During the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the New Orleans Piano Institute hosted the Steinway Society of New Orleans Piano Concerto Auditions.  A young pianist from the Philadelphia area named Rebecca Kenney won the contest and was awarded an opportunity to play with the New Orleans Civic Symphony.  The concert featuring Ms. Kenney was performed on Monday, October 20th at St. Clement of Rome Church in Metairie, Louisiana.  Ms. Kenney demonstrated her talent, performing Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73.  on a Steinway Model D 9′ Concert Grand Piano provided courtesy of The Steinway Society of New Orleans and Hall Piano Company, Louisiana’s exclusive Steinway Dealer.

Ms. Kenney is 19 years old and studies piano with Igor Resnianski at the Nelly Berman School of Music in Haverford, Pennsylvania.  Next year she will be studying at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.  She has won numerous competitions and awards and when not practicing, she studies acting at the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia.  She also loves to ski, especially in the mountains of Vermont.We would like to extend a very special thank you to Dr. Shearon Horton and all those involved with the New Orleans Piano Institute for helping to make this concert such a success.  Hall Piano would like to congratulate Ms. Kenney on a magnificent performance with the New Orleans Civic Symphony.  We wish you well and good luck in your future studies.