LAWRENCE, KS—The 73rd Naftzger Young Artists Competition named KU School of Music student Inge Buniardi as the overall first prize winner.
Buniardi, pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in piano, was selected from nine finalists in a public recital at the annual competition held April 27 at Wiedemann Hall at Wichita State University. Administered by the Wichita Symphony, the competition hosted 56 semi-finalists from universities and conservatories across Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma who competed for $11,000 in prizes. As first prize winner, she was awarded a $5,000 prize. Her winning performances included musical selections by Gubaidulina and Rachmaninoff. Buniardi is a student of Steven Spooner, associate professor of piano.
About the Naftzger Young Artists Awards
The Naftzger Young Artists Awards are made possible by the Naftzger Fund for Fine Arts, Inc., created by Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Naftzger in memory of L.S. Naftzger, Ida L. Naftzger and Lee Southwell Naftzger II. John E. Naftzger was very proud of this competition, started in 1940 to remember his parents and brother. John Naftzger, who passed away in March, will be honored at this year’s competition. It is from his passion and enjoyment of music that this legacy will continue for many young musicians.
The competition is open to residents of Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma who are enrolled in any college, university or conservatory; and non-resident students attending college in Kansas, Oklahoma or Missouri.
For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436. music.ku.edu.