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UW-Eau Claire Piano Student
Wins State Piano Competition

 MAILED:  Nov. 12, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire senior Yukiko Fujimura, Kanagawa, Japan, was recently named state winner in the piano competition at the 2004 Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Performance Competition.

The piano competition, sponsored by Steinway and Sons, was held Oct. 22-23 at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton .

The MTNA holds student competitions at state, division and national levels, and Fujimura will now advance to the MTNA division competitions, to be held Jan. 14-16 at UW-Madison. The intent of these competitions "is to encourage exceptionally talented young artists in the pursuit of musical excellence and to recognize outstanding achievement in the music teaching profession."

"I was pleased to be chosen as state winner in the young artist piano competition," said Fujimura. "Competitions have been very good opportunities for me to perform. I hope that division competition will be even better."

Fujimura has been studying with Dr. Alexandre Dossin, assistant professor of music and theatre arts at UW-Eau Claire, since the fall of 2002. She has been working on the pieces for this contest for almost a year and typically meets with Dossin for one hour each week, with an occasional extra meeting before performances.

"This is her third award during this period, and I am very proud of her," Dossin said. "She is a very hard worker and a great performer; I am very glad that she has been receiving the recognition she deserves."

Fujimura took first place at the 2004 WMTA Badger Collegiate Piano Competition held last May in Appleton and also won second place in the Schubert Club Student Scholarship Competition in April 2002.

Scheduled to graduate in May with a bachelor of music degree in piano performance, Fujimura will perform her senior degree recital at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, in Gantner Concert Hall of UW-Eau Claire's Haas Fine Arts Center .

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Updated: November 12, 2004