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Competition Winners: 1987

The 1987 competition featured the commissioned work, Two Pianos, by Morton Gould.


Duo Morel & Nemish

Dominique Morel and Douglas Nemish have enjoyed an extensive career as Canada’s premier duo-pianists.

Their concert tours have brought them to a variety of destinations worldwide: Vigado Hall in Budapest, Hungary and at Bulgaria Hall in Sofia, Bulgaria, where they represented Canada at the 23rd. UNESCO congress; USA, Denmark, Belgium and Russia. Concert appearances with the likes of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, l’Orchestre Metropolitain, Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, the Novosibirsk Philharmonic, the World Youth Orchestra (Jeunesses Musicales) and I Musici of Montreal were all met with critical acclaim.

The duo has had the pleasure of performing under the baton of distinguished conductors such as Dutoit, Davis, Mayer, Nezet-Seguin, Mata, Tabachnik, Salvia, Grossmann, Wallez and Turovsky.

The duo are active in the development of the medium by collaborating with orchestras to share the discovery of new works as well as showcasing other international piano duos at their own piano- duo festival, which received the prestigious prize ‘’Presenter of the Year’’ by the Conseil Québécois de la Musique.

Both Dominique Morel and Douglas Nemish earned a master degree in music performance from the University of Montreal in 1982 and refined their knowledge of the two-piano repertory with several masters in the field, including Gyorgy Sebok, Anton Kuerti, John and Richard Contiguglia. They pursued four years of graduate studies at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest (Hungary) under the direction of Ferenc Rados and Gyorgy Kurtàg, followed by intensive studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with the renowned duettist, Alfons Kontarsky.

Morel-Nemish record under the Analekta and the Vanguard label.


Duo Hecht & Shapiro

Thomas Hecht and Sandra Shapiro collaborated as the renowned piano duo of Hecht & Shapiro, winning first prizes in the the Munich International Duo Piano Competition, the Ellis national Duo Piano Competition, the Chicago Civic Orchestra Competition and the Peabody Concerto Competition, among others. They have since gone on to solo careers.

Ms. Shapiro has had a performance career taking her throughout most of the major cities in the US along with international performances in Europe and Israel. Her great love for chamber music has led to collaborations with Truls Mork, Peter Reijto, Stanley Drucker, Mats Lidstrom, the Cavani String Quartet, Franklin Cohen, and members of the New York Philharmonic on the New York Philharmonic’s Chamber Music Series.

Sandra Shapiro is a Steinway Artist and has served as an Artist-in Residence at the Cleveland Institute of Music where she is on the piano faculty and is Director for both the Preparatory Chamber Music program, as well as the Summer Chamber Music program.

Thomas Hecht is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory where he won first prize in the concerto competition and the Kaufmann Award for excellence in chamber music. He later continued his studies with Leon Fleisher at the Peabody institute. His achievements were recently celebrated at Peabody where he was presented with the coveted Young Maestro Award, honoring alumni who have distinguished themselves in their performing careers. Dr. Hecht has appeared with leading orchestras on five continents. A Steinway Artist, records for the Azica, Elysium & Atoll Label

His students have also won national and international competitions throughout the USA, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore. He is in frequent demand for masterclasses, conferences and competition adjudication throughout the world.

Dr. Thomas Hecht Heads the Piano Studies at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore. He is a Steinway Artist.

Thomas Hecht www.chipak-kushnir.de

Sandra Shapiro www.cim.edu


Duo Goldina & Loumbrozo

Born far apart, in Latvia and France, Arianna Goldina and Remy Loumbrozo met at The Juilliard School of Music in New York City, from which they hold Master of Music degrees.

Arianna Goldina holds a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School of Music and a Ph.D. in Piano Performance from New York University, where she studied with Martin Canin and Herbert Stessin, respectively. The foundations of her musical education were laid in her native Latvia.

Remy Loumbrozo is a graduate of the Ecole Normale de musique de Paris, the Paris Conservatory and the Juilliard School where he studied with Sascha Gorodnitzki.

The Goldina-Loumbrozo piano duo team won both the second Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition and the 7th Valentino Bucchi Competition of 20th Century Music in Rome the same year. Since then, the duo have performed in numerous music centers in the United States, Canada, England, France, Italy, Germany, the Baltic States, Russia, and Scandinavia. The duo appeared, among others, with the Detroit Symphony, The Pacific Symphony, The New World Symphony, The Symphony of the Americas, The Philharmonic Orchestra of Florida, and The Latvian National Symphonic Orchestra. They have recorded for the Pianissime, Cybelia, and Phoenix labels and were featured on the ABC TV network in the United States and on French and Russian National TV.

In 1997, Mr. Loumbrozo was named Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture and in 2007 he received the Blackboard Award for Excellence in Education. In 2009, he was named Chevalier in the Order of the Palmes Académiques by the French government.


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