (PC ’89, Piano; PC ’89, Violin; GPD ’92, Conducting) won a $100,000 grant from the Sphinx Organization to start the Nina Simone Piano Competition which will feature African American pianists and will debut in the summer of 2023. The competition will be presented every two years in collaboration with the Art of the Piano Festival, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Pratt was recently featured in the Cincinnati Business Courier for interview about his recent and upcoming performances as well as the new piano competition.

Nicholas Bentz Selected for Wigmore Hall’s Lockdown Commissions Scheme Reply

bentzWigmore Hall announced Nicholas Bentz (BM ’17, Composition, Violin; MM ’18, Violin) has been select for its Lockdown Commissions Scheme. Each composer selected will write music reflecting their individual experience which will will be premiered at Wigmore Hall over the next four years.