2015 competitors (from left to right): Paulo Silva and Ricardo Martínez (Melos quartet), Felipe Brito and Sebastian Arredondo (trombone and piano), Josue Mora and Andrés Lizano (Melos quartet), and Emmanuel Padilla (harp)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 2, 2015
Bloomington, IN – The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music’s Latin American Music Center (LAMC) is pleased to announce harpist Emmanuel Padilla as the winner of the Fifth Latin American Music Recording Competition, held Feb. 1 in Auer Hall.
Padilla is sophomore student at the Jacobs School of Music studying with Distinguished Professor Susann McDonald. As winner of the competition, Emmanuel will record a professional CD, produced by the LAMC, and will perform a concert on March 7 at 8:00 pm in Auer Hall.
This year’s final round featured three finalists in mini-recitals of approximately 20 minutes each. Repertoire selections included music from Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, and Mexico. Padilla’s performance focused on Mexican harp music including pieces by composers Francisco Cortés-Álvarez (b. 1983) and Mario Ruiz Armengol (1914-2002). He obtained the composer’s permission to create his own arrangement of Arturo Marquez’s (b.1950) famous Danzón No. 2. Other finalists were the Melos Saxophone Quartet and trombonist Felipe Brito, students of Professor Otis Murphy and Professor Peter Ellefson, respectively.
This year’s jury included Jacobs School of Music faculty members Carl Lenthe, Eugene O’Brien, and Thomas Walsh, and guest and Jacobs School of Music alumna Erzsébet Gaál.
The LAMC’s competition is a continuation of the Annual Competition in the Performance of Music from Spain and Latin America that started in 1998. In 2011, when the LAMC celebrated its fiftieth anniversary, the format was changed to focus on Latin American music, with a grand prize of a professional recording project. Financial support for this event is now provided by the Guillermo and Lucille Espinosa Fund for Artistic and Research Projects of the Latin American Music Center.
Past winners of the competition are violinist Colin Sorgi and pianist Jooeun Pak who recorded the CD “Eco de violín: A Collection of New Latin American Music for Violin with Piano and Electronics”; pianist Daniel Inamorato who recorded “Danza del Parque de las Acacias”; Nicolas Mariscal, who recorded “Nubes bajas: A Collection of Solo Cello Music from Latin America”; and last year’s winners, baritone Bruno Sanchez and pianist Hanmo Qian, who recorded “Minha Terra: A Collection of Brazilian Chamber Songs Based on Folk and Love Themes.”
All these recordings are currently commercially available through the Jacobs School of Music Marketplace, Amazon, iTunes, and CD Baby.
For more information please visit the LAMC’s website: music.indiana.edu/lamc