WCLV'S COVERAGE OF THE 2007 OBERLIN INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION
On Saturday, July 28th, WCLV broadcast live the final round of the 2007 Oberlin International Piano Competition from Warner Concert Hall on the campus of Oberlin College. There were six competitors who made it through the week long Competition, which is for young pianists, 13 through 18 years of age. They were from China, South Korea, and the United States. The winner was Yuquing Meng, 16, of Madison, New Jersey, by way of Shanghai, China. At stake were cash awards of $200, $500, and $1000 for the sixth through fourth places; $1500 for third place; $4000 for second place; and $10,000 for the first place winner. This is the largest first prize award offered by an international youth piano competition. In addition, the first place winner receives orchestral engagements in Beijing and Hong Kong.
Host on stage for the evening was WCLV's Robert Conrad, with Jacqueline Gerber handing the air commentary.
Adding to the glitter of the evening was a camera crew from China's national TV network, CCTV, which was filming a documentary on the Oberlin competition.
It was a busy night for WCLV. Simulataneously with the Oberlin Competition, WCLV
was at the Bolton Theatre of the Cleveland Play House recording that evening's session
of the First Rounds of the Cleveland International Piano Competition for broadcast on
Sunday morning, the 29th.
Here is a photographic record of the evening.
WCLV's Jacqueline Gerber in the Oberlin
Conservatory control room during
the WCLV live broadcast of the 2007
Oberlin International Piano Competition
on Saturday, July 28. In the background
- the Conservatory's Audio Supervisor
WCLV's Robert Conrad during the
sound check prior to the live
broadcast of the Oberlin
International Piano Competition.
The TV crew from CCTV, China's
national televsion network,
preparing to tape the Final
Rounds of the Oberlin International
The winners of the 13th Annual Oberlin International Piano Competition: (L.-R.) Chai Ju Yen, Minsoo Hong, John Choi, first-prize winner Yuqing Meng (wearing the red bow tie), Xiao Pei Xu, and Yunqing Zhou. Photo Credit: Al Fuchs