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Averbach awarded honor diploma

09/02/2010

Ricardo Averbach
Ricardo Averbach, associate professor of music and director of orchestral studies at Miami University, was awarded the First Honor Diploma at this year's Masterplayers International Music Competition.

Earlier this year, he won The American Prize in Conducting in the college/university orchestra division for his work with the Miami University Symphony Orchestra.

Averbach, who joined Miami in 2002, is president of the College Orchestra Directors Association, Northeast division, has previously served as music director of the Echternach Festival Orchestra in Luxembourg, the University of Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble and the São Paulo Municipal Symphony Orchestra in Brazil. His discography includes several world premiere recordings, which have sold more than half a million copies around the globe.

The Masterplayers International Music Competition, now in its 31st year, was held in Lugano, Switzerland earlier this summer. It recognizes conductors, soloists, singers, choirs, orchestra and chamber music groups. There is no age limit or restrictions on the number of participants. A jury, comprised of distinguished international musicians, judges each final concert.

Nominations for the prestigious Masterplayers International Music Competition were based on recordings of each participant’s taped performance. Only 32 conductors make it past the first round of the competition.

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