Park University International Center for Music Students Receive Awards at Competitions

Monday, March 28, 2016

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Artem Kuznetsov Wins Naftzger Young Artist Auditions


A number of students in Park University’s International Center for Music won awards at two competitions earlier this month.

At the Naftzger Young Artists Auditions in Wichita, Kan., March 18 and 19, pianist Artem Kuznetsov, a graduate student pursuing a graduate certificate in applied music/piano from Balashov, Russia, was named the overall winner of the event, which is administered by the Wichita Symphony Society. Kuznetsov, who received a Bachelor of Music degree from Park in 2015, won the first prize of $5,000. His winning performance included selections by Ludwig van Beethoven, Claude Debussy and Sergei Prokofiev.

In addition, cellist Dilshod Narzillaev, a freshman applied music/strings major from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, was selected as the first place winner of the strings division of the competition, receiving a $2,000 award.

At the Kansas City Musical Club’s scholarship auditions on March 12, four ICM students won the following awards:
          •  Evanghelina Ciobanu, cello, sophomore applied music/cello major from Chisinau, Moldova, $750 Kansas City Musical Club Scholarship
          •  Laurel Gagnon, violin, junior applied music/strings major from Hooksett, N.H., $1,000 Strickler Scholarship for Strings
          •  Leonard Lindweld, piano, senior applied music/piano major from Stockholm, Sweden, $1,000 Robert Craig Scholarship for Piano
          •  Narzillaev, $500 Sue Strickler Scholarship

These students, as well as other KCMC scholarship winners, will perform in a benefit concert for the KCMC on Sunday, April 10, at Prairie Baptist Church, 7416 Roe Ave. (northwest corner of 75th Street and Roe) in Prairie Village, Kan., starting at 3 p.m. Admission is open to the public and donations will be accepted.