Arts & Culture
7:56 am
Mon June 22, 2009

US soprano, Ukrainian pianist win $50K

LOS ANGELES – An American soprano singer and a Ukrainian pianist have won top honors at a competition that combines elements of "American Idol" and classical music.

Leah Crocetto, a 29-year-old first-year fellow with the San Francisco opera, won the $50,000 first prize in the vocal portion of the third annual Jose Iturbi International Music Competition at the University of California, Los Angeles.

She also received two separate $3,000 prizes, including the people's choice award for the weeklong competition whose $252,000 in prizes were announced this weekend.

Dmitri Levkovich, a 29-year-old pianist from the Ukraine, won the $50,000 first prize in the piano competition. He also won a separate $3,000 award known as the Spanish prize.