Worldwide Piano Competition Draws Top Young Artists to Carmel

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International Talent Academy, the Carmel non-profit performing arts school, is pleased to present an inaugural event: Carmel Debut International Piano Competition for young pianists ages 5-19. On June 19-21, an estimated 95 contestants will gather at the Tarkington Theatre to represent Kyrgyzstan, Israel, Japan, and North Korea, along with 15 states of USA.

“It was my big dream from the very beginning to run a competition of this caliber, said Tatyana Komarova, Executive Director of the ITA. The goals of our Academy are to raise the level of performing arts to world-class standards, and to give opportunities to young children to enter a challenging world of performance, to help them discover their talents and reach their fullest potential. I always tell my students that it’s good when someone criticizes you—it gives you a big advantage and opportunity to improve your skills. I hope this competition, in addition to all the excitement and prizes, would be a great learning experience for all participants. I also would like to recognize the CDIPC committee made up of local piano teachers and businessmen. The dedication of these people is amazing and the work they have done in just a few months is outstanding!”

Mayor Brainard, in endorsing the event, stated, “It is an exciting time in Carmel. Your decision to base this artistic initiative in our city is a welcome addition, further enhancing our mission to make Carmel a Midwest destination for cultural arts. As a non-profit initiative with a great volunteer staff and local support, I am confident that Carmel can provide a world-class experience to the participants, judges and attendees you are bringing here from around the globe.

I wish you every success with the competition and applaud the energy and dedication you have shown in seizing this wonderful idea and making it a reality. I am very pleased to add my support and I welcome all those coming in June.”

On June 21, 36 finalists will compete for placement within six age categories. A scholarship award ceremony with Winners Concert will follow at 5:30 p.m., recognizing the prodigies of the piano world. All aspects of the competition, including the scholarships, have been sponsored by local businesses and generous patrons of the arts.

The Carmel Debut International Piano Competition is poised to become a significant source of musical education, while promoting and expanding the arts in Central Indiana. Volunteers for the event, as well as publicity and donations, are welcome. Businesses may also sponsor the event and purchase advertising in the competition program.

For more information on donating or volunteering, or to receive the latest news and announcements, visit Tickets for the competition and the Winners Concert may be purchased at

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