Senior from Brazil Places First in Statewide Piano Competition

Fernandes photo

An Eastern Kentucky University student from Brazil recently earned first place in a statewide piano competition.

Gabriel Fernandes, a senior Honors Program student with a perfect 4.0 GPA, placed first in the Blue Grass Young Artist Division in the Music Teachers National Association event in Murray.

Fernandes, a student of Bernardo Scarambone, will graduate in May with a degree in piano performance and composition. He performed a piece by William Byrd, a Renaissance composer; the famous “Symphonic Etudes” by Robert Schumann, and one “Ponteio” by Brazilian composer Camargo Guarnieri.

Two other EKU students earned honorable mention in the competition: Gabriela Anibali, also from Brazil and a student of Scarambone, and Rachel Misheff, a student of Rachel Taylor. In addition, Fernandes and Anibali received honorable mention in the Blue Grass Chamber Music Division for a duet.

Also competing was another student of Scarambone, Yuhan Lu of China. 

Published on November 06, 2013