Frost School of Music Student Asiya Korepanova wins 2012 Wideman International Piano Competition

December 11, 2012 — Coral Gables — University of Miami Frost School of Music student Asiya Korepanova, 28, of Russia won the gold medal and performed as one of seven piano finalists out of 46 competitors from sixteen countries in the 2012 Wideman International Piano Competition in Shreveport, Louisiana last week. She performed Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16, for her musical selection.

Korepanova was named “First Prize Gold Medal Winner” at the end of the competition, earning a $5000 prize. Korepanova’s win, the William Peyton Shehee and Virginia Kilpatrick Shehee Award, will provide the opportunity to perform at numerous venues around the U.S. next year including performances with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, the Northwest Florida Symphony and the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, among others.

Asiya Korepanova has been playing the piano since the age of 4 and currently studies piano with Santiago Rodriguez at the Frost School of Music, where she is majoring in Keyboard Performance and concertizes regularly.

The competition is named in honor of the late Nena Plant Wideman, former member of the Centenary College faculty and noted local piano instructor, who spearheaded the first competition. After her death in 1983, the Shreveport Symphony named the competition in her honor and established an endowment to make the event possible every year.

Finalists of the 2012 Wideman International Piano Competition

First prize/gold medal, William Peyton Shehee and Virginia Kilpatrick Shehee Award, Asiya Korepanova, Frost School of Music.

Second prize/silver medal, F. Thomas Siskron III Family Award John Shenaut & Glenda Lee Harrison Award, Thomas Walter Steigerwald, Eastman School of Music.

Third prize/bronze medal, Martha Jones Rice Award, given by Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Carl Rice: Kenny Broberg, Houston's Moores School of Music.

Honorable mention, William and Martha Smith Award: Xuesha Hu, Texas Christian University.

Honorable mention, William and Martha Smith Award: Enhae Chung, University of Texas at Austin.

Honorable mention, William and Martha Smith Award: Ekaterina Gumenyuk, St. Petersburg Conservatoire.

Honorable mention, Pearla Despot Award: Christopher Schmitt, the Juilliard School of Music.

About the University of Miami Frost School of Music

The Frost School of Music, one of two schools created in 1926 when the University of Miami was founded, is one of the largest and most relevant schools in the U.S., and one of the most comprehensive in all of higher education. The naming gift from Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost was one of the historic highlights in the life of the School. Its Department of Keyboard Performance has been graced with such master teachers as Dr. Rosalina Sackstein and recording artist Ivan Davis, and is now chaired by pianist Santiago Rodriguez. The Frost School has pioneered new curricula including the ground-breaking Frost Experiential Music Curriculum, and was the first in the nation to offer professionally accredited bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Music Business and Entertainment Industries, Music Engineering Technology, and a master’s in Arts Presenting. Its premier ensembles include the Frost Symphony Orchestra, Frost Wind Ensemble, Frost Opera Theater, Frost Jazz Vocal Ensemble and Frost Concert Jazz Band. Now the home of the Henry Mancini Institute, the Frost School also offers a songwriting minor through the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program and was among the first to offer degrees in Music Therapy, and Studio Music and Jazz. Its graduate jazz program is ranked among the top three in the nation. The University of Miami School of Law and the Frost School now offer the first-ever joint degree program in law and music business (J.D./M.M.). The Frost School’s innovative programs, combined with its traditional areas of concentration, offer its students one of the widest choices of career programs of any music school in the nation.

About the University of Miami

The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University's mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives.

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Asiya Korepanova, winner of the gold medal in the 2012 Wideman International Piano Competition, poses with the judges of the annual competition.