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L.a. Cellist In Second Round Of Tchaikovsky Competition

June 25, 1986|Associated Press

MOSCOW — Ten Americans--including Diane Chaplin of Los Angeles and David Starkweather of San Francisco--and all four of the Soviet contestants were among the 26 cellists selected Tuesday for the second round in the International Tchaikovsky Competition here.

The other Americans who advanced to the second round were Bion Yu-ting Tsang, a Michigan native; Sara Sant'ambrogio, a Boston native; Judy Stone, an Illinois native; Lawrence Figg, about whom no information was available from competition officials; John Sharp, a native of Waco, Tex., and a former soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony; Johann Paetsch, a native of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Michelle Djokic, a native of Trenton, N.J., who plays in the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and Rafael Figueroa, a native of Puerto Rico who plays in the Puerto Rico Symphony.

In the singing division, jury chairman Irina Arkhipova had announced Monday that the standard was so high that the jury decided to advance 42 of the more than 80 entrants to the second round. Soprano Barbara Kilduff, a native of Huntington, N.Y., was the only American who made it to the second round.

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