Alcalay chosen for jury panel at international competition

November 5, 2014
Dr. Eugene Alcalay

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Dr. Eugene Alcalay, professor of music at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, has been chosen for the jury panel at the 13th biennial Los Angeles International Liszt Competition on Friday, Nov. 21 through Sunday, Nov. 23 at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, Calif.

Hungarian composer, songwriter and teacher Franz Liszt (1811-1886) is known as a Renaissance man and, according to many, one of the greatest piano virtuosos of the 19th century.

“This is my first time judging this competition and I am very excited and humbled to serve in this capacity,” said Alcalay. “I expect I will hear a lot of young talents, so I am really looking forward to it. I will hear a vast amount of music – some well known, some less well known – which might spark some new repertoire ideas for my students.”

“I met Dr. Alcalay at the San Francisco Conference of the American Liszt Society in 2013, where we both performed in a special recital,” said Judith Nesleny, co-director of LAILC. “His presentation of Franz Liszt’s transcription from Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde: Isolde's Liebestod” was a memorable rendition of that beautiful piece. Since I have been the co-director of the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition since 1990, I asked him if he would be so kind as to serve on the distinguished panel of an internationally renowned jury for our next competition. He accepted, and we are happy to have him.”

Contestants, 35-years-old and under, will compete in various divisions, including piano, organ and voice. Repertoire includes any music composed by Liszt.

A Steinway Artist, Alcalay’s performance career has taken him to four continents and U.S. venues such as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium. Through his American Liszt Society connections, Alcalay has been booked to play a recital at the Liszt Museum and Research Center of the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest on May 16, 2015.

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191,


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