Wednesday, February 28, 2024

THE SCOOP | Semifinalists Introduced For Third Cliburn Worldwide Junior Piano Competitors And Pageant


The Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition 2023 (Photo courtesy of the competition)
The Cliburn Worldwide Junior Piano Competitors 2023 (Photograph courtesy of the competitors)

Canadian pianist Janina Fialkowska, chairperson of the Jury for the 2023 Cliburn Worldwide Junior Piano Competitors and Pageant, introduced the six semifinalists who will proceed within the subsequent spherical. The competitors started on June 8, and the semifinals will happen in two phases from June 14 – 15 at Caruth Auditorium at SMU and Meyerson Symphony Middle in Dallas.

The Competitors

The Cliburn Worldwide Junior Piano Competitors and Pageant for pianists age 13 to 17 was established in 2015, and features a last spherical carried out with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. For the preliminary rounds, a complete of 23 pianists carried out an etude and one Bach Prelude and Fugue, then 12 quarterfinalists moved on to carry out a motion from a classical sonata, and a lyrical work. After the semifinals, within the last spherical, the remaining three pianists will carry out a concerto in its entirety with the DSO beneath the baton of Valentina Peleggi.

On the jury, chairperson Janina Fialkowska is joined by fellow Canadian Jane Coop, together with:

  • Adam Golka (United States/Poland)
  • Carol Leone (United States)
  • Anton Nel (South Africa/United States)
  • Roberto Plano (Italy)
  • Katia Skanavi (Greece/Russia)
  • Jeffrey Swann (United States)
  • Orion Weiss (United States)

The Semifinals

The semifinals come after a little bit of competitors drama. A hearth alarm was pulled within the venue earlier than the final quarterfinalist, Modan Oyama, might carry out. After a pause, Modan performed for the jurors solely, who then went on to pick out the semifinalists.

  • Section I (Wednesday, June 14): a 40-minute recital every that features a piece written by a dwelling composer and a considerable work of a minimum of 16-minutes.
  • Section II (Thursday, June 15): one concerto motion with piano accompaniment by Mikhail Berestnev and Anastasia Markina.

The Semifinalists

Right here’s an inventory of the semifinalists together with the concerto they’ve chosen to carry out within the second a part of the competitors section.

  • Seokyoung Hong 홍석영, 15, South Korea – RACHMANINOV Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, op. 43 (vars. 18-24)
  • Zihan Jin 金子涵, 14, China – LISZT Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Main, S. 124 (II, III, IV)
  • Modan Oyama 大山桃暖, 17, Japan – SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, op. 22 (II)
  • Jan Schulmeister, 16, Czechia – SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, op. 22 (II)
  • Zhonghua Wei 魏中华, 14, China – LISZT Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Main, S. 124 (II, III, IV)
  • Yifan Wu 吴一凡, 14, China – CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, op. 11 (III)

The ultimate spherical takes place on June 17. A money award of $15,000 goes to the primary prize winner, with $10,000 for the second prize winner, and $5,000 for third. All three prime prizes embrace a $2,500 scholarship.

Good luck to all of the rivals.

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