The Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition started today at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in downtown Salt Lake City.
Admission to the competition, which continues over the next two weeks and culminates with a June 25 concert in Abravanel Hall, is $20 for the preliminary and semifinal rounds ($8 for students) and $30 for the finals ($15 for students). An all-access pass is $150 ($50 for students). The event is streaming live at http://www.bachauer.com.
The 37 contestants, ages 19 to 32, drew for performance order Wednesday night. Each will play a 30-minute recital of self-chosen repertoire over the first three days of competition. They will perform 40-minute recitals, in the same order, June 16-19. Twelve semifinalists will perform hourlong recitals over the following two days before three finalists are selected to play complete concertos with the Utah Symphony on June 25. Here's the schedule for the first round.