CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico Students Receive Prizes in Kruschke Piano Competition

Date: 03-21-2012

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Natalya Shkoda
Department of Music

California State University, Chico piano students Megumi Ito and Naoko Terakado earned two of the three prizes offered in the Earl R. and Marilyn Ann Kruschke Piano Performance Competition on Saturday, March 3. Ito received the first prize of $2,000, and Naoko Terakado received a special Victor Kosenko prize of $100. Nicholas Pietromonaco, Humboldt State University, won second prize and received $500.

Ito and Terakado are students of Professor Natalya Shkoda, assistant professor of piano and coordinator of keyboard studies at CSU, Chico and director of the competition. Pietromonaco is the student of Professor Daniela Mineva, Humboldt State University.

(Pictured at left: CSU, Chico student Megumi Ito with her instructor Dr. Natalya Skoda, and fellow student Naoko Terakado)

Ito is an international student from Japan, studying music industry and technology, with an option in recording arts, and general music, with an emphasis on piano performance. “When I first came to Chico State, playing the piano was just a hobby, and I did not plan on studying it until I met Dr. Shkoda. She suggested that I should study piano and pursue a degree in piano performance and has continued to support me with that since.”

For her performance, Ito played “Gavotte in B Minor, Op. 19 No. 7” by Victor Kosenko and “Thirty-Two Variations on an Original Theme in C Minor, WoO. 80” by Ludwig Van Beethoven. She was the recipient of the special award in both 2010 and 2011 and will graduate this spring.

Terakado is also an international student from Japan majoring in recording arts and general music at CSU, Chico. She has been studying piano for 13 years, the last two with Professor Shkoda. She received second-place prizes in both the Kruschke competition last year and the 2011 North State Symphony Young Artist Auditions. “The piece I played in the competition, ‘Courante in E Minor, Op. 19 No. 4,’ was really challenging because of its fast passage and power chords, using almost a full key range,” she said. “I couldn’t have done it without Dr. Shkoda’s help.”

Shkoda has modeled the Kruschke competition on her own experience as an international competitor and performer for two decades. “I am very thankful to our donors, who have supported the competition for so many years,” said Shkoda.

For more information about the competition, please visit the official Kruschke Piano Competition website at http://bit.ly/yXrNsg or call Shkoda at 530-898-4043.