The next Krystian Zimerman or Martha Argerich might be inside the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music this week, competing in the 57th annual World Piano Competition.
Cincinnati is hosting the competition for the first time.
Twenty-four of the world’s most promising young concert pianists have come from as far as Japan, Israel and South Africa to compete for accolades, attention and agents. Three are studying at the Cincinnati conservatory.
This video focuses on one hopeful from Monday's opening round — Mikael Darmanie, a Caribbean native who holds a master's degree and artist diploma from UC's College-Conservatory of Music, where he continues to study.
The competition narrows this week to six semifinalists Wednesday and Thursday, with the final three performing for the top award Saturday night in Corbett Auditorium with the Cincinnati Symphony.
Tickets for the semifinal rounds are available at the door or a one-day pass can be purchased online.
Tickets for the final round with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra are $25 for adults and $10 for students and are available online.
There is also a Young Artists Division, for pianists as young as six. Competition for those artists begins July 22 and concludes July 25. Tickets for those performances can be purchased at the door or online.