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After two consecutive years as runner-up, Lawrence University senior Julian Delfino’s persistence was rewarded with first-place honors at the recent 2013 Wisconsin Music Teachers Association’s annual Badger Collegiate Piano Competition conducted at UW-Stevens Point.

A double degree candidate from Irvine, Calif., with majors in piano performance and English, Delfino received $200 for his winning performance. He earned honorable mention recognition at the 2011 and 2012 WMTA Badger competitions. He is a student in the piano studio of Associate Professor of Music Anthony Padilla.

This is the second year in a row a Lawrence student has won the WMTA Badger Competition. Sophomore Thomas Lee was the 2012 competition’s winner.

Delfino was one of three Lawrence students among the competition’s seven finalists. Sophomore Casey Kadlubowski and junior Benny Wollin also represented Lawrence.

The WMTA Badger Collegiate Piano Competition is open to college students under the age of 28. Participants must perform from memory a solo recital program of 20-30 minutes in length with works representing contrasting styles from three of five historical periods: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, Contemporary.


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