Park University Cellist Wins 2014 Naftzger Young Artist Auditions

Parkville, Mo.—March 24, 2014 — Mansur Kadirov, a senior applied music/cello major at Park University’s International Center for Music, won first prize at the 2014 Naftzger Young Artists Auditions, held March 21-22 in Wichita, Kan.

Kadirov, from Tashkent, Uzbekistan and a student of Daniel Veis, visiting assistant professor of music/cello at Park University, was selected from eight finalists in a public recital, concluding two days of competition. His winning performance, which garnered a $5,000 prize, consisted of music selections by Robert Schumann and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Sixty-seven student musicians entered the competition. During the first round, contestants competed within their given divisions, vying for the March 22 finals.

This year marked the 74th Naftzger Young Artist Auditions since the competition’s inception in 1940. The competition — made possible by the Naftzger Fund for Fine Arts Inc. and administered by the Wichita Symphony Society — is open to residents of Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma regardless of their school or study, and non-residents enrolled at a college, university or conservatory in Kansas, Oklahoma or Missouri.

Kadirov will perform a solo recital on Friday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m., in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University’s Parkville Campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

Please note: Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel has restricted physical access. Park University wants to make available to everyone access to all programs and activities conducted in this building. Requests for physical access accommodations should be addressed in a timely manner to Park University’s Office of Campus Safety at (816) 584-6444. Park University will make all reasonable modifications to ensure that individuals with physical challenges have an equal opportunity to enjoy all programs and activities.

If provided, please give photo credit to Cristian Fatu.


Park’s Promise: Serving those who serve their community and country with personalized, globally-relevant education for life.

The International Center for Music at Park University trains and educates the next generation of accomplished musicians for careers in music at the highest level, in a focused and creative atmosphere with an international faculty of renowned excellence. Established in 2003 under the guidance of renowned pianist and gold medalist of the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Stanislav Ioudenitch, the ICM is a premier institution for advanced study in piano and string performance. For more information about the International Center for Music, contact ICM Director Ingrid Stölzel, D.M.A., at or (816) 584-6484, or visit

Established in 1875, Park University is a national leader in higher education and is distinguished by its innovative adult-degree completion programs. The University has 20,964 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs at 40 campuses located in 21 states and online.

For more information, please contact Rita Weighill, vice president for university marketing and communications, at (816) 584-6211 or

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