Contests: Cookie & Pinky Come Through

The first prize includes a series of solo engagements with such orchestras as the Cleveland, Chicago and New York Philharmonic, so it is no wonder that the piano and violin competitions sponsored by Manhattan's Edgar M. Leventritt Foundation have helped launch many an illustrious career. Pianists Eugene Istomin, Gary Graffman and Van Cliburn and Violinists David Nadien and Itzhak Perlman are among the performers who got an early boost from the award. Since the stakes and standards are so high, the judges occasionally pick no winner when they feel that the candidates are not ripe for major concert appearances....

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