Pianists from across the world gather in Albuquerque

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – People from all over the world are meeting in Albuquerque to show off their piano playing skills.

It’s all part of the Olga Kern International Piano Competition.

The contestants gathered at the National Hispanic Cultural Center for their preliminary round. They represent 15 different countries and range in age from 18-32.

Officials say this competition is not only a tribute to classical pianist, Olga Kern, but a chance for young musicians to get some exposure.

“Many careers start from a competition. Winning a prize means to get exposed, means to get engagements,” said Constantine Scherbakov, judge.

Twenty-four people will compete for a prize of more than $30,000. The winner will also sign to a record label.

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