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LCP Goes International at Grand Prize Virtuoso 2017!

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London, Vienna, Paris, Salzburg, Rome – sounds like the itinerary of a very special vacation. A winners’ vacation!

The Parco Della Musica in Rome, site of the GPV Winner’s Concert.

American Protégé attracts competitors the world over, but the Grand Prize Virtuoso International Competition is another step up!

I count accomplished musicians from OVER FORTY countries among the participants!

And in November 2017, LCP’s finest won not one, but TWO FIRST PRIZES at Grand Prize Virtuoso! Each of them received an invitation to GPV’s city of the year, ROME!

It was Travis Luu’s very first international competition, and he rose up to the challenge. Playing a solo piece was hard enough, but he decided to up the ante by debuting with a four-hand piece! He had to make sure his part was solid while trying not to bump elbows with another pianist at the same piano. And just who was his partner in crime?

None other than Ashley Dixon! …That name sounds familiar, almost as if I just wrote a blog post about her. She didn’t stop at American Protégé, submitting both a duo piece AND a solo piece for the International! Talk about multi-tasking!

Here were their placements and categories:

Travis Luu and Ashley Dixon,

Playing Hungarian Dance No.1 by Brahms

Piano Four Hands, Group A (12 and younger)

First Prize (over 90/100 judge score!)


Ashley Dixon,

Playing Fantasiestucke, Op. 12, No. 2 “Aufschwung” by Schumann

Junior Category (Ages 9-12)

First Prize (over 90/100 judge score!)


Despite being invited to Rome, Ashley had already made plans to perform at CARNEGIE HALL the same week! Because of this, our students couldn’t make it to the performance this year.

But maybe next year, we’ll see LCP’s young stars take the stage in VIENNA

LCP is Now Home to ANOTHER American Protégé!

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For the fourth consecutive year, LCP made its mark at the American Protégé International Romantic Competition!

This year, we went head-to-head with contestants from the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Macedonia, Ukraine, South Korea, China, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Our LCP students performed alongside other winners on December 17th at the world-famous CARNEGIE HALL in New York, celebrating their outstanding presence on a global stage!

To allow pianists around the world to participate, this competition took place on the Internet. This means the best young pianists in the world (some of them right here at the studio, of course) could upload their performance as long as they had a piano and a camera. Pretty high tech!

This competition was no walk in the park. Everyone DEFINITELY submitted their best performance. Not only that, the judges would be able to analyze each performance frame by frame!

LCP’s brave contestant really challenged herself this time. It was her debut on the international “stage,” and she performed very well! Congratulations to our very own:

Ashley Dixon, 12

3rd prize, American Protégé International Romantic Competition

Junior Category (Ages 11-14)

Playing Fantasiestucke, Op. 12, No. 2 “Aufschwung” by Schumann

Left: Ashley Dixon, American Protege winner, doing her A.R. Laidlaw impression.
Right: Scottish pianist A.R. Laidlaw, to whom Schumann dedicated Fantasiestucke! 

What a great way to burst onto the scene! LCP is proud of your accomplishments, and we’re looking forward to see you on the stage again soon!