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October 4, 2004
CONTACT: Faith Jackson
Office of University Relations
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Call for Applicants: The New Andrew De Grado Piano Competition

UNION, N.J. – The Andrew De Grado Foundation, Inc. has launched a new contest for piano soloists and piano accompanists, ages 23 and over. The competition seeks to challenge, recognize and promote adult pianists who are U.S. born or naturalized citizens residing in one of 15 states on the Eastern seaboard. The semifinals and finals will be held at Kean University in June 2005, and the two winners – one piano soloist and one piano accompanist – will have the opportunity to perform in a New York City debut concert in the prestigious Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

The foundation, established in 1998 by Libby De Grado-Condo in the memory of her son, Andrew De Grado (1960 - 1998), has always sought to bring the gift of music and musicianship to the public through piano competitions and concerts featuring highly celebrated artists. “My son was always available to assist other musicians in reaching their goals, whether as a teacher or a collaborator,” De Grado-Condo recalled.

De Grado received his Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Kean University and his Master of Music degree, cum laude, in piano performance from Indiana University, where he was a teaching assistant to Menaham Pressler. Between 1991 and 1998, he served as assistant professor of piano at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s School of Music. In addition to being a professor, De Grado was also a much sought-after collaborator for numerous highly respected artists, most notably the esteemed violinist Joshua Bell.

After having organized successful piano competitions for New Jersey pianists, ages 11 through 18, for the past five years, the foundation decided to offer a more advanced competition for adults. The Andrew De Grado Biennial Piano Debut Competition will encourage aspiring pianists to achieve their personal goals. The foundation sees this new effort as being reminiscent of how Andrew taught during his life and the best possible way to honor him.

Monday, May 9, 2005, is the entry deadline for the Andrew De Grado Biennial Piano Debut Competition. Applicants are advised to obtain official rules and applications as soon as possible from the foundation Web site at For further information, call (973) 467-1348.