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The jury member in the US Midwest Region has announced the winners held by KU Asian Classical Music Initiative & Steinway Piano Gallery Kansas City in Kansas City, USA. The following contestant has qualified for the Final Round of the 2023 Orbifold Music Festival & Competition in California in July, competing for over $20,000 in cash prizes and $80,000 in scholarships. Please note that there is an additional $100 special prize for the US Midwest preliminary round winners who named the ACMI Special Prize.

Congratulations to the winners who were invited to perform at the Midwest Preliminary Round Winner's Recital and Award Ceremony at The Lied Center on March 30, 2023.

ACMI Special Prize ($100):

Luo (Lori) Dan - Zhang Shuai Prelude no. 3, Op. 18

Yuze Lee - Jasmine Flower (arr. Peter Schindler)

Piano Young Artists (under 18):

Yuze Lee, 1st Prize

Michael Ye, 3rd Prize

Piano Adult (in-person):

Manuel Vizurraga, 1st Prize

Lori Lok, 2nd Prize

Xinye He, 3rd Prize

Piano Adult (Online):

Yunqiu Xu, 1st Prize

Haowen Lin, 2nd Prize

Li Chang, 3rd Prize

Vocal Adult:

Madalyn Kiewiet, 1st Prize

Mark Sepulveda, 2nd Prize

Elise Cressey, 3rd Prize

Vocal Young Artist (under 18):

Kaylen Fears, 1st Prize

String Adult:

Yi-Miao Hwang, 1st Prize

This year, Orbifold teamed up with The M Music Group, a non-profit organization, prioritizes the recognition of exceptional performers who demonstrate the highest levels of skill and artistry on a global stage. Unlike profit-focused business models seen in many other competitions, Orbifold Global Music Competition upholds the highest standards in every region where it operates, ensuring that its accolades reflect the industry's best practices.

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