Local Man To Play In International Piano Competition

Local Man To Play In International Piano Competition

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"By the time that it was time to apply to schools, I knew that this was what I wanted to do."

Noah Landers started piano lessons by the time he turned five. Now at 21, he's studying to make his craft a living.

Landers graduated from Carthage High School in 2015 and is now a senior studying music at the University of Ottawa.

This weekend, he's one of several pianists ranging in age from 13 to 23 competing from all over the world in the 16th Annual Thousand Islands International Piano Competition held at Maple Grove Estate in Cape Vincent.

"To see that many other young people who have the same passion, the same drive, the same dedication, is really neat," he said.

Landers is no stranger to the competition; he made honorable mention in 2012.

Brian Preston from Rochester has served as the artistic director for 9 years. Preston says the St. Lawrence region is a good fit for the event.

"This community really adopts each one of the contestants that are here. I think students leave here feeling like, wow, this is an amazing event for them," he said.

Throughout the competition, Landers will play pieces from the great composers Bach, Beethoven and Chopin.

"In years past, there have been students from Asia, Europe, South America, Canada. To have this type of local representation I think is really great and I'm really proud to represent the place where I grew up," he said.

Landers will join other competitors on the grounds of the estate Friday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A winner will be announced Sunday at 2 p.m.

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