Founded in the Spring of 2000, the Russian Music Competition was created by Dr. Irina Prilipko-Morgan, and her husband Dan Morgan. The very first Competition was held at Foothill College’s Appreciation Hall, with 35 contestants, three jury members, and $500 in total prize money.
...we’ve changed quite a bit. Becoming incorporated as a nonprofit organization, we grew into international status with contestants coming from countries throughout the world. With the increased profile and stature, the competition was able to attract distinguished jury members consisting of internationally acclaimed concert pianists and professors, who give master classes and lectures during the ten days of competition. In addition, our organization has developed a highly proficient all volunteer board of directors, increasing the prize money to more than $12,000, plus adding special prizes including concert engagements, summer music academies, and introductions to prestigious conservatories. Most impressively, we have moved our venue to Le Petit Trianon Theatre with its Steinway D Concert Grand Piano. The Advanced Final Round is accompanied by chamber musicians Ruslan Biryukov (cello) and Limur Torren-Immerman (violin). The entire competition rounds are free of charge and open to the public, with a fee charged for evening events that assist with covering the expenses.
What Else Do We Do?
In order to support the annual 10-day competition event, we maintain a year-round calendar of equally impressive events. These include in-home concerts featuring past competition prizewinners, as well as members of the jury. In addition, we book established concert pianists for concerts at Le Petit Trianon, and have frequent student recitals featuring young and talented pianists from the Bay Area. The student recitals are free of charge.
Only fifteen percent of the competition budget is paid for from contestant application fees. The remaining funds are generated from fund raising events, city and state grants, corporate sponsorships, and private contributions. In order to maintain our organization at the highest level of quality, we are always looking for more friends in the community to support our mission to “provide excellence and education through competition and performance with emphasis on Russian music”.
What Can You Do To Help?
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