October 19-24, 2015
The Louisiana International Piano Competition was first held in October, 2005, a superior world-class cultural offering that was wildly successful by all measures; the local community and the citizens of Louisiana-at-large began anticipating future competitions even as the initial competition was unfolding. Thanks to the combined synergy of at least one hundred volunteers and significant support from: Louisiana State University at Alexandria, Louisiana College, Northwestern State University; major foundation and corporate support from the Huie-Dellmon Trust, Murphy Oil, Caroline and Jim Theus, The Martin Foundation, Coughlin-Saunders Foundation, Yamaha International and Red River Music. The sixth biennial competition was help this past October.
The International Piano Competition is designed to attract the world's most promising young concert artists. The competition was the "brain-child" of one of central Louisiana's most extraordinary concert artists and educators, Nikita Fitenko. His inspired vision for world-class competition centered in Alexandria, Louisiana, has promoted enormous support from other music professionals and volunteers. Richard Gwartney was the driving force putting together all the volunteers, selecting board members and working out all the hundreds of details to actually make it a wonderful cultural event. While Nikita has moved to Washington DC and Richard has sadly passed away, their original contributions are still the inspiration and backbone of the Competition.
The competition's vast appeal is maintained by its generous deliverance of famed Southern hospitality; many past competitors remain in contact with their host families and competition organizers. In addition to the warm welcome afforded to those who participate in the competition, the LIPC is administered with great attention to detail to all matters and is enclosed in integrity from start to finish.
The competition will again be centered at the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, and will include master classes, educational workshops, and a Junior Competition at Louisiana College, as well as related functions at the Kress Theatre, the River Oaks Arts & Crafts Center, and the Alexandria Museum of Art. The competition is held biennially on odd-numbered years.
Yamaha is the official piano of the Louisiana International Piano Competition.