The Latin American Music Center announces its third annual recording competition

The Latin American Music Center (LAMC), with the support of the Guillermo and Lucille Espinoza fund, proudly announces the Third Annual Latin American Music Recording Competition. The competition aims to promote the performance and knowledge of Latin American music, especially lesser known works of high caliber.

The CD "Eco de Violin" performed by LAMC recording competition winners Colin Sorgi, violin, and Jooeun Pak, piano.

The LAMC encourages all IU Jacobs School of Music students to explore the Latin American music repertory, and this competition will award the winner with the recording and full production of an album and a concert featuring the winner.

The LAMC will assist interested faculty members and students with repertory isues and with continued access to the contents of our Latin American Music collections in the Cook Music Library. Currently, the Cook Music Library possesses the largest collection of Latin American Music at the collegiate level, and the second largest collection of Latin American Music, after the Library of Congress, in the nation. Our collection contains materials from all periods and genres, and it is especially rich in music by twentieth- and twenty-first-century Latin American composers.

Past winners include Colin Sorgi, violinist, and Joeun Pak, pianist, 2011.  Fanfare Magazine recently reviewed their album, specifically praising their choice of repertory: “Sorgi and Pak play with utter conviction, and seem to be having a grand time. This is a very successful collection in that it is well curated in terms of the mix of pieces, which are also all of high quality, sufficiently different yet also stylistically connected” (Robert Carl, Fanfare Magazine Oct. 2012). The winner of the second edition of the Recording Competition is Daniel Inamorato, pianist and student of Arnaldo Cohen. Daniel recently finished the recording sessions of Brazilian and Mexican piano music from the last hundred years. Thanks to the efforts of the LAMC’s production team, in collaboration with the Marketing and Publicity and Business offices of the Jacobs School of Music, CDs of winning competition performers are also available as digital downloads on CDBaby, Amazon, and other digital music distributors.

“We are very happy with the results of the first two editions of this competition, and are looking forward to receiving more creative proposals from the participants. These students are responsible for a strong performance of their program as well as for putting together a unified, creative, and fluid recording project,” expressed Erick Carballo, interim director of the LAMC.

The semifinal and final rounds of the Third Latin American Music Recording Competition will take place this January 26-27, 2013, in Auer Hall. The final round will be open to the public at 4:00pm on Jan. 27. Students interested in submitting a project and competing should consult the LAMC website for deadlines and the competition guidelines:

For more information you are welcome to contact the LAMC or you may visit its office located in M285 (Simon Building, second floor, inside the Cook Music library).

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