LAKE VILLAGE — The IBLA Grand Prize winners will perform a free concert at the Lakeside High School Auditorium at Lake Village at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3. Admission is free, according to a news release.
The IBLA Grand Prize International Music Competition is celebrating its 27th year. The competition is held annually in early summer in the southeastern corner of Sicily, in the Baroque city of Ragusa-Ibla.
“Hailing from countries in Europe and Asia, the winning musicians tour the United States before a final performance at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City,” according to a news release. “This is a rare musical occasion for Lake Village and Southeast Arkansas.”
“The competition has proven to be a consistent and world-class showcase for musical talent of the highest order,” according to the release.
Chieko Arake of Japan, soprano saxophone, 2017 IBLA Grand Prize Most Distinguished Musician recipient. She is currently teaching saxophone to high school students while continuing to perform.
Giuseppe Buscemi of Italy, guitar, 2016 IBLA Grand Prize Most Distinguished Musician. Buscemi plays a guitar made of fir by the lute maker Guido Di Lernia and has recently recorded with fellow guitarist Andrea Quartarone.
Giulio De Felice of Italy, Baroque flute, and Cristiano Arata of Italy, Baroque guitar, 2017 IBLA Grand Prize Most Distinguished Musician recipients. The Italian duo “De Felice-Arata” performs music for flute and guitar from the early 19th century with original instruments.
Luowen Huang of China, piano, 2017 IBLA Grand Prize Top Winner. She is currently studying at the Hanover University and has been invited to perform in Beijing, Guangzhou, and Berlin.
Tamara Licheli of Georgia, piano. Tamara Licheli is a prizewinner of numerous national and international competitions in Georgia, Germany, Greece, Italy, and the United States. She performs as a soloist as well as a member of chamber ensembles.
Ghenadie Rotari of Moldova, accordion, and Valentina Vargiu of Italy, piano, 2017 IBLA Grand Prize Most Distinguished Musician recipients. Ghenadie Rotari and Valentina Vargiu founded the “Duo Aspera” in 2013 while students at the Conservatory “Giuseppe Tartini” in Trieste, Italy.
Ami Walsh of Finland, soprano, 2017 IBLA Grand Prize Most Distinguished Musician recipient. Walsh is Finnish Mezzo-Soprano living in England, making her debut in the United States.