Pianist Andrew Tyson of Durham dazzles on the contest circuit

News & Observer excerpt

Tyson has been earning prizes in piano competitions for years,
the 2010 National Chopin Competition. 
He was a winner in both 
the 2011 Young Concert Artists Auditions 
and the 
2012 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition 
at the Juilliard School in New York City, 
where he is enrolled in post-graduate studies. 
And this past September, 
Tyson reached the winners’ circle
 at the Leeds International Piano Competition in England, 
placing fifth. 
 “He’s a phenomenal talent 
and a world-class player, no question,” 
said Thomas Otten, a UNC music professor 
who taught him before Tyson went off to 
the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and Juilliard. 
“His playing keeps opening up, going to higher levels. 
He’s really got it all, a perfect combination of intellect, 
technical brilliance and solidity, heart and incredible imagination.

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