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Lake Village will host the IBLA Grand Prize winners on May 3 at 6 p.m. for a free performance at the Lakeside High School Auditorium.

Hailing from six countries in Europe, Asia and North America, the winning musicians tour the United States before a final performance at the world famous Carnegie Hall in New York City. This is a rare musical occasion for Lake Village and Southeast Arkansas.

Admission is free. The concert will be held May 3 at 6 p.m. in the Lakeside High School Auditorium, located at 336 W Highway 82, in Lake Village.

Among those performing will be 8-year-old pianist Jiaxi Jessica Sun, of China.

Sun, who won an IBLA Grand Prize – Most Distinguished Musician award, began studying piano at the age of three with her mother, a professor of piano in local conservatory of music.

A third grade student, Sun won her first award when she was four. She has won more than 20 awards in China and collected her first international award in Los Angeles in 2014. When she isn’t playing the piano, you might find her assembling her Lego robot. She also enjoys photography and traveling. She would like to be a pianist, scientist and a photographer.

Pianist Alessandro Marino, 24, of Italy, will also be among the performers.

Marino was the IBLA Grand Prize Top Prize winner and the William Modica and Conchetta Giordanella Modica Memorial Award recipient.

The IBLA Grand Prize International Music Competition has become one of the world’s cultural treasures. Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, the competition is held each year in early summer in the magnificent southeastern corner of Sicily, in the charming Baroque city of Ragusa-Ibla. The competition has proven to be a consistent and world-class showcase for musical talent of the highest order. The competition’s founder, Dr. Salvatore Moltisanti, has created an atmosphere that encourages openness to any and all forms of music, allowing presentations of all musical styles as well as instruments (this has included several types of jazz ensembles, domra virtuosos, accordionists, folk singers and many others from outside the classical mainstream, as well as instrumental and vocal performers of standard and contemporary repertoire), and creating a place where the ideas of wonderfully talented people can be nurtured in a spirit of international respect.

For more information contact, Blake Wintory at 870.265.6031.

Other performers include:
Pietro Beltrani, jazz piano/composer, of  Italy;
Lukasz Brzezina, accordion, of Poland;
Jakub Czerski, piano, of Poland;
Quinlan Facey, piano ­ USA;
Szymon ​Jabłoński, accordion, and Marcin Kozioł, guitar, of Poland;
Bartosz Kołsut, accordion, ­Poland;
Celina Kotz, violin, Poland;
Tamara Licheli, piano,­ Georgia;
Xiani Lv, piano,­ China;
Karolina Mikołajczyk, violin, and Iwo Jedynecki, accordion, Poland;
Soo Hyun Park, piano ­ Korea;
Marcin Parys, piano ­ Poland/USA;
Matteo Pomposelli​, piano,­ Italy; and
Joung ­Yun Son, soprano,­ Korea.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][/vc_column][/vc_row]