In addition to Portland pianists Darlene Cusick and John DeRuntz, Bend resident Judy Darst will also compete in the sixth Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs. The competition begins next week in Ft. Worth, Texas, and includes doctors, lawyers and even a Formula One race car designer.
A first for the competition will be the mother and son competitors Judy and Seth Darst. Judy is a retired piano teacher from Bend, Oregon, and her son Seth is a professor of molecular biophysics at The Rockefeller University in Manhattan.
The competition will be live-streamed beginning Monday, May 23rd.
For details about several of the 70 plus contestants, and information about the dates of the competition, check here.