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Music Students Win the U.S. International Duo Piano Competition

Mary Pappert School of Music students Yuting Zhou and Anna Kovalevska won first place at the 15th annual United States International Duo Piano Competition, held Jan. 4 to 6 in Colorado Springs.

The competition features participants from the United States, Russia, Taiwan, Korea, China, India and Canada in 11 different categories. Duo concert pianists submit performance videos that are reviewed by a three-judge panel of renowned music professors in order to qualify for the prestigious competition.

Kovalevska, a native of Kherson, Ukraine, and Zhou, a native of Guangzhou, China, placed first in the professional level at the competition.

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Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.