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.