Twenty-four young pianists will travel to Albuquerque this month to compete against each other for prize money, concert engagements and professional recognition. The first-ever Olga Kern International Piano Competition has attracted contestants from, among other countries, China, South Korea, the Czech Republic, Brazil and Japan. One of the Americans taking part is 23-year-old Joshua Rupley, born and raised in Albuquerque.
Josh now lives and studies in Germany. From his home in Wurzberg, he explains how an international competition can benefit a young musician.
In this more complete version of the conversation, Josh talks about growing up in Albuquerque and the reasons for his move to Germany.