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For Dranoff Competition teams, 20 fingers are better than 10


Dranoff piano pairs

Duo Yoo and Kim: Yoon-Jee Kim and Jaekyung Yoo (South Korea).

Aventure Piano Duo: Ada Gorbunova and Vitali Gavrouc (Russia).

Duo Yamamoto: Sisters Ayaka and Yuka Yamamoto (Japan).

Duo Ping and Ting: Twin sisters Chau Lok Ping and Chau Lok Ting (Hong Kong).

Lavrova/Primakov Duo: Natalia Lavrova and Vassily Primakov (Russia; based in New York).

Duo Bohemes: Aurelie Samani (France) and Gabriela Ungureanu (Romania).

Yulia Getallo and Alexander Andreev Duo: Yulia Getallo and Alexander Andreev (Russia).

duo imPuls: Husband and wife Sebastian and Barbara Bartmann (Germany).

If you go

What: 12th Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition

Semifinals: 11 a.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. May 12, 10 a.m. May 13 and 10 a.m. May 14 at Clarke Recital Hall, University of Miami, 5501 San Amaro Dr., Coral Gables.

Grand Finale Concert with Orchestra: 7 p.m. May 16 at Gusman Concert Hall, University of Miami, 1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables.

Tickets: Semifinals $15 each, $50 for all, students $10/$20; finale $50, $75 VIP, $5 students at or 305-572-9900.

FYI: The competition will be live-streamed on the Dranoff website.

South Florida Classical Review

It isn’t easy when four hands share 88 keys.

“It’s like acrobatics, two people all over each other,” says Liuben Dimitrov, co-artistic director of the 2013 Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition. “It’s like the Blue Angels in the Air Force, flying across the air like crazy. You feel like they will hit each other, but it never happens.”

The logistics of sharing a piano can get personal. “You feel like the other person is always taking up more space than you,” says Yoon-Jee Kim, who is competing in this year’s Dranoff Competition. “And one person has to pedal for both of us.”

On Thursday, the semifinal and final rounds of the 12th Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition get underway in Miami. One of the most prestigious contests in the duo-piano world, it brings young piano pairs from around the world to South Florida to vie for prizes of $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000.

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