BU Professor Wins The American Prize in Piano

Roberto Plano, assistant professor of piano, has been selected as the winner of The American Prize in Piano (professional division). Congratulations Professor Plano!

Italian native ROBERTO PLANO was the First Prize Winner at the 2001 Cleveland International Piano Competition, a prize winner at the Honens, Dublin, Sendai, Geza Anda and Valencia competitions and Finalist at the 2005 Van Cliburn. Mr. Plano’s engaging personality has made him a favorite guest on radio programs such as NPR’s “Performance Today,” and on TV shows for PBS and Japan’s NHK. He has recorded CDs for Brilliant, Azica, Arktos, Sipario, Concerto (two world premier CDs with music by re-discovered 18th century Italian composer Andrea Luchesi) and DECCA (Liszt’s “Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses”, awarded the maximum 5-star rating by Amadeus magazine). Mr. Plano studied at the Verdi Conservatory in Milan, the Ecole Normale “Cortot” in Paris and the Lake Como Academy. In 2016 Mr. Plano joined the faculty at Boston University.. He has been awarded the Lumen Claro, given to influential people like soprano Barbara Frittoli, stylist Ottavio Missoni and economist Mario Monti. www.robertoplano.com

The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit national competitions in the performing arts providing cash awards, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances by ensembles and individuals each year in the United States at the professional, college/university, church, community and secondary school levels. Administered by Hat City Music Theater, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Danbury, Connecticut, The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually. The competitions of The American Prize are open to all U.S. citizens, whether living in this country or abroad, and to others currently living, working and/or studying in the United States of America, its protectorates and territories.

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