Eleven year-old Aaron C. Kurz, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Kurz of Dallas, Texas, dazzled audiences last Sunday with a performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op. 3, No. 2, as a First Prize Winner of the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition. Master Kurz was part of two Winners’ Recitals held Sunday afternoon and evening in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Refined and elegant in both manner and dress, his virtuosic reading of the Rachmaninoff received enthusiastic applause.
“Aaron’s artistic maturity is amazing,” said Cosmo Buono, Bradshaw & Buono’s Artistic Director. “If I closed my eyes, I would have sworn there was someone five times his age playing the piece. Everything, from his technique to the handling of the very intricate timing that is part of the work, was brilliant.”
Asked about the work and how long he had been preparing it, Master Kurz said “I’ve been working on this off and on now for about two years.” It seems as though at first his hands were too small to complete the work as he would like, but over the course of the last year he has, quite literally, grown into it.
As First Prize Winners of the 2007 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, contestants from more than fifteen countries performed yesterday in two recitals held in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Five different divisions, including Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College Adult, and Amateur Adult were all featured, with the first three groups performing in the afternoon, and the last two at the evening recital. Thirty-four artists played over the course of the day, including performances by two pairs of artists offering works for one piano four hands.