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Assistant Professor of Music Wins International Piano Competition
 MAILED:  Sept. 17, 2003

Alexandre Dossin, assistant professor of music at UW-Eau Claire, was recently awarded the First Prize and the Special Prize for the best performance of the Sonatina Espanola by J.J. Castro during the second Martha Argerich International Piano Competition in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The distinguished panel of jurors included Martha Argerich, Gyorgy Sandor, Eduardo Delgado, Akiko Ebi and Alexis Golovin. Dossin describes Martha Argerich as one of the most important pianist in all times. The competition was held in the world-famous Teatro Colon, one of the most prestigious opera theaters in the world.

Dossin performed four times during the competition: two solo recitals, one chamber performance and one concerto with orchestra.

In the final round, Dossin performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, also known as "Emperor.” Dossin will perform this concerto in Eau Claire Oct. 4 with the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, the first of several performances already scheduled in the upcoming months.

After the competition, Dossin was invited to participate in the Martha Argerich Festival, performing with the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra under the conducting of Charles Dutoit. He also had other solo and orchestral performances, always dividing the stage with Martha Argerich. After a joint performance in Mendoza, Argentina, (when he performed Schumann Piano Concerto) Martha Argerich asked Alexandre Dossin to perform an encore (Prokofiev's Toccata op. 11) after she performed Prokofiev's 3rd Piano Concerto and an encore.

Other finalists in the competition were: Sergio Monteiro of Brazil, who also received the first prize; and Oksana Mikhailov of Russia, who received second prize.

Dossin has been invited to participate in the Martha Argerich Festival next fall in Japan.

Dossin, who joined the UW-Eau Claire music department last year, has performed in 15 countries during the last 20 years and is a prizewinner in several national and international piano competitions.

Alexandre Dossin returned to Eau Claire this week and is available to talk with the media about his achievements at the Martha Argerich International Piano Competition. You can reach him at (715) 836-5842 or

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Updated: December 28, 2004