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2 Utahns to compete in international piano competition

Ogden resident Madalyn Taylor and Provo resident Jane Gibson King will be competing in the Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition, which will take place June 19-25 in Fort Worth, Texas. They are among 72 competitors chosen to play for the competition, according to press materials.

Taylor studied music for two years at Weber State University and has won multiple awards. She was a semifinalist in 2011 in the Cliburn Amateur Competition. She has studied with the founder and director of the Gifted Music School, Eugene Watanabe, according to press materials. Taylor raised six children and has 24 grandchildren.

King received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano from Brigham Young University. She has studied with many pianists, such as Jerome Lowenthal, Steven De Groote and Watanabe. In 2011, she received the Press Jury Award, and she has appeared as a soloist with many symphonies, according to press materials. King raised four children and is a volunteer seamstress for Days For Girls International, according to press materials.

This event will be available live on Cliburn.org. The four-round competition includes amateur pianists selected from a pool of 169 pianists from every state in the United States and 19 countries, according to press materials.