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Escondido woman to compete in International Piano Competition



Edna Nerona will be one of 30 competitors in the San Diego International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs taking place next month.

Edna Nerona will be one of 30 competitors in the San Diego International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs taking place next month.

Pianist Edna Nerona of Escondido will compete in the San Diego Inter­national Piano Competition for Out­standing Amateurs taking place at Crill Performance Hall, Point Loma Nazarene University on July 15 – 17.

Edna, a resident of Escondido, is one of 30 pianists in the competition. Many of the other pianists are visit­ing from all over the United States, as well as France and China,

The event is being organized by the Amateur Pianists (ama­teurpianists.org) a 501(c)(3) non- profit organization founded in 2011 by Glenn Kramer to provide per­formance opportunities for amateur pianists of all professions and back­grounds. It is the largest piano meet­up group in the world. Kramer says, “This biennial competition will be an exciting, rewarding, and fulfilling opportunity for everyone involved.”

Of the 30 competitors in round 1, the jury, a distinguished panel of concert pianists, will select 12 pia­nists will advance to the semi-finals. From that group, six semi-finalists will advance to day 3, the finals. Competitors cannot be repeat pieces played in subsequent rounds.

Nerona is a comedian, award- winning speaker, and artist. In the Fall 2015, she was selected to speak at Ignite San Diego. As a comedi­an, she has performed at the world famous Comedy Store in La Jolla, opening for Dat Phan, the first win­ner of Last Comic Standing. Nerona has also performed improvisation at National Comedy Theatre and Finest City Improv.

“I love making people laugh and moving audiences with my piano music. My dream is to merge com­edy and classical piano so I can en­tertain and inspire audiences in the same way that the great Victor Borge did,” she told The Times-Advocate.

To learn more about Nerona, visit her website: www.EdnaSpeaks.com. Details about the piano competition can be found here: amateur­pianists.org/competition3.


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