JERUSALEM (Apr. 17)
A young German pianist, Gerhard Oppitz, has won the coveted First Prize in Israel’s Second Artur Rubinstein Piano Competition. The 24-year-old Oppitz was followed by Diana Kacso of Brazil and Etsuki Terada of Japan. With the $5000 in prize money and gold medal goes a huge amount of international prestige which is expected to lead to invitations to play with major orchestras around the world. Mayor Teddy Kollek named the 90-year-old Rubinstein a “Distinguished Citizen of Jerusalem. The maestro, who participated in the final stages of the competition and judging, replied with a warm speech about his lifelong love for Israel.