Winners of Cash Prizes Totaling $252,000 Announced for Jose Iturbi Music Competition Presented by Cunard Line

    SOUTHAMPTON, England, June 23 /CNW/ -- The recipients of cash prizes
totaling $252,000 for The Second Annual Jose Iturbi International Music
Competition at UCLA -- the highest cash prizes of any piano and singing
competition worldwide -- were announced Friday, June 20 (Vocal) and Saturday,
June 21 (Piano) at Schoenberg Hall.
    Thirty year-old Soprano Angela Meade earned the competition's $50,000
First Place Vocal prize by wowing the audience and judges with her dazzling
programme which included Pensar en el by Arrieta, Estrellita by Ponce and
Verdi's Pace, pace mio Dio.  Currently a resident artist at Philadelphia's
Academy of Vocal Arts, Ms. Meade has collected top prizes from many national
and international competitions and is looking forward to future debut
engagements with the Dallas Opera and Teatro alla Scala plus several projects
with The Metropolitan Opera.
    Hailing from the Ukraine and Germany, 26 year-old Mariya Kim's
performance was equally stunning, earning her the $50,000 First Place prize in
the Piano competition with a programme that featured Navarra by Albeniz,
Gershwin's Prelude No. 3 from Three Preludes (1926) and Rachmaninoff's Moments
Musicaux, Op. 16 (No. 3 in B Minor, No. 5 in D flat Major and No. 4 in E
minor).  Kim just returned from Seoul, Korea, having won First Place in the
2008 Seoul International Music Competition. Among her many top competition
prizes, she won First Place in the "XVII Concorso Internationale per
Pianoforte e Orchestra Citta di Cantu" (Italy), and was a prize winner of the
Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano, Italy -- both in 2007.

    The remaining winners of the week-long Vocal competition were:
        $25,000 Second Prize -         Andrew Garland, 31, USA
        $15,000 Third Prize -          NaGuanda Nobles, 31, USA
        $3,000 Spanish Prize -         Andrew Garland, 31, USA
        $3,000 American Prize -        NaGuanda Nobles, 31, USA
        $3,000 President's Prize -     Jamilyn Manning-White, 23, USA
        $3,000 People's Choice -       Rodell Rosel, 32, Philippines/USA

    The remaining winners of the week-long Piano competition were:
        $25,000 Second Prize -         Anastasia Markina, 29, Russia/USA
        $15,000 Third Prize -          Tommaso Cogato, 27, Italy;
        (three-way tie)                Stepan Simonian, 26, Russia/Germany;
                                       Chetan Tierra, 24, USA
        $3,000 Spanish Prize - (tie)   Mariya Kim, 26, Ukraine/Germany;
                                       Anastasia Markina, 29, Russia/USA
        $3,000 American Prize -        Yevgeniy Milyavskiy, 23, Belarus/USA
        $3,000 President's Prize -     Margarita Muzychenko, 22, Russia
        $3,000 People's Choice -       Chetan Tierra, 24, USA
    "The talent of this year's competitors was staggering," said Donelle
Dadigan, president of the Jose Iturbi Foundation.  "Our finalists are truly
destined for superstardom.  Interest in the final rounds was so intense that
hundreds of people lined up in hope there would be last minute cancellations."
    Six finalists received cash prizes of $2,000 in addition to the $1,000
received by each of the 12 semi-finalists.
    In addition to cash prizes of $50,000, the First Place winners will
present a Cunard Command Performance(TM) aboard Queen Mary 2 during the April
26, 2009, Transatlantic Crossing from New York to Southampton, England.
    Also during the voyage, Donelle Dadigan will be joined by members of the
esteemed judging panel to present a series of classical music discussions and
Q&A's in association with Cunard Insights(TM), the line's award-winning Guest
Enrichment Programme. Guests sailing on this voyage will also hear from the
winners about their experiences as young musicians competing to win the
world's only weeklong competition that adds features of "American Idol" to the
world of classical music.  Highlights of the 2008 Competition will be
broadcast via Cunard's onboard stateroom television system.
    "We look forward to welcoming Angela Meade and Mariya Kim aboard Queen
Mary 2 to present a very special Cunard Command Performance(TM) for our
guests," said Carol Marlow, president and managing director of Cunard Line.
"Their exclusive appearance will surely be a memorable highlight of the
voyage," Marlow added.
    Photos and biographies of the winners can be viewed at  In addition to presenting sponsor Cunard
Line, sponsors of the 2008 Jose Iturbi International Music Competition include
Alliance Bank, The Beverly Hilton, Fields Pianos and The Luxe Hotel.
    About Cunard Line
    Cunard Line, operator of the luxury ocean liners Queen Mary 2, QE2 and
Queen Victoria has long been synonymous with the quest for new discoveries and
the epitome of British refinement since the company's first paddle-wheeled
steamer, Britannia, crossed the Atlantic in 1840.  Cunard voyages bring
together like-minded travelers who relish the Cunard hallmarks of impeccable
White Star Service(TM), fine dining, sophisticated adventure, the legacy of
historic voyages and transatlantic travel.
    Cunard Line is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines.  The
exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line,
Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn.  Sharing a passion
to please each guest, and a commitment to quality and value, member lines
appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets.  Together they offer
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    About The Jose Iturbi Foundation
    Created in 1985 by Donelle Dadigan and Marion Seabury, The Jose Iturbi
Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to continuing
the legacy of concert great Jose Iturbi, and to fulfill his desire of bringing
to the public's attention today's greatest emerging classical pianists and
vocalists.  The foundation's goal is to globally expand the passion for
classical music through dynamic competition and compelling live performance.
The competition distinguishes itself by giving the largest cash prizes
($50,000 each) for first place winners for solo piano and voice in the world.
Last year, the foundation gave away $268,000 in prize money for the winners of
The Jose Iturbi International Music Competition.
    One of the greatest concert pianists of his time, Jose Iturbi was also a
composer, conductor and performer of international acclaim who starred as
himself in seven MGM musicals including "Anchors Away" (1945) starring Frank
Sinatra and Gene Kelly.  He was the first classical musician to receive a Gold
Record representing record sales in excess of one million and receive a star
on the world-famous Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame.  Iturbi felt that
classical music should be a more recognizable part of everyone's
entertainment.  It was his hope that through live concerts, motion pictures,
recordings, international competitions, and public forums, a larger number of
people would learn to love classical music and attend live concert
performances.  For rules and regulations on The 2008 Jose Iturbi International
Music Competition, go to  Ticket requests
are available online for the public to attend all rounds of the competition on
a first come first served basis.

For further information:

For further information: Jackie Chase, +1-661-753-1035,, or Brian O'Connor, +1-661-753-1060,,
both of Cunard Line; or Michael Russell of The Michael  Russell Group,
+1-310-939-9024,, for the  Jose Iturbi

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