Classic music competition goes high-tech at Hamline

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Technology can often make the world feel smaller. At Hamline University in St. Paul technology is bringing that same feeling to music competitions.

"This is mind-blowing technology," says Dr. Stella Sick, the director of the Piano e-Competition and an adjunct music professor at Hamline.

The best young pianists from around the world are in Minnesota and performing at the four-day e-Piano Junior Competition presented by Hamline University. What makes this competition unique is the technology involved between the performers and the judges.

"What we are able to do is bring the performance across time and space..literally!" says Dr. Sick. "Distance no longer matters."

The competition makes innovative use of the Yamaha Disklavier piano, which allows contestants to perform on a piano while judges listen to the performance in other concert halls throughout the world. The music played by the performer is perfectly recreated on a corresponding piano and allows judges a chance to hear the music with clarity, articulation, and resonance almost as though the judge was watching the performance live.

"It's phenomenal," says Dr. Sick. "With this technology you can hear the best performers without going anywhere."

The technology is on display at Hamline University as the competition moves into the final few rounds.

"We have many high level performers all in one place and we are very thankful to Hamline University for making this happen."

The public is invited to hear the final five pianists on Friday at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis and the concert is free. The winner will advance and play with the Minnesota Orchestra that same night. For more information on the performance check out the Minnesota Orchestra's website.

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