Brody wins statewide piano competition

Michael Brody, recent winner of prestigious competition.
Owen Miller

Michael Brody, recent winner of prestigious competition. (Quinn Lake)

Senior pianist Michael Brody won the Wisconsin State Level Music Teachers National AssociationYoung Artists Piano Performance competition this month.The competition, held at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, took place Oct. 17. For the competition, Brody had to play an entire concerto from memory, as well as three shorter contrasting works.

Brody won the competition with Beethoven’s Waldstein Sonata, Brahms’ Sonata No. 3, and the Bach organ chorale prelude Ich ruf, zu dir, transcribed by Ferruccio Busoni.

Brody’s win marks the fourth year in a row that a Lawrence piano performance major has won this honor. Brody is preceded by Brian O’Morrow, Nicholas Towns, and Rene Rusch.

Brody, a double-degree candidate, now gets to advance to the six-state East Central Division competition. This competition will be held Jan. 16-18 at Oberlin College and Conservatory in Ohio.

Winners at that competition will advance to the Music Teachers National Association national competition in March, held in Kansas City.