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Santiago Rodriguez

In 1975, Santiago Rodriguez won the William Kapell International Piano Competition.  This year, he is chair of the 2012 Kapell Competition jury, whose members have winnowed down the field of twenty-eight contestants to three finalists in competition rounds that began last week.  Saturday night, July 21st at 8:00 pm, each of the three finalists will step onstage at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center to perform a concerto with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.  Judges will choose a winner at the end of the evening.

Classical WETA's Deb Lamberton spoke to Santiago Rodriguez about what he looks for in choosing both a jury and a winner for this year's competition, as well as the role competitions can play in a contestant's life.