A series of performances at the World Piano Competition (Cincinnati) were accompanied by a 47-piece orchestra and recorded live using a pair of DPA 4003 microphones. The World Piano Competition hosts150 contestants chosen from more than 500 applicants, representing more than 14 countries for the junior division. The accompanying adult competition offered a grand prize of $45,000 and a performance at Lincoln Center in New York City. The youth competition was for a prize of $1,500 and a performance at Carnegie Hall.
“Based on my great experience using DPA 4006s for the Cincinnati Symphony, getting a pair of DPA 4003s to record the competition was definitely a priority,” says Jon Brennan, chief audio engineer for the Word Piano Competition. “The orchestra recording turned out dynamite. The bass response was very present and tight, while the treble was extremely clear. The power of these microphones is also very impressive, as their sensitivity blew me away. Even when the orchestra was playing softly, they picked up the detail perfectly…the same went for when the orchestra was loud: Every detail came through clearly with absolutely no distortion.”
“We are very pleased to have our microphones be a part of something as special as The World Piano Competition,” says Bruce Myers, president of DPA Microphones. “Not only does their organization provide a real service to the community by providing a positive outlet for today’s youth, but the quality of music coming out of the competition is world-class.”