Young pianist captures a win in Rome competition

Canadian-Costa Rican pianist, Jonathan Duarte, 18, has been named a winner of the 21st International Piano Competition “Rome 2011” category A, which started Friday. The competition is organized by the Fryderyk Chopin Association and sponsored by the Italian government and the city of Rome.

Duarte competed in this European challenge representing the Central Music School of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, Russia, where he presently studies. His winning repertoire included Sonata K106 by Scarlatti, Scherzo N3 Op.39 by Chopin and Etude-Tableau Op.33 N5 and Op.39 N9 by Rachmaninov.

This accomplishment for this young pianist marks his seventh straight triumph in all seven international competitions in which he has participated. Duarte started playing piano at age 9 with the Suzuki method, then began serious piano studies at the age of 14 with the Instituto Superior de Artes in Costa Rica, including shortly after, the Universidad Nacional in Heredia.

Duarte has performed in New York, Paris, Moscow and now Rome. This year, he was awarded a full scholarship sponsored by the Russian Federation and endorsed by the president of Costa Rica.

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