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Contents 3 Welcome from the Mayor 4 Welcome from Steinway & Sons 5 Welcome from Olga Kern 5 Welcome from the President of the Board 6 Schedule of Events 6 Venue Locations 6 Competition Etiquette 7 Rules & Regulations 8 Competition Repertoire/Performance Requirements 8 Competition Prizes 9 Performance Partners 11 Conductor 12 Jury 23 Contestants 49 Board & Staff 49 Volunteers 49 Special Thanks 49 Host Families 50 Donors 51 Sponsors 51 Notes / Votes

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October 27, 2019 Dear Distinguished Contestant, On behalf of Steinway & Sons, I would like to congratulate you on your selection to the 2019 Olga Kern International Piano Competition. Your invitation to this prestigious event is a testament to your talent, dedication, and hard work. We are honored that Steinway is the official piano of the Competition and are proud to sponsor the mission of the Olga Kern International Piano Competition – to provide the venue for young pianists to develop international careers through a competition that is recognized globally for its value and excellence. I sincerely hope that your experience at the Olga Kern International Piano Competition is a memory you will cherish for years to come, and that your artistry and love of the piano and its repertoire will be further enhanced as a result of your participation. I wish you all the best this week and throughout your musical life. With best regards,

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Olga Kern Welcome to the Second Olga Kern International Piano Competition, taking place again in the beautiful Land of Enchantment. We have selected 24 amazing young pianists whom I welcome with much excitement to Albuquerque as part of the competition this year. In 2016, we concluded a wonderful week at the first OKIPC. Three years later, we are seeing how the winners from the first competition are faring in the international concertizing scene. I am so happy to say that they have played more than 20 times with orchestras on four continents and have performed many recitals around the world. We look forward to furthering the careers of this year’s winners. Thank you so much to the members of the selection Jury for their hard and difficult work in selecting the best of the best to come to Albuquerque. Welcome from my heart to the distinguished judges, each one of them internationally celebrated musicians, who are traveling to NM for the week to dedicate their time and expertise to the Second Olga Kern International Piano Competition. Finally, I would like to thank the New Mexico Philharmonic, the City of Albuquerque, and all the donors, host families, volunteers, and many friends from all over the world who came together to collectively help and create this international event.

OLGA KERN Artistic Director & President of the Jury

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President of the Board I am very excited to welcome you to the Second Triennial Olga Kern International Piano Competition. During this week, you will have the opportunity to hear amazing performances by some of the most talented young pianists in the world. The New Mexico Philharmonic is pleased to support this event by providing the opportunity for the four finalists to perform the final round with the orchestra under the leadership of Music Director Maestro Roberto Minczuk. Albuquerque and New Mexico have much to offer in addition to the competition, and we hope that you will make time to see some of our spectacular Southwest attractions, both natural and man-made, that tens of thousands of visitors to the Land of Enchantment enjoy each year. On behalf of the entire NMPhil, we would like to thank the City of Albuquerque for its support and funding for the competition. Thanks also to Steinway & Sons for its generous sponsorship by providing the pianos for the contestants’ host families as well as the performance pianos for all the competition rounds. We are deeply grateful to all the donors who through their generosity are providing the critical support to ensure the continuation of this important event. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the families who are hosting the contestants and to the many volunteers who make the daily activities happen. Having the Olga Kern International Piano Competition in Albuquerque and New Mexico enriches our lives and brings international standing to the area through this world-class event.

MAUREEN BACA President of the Board

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

VENUES

Schedule at a Glance

Competition Locations

Preliminary Round

HOTEL CHACO 2000 Bellamah Ave. NW Albuquerque, NM 87104 505.246.9989 hotelchaco.com

October 28-29, 2019 9 am–9 pm

National Hispanic Cultural Center Free Admission

Semifinal Round October 30-31, 2019 11 am–5:30 pm

National Hispanic Cultural Center Admission: $10 per day; Students, Free Admission. Reserve Tickets: 505.724.4771

Final Round WITH THE NEW MEXICO PHILHARMONIC

November 2, 2019 6 pm

Popejoy Hall Admission: $22-$75; Students, $10 (Available with Sound Card). Reserve Tickets: 505.925.5858 nmphil.org

Awards Ceremony & Winners’ Recital November 3, 2019 3 pm

HOTEL ALBUQUERQUE AT OLD TOWN 800 Rio Grande Blvd. NW Albuquerque, NM 87104 505.843.6300 hotelabq.com CASA ESENCIA 800 Rio Grande Blvd. NW Albuquerque, NM 87104 505.843.6300 hotelabq.com/casa.esencia/ NATIONAL HISPANIC CULTURAL CENTER 1701 4th St. SW Albuquerque, NM 87102 505.246.2261 POPEJOY HALL 1 University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM 87131 505.277.8010 PARKING: popejoypresents.com/your.visit/ transportation

Popejoy Hall Admission: $25; Students, $10 Reserve Tickets: 505.925.5858

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Etiquette

NN As a courtesy to each contestant, please refrain from conversation and remain in your seat during a performance. NN During competition rounds, audience members may enter or leave only between each contestant’s performance and not between pieces. NN Please do not applaud until each contestant has concluded the performance of the final selection of his or her program. NN Children must be six or older and accompanied by an adult to be admitted. NN No smoking, eating, or drinking are permitted in the competition venues. NN Only authorized use of cameras and recording equipment is permitted. NN Please silence all electronic timepieces, cell phones, and other electronic devices during competition performances. 


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Rules & Regulations for Competition Rounds DRAWING Performance order will be determined on the evening of Sunday, October 27. The drawing reception will take place at Casa Esencia, 800 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM. The names of the contestants will be drawn from a raffle drum. Upon hearing their name called, each contestant will pick up a number from a second raffle drum. That number will determine the order in which they will perform for the Preliminary Round. The contestant who draws “Number 1” will perform his/her solo recital first, followed by the contestant who draws “Number 2,” and so on. This order will be maintained throughout subsequent rounds of the Competition, with the possible exception of the Final Round (see below). The contestants advancing to the Semifinal Round will perform in ascendant order. For example, if the following contestants advance—Numbers 2, 6, 12, 14 – the contestant order of the Semifinal Round would be 2, 6, 12, 14. The Jury has the discretion to change this order due to accident, illness, or other circumstances. FIRST ROUND/PRELIMINARY ROUND The Preliminary Round will take place at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, located at 1701 4th St. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102. The contestants perform a 45-minute recital before an audience in Albuquerque at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Recitals are recorded on video and also livestreamed through KHFM Radio and the Competition website. The piano for Round I will be selected by Olga Kern before the Competition. At the end of the Preliminary Round on Tuesday, October 29, the Jury will deliberate and choose 10 contestants who will advance to the Semifinal Round. The names of the contestants advanced to the Semifinal Round will be announced the same evening at the venue as well as via Facebook, Twitter, and email.

SECOND ROUND/SEMIFINAL ROUND The contestants perform a 60-minute recital before an audience in Albuquerque at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Recitals are recorded on video and also livestreamed through KHFM Radio and the Competition website. Performance order is based on the numbers assigned in Round I. Pianists in the Semifinal Round have the opportunity to choose their performance piano from the two official pianos provided by Steinway & Sons, the Competition sponsor. Each pianist is allotted 20 minutes to perform on the two pianos and make their choice. This process will take place in the morning before 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 30 for the Semifinalists performing that day, and on Thursday, October 31 for the remaining Semifinalists. The choice of piano can be carried over to the Final Round. All piano choices for the Semifinal Round are final. No changes are allowed. At the end of the Semifinal Round on Thursday, October 31, the Jury will deliberate and choose the four advancing Finalists. The names of the contestants advanced to the Final Round will be announced the same evening at the venue as well as via Facebook, Twitter, and email.

The piano choice from the Semifinal Round can be carried over for each contestant, but a decision change to use the other piano will be allowed before the first rehearsal with the New Mexico Philharmonic. That choice is final. At the end of the concert, the Jury will deliberate and announce the winner and subsequent positions of the remaining contestants. The audience will fill out a ballot for the Audience Award. AWARDS CEREMONY & WINNERS’ RECITAL The Awards Ceremony and Winners’ Recital will take place on Sunday, November 3 at 3 p.m. at Popejoy Hall on the campus of the University of New Mexico, located at 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131. The performance order and repertoire will be decided on Saturday, November 2. The repertoire choices will be made by Olga Kern as well as members of the Jury and will include works previously performed during the first and second rounds of the Competition. 

THIRD ROUND/FINAL ROUND The Final Round will take place at Popejoy Hall on the campus of the University of New Mexico, located at 203 Cornell Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87131. The Finalists will perform a concerto with the New Mexico Philharmonic on Saturday, November 2 beginning at 6 p.m. at Popejoy Hall. They will participate in rehearsals prior to the concert as follows: Friday, November 1, either 3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.–10 p.m.; and Saturday, November 2, 11 a.m.–1:45 p.m. Each contestant will have a pre-rehearsal meeting of approximately 20-30 minutes with the conductor. The numbers of the contestants will be carried over from Rounds I and II. However, the order of the contestants may be changed depending on the repertoire. The order of the contestants will be decided on Thursday, October 31, after the announcement of the advancing contestants. The Finalists will be notified that evening.

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COMPETITION REPERTOIRE

Required Repertoire Everything must be performed from memory and all printed repeats must be taken. FIRST ROUND/PRELIMINARY ROUND (45 MIN. TOTAL): 1. One Prelude and Fugue by J.S. Bach (chosen from either book of The WellTempered Clavier) or two contrasting Scarlatti Sonatas. 2. Two contrasting Études chosen from the following: NN Frédéric Chopin: Op. 10 and Op. 25 NN Franz Liszt: Transcendental Études NN Sergei Rachmaninoff: ÉtudesTableaux, Op. 33 and Op. 39 NN Alexander Scriabin: Études, Op. 42 NN Claude Debussy: Études 3. One Sonata by Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, or Ludwig van Beethoven. 4. One short piece by Rachmaninoff chosen from the following: NN Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3 NN Morceaux de salon, Op. 10 NN Ten Preludes, Op. 23 NN Thirteen Preludes, Op. 32 NN Transcriptions SECOND ROUND/SEMIFINAL ROUND (60 MIN. TOTAL): 1. Work(s) of contestant’s choice. 2. Required piece (5-6 minutes long) written specifically for the Olga Kern International Piano Competition (sent to contestants two months prior to start of competition). THIRD ROUND/FINAL ROUND: Contestant’s choice of one of the following concerti for piano and orchestra: NN Béla Bartók: Piano Concerti Nos. 2 or 3 NN Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerti Nos. 3, 4, or 5 NN Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerti Nos. 1 or 2 NN Frédéric Chopin: Piano Concerti Nos. 1 or 2 NN George Gershwin: Concerto in F NN Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto in a minor NN Franz Liszt: Piano Concerti Nos. 1 or 2 NN Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerti Nos. 1, 2, or 3

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NN Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerti Nos. 1, 2, or 3, or Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini NN Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto in G Major NN Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto in a minor NN Alexander Scriabin: Piano Concerto in f-sharp minor NN Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerti Nos. 1 or 2

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Awards & Prizes The 2019 Competition will award the following prizes and perks to the winners:

First Prize / $15,000 In addition to the cash prize, the winner will receive a professional recording on the Steinway & Sons label and the Olga Kern International Piano Competition will provide multiple concert engagements through the end of 2021.

Second Prize / $10,000 Third Prize / $5,000 Fourth Prize / $2,500 Best Contemporary Piece Prize / $1,000 Audience Award / $1,000 Aspiration Foundation Special Prize / $500 Semifinalist Honorable Mention / $500 Vladimir Spivakov Charitable Foundation Special Prize Recital as part of the XIV “Moscow Welcomes Friends” International Music Festival in Moscow, Russia.

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CONCERT ENGAGEMENTS

Performance Partners for the First-Prize Winner RECITAL AT STEINWAY HALL New York City, NY, U.S.A. Presented by Steinway & Sons steinway.com RECITAL IN MOSCOW Moscow, Russia Presented by the Vladimir Spivakov International Charitable Foundation vladimirspivakov.com RECITAL AT GABER AUDITORIUM Milan, Italy Presented by Fondazione La Società dei Concerti RECITAL AT THE UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR THE ARTS Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, U.S.A. Presented by the 2020 International Keyboard Odyssiad® & Festival, U.S.A. odyssiad.com RECITAL AT LIED CENTER OF KANSAS University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, US lied.ku.edu RECITAL IN AUSTIN, TEXAS Austin, Texas, U.S.A. RECITAL AT RISING STAR SERIES OF PORTLAND PIANO INTERNATIONAL / SOLO Portland Oregon, U.S.A. portlandpiano.org RECITAL AS PART OF THE VIRGINIA ARTS FESTIVAL Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.A. vafest.org CONCERTO WITH THE NEW MEXICO PHILHARMONIC Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A. Presented by the New Mexico Philharmonic nmphil.org


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CONCERTO WITH THE JOHANNESBURG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Johannesburg, South Africa Presented by the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra jpo.co.za CONCERTO WITH DURBAN KZN PHILHARMONIC Durban, South Africa Presented by the Durban KZN Philharmonic kznphil.org.za CONCERTO WITH THE FILARMONICA BANATUL Timișoara, Romania Presented by Filarmonica Banatul filarmonicabanatul.ro CONCERTO WITH THE SAN ANTONIO SYMPHONY San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A. Presented by the San Antonio Symphony sasymphony.org CONCERTO WITH THE PACIFIC SYMPHONY Costa Mesa, California, U.S.A. Presented by the Pacific Symphony pacificsymphony.org MUSIC MONDAYS Presented by the Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning sillsarasota.org

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Roberto Minczuk CONDUCTOR, NEW MEXICO PHILHARMONIC MUSIC DIRECTOR In 2017, GRAMMY® Awardwinning conductor Roberto Minczuk was appointed Music Director of the New Mexico Philharmonic and of the Theatro Municipal Orchestra of São Paulo. He is also Music Director Laureate of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (Canada) and Conductor Emeritus of the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira (Rio de Janeiro). In Calgary, he recently completed a 10year tenure as Music Director, becoming the longest-running Music Director in the orchestra’s history. Highlights of Minczuk’s recent seasons include the complete Mahler Symphony Cycle with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra; Bach’s St. John Passion, Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7, Beethoven’s Fidelio, Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Verdi’s La traviata, Bernstein’s Mass, and Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier with the Theatro Municipal Orchestra of São Paulo; debuts with the Cincinnati Opera (Mozart’s Don Giovanni), the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and Daejeon Philharmonic in South Korea; and return engagements with the Orchestra National de Lille and the New York City Ballet. In the 2016/2017 season, he made return visits to the Israel Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Teatro Colón Philharmonic and Orchestra Estable of Buenos Aires.

A protégé and close colleague of the late Kurt Masur, Minczuk debuted with the New York Philharmonic in 1998, and by 2002 was Associate Conductor, having worked closely with both Kurt Masur and Lorin Maazel. He has since conducted more than 100 orchestras worldwide, including the New York, Los Angeles, Israel, London, Tokyo, Oslo, and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestras; the London, San Francisco, Dallas, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras; and the National Radio (France), Philadelphia, and Cleveland Orchestras, among many others. In March 2006, he led the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s U.S. tour, winning accolades for his leadership of the orchestra in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Until 2010, Minczuk held the post of Music Director and Artistic Director of the Opera and Orchestra of the Theatro Municipal Rio de Janeiro, and, until 2005, he served as Principal Guest Conductor of the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, where he previously held the position of Co-Artistic Director. Other previous posts include Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Ribeirão Preto Symphony, Principal Conductor of the Brasília University Symphony, and a six-year tenure as Artistic Director of the Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival. Minczuk’s recording of the complete Bachianas Brasileiras of Hector Villa-Lobos with the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra (BIS label) won the Gramophone award of excellence in 2012 for best recording of this repertoire. His other recordings include Danzas Brasileiras, which features rare works by Brazilian composers of the 20th century, and the Complete Symphonic Works of Antonio Carlos Jobim, which won a Latin Grammy in 2004 and was nominated for an American Grammy in 2006. His three recordings with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra include Rhapsody in Blue: The Best of George Gershwin and Beethoven Symphonies 1, 3, 5, and 8. Other recordings include works by Ravel, Piazzolla, Martin, and Tomasi with the London Philharmonic (released by Naxos), and four recordings with the Academic Orchestra of the Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival, including works by Dvořák, Mussorgsky, and Tchaikovsky. Other projects include a 2010 DVD recording with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, featuring the premiere of Hope: An

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Oratorio, composed by Jonathan Leshnoff; a 2011 recording with the Odense Symphony of Poul Ruders’s Symphony No. 4, which was featured as a Gramophone Choice in March 2012; and a recording of Tchaikovsky’s Italian Capriccio with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, which accompanied the June 2010 edition of BBC Music Magazine. The Academic Orchestra of the Campos do Jordão Festival was the Carlos Gomes prizewinner for its recording from the 2005 Festival, which also garnered the TIM Award for best classical album. Roberto Minczuk has received numerous awards, including a 2004 Emmy for the program New York City Ballet—Lincoln Center Celebrates Balanchine 100; a 2001 Martin E. Segal Award that recognizes Lincoln Center’s most promising young artists; and several honors in his native country of Brazil, including two best conductor awards from the São Paulo Association of Art Critics and the coveted title of Cultural Personality of the Year. In 2009, he was awarded the Medal Pedro Ernesto, the highest commendation of the City of Rio de Janeiro, and in 2010, he received the Order of the Ipiranga State Government of São Paulo. In 2017, Minczuk received the Medal of Commander of Arts and Culture from the Brazilian Government. A child prodigy, Minczuk was a professional musician by the age of 13. He was admitted into the prestigious Juilliard School at 14 and by the age of 16, he had joined the Orchestra Municipal de São Paulo as solo horn. During his Juilliard years, he appeared as soloist with the New York Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall and the New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts series. Upon his graduation in 1987, he became a member of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra at the invitation of Kurt Masur. Returning to Brazil in 1989, he studied conducting with Eleazar de Carvalho and John Neschling. He won several awards as a young horn player, including the Mill Santista Youth Award in 1991 and I Eldorado Music. 

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Olga Kern PIANIST, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & PRESIDENT OF THE JURY Russian-American pianist Olga Kern is now recognized as one of her generation’s great pianists.

“Sheer talent does not come more transparently.” BRYCE MORRISON, GRAMOPHONE

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She jumpstarted her U.S.A. career with her historic Gold Medal win at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas, as the first woman to do so in more than 30 years. First-prize winner of the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition at 17, Ms. Kern is a laureate of many international competitions. In 2016, she served as Jury Chairman of both the Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition and the first Olga Kern International Piano Competition, where she also holds the title of Artistic Director. Ms. Kern frequently gives masterclasses, and since September 2017 has served on the piano faculty of the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. Additionally, Ms. Kern has been chosen as the Virginia Arts Festival’s new Connie & Marc Jacobson Director of Chamber Music, beginning with the 2019 season. For the 2019/20 season, Kern will perform with the Allentown Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, Toledo Symphony Orchestra, New Mexico Philharmonic, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, New West Symphony, and the São Paulo Symphony, as well as appearing on a United States tour with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. She is also the guest soloist at the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center for Leonard Slatkin’s 75th birthday celebration. She will appear in recitals in Orford, Sunriver, Fort Worth (Cliburn), Carmel, San Francisco, Sicily, Calvia, and Helsingborg. This October and November, Olga Kern will be hosting the Second Olga Kern International Piano Competition. This season, she will also be a part of the jury at the following piano competitions: Sydney International Piano Competition, Gurwitz International Piano Competition, Gershwin Piano Competition, Schumann Prize Competition, and the Scriabin International Competition. In recent seasons, Kern performed with the Moscow Philharmonic, Santa Fe


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Symphony, and the St. Louis Symphony, as well as opened the Pacific Symphony’s 2018/19 season. Kern was also a featured soloist for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra during the 2018/19 tour. She also served as Artist in Residence for the San Antonio Symphony’s 2017/18 season and had her debut with the National Youth Orchestra on its China tour. Ms. Kern opened the Baltimore Symphony’s 2015/2016 centennial season with Marin Alsop. Other season highlights included returns to the Royal Philharmonic with Pinchas Zukerman and Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice with Giancarlo Guerrero. Ms. Kern’s discography includes her Grammy-nominated recording of Rachmaninoff’s Corelli Variations and other transcriptions (2004), Brahms Variations (2007), and Chopin Piano Sonatas Nos. 2 and 3 (2010). She was featured in the award-winning documentary about the 2001 Cliburn Competition, Playing on the Edge. olgakern.com 

3. After seven years based in Oxford, he settled in Cambridge where for more than 20 years he has taught piano performing to undergraduates at Cambridge University, as well as supervising Tripos composition students. David’s professional career as a composer began in 1980 with the premiere of Chéri, commissioned by The Scottish Ballet and given at that year’s Edinburgh Festival. To date, there have been six more ballet commissions, including two for CAPAB Ballet—The Return of the Soldier and Abelard and Heloise—and a full-length Macbeth for Ballet de Santiago. Other compositions include concertos for piano, violin, cello, trumpet, clarinet, a two-piano concerto, and a double violin concerto; choral compositions; chamber and solo piano works; and music for film. One of his four operas, Strange Ghost, premiered in 2015 to mark the centenary of the death of Rupert Brooke. At present, work is in progress on a new opera about T. E. Lawrence. The CD of Cello Sonata No. 1 and the “Mandalas” Piano Suite received a Gramophone Editor’s Choice Rosette, and was nominated by International Piano magazine for best new music recording. davidearl-pianist.net 

were Junko Otake, Mitsuko Oguchi, Junko Yoshida, Dina Joffe, and Vadim Sakharov in Japan. In Russia, she had lessons with Pavel Egorov and Oleg Malov. In 2001, she moved to Europe, where she worked with Naum Grubert. She also took masterclasses with Lazar Berman, Victor Merzhanov, and Natalia Trull, amongst others. Akemi won prizes in national and international piano competitions and played in important halls such as Suntory Hall and Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall. Since 2010, she plays regularly in Munetsugu Hall in Nagoya. She plays solo repertoire and is also active in chamber music, as well as accompanying vocalists. Since 2012, she has given concerts with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Gericke in Europe and Japan. Apart from her performances, she is also busy as a piano teacher. Since 2013, she has been writing a series of articles entitled “Competition Reports From Across the World” for the monthly piano magazine Chopin in Japan. Akemi Alink-Yamamoto is a Board member of the Alink-Argerich Foundation. She attended more than 100 competitions over the past 14 years. She has been a jury member at international piano and chamber music competitions in France, Lithuania, Brazil, and the USA, and she frequently gives advice to young pianists and competition organizers.

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South African-born pianist and composer David Earl moved to London when he was 19, studying piano and composition at Trinity College of Music.

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Akemi Alink-Yamamoto was born in Japan. From the age of three, she received music lessons, and two years later, she began taking piano lessons. Among her teachers

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La Società dei Concerti in Milano. Following her debut in 1992 at the Salle Gaveau in Paris, Enrica Ciccarelli has performed with important European, Asian, and American orchestras, and she worked with numerous international musicians, including Salvatore Accardo, Pavel Kogan, Alexander Kniazev, Mariella Devia, Aldo Ceccato, Paul Badura-Skoda, Amarlli Nizza, Milan Hòrvath, Joseph Silverstein, Alexander Shelley, JoAnn Falletta, Pavel Berman, Claudio Scimone, and Toshiyuki Kamioka. Described by the press as a “soloist full of temperament,” Enrica has been invited to perform at the Festival de Radio France, the Festival Pianistico di Brescia e Bergamo, the Liubljana Festival, the International Chamber Music Festival in Cervo, the Festival de Montreux, and the Beijing International Piano Festival. She graduated from the “G. Verdi” Conservatory in Milan, where she also studied organ. She attended master classes with Pommier, Graf, Magaloff, Nikolajewa, and Sergiu Celibidache. Enrica has performed at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Salzburg Festspielhaus, Munich Herkulessaal, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Teatro Comunale in Florence, Teatro di San Carlo in Napoli, New York Carnegie Hall, Megaron Hall in Athens, Berlin Konzerthaus, Le Corum in Montepellier, Tonhalle in Zurich, Kiev Philharmonic Hall, Bruxelles Conservatoire and Bozar, City Hall in Hong-Kong, Seoul Arts Center, Auditorium Belgrano in Buenos Aires, Poly Theatre, Forbidden City Theatre, and the National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing. Her discography contains amongst others recording of Clara and Robert Schumann piano concertos; works by Schumann, Beethoven, Weber, Schubert, and Mussorgsky; and the world-premiere recording of Pauline Viardot’s transcriptions of Chopin mazurkas for voice and piano. Her last album with Argentinian soprano Ivanna Speranza is dedicated to Francesco Paolo Tosti. Enrica Ciccarelli is Chairman and Artistic Director of Fondazione La Società dei Concerti in Milano.

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Vladimir Kern COMPETITION JURY Born into a family of musicians, Vladimir Kern is a pianist, trumpet player, and conductor. At the age of six, Vladimir had already given his first public concert with an orchestra. He is the winner of the international charitable program “New Names,” and at the age of 13, he became principal trumpet of the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, the youngest musician to achieve this position in its history. He studied at the Gnessin School of Music in Moscow, and then at the Moscow Conservatory. Kern has two Master’s degree diplomas—one in trumpet and one in opera-symphony conducting. He finished a postgraduate conducting program with legendary Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky. As a conductor, his debut took place in 1999 at the Moscow Conservatory with the ensemble “Exelente.” In his conservatory student years, he was a guest conductor of the Ryazan Philharmonic Orchestra (Russia), the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (South Africa), and he performed with many different orchestras all over the world as trumpet soloist. Vladimir has performed with such orchestras as the Russian National Orchestra, the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, and the State Chamber Orchestra of Russia. He performed with great soloists such as Vladimir Krainev, Arthur Moreira Lima, Konstantin Orbelian, Robertino Loretti, and Olga Kern, among many others. He has participated in many

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prestigious festivals, including “The Moscow Autumn” in Moscow (Russia), and has also given many masterclasses all over Russia. In 2005, in cooperation with his sister Olga Kern, he conducted Rachmaninoff’s four Piano Concertos and the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini in Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg (South Africa). In 2006, he was invited to be the music director at the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts. He worked with the legendary Russian theater director Roman Viktyuk, where he performed productions of Fevei by Russian Baroque composer Vasily Pashkevich, Il Tabarro and Suor Angelica by Puccini, The Spanish Hour by Ravel, and The Human Voice by Poulenc. Vladimir has also written music to a play for a theatre production entitled Vasily Kariotsky. Also in 2006, Vladimir made his United States conducting debut at New York’s Yamaha Concert Hall on Fifth Avenue. Vladimir also collaborated with the legendary Russian rock group “Revival” and conducted concerts with them and the symphony orchestra in Moscow stadium “Luzhniki” and in St. Petersburg stadium “October.” In 2007, Vladimir conducted the world premiere of Revolution Square by American composer Nathan Scalzone in Durban (South Africa), a concerto for piano and orchestra by David Earl in Cape Town (South Africa), and recently performed the world premiere of Russian composer Boris Frankshtein’s Memoirs of the Fifth Point for soprano, baritone, and symphony orchestra. In 2010, Vladimir won the Grand Prix at the International Competition “New Generation” in Russia. He taught at the State Music Academy in Moscow, where he was professor of music, conducting, trumpet, and orchestra classes. He was head of the department of the orchestra, the opera, and the symphony orchestra. He has performed as an opera conductor for such operas as Eugene Onegin and Iolanta by Tchaikovsky, Cinderella by Massenet, and Cavaleria rusticana by Mascagni. He is actively supporting modern Russian and international music and performs it often on many different stages all over the world. He is involved with Vladimir Spivakov’s charitable foundation and also, since 2011, in collaboration with his sister Olga Kern, he founded the “Aspiration Foundation,” which helps and supports young talented


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musicians all over the world. In 2016, Vladimir was a member of the jury and conducted the New Mexico Philharmonic at the final round of the first Olga Kern International Piano Competition. From 2016–2018, Vladimir was professor in Tianjin Normal University (China). He taught piano, symphony orchestra conducting, and chorus conducting. Also, he was the consultant at the Tianjin Conservatory for the chamber ensemble classes. He was the member of the jury at the Ferencz Liszt Piano competition in Tianjin (2018) and the Second International Music Competition in Serpukhov (Russia). In addition, he gave masterclasses in Tianjin, Xiamen, Inchen, Huizhou, Kunming. From 2018–2019, he served as the vice director and conductor at the Art Music School under the name of Alexander Scriabin (Moscow, Russia). His current position is professor of music at the Nanjing Sinohorn International Music School (Nanjing, China). 

Sebastian LangLessing COMPETITION JURY German conductor Sebastian LangLessing has been Music Director of the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra since 2010. In the 2018/19 season, Lang-Lessing debuts with the Orchestre symphonique de Québec and Odense Symfoniorkester, and he returns to the Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock, Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy, and an

immediate re-invitation with the Korean National Opera conducting Guillaume Tell. Highlights of the 2017/18 season include his debut with Korean National Opera conducting Manon, and a return to the Brevard Music Festival. Lang-Lessing was Chief Conductor of the Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy and Artistic Director of the Nancy Opera, which, under his direction, was promoted to Opéra National de Lorraine. From 2004 until 2011, Mr. Lang-Lessing was Music Director of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, which grew to become one of the leading orchestras in the Pacific Rim. With this orchestra, Sebastian Lang-Lessing built a comprehensive, award-winning discography, especially of Classical and Romantic repertoire. He appears regularly as guest conductor with leading French orchestras including the symphony orchestras of Bordeaux and Toulouse, as well as with leading orchestras in North America such as the Vancouver, Cincinnati, and Milwaukee symphonies, and European orchestras including regular appearances with the Copenhagen Philharmonic and the symphony orchestras of Gran Canaria, Malaga, and Palermo. Lang-Lessing, who received the Ferenc Fricsay Award when he was 24 years old, began his career at the Hamburg State Opera. Based on Sebastian’s work as assistant conductor to Gerd Albrecht in Hamburg, legendary stage director and opera manager Götz Friedrich engaged him as Resident Conductor at Deutsche Oper Berlin. Today, Sebastian Lang-Lessing regularly appears with the leading opera companies of the world, including those in Paris, Hamburg, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, Oslo, Copenhagen, and Stockholm. His operatic repertoire is exceptionally wide, with 75 works ranging from Baroque to contemporary opera. Maestro Lang-Lessing led the Philharmonia Orchestra in the 2013 recording performance for Renée Fleming’s Guilty Pleasures album (Decca). Other notable recordings have included the complete symphonies of Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Schumann with the Tasmanian Symphony, and the sensational rediscovery of the works of Joseph-Guy Ropartz with the Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy. Late 2017 saw the release of the DVD of his critically acclaimed production of Der Rosenkavalier from the NCPA in Beijing, and of a

Christmas CD with Pavel Sporcl and the Royal Liverpool Orchestra. Lang-Lessing has been at the forefront of educational programming for classical music with a younger audience, an area in which he has shown great passion and commitment with orchestras throughout the world. 

Oleg Marshev COMPETITION JURY The British music magazine Gramophone reviewed Oleg Marshev’s recording of Prokofiev’s music and stated it was “one of the most authoritative and impassioned performances on disc so far.” His interpretation of Prokofiev’s Three War Sonatas was recently awarded the prestigious accolade “Classical CD Choice” against such competitors as Richter, Berman, and Ashkenazy. Born in Baku, former USSR, Oleg Marshev trained with Valentina Aristova at the Gnessin School for Highly Gifted Children and with Mikhail Voskresensky at the Moscow Conservatory, where he completed his Doctorate in performance in 1988, gaining the diploma with honor. Marshev is thus a direct representative of the fifth generation of Russian pianism since Liszt, through Alexander Siloti, Konstantin Igumnov, and Voskresensky’s teacher, Lev Oborin. A resident of Italy since 1991, Marshev has received awards in several international piano competitions in Canada, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and the USA, including four first prizes. The illustrious competition victories have confirmed the artist’s continued on 16

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reputation as one of the most talented Russian pianists of his generation. In 1991, he made his New York debut with a highly acclaimed recital at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. The following year, he appeared at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, which led to other invitations to perform at this prestigious hall. Since then, he has performed throughout the world from Canada to New Zealand, performing with such orchestras as the London Philharmonic and appearing at such important venues and festivals as Wigmore Hall of London; the A.B. Michelangeli Festival of Brescia-Bergamo, Italy; Ruhr Klavier Festival, Germany; and Festival at Roque d’Antheron in France. In addition to his concert engagements, Oleg gives masterclasses in many different countries and is a professor at the Anton Bruckner University in Linz, Austria. Oleg Marshev’s first recording project was the complete original works for solo piano by Prokofiev (five CDs) for Danacord Records. He has since recorded more than 35 CDs for the same label, featuring works by Schubert, Brahms, Strauss, Rubinstein, Rachmaninoff, and others. He has made the world premier recording of Emil von Sauer’s complete piano music in six volumes. Another result of the artist’s abiding interest in little-known or forgotten music is a recording of Danish romantic piano concertos in four CDs. Oleg Marshev is probably the first pianist ever to have recorded the complete works for piano and orchestra by the great Russian Four – Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich. In July 2014, two releases came out: the complete works of Chopin for piano and orchestra in two CDs and the complete works of Mendelssohn for piano and orchestra in four CDs. All of Marshev’s recordings have received widespread critical acclaim by leading international publications. His Shostakovich concerti disc was reviewed by BBC Music Magazine: “Marshev is a phenomenon: master of every mood from strip-cartoon crispness to thundering monster, but above all a controlling sensibility of intelligence and feeling.” 

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Awadagin Pratt COMPETITION JURY Among his generation of concert artists, pianist Awadagin Pratt is acclaimed for his musical insight and intensely involving performances in recital and with symphony orchestras. Born in Pittsburgh, Awadagin Pratt began studying piano at the age of six. Three years later, having moved to Normal, Illinois, with his family, he also began studying violin. At the age of 16, he entered the University of Illinois where he studied piano, violin, and conducting. He subsequently enrolled at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he became the first student in the school’s history to receive diplomas in three performance areas—piano, violin, and conducting. In recognition of this achievement and for his work in the field of classical music, Mr. Pratt received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Johns Hopkins as well as an honorary doctorate from Illinois Wesleyan University after delivering the commencement address in 2012. In 1992, Mr. Pratt won the Naumburg International Piano Competition and two years later was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Since then, he has played numerous recitals throughout the US, including performances at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, and the NJ Performing Arts Center. His many orchestral performances include appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra and the Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Baltimore, St. Louis, National, Detroit, and New Jersey symphonies among many others. Summer

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festival engagements include appearances at Ravinia, Blossom, Wolftrap, Caramoor, and Aspen and the Hollywood Bowl. Internationally, Mr. Pratt has toured Japan four times and performed in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Israel, Columbia, and South Africa. Recent and upcoming appearances include recital engagements in Baltimore, La Jolla, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Ravinia, Lewes, Delaware, Duke University, and at Carnegie Hall for the Naumburg Foundation; as well as appearances with the orchestras of Cincinnati, Indianapolis, North Carolina, Utah, Richmond, Grand Rapids, Memphis, Fresno, Winston-Salem, New Mexico, Rockford (IL), and Springfield (OH). He also serves on the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he coaches chamber music, teaches individual pianists, and performs chamber music and concertos with the festival orchestra. Also an experienced conductor, Mr. Pratt has conducted programs with the Toledo, New Mexico, Vancouver (WA), WinstonSalem, Santa Fe, and Prince George County symphonies, the Northwest Sinfonietta, the Concertante di Chicago, and several orchestras in Japan. A great favorite on college and university performing arts series and a strong advocate of music education, Awadagin Pratt participates in numerous residency and outreach activities wherever he appears; these activities may include master classes, children’s recitals, play/ talk demonstrations, and question/answer sessions for students of all ages. He is also frequently invited to participate on international competition juries, such as the Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Israel, the Cleveland International Piano Competition, Minnesota e-Competition, the Unisa International Piano Competition, and the International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz in the Ukraine. In November 2009, Mr. Pratt was one of four artists selected to perform at a classical music event at the White House that included student workshops hosted by first lady Michelle Obama, and performing in concert for guests including President Obama. He has performed two other times at the White House, both at the invitation of President and Mrs. Clinton. Mr. Pratt’s recordings for Angel/EMI include A Long Way From Normal, an


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all-Beethoven Sonata CD, Live From South Africa, Transformations, and an all-Bach disc with the St. Lawrence String Quartet. His most recent recordings are the Brahms Sonatas for Cello and Piano with Zuill Bailey for Telarc and a recording of the music of Judith Lang Zaimont with the Harlem Quartet for Navona Records. Mr. Pratt is currently a Professor of Piano at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. He also served as the Artistic Director of the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati and is currently the Artistic Director of the Art of the Piano Festival at CCM. Awadagin Pratt is a Yamaha artist. awadagin.com 

Philippe Raskin COMPETITION JURY Born in Brussels, Philippe Raskin devoted himself to music at a very early age. His performances have been illustrated as a “model of radiant authority (…), solar, generous, committed, and under control” (MDM, La Libre Belgique) and plays “with an impressive confidence” (JK, Mundo Clasico). Philippe began piano lessons with Aleksandr Friedland, a Russian conductor, and continued working with Bernadette Malter and Loredana Clini. He developed his artistry further with Emanuel Krasovksy, Vincenzo Balzani, Ralf Gothóni, and Leon Fleisher on the piano, in addition with Johannes Meissl and Hatto Beyerle for chamber music. At the age of 16, he began studying at the Royal Conservatorium of Brussels in the class of Jean-Claude Vanden

Eynden. In the same year, he obtained his first degree with the highest honors. He then joined the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel (still with Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden) and graduated again with highest honors, receiving the diploma from H.M. the Queen of Belgium. During the same period, he completed his Master’s degree at the Royal Conservatorium of Brussels. In 2005, he entered the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia in Madrid, where he worked for four years under the tutelage of Dimitri Bashkirov and Claudio Martínez Mehner. As early as the first year, he received from HM the Queen of Spain the Sobresaliente Prize at the Pardo Palace. In 2010, Philippe started studying at the Strasbourg Conservatory with Amy Lin for a “Diplome de Spécialisation,” where he graduated with the highest honors. In 2012 and 2013, he worked with Leonel Morales. Philippe has won several national and international competitions, among them: the J.S. Bach Competition, the Gretry Rotary Competition, the Paris International Piano Competition, the Lions Club Competition, and the André Dumortier International Piano Competition. In 2012, he became a prizewinner at the Lyon International Piano Competition and won first prize at the “Spanish Composers” International Piano Competition in Madrid. Philippe has performed many recitals, as part of chamber groups and as a soloist with orchestras all over the world – in renowned concert halls such as the Grand Hall of Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Musikverein in Vienna, and at the Philharmonie in Berlin. He was also invited by the Chopin Foundation in Warsaw to perform in the birthplace of the composer. Philippe regularly performs with orchestras, notably the Belgian National Orchestra, the Flanders Symphony Orchestra, and the Salzburg Chamber Soloists, among many others. His chamber music partners include artists such as Clemens Hagen, Jérôme Pernoo, and Miguel Da Silva. Philippe also regularly performs contemporary music and has taken part in several world premieres. Many composers have dedicated works to him, including Stringent & Tremulation from Belgian composer Jean-Marie Rens, Piano Sonata from Turkish composer Serkan Gürkan, and Sonata Der Hunt from Austrian composer Christoph Ehrenfellner. Philippe is invited each year to be a member

of the jury in several international piano competitions including the International “Piano Talents” Competition Milan and the Lyon International Piano Competition, and he is the artistic director of the César Franck International Piano Competition and the International Music Festival Paris. He was also a jury member at the “MozArte” competition in Cologne, the “Spanish Composers” competition in Madrid, and will be part of the jury in the next edition of “Cita de Cantu Competition,” the Scriabin Competition, and the Chopin Competition in the United States. In 2009, Philippe opened his piano school and also gives many masterclasses in Belgium and abroad. From 2016, Philippe was also the artistic director of the “Resonances Musique de Chambre” Festival in France and began teaching at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. From 2017, Philippe is also a member of the international piano faculty in Brescia. 

Boaz Sharon COMPETITION JURY Boaz Sharon is Professor of Piano at Boston University. He is a Steinway Artist and Artistic Director of the Sichuan International Piano Festival, China. An internationally renowned pianist and artist/teacher, he is the first-prize winner and gold medalist of the Jaen International Piano Competition, Spain. A frequent judge on international competitions, he was on the juries of Top of the World Competition, Norway; Jaen International, Spain; Shanghai International E Competition; the Berliner Philharmoniker International; Rudolf Firkusny continued on 18

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International, Prague; the Composers of Spain International Piano Competition, Madrid; Kaufman International, NYC; and Chairman of the Jury at the Sterinborgh National Competition in Xiamen, China. He also is a founder of the Liszt International Piano Competition in Moscow. His students have won top prizes in international piano competitions including the Hamamatsu, Grieg (Norway), New Orleans, Jaen (Spain), the Janacek (Czech Republic), the prestigious Seoul Arts Center Award, Dallas, and the Manhattan International Piano Competition in NYC. He is Director of the Sichuan International Piano Festival since 2010 and was the artistic director of the Prague International Piano Masterclasses for many years. He is a faculty member of the International Pianist Certificate Artists Program at the Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris and Fondation Bell’Arte. A frequent performer in China, Sharon has given recitals at the Shanghai, Beijing Central Conservatory, Beijing Concert Hall, Xinghai Concert Hall, Guangzhou, Shenyang, Tianjin, and Sichuan Conservatories, at the Beijing Concert Hall and has performed and taught in many other cities in China. Sharon has given hundreds of masterclasses over the years including at the Moscow Conservatory; Gnessin Institute, Moscow; Royal Academy of Music, London; Stockholm Royal Academy, Seoul National University, and others. He is the recipient of the Prague Charles University Medal – one of 10 given internationally for “significant contributions” to that university. He also has given lectures on 20thCentury French Piano Music at The Juilliard School of Music and Cambridge, Oxford, Edinburgh, Stanford, Columbia, Yale, and Berkeley Universities. In 2018/19, Boaz Sharon will be giving masterclasses and recitals in Turkey, China, Israel, Puerto Rico, and Belgium and will be judging the Olga Kern International Piano Competition and return to the Illinois International Piano Festival in summer of 2019. Sharon recorded for the Nonesuch/ Warner Brothers, Hyperion (London) and Unicorn (London) labels. His Nonesuch/Elektra Warner Bros. recording was mentioned as one of the Ten Best Recordings of the Year in Newsweek Magazine and the Washington Post called him “a pianist of superb technique and keen stylistic sense.”

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Aaron Shorr COMPETITION JURY Since settling in the United Kingdom in 1984, Aaron Shorr has established an international career as soloist, chamber musician, and educator. As well as appearing as soloist at London’s South Bank in more than 30 concertos, he has toured extensively as a recitalist and chamber musician worldwide. More recent performances have included tours of Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Holland, Turkey, Australia, China, Japan, Korea, Mexico, and the United States. He has performed extensively in the United Kingdom appearing in concerti, solo recitals, and chamber music concerts at the Wigmore Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and St. John’s Smith Square and festivals throughout Britain. He has also appeared in major European festivals, including the BBC Proms, Menuhin Festival, Munich Biennale, Hanover Expo, Paganiniana in Genoa, Venice Biennale, Instrumenta Festival Mexico, the Skopje Days of New Music, Cyprus International Contemporary Music Festival, and the Istanbul Biennale. He has broadcast frequently for radio, including BBC Radio 3, BBC Scotland, Classic FM, Bavarian Radio, Swiss Classical Radio, ABC

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Australia, and WQXR New York. Aaron Shorr has recorded for Naxos, Mettier, Olympia, NMC, and Meridian. His recordings of Beethoven with duo partner, Peter Sheppard Skaerved, have won universal acclaim. Research on composers in Beethoven’s inner circle of friends and contemporaries has yielded modern recording premieres of works by Mayseder, Ries, and Archduke Rudolph as well as an unknown chamber version of Beethoven’s Third Symphony. He has also enjoyed close associations with composers and has given countless premieres and performances of works, including those by Hans Werner Henze, George Rochberg, Sadie Harrison, David Matthews, Paul Moravec, Elliott Schwartz, Jorg Widmann, Michael Alec Rose, Jeremy Dale Roberts, Judith Bingham, Rory Boyle, Marek Pasieczny, and Sidika Özdil. Aaron Shorr studied at the Manhattan School of Music in New York and the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he received their most prestigious prizes for performance. His teachers have included Alexander Kelly, Solomon Mikowsky, Gary Graffman, André Watts, John Browning, and chamber music studies with Joseph Seiger, former duo partner of legendary violinist Mischa Elman. Aaron Shorr was a professor and researcher at the Royal Academy of Music in London since 1992. His students have gone on to win major prizes at international competitions, including Rio, Pretoria, Munich, St. Petersburg, Tokyo, ReddingPiette, and the Schubert Competition in the Czech Republic. His students have also won prizes in major UK competitions, including the Royal Overseas League, Park Lane Debut Series, Sheepdrove, and the Moray Piano Competition. He is also artistic director and chair of the jury for the Scottish International Piano Competition. Aaron Shorr is currently Professor and Head of Keyboard and Collaborative Piano at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. 


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Marc Silverman COMPETITION JURY Acclaimed by The New York Times for his “exceptional authority and impeccable taste,” pianist Marc Silverman has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia as a recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and chamber musician. His “richly colored sonorities” and “thrilling surges of power” have prompted critics to compare him to the legendary Josef Hofmann. Among his appearances were six recitals at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, and seven performances in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. He has toured China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and the Czech Republic, performing televised concerts and conducting master classes for piano soloists and chamber musicians, as well as presenting lecture-demonstrations on the traditions and techniques of Romantic interpretation. Dr. Silverman has been Chairman of the Piano Department at the Manhattan School of Music since 1989 and has coordinated piano chamber music at the school since 1985. He has taught students from more than 30 countries and from every continent, and his students have been the recipients of an exceptional number of international awards and honors. Marc Silverman is a founding member of the Carnegie Trio. In addition to their international touring and residencies at summer festivals, they recorded works by Beethoven, Brahms, Ravel, and Copland. As a soloist, Dr. Silverman has recorded twentieth-century works in RCA’s Studio A for international release. Other

recordings include Dvorak’s Piano Quintet, Rachmaninoff’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, Enescu’s Piano Quartet in D Major, and the Trio for Flute, Viola, and Piano by Maurice Duruflé. Dr. Silverman is an award winner of the Kapell International Competition, the Gina Bachauer Competition, and the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition. He is frequently quoted in publications, including Chamber Music America, Piano and Keyboard Magazine, The New York Times, and the Korean monthly Eumag-Choonchu. Over the past decades, Dr. Silverman has made numerous tours throughout Asia and Europe, performing as both soloist and chamber musician, conducting master classes, and serving as a judge for international competitions. In 2000, he was named International Consultant to the Nanyang Academy, Singapore’s flagship arts institution. In the summers of 2004 and 2007, Dr. Silverman traveled to Melbourne to serve as a Visiting Artist at the Australian National Academy of Music’s Advanced Performance Program. In November 2008, Dr. Silverman was the subject of an extensive article in Korea’s leading keyboard magazine The Piano, which traced the trajectory of his career as well as articulating his thoughts on the relationship between technique and musicianship. In 2009, he was awarded the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service by the Manhattan School of Music, the highest award bestowed by the school. In 2010, he was invited to the Czech Republic to perform a series of chamber music concerts with some of the country’s most notable string musicians. Dr. Silverman has made many trips to China during the last four years, conducting lecture-recitals and master classes throughout the country and appearing as a soloist in the National Center for the Performing Arts and the Beijing Concert Hall. In August 2016, he served on the faculty of the Silk Road Festival in Lanzhou. In October of that year, he was a featured artist at the Middle School affiliated with the Shanghai Conservatory. In February 2017, he was invited by the Central Conservatory in Beijing to serve as an international judge for their entrance auditions and in the summer of 2018, he was a member of the international faculty at the Shanghai Piano Festival. 

Golda Vainberg-Tatz COMPETITION JURY Hailed as “a pianist with wonderful firm, clear touch” (The New York Times), a “fascinating interpreter” (Tagblatt, Germany), and an “artist of depth and virtuosity” (The Times Argus, USA). Golda Vainberg-Tatz has performed with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra (the Tchaikovsky Grand Hall in Moscow), Shanghai Symphony, Lithuanian National Symphony, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, St. Kristoforas Chamber Orchestra, Kaunas State Symphony Orchestra in Lithuania, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra in Michigan, and the Cincinnati Symphony. As a recitalist and chamber musician, she was heard in Europe, Russia, Israel, the US, Canada, and China, including numerous collaborative recitals with the Vilnius (Lithuania) String Quartet. She was a guest artist in the Mozarteum Festival in Salzburg, Vilnius Festival in Lithuania, St. Petersburg Palaces Festival in Russia, Puigcerda Music Festival in Spain, International Academy in Italy, Shanghai Conservatory International Festival, and the Shanghai Himalayas International Piano Festival (performing the Mozart Two-Piano Concerto with Andre-Michel Schub and the Shanghai Philharmonic). Golda Vainberg-Tatz received her musical education in native Lithuania at the Čiurlionis School of Arts, Israel’s Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University, the Manhattan School of Music, and The Juilliard School. She won the first prize in the Lithuanian State Competition for Young Pianists, full scholarships with continued on 20

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distinction from the America Israel Cultural Foundation, Maurice Clairmont awards in Israel, top prizes in Young Keyboard Artists Competition in Michigan, the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, the Frinna Awerbuch International Competition in New York, the Prix- du Disque from French Piano Institute in Paris, and the Palm Beach Invitational International Competition. An associate faculty member at The Juilliard School, she serves on the faculty of the Pre-College Division at the Manhattan School of Music, the Young Artist program at Kaufman Center (New York City), Puerto Rico International Piano Festival, Adamant Summer Music School in Vermont, and Morningside Music Bridge summer program. She has given master classes at the Jerusalem Academy of Music, Tel Aviv University, Shanghai Conservatory, and Čiurlionis School of Arts (Vilnius, Lithuania); judged auditions and competitions, including the first Olga Kern International Piano Competition and the Malta International Piano Competition 2018; and adjudicated DMA recitals at the Manhattan School of Music and concerto competitions at The Juilliard School Pre-College division. Her students have won national and international competitions. Ms. Vainberg-Tatz’s recordings include The Portrait (a solo recital on the FPI label), French violin and piano sonatas with Raimundas Katilius (VSCD label, Lithuania), and Mozart piano concertos with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra (Consonance label, USA). Her CD of piano music by Robert Schumann (3D, France) received highest critical acclaim by Fanfare and American Record Guide magazines. In addition, Moisei Vainberg’s piano Quintet with Vilnius String Quartet was released on Delos Label. In 2003, she was appointed by Mme. Rosalyn Tureck to serve as the director of the Tureck International Bach Competition in New York, tureckbachcompetition.com. 

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Bryan Wallick COMPETITION JURY Bryan Wallick is gaining recognition as one of the great American virtuoso pianists of his generation. Gold medalist of the 1997 Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition in Kiev, he has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and South Africa. Mr. Wallick made his New York recital debut in 1998 at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and made his Wigmore Hall recital debut in London in 2003. He has also performed at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall with the London Sinfonietta and at the St. Martin-inthe-Fields Church with the London Soloist’s Chamber Orchestra. In recent seasons, Mr. Wallick has performed with the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra, Boise Philharmonic, Brevard Symphony, Cape Town Philharmonic, Cincinnati Pops, Evansville Philharmonic, Illinois Philharmonic, Johannesburg Philharmonic, Kentucky Symphony, Kwa-Zulu Natal Philharmonic, Phoenix Symphony, Portland Symphony, and the Winston-Salem Symphony; and collaborated with Erich Kunzel, Marvin Hamlisch, Robert Moody, Daniel Raiskin, Daniel Boico, Arjen Tien, Yasuo Shinozaki, Andrew Sewell, Vladimir Verbitsky, Victor Yampolsky, Josep Vicent, Leslie Dunner, Alfred Savia, Christopher Confessore, and Carmon Deleon among others. Mr. Wallick has performed recitals at the Chateau Differdange in Luxembourg, on the Tivoli Artists Series in Copenhagen, Ravinia’s Rising Star Series, Xavier Piano Series (Cincinnati), Scottsdale Center’s Steinway Series, Sanibel Island Music Festival, and the

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Classics in the Atrium Series in the British Virgin Islands. In March 2002, Mr. Wallick played two solo performances at Ledreborg Palace for HRH Princess Marie Gabrielle Luxembourg and HRH Prince Philip Bourbon de Parme. Bryan Wallick is deeply committed to chamber music and has performed on tours with violinists Yi-Jia Susanne Hou, Nikita Boriso-Glebsky, Rachel Lee Priday, Miriam Contzen, Sergei Malov, Zanta Hofmeyer, and cellists Zuill Bailey, Alexander Buzlov, Wolfgang Emmanuel Schmidt, Peter Martens, and Anzel Gerber. He has recently taken over as the Artistic Director of Schalk Visser/Bryan Wallick Concert Promotions which hosts many international musicians who perform concert tours throughout South Africa. Mr. Wallick has been invited to be on the guest piano faculty of Musicfest Perugia in Italy during July 2019 and has also been invited to judge the second Olga Kern International Piano Competition in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in November 2019 Bryan Wallick’s 2017/18 engagements included return appearances with the Butler Philharmonic, Pretoria Symphony Orchestra, Free State Symphony Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic, and solo recitals at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, Rising Star Series in South Hampton (New York), Grand Piano Series in Naples (Florida), Fitton Center in Hamilton (Ohio), and other recitals throughout South Africa. He collaborated with American cellist Zuill Bailey on a South African tour in October 2017. His 2018/19 engagements include a return engagement with the Cape Town Philharmonic, debut performances with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Gauteng Philharmonic Orchestra, and recitals at the University of Texas (Austin), University of Texas (El Paso), Scottsdale Center in Arizona, and throughout South Africa and Zimbabwe. He performed cello duo recitals with Peter Martens in March and October 2018 and performed with Russian trio partners violinist Nikita Boriso-Glebsky and cellist Alexander Buzlov during a tour in June 2018. He also performed with soprano Hanli Stapela at the September 2018 “Doctor’s in Performance” conference held in Vilnius, Lithuania. He will be performing tours with cellist Alexander Ramm and YiJia Susanne Hou in 2019. Mr. Wallick has performed on Chicago’s WFMT Fazioli Series and “Live on WFMT,” on BBC’s radio show “In Tune,” National


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Ukrainian Television and Radio, on Danish National Radio, and on NPR’s “Performance Today.” He was recently given a grant by the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts to explore his synesthetic realities in a multimedia project that allows the audience to see the colors he experiences while performing. Synesthesia is the ability to experience two or more sensory experiences with one stimulus. Bryan Wallick sees colors with each musical pitch and has created a computer program that projects images of his colored visions to the audience. Mr. Wallick studied with Jerome Lowenthal in New York City, where he was the first The Juilliard School graduate to receive both an undergraduate Honors Diploma (2000) and an accelerated Master’s degree (2001). He continued his studies with Christopher Elton in London at the Royal Academy of Music, where he was the recipient of the Associated Board International Scholarship, receiving a Post-Graduate Diploma with Distinction, and previously studied with Eugene and Elisabeth Pridonoff at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. George Plimpton’s feature article on Bryan Wallick appeared in the March 2002 edition of Contents magazine. 

Alexander Beridze SELECTION JURY Hailed by American Record Guide as an “exceptional artist,” pianist Alexander Beridze thrills audiences and critics alike with his dazzling

precision and range, as well as his insightful eloquence and sensitivity. Gold Medalist of the 2009 World Piano Competition, Beridze made his New York recital debut at Alice Tully Hall in 2011 where critics called his performance “brilliant, superb, and simply electrifying” and “a splendid one that passed by almost too quickly.” A native of the Republic of Georgia, Beridze has performed as soloist with the major orchestras in his home country, including the Tbilisi State Symphony, the Georgia National Symphony Orchestra, and the Republic of Georgia State Opera and Ballet Symphony. He made his US concerto debut performing under the direction of Vladimir Feltsman in New York in 2004. In addition to his Alice Tully recital, he has concertized at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, Steinway Hall, the Russian Consulate, and Harris Hall in Aspen. Devoted to chamber music, his collaborations include concerts with cellist Yehuda Hanani. Beridze gave a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in the fall of 2014, where he performed works by Beethoven, Brahms, and Schumann. This program was also featured on his released debut solo recording by NY Classics and was broadcast on radio throughout the United States and Canada. His media credits include performances that have been broadcast to 57 countries from New York’s RTVI and NTV America, two of the most popular channels in Russia and post-Soviet countries. An appearance as a special guest on Voice of America counts among his many radio credits. Attending conservatory as his country was suffering from the devastating effects of separating from the collapsed Soviet Union, Beridze persevered in his study of piano performance, winning the major Georgian competitions, receiving Georgia’s President’s Grants in 2001 and 2005, and the Vladimir Spivakov Award in 2003. He first came to international attention as the winner of the 2004 Jacob Flier International Piano Competition, run by legendary pianist Vladimir Feltsman, who invited Beridze to move to the United States to study with him at the Mannes School of Music. A passionate teacher, Beridze is on the faculty of the Center of Musical Excellence in New York City and has served as Artist in Residence at Rice University’s Shepherd School of

Music. In 2009, he founded the New York Piano Festival, where he serves as Artistic Director, organizing an international concert and master class series and providing concert opportunities to young students to perform in venues throughout New York City. In the Republic of Georgia, Beridze received undergraduate and advanced degrees at Tbilisi State Conservatory. Upon arriving in the United States, he earned a Professional Studies degree at the Mannes School as a student of Vladimir Feltsman and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Rutgers, State University of New Jersey. Beridze also holds a doctorate in journalism from Tbilisi State University. As a correspondent for Krivis Palitra, a weekly newspaper in the Republic of Georgia, he was the author of more than 500 articles on music, and he interviewed many of the world’s most renowned musicians, including Rostropovich, Rozhdestvensky, Bashmet, and Vengerov. Dedicated to raising funds for cancer research, he has produced and performed numerous charity concerts. alexanderberidze.com 

Larry Graham SELECTION JURY Larry Graham (Piano, M.M., B.M., Juilliard) launched his career with numerous successes in piano competitions such as the Kosciuszko and Concert Artists Guild auditions. He was winner of the coveted “Prize of the Public” by overwhelming vote at the Queen Elizabeth International Piano Competition in continued on 22

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1975 in Brussels, Belgium. Graham has performed over 35 different concerti with orchestras, has played numerous solo engagements, and has also performed extensively with chamber music ensembles, including the highly acclaimed Pablo Casals Trio. For 25 years, he was Professor of Piano at the University of Colorado. He is devoted to teaching and continues working with gifted pre-college students and adults. His students have won important prizes locally, nationally, and internationally. 

present, he is devoting himself to playing chamber music in collaboration with Jan Martiník, Ivo Kahánek, the Dover Quartet, the Jerusalem Quartet, and the Zemlinsky Quartet. Together with colleagues from the Czech Philharmonic, he has appeared in concerts in Prague, London, Tokyo, and Beijing. During the celebration of Czechoslovak centenary in autumn 2018, he accompanied the cellist Alisa Weilerstein on BBC Radio 3 and at the Bohemian National Hall in New York. In September 2018, Supraphon released his recording of Schubert’s Winterreise together with Jan Martiník. 

numerous song cycles. A devoted teacher himself, Skelton has been honored by the University of Michigan, including the Harold Haugh Award for excellence in studio teaching, and most recently with the Arthur F. Thurnau professorship, among the highest honors given to faculty members at the university. Skelton’s own piano students have won awards in many national and international competitions. He has served on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music, Missouri State University, and the University of Michigan. 

David Mareček SELECTION JURY David Mareček graduated from the Brno Conservatory as a pianist and conductor, studying under Ivana Stanovská and Evžen Holiš. He continued his piano studies at the Janáček Academy of the Performing Arts under the guidance of Inessa Janíčková and Jaroslav Smýkal. He took part in master classes with such illustrious pianists and pedagogues as KarlHeinz Kämmerling, Dominique Weber, Peter Lang, Pierre Jasmin, and Walter Groppenberger. In 1998, he received an educational grant from the Czech Music Fund, and two years later with the violinist Jiří Němeček he won the second prize at the Leoš Janáček International Competition. From 2003 to 2015, he taught piano at the Brno Conservatory; in 2007, he became the executive director of the Brno Philharmonic; and since February 2011, he has been serving as the Chief Executive of the Czech Philharmonic. At

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Logan Skelton SELECTION JURY Logan Skelton is a much sought-after pianist, teacher, and composer whose work has received international critical acclaim. As a performer, Skelton has concertized widely in the United States, Europe, and Asia and has been featured on many national public radio and television stations, as well as on radio in China and national television in Romania. He has recorded numerous discs for Centaur, Albany, Crystal, Blue Griffin, Equilibrium, and Naxos Records, the latter performing on two pianos with fellow composer-pianist William Bolcom. He has been a juror for many international piano competitions and regularly appears in international festival settings. As a composer, Skelton has a special affinity for art song, having composed nearly 200 songs, including

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Christiana M. Perai SELECTION JURY Christiana M. Perai was born in Graz, Austria. Her teachers and major influences have been Walter Kamper, Eugen Jakab, David Burge, Jürgen Uhde, and Alexander Satz. Since 1981, she has taught piano at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG). She is a sought-after contemporary music chamber musician and soloist and has performed with the Austrian Art Ensemble in performances throughout the world. 


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Jeanne Amièle

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Bach Prelude and Fugue from The WellTempered Clavier, Book II, No. 22 in b-flat minor, BWV 891

Canadian pianist Jeanne Amièle has distinguished herself at several national competitions in recent years. In 2015, she was awarded the Grand Prize at the Canadian Music Competition and 3rd Prize at the OSM Manulife Competition. In 2016, she won 1st Prize in the Shean Piano Competition and 2nd Prize in the Stepping Stone Canadian Music Competition. She recently was awarded 2nd Prize Pierre Mantha and the John Newmark Prize in the Prix d’Europe Competition. Jeanne has also been invited to play as a soloist with various Canadian orchestras, including the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Alexander Prior, the Montreal I Musici Chamber Orchestra under the direction of JeanMarie Zeitouni, the Apassionata Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Myssyk, and the Trois-Rivières Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jacques Lacombe. She is regularly featured in solo recitals and chamber music concerts, notably with pianist Simon Larivière with whom she forms the Amièle-Larivière Duo. In 2017, she participated in the recording of Sonatas & Nocturnes—19th-Century Gems for Bassoon and Piano under the label MSR Classics in collaboration with Michel Bettez, first bassoonist of the Orchestre Métropolitain. The recording was praised by the critics, and the prestigious magazine Gramophone wrote that the pianist played “with full-blooded richness and poetry.” Jeanne Amièle is a Doctor of Music. She was trained with pianist and professor Jean Saulnier at the University of Montreal, where she received a scholarship from the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Graduate Scholarships Program for her doctorate studies. She also studied at the Haute École de Musique of Geneva, Switzerland with professor Dominique Weber while doing an international exchange program. 

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HwaYoung An KOREA Pianist HwaYoung An was born in Seoul, South Korea, and began her piano studies at the age of four.

Music Festival and the Sarasota Music Festival, where she was selected by faculty members to perform with her ensemble at the Sarasota Opera House. Recently in summer 2019, she was a staff pianist for tuba/euphonium and trombone workshops at Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Previously, she received her Bachelor of Music degree from Seoul National University, then moved to the United States to continue her music studies. She got her Master of Music degree with full scholarship and stipend from Yale University School of Music and her Artist Diploma from the Colburn School with full scholarship as well. Her previous teachers are Peter Frankl, Ory Shihor, and Kwi-Hyun Kim. In May 2019, she received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree as a full scholarship recipient at Boston University under Prof. Pavel Nersessian, and also served as a teaching assistant. 

In summer 2018, she had a solo recital at Ehrbar-Saal, in Vienna, Austria, as a Grand Prix winner at the 9th International Rosario Marciano Piano Competition in Vienna, Austria, and won Second Prize and the Audience Prize at the San Jose International Piano Competition in 2017. Also, she won Second Prize and the Audience Favorite Prize at the Seattle International Piano Competition in the same year. In Boston in 2016, she performed Prokofiev’s 3rd Piano Concerto with the Boston University Symphony Orchestra as a winner of the soloist competition, and this was followed by receiving First Prize from the Boston University Richmond Piano Competition. In 2014, she gave a solo debut recital in Boston as a winner of the Kumho Foundation Young Artist Series Audition. In 2013, she was a finalist of the 32nd Delia Steinberg International Piano Competition in Madrid, Spain. In 2015, she was invited to participate in “The Pianofest in the Hamptons” in East Hampton, New York, and performed her solos in various venues around the Hamptons area. Besides solo playing, as a dedicated chamber musician, she formed a piano quartet named “Quartet Klang,” while in college in Korea, and gave recitals in Kumho Art Hall and varied halls at Seoul National University. To further her chamber playing, she has attended Kneisel Hall Chamber

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FIRST ROUND Bach Prelude and Fugue from The WellTempered Clavier, Book II, No. 5 in D Major, BWV 874 Chopin Étude in F Major, Op. 10, No. 8 Liszt Grandes études de Paganini, S. 141, No. 6, Quasi presto (a minor) Beethoven Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110 I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo II. Allegro molto III. Adagio ma non troppo – Allegro ma non troppo Kreisler/Rachmaninoff “Liebesleid” SECOND ROUND David Earl Metta Bhavana Haydn Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI: 50 I. Allegro II. Adagio III. Allegro molto Liszt Sonata in b minor, S. 178 FINAL ROUND Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26


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Sergey Belyavsky

FIRST ROUND

RUSSIA

Bach Prelude and Fugue from The WellTempered Clavier, Book I, No. 20 in a minor, BWV 865

Sergey Belyavsky finished Central Music School in Moscow State Conservatory in 2011, and in 2016 finished Moscow State P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He is currently studying in Tel-Aviv at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music. He has won many competition prizes such as First Prize in the 7th International Competition Dedication to F. Liszt in Moscow, 2010 and the Liszt Ferenc International Piano Competition in Budapest, Hungary, 2011 and Grand Prize and the overall winner of the “eMuse” Online Music Competition, 2015 (Athens, Greece). He was holder of a fellowship of the Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation from 2010-2011. He gave a solo performance at Carnegie Hall, New York, in 2011, Cortot Hall Paris in 2014, and in other great European concert halls. He has performed with many international orchestras such as Musica Viva (A. Rudin), the Russian National Orchestra (A. Sladkovsky), the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra (Chief Conductor Pavel Kogan), Szeged Symphony Orchestra (Hungary), Budapest Symphony Orchestra of the Hungarian Radio, Kazakhstan State Symphonic Orchestra, and many others. He has toured considerably in a number of countries such as Israel, the USA, Germany, Spain, Italy, San Marino, France, Austria, Norway, Denmark, Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands, Hungary, South Korea, Japan, China, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Ukraine, Poland, Greece, Morocco, and Australia. He made his first solo CD in 2008 and later a CD dedicated to the 200-year anniversary of Franz Liszt in 2011. In 2013, he recorded a CD of 24 études of Chopin. 

Beethoven Sonata No. 12 in A-flat Major, Op. 26 I. Andante con variazioni II. Scherzo, allegro molto III. Maestoso andante, marcia funebre sulla morte d’un eroe IV. Allegro Chopin Étude in b minor, Op. 25, No. 10 Liszt Transcendental Étude in D-flat Major, No. 11, “Harmonies du Soir,” S. 139 Kreisler/Rachmaninoff “Liebesfreud” SECOND ROUND David Earl Metta Bhavana Liszt Rondeau fantastique sur un thème espagnol, “El Contrabandista,” S. 252 Liszt Liebestraum No. 3, S. 541 Taneev Prelude and Fugue in g-sharp minor, Op. 29 Prokofiev Sonata No. 6 in A Major, Op. 82 I. Allegro moderato II. Allegretto III. Tempo di valzer lentissimo IV. Vivace FINAL ROUND Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 in c minor, Op. 18

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Young Sun Choi

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KOREA

BACH Prelude and Fugue from The WellTempered Clavier, Book I, No. 17 in A-flat Major, BWV 862

Young Sun Choi is a 26-year-old pianist from South Korea. A piano student from age six, Choi graduated from Yewon Arts School then continued her musical studies at Seoul Arts High School under the tutelage of Jung Won Moon, an Indiana University Jacobs School of Music alumna. Choi earned a national scholarship for the outstanding artists from the Korean government and graduated summa cum laude from Seoul National University with a degree in piano and musicology. She studied piano with Aviram Reichert and musicology with Hee Suk Oh. She has won top prizes in numerous competitions, including the Lyon International Piano Competition, Ann & Charles Eisemann International Competition, Mladi Virtuozi International Competition, Indiana Matinee Musicale Collegiate Scholarship Competition, the National Society of Arts and Letters Competition, Korea-Asia Piano Open Competition, and Dong-A Music Competition. She has given solo recitals in Seoul, Korea, at such venues as Kumho Art Hall, Youngsan Art Hall, Samick Art Hall, and Youngsan Yangjae Hall. Choi has performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 with the Kazan Chamber Orchestra “La Primavera” in France, Schumann’s Piano Concerto with Prime Philharmonic Orchestra in South Korea, and Weber’s Konzertstück with the Indiana University Symphony Orchestra in the USA. As a chamber musician, she participated in a piano trio recital in the Yamaha Artist Services Seoul. Choi is currently pursuing a Master’s degree with Arnaldo Cohen at the Jacobs School, Indiana University, where she holds a full scholarship and serves as associate instructor in piano. 

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Chopin Étude in c-sharp minor, Op. 10, No. 4 Rachmaninoff Études-Tableaux in D Major, Op. 39, No. 9 Rachmaninoff Prelude in E-flat Major, Op. 23, No. 6 Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3 I. Presto II. Largo e mesto III. Menuetto: Allegro IV. Rondo: Allegro SECOND ROUND Debussy Images, Book 1, L. 110 I. Reflets dans l’eau (Reflections in the water) II. Hommage à Rameau (Tribute to Rameau) III. Mouvement (Movement) Schumann Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6 Vine Piano Sonata No. 1 I. Lento II. Leggiero e legato David Earl Metta Bhavana FINAL ROUND Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58


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Willem Petrus De Beer

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Bach Prelude and Fugue from The WellTempered Clavier, Book II, No. 20 in a minor, BWV 889

Willem de Beer originally hails from Bethlehem, South Africa. He has been the winner of most of the music competitions South Africa has to offer. He most recently won the 6th UNISA National Piano Competition in July 2019. This competition is widely regarded to be South Africa’s premiere music competition. Willem has performed with all of South Africa’s professional orchestras and has performed at most of South Africa’s most notable concert series and classical music festivals. He completed his BMus degree (cum laude) under the guidance of Prof. Joseph Stanford and his Master’s degree (cum laude) with Dr. Bryan Wallick at the University of Pretoria. Currently, Willem is studying toward a second Master’s degree at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a student of Prof. Anton Nel. He is married to Renée de Beer. 

Haydn Sonata in E-flat Major, Hob. XVI: 52 I. Allegro II. Adagio III. Finale: Presto Chopin Étude in b minor, Op. 25, No. 10 Rachmaninoff Prelude in D Major, Op. 23, No. 4 Rachmaninoff Études-Tableaux in D Major, Op. 39, No. 9 SECOND ROUND Debussy A selection of Debussy Préludes: Bruyères Ondine Général Lavine, eccentric Les collines d’Anacapri Brahms Sonata No. 3 in f minor, Op. 5 I. Allegro II. Andante III. Scherzo IV. Intermezzo V. Finale David Earl Metta Bhavana FINAL ROUND Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 in b-flat minor, Op. 23

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Baron Fenwick

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Bach Prelude and Fugue from The WellTempered Clavier, Book I, No. 24 in b minor, BWV 869

Baron Fenwick was recently awarded the silver medal in the 2019 Sendai International Music Competition. At 25 years old, he regularly performs with orchestras around the world – this season includes performances with the Flint Symphony, the South Shore Symphony, the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra, and the Sendai Philharmonic, among others. He performed with the Mannes Orchestra after winning the 2018 Mannes Concerto Competition. After recently making his debut in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, his 2018/19 recital season brought him to cities from New York to Beijing and many others. Baron Fenwick received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Mannes College of Music as a student of Vladimir Feltsman and Pavlina Dokovska. Originally from Boone, North Carolina, he now lives in New York City. 

Haydn Sonata in b minor, Hob. XVI: 32 I. Allegro moderato II. Menuet III. Presto Chopin Étude in c-sharp minor, Op. 10, No. 4 Liszt Transcendental Étude in D-flat Major, No. 11, “Harmonies du Soir,” S. 139 Rachmaninoff Prelude in g minor, Op. 23, No. 5 SECOND ROUND David Earl Metta Bhavana Haydn Sonata in D Major, Hob. XVI: 37 I. Allegro con brio II. Largo e sostenuto III. Finale. Presto ma non troppo Schumann Kreisleriana, Op. 16 Liebermann Gargoyles, Op. 29 I. Presto II. Adagio semplice, ma con molto rubato III. Allegro moderato IV. Presto feroce FINAL ROUND Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 in b-flat minor, Op. 23

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Federico Gad Crema

FIRST ROUND

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Bach Prelude and Fugue from The WellTempered Clavier, Book II, No. 2 in c minor, BWV 871

Born in Milan in 1999, Federico Gad Crema started his piano studies at the age of nine. He graduated in 2016 from the G. Verdi Conservatory of Music in Milan with the highest score and distinctions, 110 cum laude. Mr. Crema continued his studies at the prestigious Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, and he is now working toward a Master’s degree at the Conservatory of Music in Milan. He is the winner of numerous prestigious national and international piano competitions in Italy, France, Germany, Greece, and the USA, and he's recently been awarded First Prize and special prize at the prestigious “CIAD International Piano Competition 2018” and Third Prize and special prize at the “Casagrande International Piano Competition 2019.” He performed at the world-famous Carnegie Hall and Steinway Hall in New York, and he also performed important solo recitals in Italy, France, Germany, Japan, Greece, Switzerland, Belgium, and the USA. As a soloist, he performed with the Philarmonic Orchestra of Bacau, the Symphonic Orchestra of Cannes, the “UNIMI” Orchestra of Milan, the Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese, the Orchestra dell'Accademia del Teatro alla Scala, the Neojiba Orchestra, and the Chapelle Musicale Orchestra of Tournai, among many others. In 2017, he started an important collaboration with the piano star Jean-Ives Thibaudet performing at the Wallis Annenberg Center of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, and in 2018 he made his solo debut at Teatro alla Scala in Milan playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23, K. 488. 

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Nejc Kamplet SLOVENIA Nejc Kamplet, born in 1996, comes from a musical family and has been studying piano since the age of five.

SNG Maribor Symphony, Festine Symphony, Ljubljana Chamber Philharmonic, BanskaBystrica State Opera, Slovak Sinfonietta, and the Wuhan Philharmonic. He has collaborated with conductors Jin Hyoun Baek, Pawel Przytocki, Jiri Rozen, Taejung Lee, Benjamin Pionnier, Živa Ploj Peršuh, and Slavko Magdič. Nejc has performed numerous concerts throughout Slovenia, Austria, Italy, Germany, France, China, Croatia, Slovakia, Estonia, and Lithuania and attended masterclasses with many world-renowned pianists such as Jacques Rouvier, Arie Vardi, Daejin Kim, Mikhail Voskresensky, Aleksandar Madžar, Ian Hobson, Grigory Gruzman, Aquilles D. Vigne, Arbo Valdma, and Sofya Gulyak. He also made live recordings for Slovenian National Television, which were broadcast multiple times. Nejc was also a scholarship recipient from the Slovenian Ministry of Culture and City of Graz, Austria, for his outstanding cultural achievements. 

He currently studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria, with Prof. Zuzana Niederdorfer, and earlier he studied with Prof. Saša Gerželj Donaldson at the Maribor Conservatory of Music. Recent piano competition awards include: First Prize and scholarship in the “Hildegard Maschmann Stiftung” Piano Competition in Vienna, Austria; Third Prize solo and Second Prize in the ensemble round in the 9th New York International Piano Competition, USA; First Prize in the “Martha Debelli Scholarship” Piano Competition in Graz, Austria; First Prize in the 4th Euregio International Piano Competition in Geilenkirchen, Germany; Second Prize in the 15th Ettlingen International Piano Competition in Ettlingen, Germany; First and EMCY Prize in the 6th International “Young Academy Award” in Rome, Italy; two First and Special Prizes in the 2nd and 3rd International Piano Competitions “Forum per tasti” in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia; First and Special Prize in the “Jurica Murai” International Piano Competition in Varaždin, Croatia; and four gold plaquettes in the “Temsig” Slovenian National Piano Competition. Since a very young age, Nejc has regularly performed at music festivals such as Festival Ljubljana, Festival Lent, Festival Maribor, Carpe Artem, Night of Slovenian Composers, Arsonore, Les Nuits Pianistiques in Slovenia, and abroad. He has performed as a soloist with the following orchestras:

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FIRST ROUND Bach Prelude and Fugue from The WellTempered Clavier, Book I, No. 9 in E Major, BWV 854 Haydn Piano Sonata No. 34 in D Major, Hob. XVI: 33 I. Allegro II. Adagio III. Menuet Chopin Étude in G-flat Major, Op. 10, No. 5 Liszt Transcendental Étude in D-flat Major, No. 11, “Harmonies du Soir,” S. 139 Rachmaninoff Prelude in g-sharp minor, Op. 32, No. 12 SECOND ROUND David Earl Metta Bhavana Beethoven Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major, Op. 106, “Hammerklavier” I. Allegro II. Scherzo: Assai vivace III. Adagio sostenuto IV. Introduzione: Largo – Allegro – Fuga: Allegro risoluto Rachmaninoff Sonata No. 2 in b-flat minor, Op. 36 I. Allegro agitato II. Non allegro III. Allegro molto FINAL ROUND Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 in b-flat minor, Op. 23


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Simon Karakulidi

FIRST ROUND

RUSSIA

Scarlatti Sonata in b minor, K. 27/L. 449

Born in 1997 in Novorossiysk, Russia, Simon Karakulidi began his studies with Prof. Mira Marchenko at Central Musical School in Moscow in 2013. Simon is a prizewinner of the First Vladimir Krainev Piano Competition in Moscow (Second Prize and two special awards), and “Astana Piano Passion” Piano Competition (First Prize). Simon has participated in masterclasses with world-acclaimed musicians such as Leon Fleisher, Arie Vardi, William Grant Nabore, and Pavel Nercessian. In June 2018, Simon was awarded the Enlight Prize at the Art of Piano Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2019, Simon was awarded First Prize at the Ann & Charles Eisemann International Young Artists Competition and the Grand Prize of the Naftzger Competition. In the summer of 2019, Simon was a finalist in the International Keyboard Institute & Festival Competition in New York City. Since August 2016, Simon has been studying with Stanislav Ioudenitch at Park University under full scholarship. 

Scarlatti Sonata in D Major, K. 96/L. 465 Mozart Sonata No. 14 in c minor, K. 451 I. Molto allegro II. Adagio III. Allegro assai Rachmaninoff Prelude in D Major, Op. 23, No. 4 Prokofiev Etude in c minor, Op. 2, No. 3 Liszt Transcendental Étude in d minor, No. 4, “Mazeppa,” S. 139 SECOND ROUND Schubert Drei Klavierstücke, D. 946 I. Allegro assai II. Allegretto III. Allegro David Earl Metta Bhavana Franck Prélude, Choral et Fugue, FWV 21 Liszt Mephisto Waltz No. 1, S. 514 FINAL ROUND Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 in c minor, Op. 18

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Connie Kim-Sheng

FIRST ROUND

UNITED STATES

Bach Prelude and Fugue from The WellTempered Clavier, Book II, No. 1 in C Major, BWV 870

Born in La Crescenta, California, to musical parents, Connie Kim-Sheng began her piano studies with her mother at three years old. She then studied with John Perry, HungKuan Chen, and Meng-Chieh Liu at the Glenn Gould School and New England Conservatory, respectively. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate degree at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music under the guidance of Jeffrey Kahane. Her awards include top prizes in the Los Angeles Liszt International Competition, the Bronslaw Kaper Awards held by the LA Philharmonic, the Virginia Waring International Competition, the Knigge Music Competition, and the New Orleans International Piano Competition, as well as a finalist and special prizewinner at the Eastman Young Artists International Competition. As a winner of the annual concerto competition at the Glenn Gould School, she performed Rachmaninoff’s Second Concerto with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra. Kim-Sheng has also performed with the Rio Hondo Symphony as a part of her First Prize in the Rio Hondo Concerto Competition, and with the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra. She has also joined the Verde Valley Sinfonietta, the Cal State Northridge Orchestra, and the American Youth Symphony as a soloist. Kim-Sheng was awarded the prestigious Davidson Fellows Scholarship, which was established to support graduating high school students in music or the sciences, and she also received generous scholarships from the Young Musicians Foundation. When she was 13, she was featured on NPR’s From the Top. Kim-Sheng has had the opportunity to work with many preeminent musicians such as Gary Graffman, Anton Kuerti, Menahem Pressler, Leon Fleisher, Robert McDonald, Seymour Lipkin, Stephen Hough, Arie Vardi, Julian Martin, Pavel Nersessian, and Robert Levin. 

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Haydn Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Hob. XVI: 46 I. Allegro moderato II. Adagio III. Finale. Presto Rachmaninoff Études-Tableaux in e-flat minor, Op. 39, No. 5 • Rachmaninoff Études-Tableaux in a minor, Op. 39, No. 6 • Rachmaninoff Prelude in b minor, Op. 32, No. 10 SECOND ROUND Ravel Miroirs I. Noctuelles (Moths) II. Oiseaux tristes (Sad Birds) III. Une barque sur l’océan (A Boat on the Ocean) IV. Alborada del gracioso (The Jester’s Aubade) V. La vallée des cloches (The Valley of Bells) Chopin Ballade No. 4 in f minor, Op. 52 Granados Goyescas Suite, No. 5, “El amor y la muerte: balada” • David Earl Metta Bhavana FINAL ROUND Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 in c minor, Op. 18


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Edwin Kim

FIRST ROUND

UNITED STATES

Bach Prelude and Fugue from The WellTempered Clavier, Book II, No. 1 in C Major, BWV 870

Award-winning pianist Edwin (Sungpil) Kim performs as a recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral soloist across the US and in his native South Korea. Praised by International Piano Magazine for performances infused with “magic in atmosphere, individuality and poise,” his repertoire encompasses timeless masterpieces of the piano literature along with innovative new compositions. As a dedicated advocate of contemporary music, Mr. Kim founded Ensemble Evolve, whose mission is to pair the standard repertoire with contemporary works to bridge the stereotypical distance between the two communities. The group will present its first season in 2020 with a program showcasing compositions by a world-renowned composer, Kevin Puts, a Pulitzer Prize winner. Recently, Edwin Kim won the first prize and the Best Polonaise Prize at the 3rd Australian International Chopin Piano Competition in Canberra, AU. In 2018, National Institute of Frederic Chopin invited him to give recitals at the Chopin’s birthplace, zelazowa wola. His upcoming concerts of 2019 include a chamber concert at Flushing Town Hall in November, followed by a concert tour in South Korea. As a recitalist, he performs in prestigious halls as well as casual venues that support his mission to make classical music accessible to people everywhere. He has performed as part of Yamaha's Rising Artist Series, at the Sydney Opera House, the Seoul Arts Center, and Sejong Center for the Performing Arts. In 2015, he was heard by thousands in the New York metropolitan region performing an all-Chopin recital live on WWFM radio. For further records, please visit sungpilkim.com/biography. Since 2015, Mr. Kim has been serving on the faculty alongside the principals and concertmasters of the major orchestras of Europe and North America at the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy in British Columbia, and joined the faculty for the Piano at Peabody (an amateur summer course) in 2016. 

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Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 32 in c minor, Op. 111 I. Maestoso – Allegro con brio ed appassionato II. Arietta: Adagio molto semplice e cantabile Chopin Étude in c-sharp minor, Op. 10, No. 4 Rachmaninoff Études-tableaux in f-sharp minor, Op. 39, No. 3 Rachmaninoff Prelude in g minor, Op. 23, No. 5 SECOND ROUND David Earl Metta Bhavana Chopin Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60 Schubert Impromptus, D. 899 No. 1 in c minor No. 2 in E-flat Major No. 3 in G-flat Major No. 4 in A-flat Major Liszt Mephisto Waltz No. 1, S. 514 FINAL ROUND Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 in e minor, Op. 11

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FIRST ROUND

Elizaveta Kliuchereva RUSSIA Elizaveta Kliuchereva began studying music at the age of six with Manana Kandelaki at the Central Music School, Moscow State P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

Elizaveta has performed with many orchestras such as: the Ukrainian Kharkiv Philharmonic; the Central Music School at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory; the Hilton Head Symphony, South Carolina; the National Philharmonic of Russia; the State Academic Symphony “Evgeny Svetlanov” at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory; the St. Petersburg State Symphony; the Prague Radio Symphony; the Karaganda Symphony Orchestra; and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Elizaveta was selected as a Junior Jury member at the 15th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, 2017, Tel-Aviv, Israel. In 2019, Elizaveta received a scholarship from the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein and participated in the Intensive Music Weeks and activities offered by the Academy. 

She graduated school with Professor Maxim Zheleznov and now she is a student of P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory class of Professor Alexander Strukov. She has also studied at the Academy Incontri col Maestro in Imola with Professor Boris Petrushansky and Hochschule fur Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover with Professor Arie Vardi. Elizaveta has won many prizes at competitions, including First Prize at Scriabin International in Paris, 2010; Grand Prix and First Prize at VII Villuan Young Pianists Competition (Nizhny Novgorod, 2012); First Prize at VI North International Piano Competition in Newcastle, UK, 2013; Grand Prix at IV Artobolevskaya Young Pianists International Competition, Moscow 2012; Grand Prix at Villahermosa International Piano Competition, Mexico, 2015; Second Prize and Silver Medal at IX Tchaikovsky International Youth Competition, Novosibirsk, 2015; First Prize at “Concertino Praga” International Competition, 2016; Second Prize and Silver Medal at I Arthur Rubinstein International Youth Competition, Beijing, Pekin 2016; First Prize at Eurasian Music Games Piano Competition, Astana, KZ, 2017; Second Prize (First Prize was not awarded) at XX Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition, Italy, 2017; First Prize at Junior Chopin Piano Competition in Narva, Estonia, 2018; and First Prize at Lyon International Piano Competition, France, 2018.

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Bach Prelude and Fugue from The WellTempered Clavier, Book II, No. 1 in C Major, BWV 870 Scriabin Étude in c-sharp minor, Op. 42, No. 5 Chopin Étude in g-sharp minor, Op. 25, No. 6 Mozart Sonata No. 18 in D Major, K. 576 I. Allegro II. Adagio III. Allegretto Rachmaninoff Polka de W.R. SECOND ROUND Mozart Nine Variations on a Minuet by Duport, K. 573 Chopin Polonaise-fantaisie in A-flat Major, Op. 61 Rachmaninoff Sonata No. 2 in b-flat minor, Op. 36 I. Allegro agitato II. Non allegro III. Allegro molto David Earl Metta Bhavana Tchaikovsky/Feinberg Scherzo from Symphony No. 6, “Pathetique” FINAL ROUND Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 in d minor, Op. 30


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Richard Octaviano Kogima BRAZIL Richard Octaviano Kogima is a Brazilian pianist, composer, and conductor, currently pursuing a Master’s degree in piano performance at the Zurich University of the Arts, in the class of Konstantin Scherbakov. His performances have recently been defined as “memorable and revelatory” (Gregory Sullivan, Theater Jones), filled with “multifaceted nuance and transparent sound” (Badische Zeitung, Südkurier). Having graduated from high school as a valedictorian, Richard received his Bachelor’s in piano performance at Universidade de São Paulo. He then entered Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris where he obtained his “Diplome Superieur d’Execution,” funded by a full scholarship from “Fond Brésil.” His former teachers include Eduardo Monteiro, Guigla Katsarava, Maria José Carrasqueira, and his grandmother, Helgard Ostermayer Octaviano. Richard has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Brazil, the United States, and Europe in venues that include Tonhalle Maag and Tonhalle Kleiner Saal (Zurich), Salle Cortot (Paris), University Aula (Oslo), Mirabell Schloss (Austria), Howard Performing Arts Center (USA), Theatro Castro Mendes (Campinas, Brasil), and Auditório Claudio Santoro (Brazil). A laureate of several international competitions, Richard has been awarded First Prize at the 25th Concours

Internationale Flame (Paris), Landolt Competition Zürich, and the 5th Andrews International Music Competition (Michigan, USA); Second Prize at the Duttweiler-Hug Beethoven Competition (Zurich) and at the Florianopolis Latin-American Piano Competition (Brazil); and the “Press Award for Outstanding Musicianship” at the Olga Kern International Piano Competition (Albuquerque, USA) and an Audience Prize and “Best Performance of the Contemporary Work” prize at the Concours International Alain Marinaro (France). Among the music festivals and masterclasses Richard has participated in are the Emil Gilels Festival, Usedomer Musikfest, Germany; Festspillene i Bergen, Valdres Sommersymfoni, Norway; Mozarteum Sommerakademie, Austria; Chautauqua Institution Music Festival, USA; Festival Internacional de Inverno de Campos do Jordão, Brazil. He has worked in masterclasses and received musical insights from artist such as Maria João Pires, Leif Ove Andsnes, Herbert Blomstedt, Dimitri Bashkirov, Christian Zacharias, Jiri Hlinka, Robert Levin, and Jean-Louis Steuerman. Richard has a parallel career as a conductor, having received training from Marc Kissoczy, Aylton Escobar, and Gil Jardim. In 2013, he was appointed principal conductor of the Carlos Gomes Choir, following conductor Turibio de Burgo. He also worked as the concertmaster and assistant conductor of the UNASP Youth Orchestra. Richard also dedicates time to composing for various musical forces, with emphasis in sacred music. 

The Second Triennial Olga Kern International Piano Competition

FIRST ROUND Bach Prelude and Fugue from The WellTempered Clavier, Book I, No. 4 in c-sharp minor, BWV 849 Beethoven Sonata No. 17 in d minor, Op. 31, No. 2, “The Tempest” I. Largo – Allegro II. Adagio III. Allegretto Rachmaninoff Prelude in d minor, Op. 23, No. 3 Rachmaninoff Études-Tableaux in e-flat minor, Op. 39, No. 5 Chopin Étude in c minor, Op. 10, No. 12, “Revolutionary” SECOND ROUND David Earl Metta Bhavana Bach Italian Concerto, BWV 971 I. Without tempo indication II. Andante III. Presto Brahms Sechs Klavierstücke, Op. 118 I. Intermezzo II. Intermezzo III. Ballade IV. Intermezzo V. Romanza R.O. Kogima “Epitaph” – Reflections on J. Brahms’s Intermezzo, Op. 118, No. 6 Liszt Après une lecture du Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata FINAL ROUND Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 in c minor, Op. 18

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Aaron Kurz

FIRST ROUND

UNITED STATES

Chopin Étude in c minor, Op. 10, No. 12, “Revolutionary”

Aaron Kurz is a concert pianist who is currently working toward an Artist Diploma at the Royal College of Music. He has performed across North America, Europe, and Asia, in venues including Carnegie Hall in New York, Salle Cortot in Paris, and the Palace of Peace and Harmony in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. Aaron has soloed with numerous orchestras, including the Fort Worth Symphony, Shanxi Shuozilun Symphony (China), New Millennium Orchestra, Central Texas Philharmonic, Round Rock Symphony, Dakota Valley Symphony, Lewisville Lake Symphony, University of Michigan Philharmonia Orchestra, and Meadows Symphony Orchestra. Aaron has been a prizewinner in many national and international competitions, including the New York International Piano Competition (IPC), Los Angeles IPC, Virginia Waring IPC, Viardo IPC, and Emilio del Rosario IPC. Recently, Aaron traveled to China, where he gave multiple performances alongside a masterclass and lecture at the Xi’an Conservatory. In addition to concertizing, Aaron also wants to help spread classical music to those who would benefit most from it. He has spent two years working with the Van Cliburn Foundation, which teaches classical music principles to children in underprivileged school districts via interactive seminars. These concerts aim to both spread the joy of classical music and inspire the next generation of musicians. Aaron holds a Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Alexander Kobrin and Logan Skelton, respectively. Before college, he studied with Carol Leone of Southern Methodist University. In his spare time, Aaron also enjoys both playing and watching sports. 

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Bach Prelude and Fugue from The WellTempered Clavier, Book II, No. 6 in d minor, BWV 875 Beethoven Sonata No. 18 in E-flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3 I. Allegro II. Scherzo. Allegretto vivace III. Menuetto. Moderato e grazioso IV. Presto con fuoco Rachmaninoff Prelude in G Major, Op. 32, No. 5 Ligeti Étude No. 13, “L’escalier du diable” SECOND ROUND Scriabin Sonata No. 5 in F-sharp Major, Op. 53 David Earl Metta Bhavana Haydn Sonata in F major, Hob. XVI: 23 I. Allegro moderato II. Adagio III. Finale. Presto Liszt Après une lecture du Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata FINAL ROUND Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 3 in d minor, Op. 30


CON T E STAN TS

Hyuk Lee KOREA

history to win this competition. In 2018, he received Third Prize at the 10th Hamamatsu Competition in Hamamatsu, Japan. Hyuk Lee now studies at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with professor Vladimir Ovchinnikov, and he continues his concert activity at various concert halls and festivals, such as Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, the 72nd Duszniki Chopin Piano Festival, Bolshoi Hall of Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Czech Smetana Hall, Rudolfinum (Dvořák Hall), National Philharmonic of Ukraine, Paris Salle Cortot, Seoul Arts Center, Tokyo Kioi Hall, and Yamaha Ginza Hall, among others. Also an active chamber musician, he received First Prize at the 8th Moscow Beethoven Festival in the group “Chamber Ensemble,” in Moscow, Russia. 

Hyuk Lee was born in Seoul in 2000 and began his career in music when he was just three years old, studying violin and piano. From a very young age, he had great enthusiasm for listening to music and learning musical instruments and to better support his musical studies, he decided to do homeschooling, with combined studies at the Sunhwa Pre-College Music Academy. After taking the Grand Prize at the 2009 Little Mozart Competition, he had the privilege of being invited by the Mirabell Chamber Orchestra to a concert in Salzburg, Austria. In addition, he was selected as a music scholarship recipient of the Doosan Yonkang Foundation, which contributes to the development of Korean culture and arts. In 2012, when he was 12 years old, he had the honor of being the youngest person in competition history to win the Grand Prize at the 8th Moscow International F. Chopin Competition for Young Pianists, as well as winning the Best Concerto Award prize for his performance with orchestra. With the guidance of Prof. Arnold Stefan, a professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, he began to take the challenge of studying piano more and more seriously. In 2014, he moved to Moscow, Russia, and continued to study at the Moscow Central Music School. In 2016, at the age of 16, he participated in his first senior competition, the 10th Paderewski Competition in Bydgoszcz, Poland. He was the youngest person in

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FIRST ROUND Bach Prelude and Fugue from The WellTempered Clavier, Book I, No. 22 in b-flat minor, BWV 867 Rachmaninoff Prelude in g minor, Op. 23, No. 5 Chopin Étude in F Major, Op. 10, No. 8 Liszt Grandes études de Paganini, No. 6 in a minor, S. 141 Beethoven Sonata No. 23 in f minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata” I. Allegro assai II. Andante con moto III. Allegro ma non troppo – Presto SECOND ROUND David Earl Metta Bhavana Ravel Gaspard de la nuit I. Ondine II. Le Gibet III. Scarbo Smetana/Kàan “Vltava” from the Symphonic Poem Má Vlast Kapustin Sonata No. 2, Op. 54 I. Allegro molto II. Scherzo: Allegro assai III. Largo – Allegro IV. Allegro vivace FINAL ROUND Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 in d minor, Op. 30

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Narae Lee KOREA Korean-born pianist Narae Lee began to play the piano at the age of seven and made her official debut at the Rising Young Stars Concert a year later.

faculty, the New Artists Series Recital, and the Samick-Seiler New Artists Concert at Youngsan Art Hall. She has performed international masterclasses given by Alexander Gavrylyuk, Andreas Haeflinger, Jerome Lowenthal, Robert McDonald, Kevin Kenner, Jerome Rose, Alexander Toradze, and Blanca Uribe. Ms. Lee studied at Sunhwa Arts High School with Jeeyoung Shin and Yonsei University with Misha Kim in South Korea. She has earned her Bachelor of Music degree as a Cum Laude studying under the tutelage of Awadagin Pratt from the University of Cincinnati CollegeConservatory of Music. Ms. Lee was a recipient of the Honors Scholarship and William Black Award. After her Bachelor of Music degree, she moved to Baltimore, Maryland, to study further for her Master of Music degree at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University under the tutelage of Boris Slutsky. Currently, she is pursuing her Doctoral of Musical Arts degree at the Peabody Conservatory. 

She has won numerous prizes and participated in competitions and festivals, both nationally and internationally, including the Wideman Piano Competition, Hilton Head International Piano Competition, Delta Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition, Coeur d’Alene Symphony Young Artists Competition, the World Piano Competition, Art of the Piano, Chautauqua Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival as an assistant of Piano and Collaborative Piano faculties, New Paltz Piano Summer, Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival, SamickSeiler Piano Competition, the Mayor of Seoul City Prize, the Grand Prix Round Prize, and the 21st-Century Artist Special Prize at Osaka International Piano Competition in Japan. She has recently won the top prize at the International Young Artist Piano Competition in Washington DC. As a winner of the Seoul Philharmonic Concerto Competition, Ms. Lee made her orchestral debut with Seoul Philharmonic during the 18th Annual Concert at the National Theater of Korea in 2009. Also, she has performed with the CCM Philharmonia Orchestra and the CCM Concert Orchestra as a winner of the CCM Piano Concerto Competition (Piano Concerto for the Left Hand by Ravel). As a soloist, she has appeared at the Piano Gala Concert at the Eastern Music Festival with the piano

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FIRST ROUND Bach Prelude and Fugue from The WellTempered Clavier, Book II, No. 16 in g minor, BWV 885 Haydn Sonata in E Major, Hob. XVI: 31 I. Moderato II. Allegretto III. Finale. Presto Chopin Étude in C Major, Op. 10, No. 1 Liszt Transcendental Étude in c minor, No. 8, “Wild Jagd,” S. 139 Rachmaninoff Prelude in B-flat Major, Op. 23, No. 2 SECOND ROUND David Earl Metta Bhavana Debussy Images, Book 2, L. 111 I. Cloches à travers les feuilles (mélancolie diffuse) (Bells through the leaves [diffuse melancholy]) II. Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut (And the moon descends on the temple that was) III. Poissons d’or (Golden fishes) Brahms Sonata No. 3 in f minor, Op. 5 I. Allegro II. Andante III. Scherzo IV. Intermezzo V. Finale FINAL ROUND Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 in d minor, Op. 30


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Kirill Prokopov

FIRST ROUND

RUSSIA

Rachmaninoff Prelude in c-sharp minor, Op. 3, No. 2

Kirill Prokopov is a young artist whose career has been rapidly developing in two directions—as an academic pianist and as a performer on historical keyboard instruments. His repertoire includes music from four centuries: from the 17th century to the present. A graduate of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, he studied from well-known Russian musicians Ekaterina Derzhavina, Yuri Polubelov (piano and chamber ensemble), and Olga Filippova (historical keyboard instruments). He also improved his performing skills with the outstanding European masters Christine Schornsheim, Czvi Meniker (Germany), Hamish Milne (UK), and Marianne Jacobs (Sweden). Kirill Prokopov is the winner of international competitions, including “Music Without Limits” (Druskininkai, Lithuania, 2018, First Prize) and “Wanda Landowska International Harpsichord Competition” (Ruvo di Puglia, Italy, 2019, Grand Prix). He was the participant of the N. Roslavets and N. Gabo International Festival of Contemporary Art (Bryansk, Russia, 2018), the International Festival of Modern Music “Moscow Autumn” (Moscow, Russia, 2015), and the International Baroque Academy within the uri Bashmet International Music Festival (Yaroslavl, Russia, 2019). Kirill Prokopov collaborates actively with famous singers, the soloists of leading Moscow theatres such as the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre, the Moscow State Opera, and Ballet Theatre for Young Audience named after Natalia Sats. He is also a guest artist of the German-Russian Institute of Culture in Dresden (Germany). Kirill Prokopov was born in Lyudinovo, Kaluga region in 1992. He received his first piano lessons at the age of six at the Lyudinovo music school where he studied with Irena Klechinska-Sarnavskaya. He graduated from the Bryansk College of Music, where his teacher was Lyudmila Urusova. He is currently studying postgraduate courses at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under Professor Olga Filippova. 

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Bach Prelude and Fugue from The WellTempered Clavier, Book II, No. 11 in F Major, BWV 880 Haydn Sonata in E-flat Major, Hob. XVI: 49 I. Allegro II. Adagio e cantabile III. Finale. Tempo di Minuet Chopin Étude in b minor, Op. 25, No. 10 Rachmaninoff Études-Tableaux in c-sharp minor, Op. 33, No. 9 SECOND ROUND Froberger “Plainte faite à Londres pour passer la Melancolie” from Suite in a minor, FbWV 630 Bach Fantasie in a minor, BWV 922 Rameau “L’entretien des Muses” from the Suite in D Major Liszt Sonetto No. 104 del Petrarca, S. 161, No. 5 Scriabin Études Nos. 2 and 3, Op. 65 Berg Sonata in b minor, Op. 1 Medtner Sonata No. 5 in g minor, Op. 22 I. Tenebroso, sempre affretando – Allegro assai II. Interludium: Andante lugubre III. Allegro assai David Earl Metta Bhavana FINAL ROUND Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 1 in f-sharp minor, Op. 1

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Cristian Sandrin ROMANIA Born in Bucharest, Romania, to a family of musicians, Cristian Sandrin started his musical training with Marina Dragomirescu and Cristian Dumitrescu at Colegiul National de Arte “Dinu Lipatti.” He had his solo debut at the famous Romanian Atheneum Hall in 2006. He has successfully completed his studies at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with First Class Honours for Advanced Diploma, Master in Music and Bachelor of Music. For his MMus final recital, he obtained a DipRAM institutional award for an outstanding performance. In the past year, he has held scholarships from the Imogen Cooper Music Trust, the Tillet Trust, Help Musicians UK, and the Harold Craxton Memorial Trust. He was also a Piano Fellow of the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Martin Musical Scholarship Fund scheme. Cristian Sandrin is a very active performer, having had his solo debut at the Wigmore Hall in September 2017. Currently a Countess of Munster Recital Scheme artist, Cristian is touring the UK, performing solo recitals and engagement with orchestras in London, Matlock, Carlisle, Sunderland, Whitley, Petersfield, Bournemouth, Leatherhead, Riverbarn House, and many others. Since 2014, Cristian has also been experimenting with conducting small ensembles from the keyboard, mostly Mozart’s Piano Concertos. Other UK engagements included recitals at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Queen Elisabeth Hall, St. James Piccadilly, Brighton, Oxford, Chipping Campden, and Scotland. In the

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past season, Cristian has been invited to hold solo recitals in festivals in the Netherlands and Germany. In Romania, Cristian Sandrin is a frequent guest artist of the Bacau National Philharmonic, Sibiu National Philharmonic, Ramnicu-Valcea National Philharmonic, and the Bucharest Symphony Orchestra, performing under the baton of Ovidiu Balan, Mark Csikes, and Florin Totan. International engagements include performances at Salle Cortot in Paris, Marstall Platz in Berlin, Salla Manuel de Falla in Madrid, Palazzo Ricci in Montepulciano, “La Fenice” Theatre in Venice, “Bulgaria Hall” in Sophia, and the Polish National Philharmonic Hall during the 2015 International Fryderyk Chopin. He is a laurate of many international and local competitions, such as First Prize of the Citta di Olleggio Piano Competition (2019), Third Prize of the Councours Musical de Versailles (2019), Second Prize of the Windsor International Piano Competition (2018), Third Prize of the Sheepdrove Piano Competition (2018), runner-up of the Automobile Club de France IPC (2011), a laureate of the Animato Competition in Paris (2012), and First Prize of the Yurii Boukoff International Piano Competition (2009). He has been a semifinalist of the Vendome Prize, being invited in the Verbier Festival in 2019. Cristian is a recent holder of the Harold Craxton Chamber Music prize at the Royal Academy of Music, being also a past recipient of the William Sterndale Bennett Prize. 

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FIRST ROUND Bach Prelude and Fugue from The WellTempered Clavier, Book I, No. 12 in f minor, BWV 857 Chopin Étude in b minor, Op. 25, No. 10 Debussy Étude 11 pour les arpèges composés, L. 136 Mozart Sonata No. 1 in C Major, K. 279 I. Allegro II. Andante III. Allegro Rachmaninoff Prelude in G Major, Op. 32, No. 5 SECOND ROUND Haydn Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI: 50 I. Allegro II. Adagio III. Allegro molto Ravel Miroirs II. Oiseaux tristes (Sad Birds) III. Une barque sur l’océan (A Boat on the Ocean) Ginastera Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 22 I. Allegro marcato II. Presto misterioso III. Adagio molto appassionato IV. Ruvido ed ostinato David Earl Metta Bhavana FINAL ROUND Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 in f minor, Op. 21


CON T E STAN TS

Tetiana Shafran

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UKRAINE

Bach Prelude and Fugue from The WellTempered Clavier, Book II, No. 22 in b-flat minor, BWV 891

Born in Kiev, Ukraine, in 1989, Tetiana Shafran started playing piano at the age of three. She graduated from the Lysenko Special Music School and the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine with A. Vasin (2012) and O. Yablonskaya Piano Academy with Prof. Oxana Yablonskaya (USA-Israel), and from 2015-2017, studied in Spain and Israel. Tetiana is the prizewinner of approximately 18 international piano competitions. Among those prizes are: 1 award of Concours International de Piano France-Amériques (Paris, France, 2019); 3 award of VII Parnassos International Piano Competition (Monterey, Mexico, 2018); 3 award of 18th Jose Iturbi International Piano Competition (Valencia, Spain, 2013); 2 award of Concorso Pianistico Internazionale “Città di San Donà di Piave” (Italy, 2019); 2 award of International Piano Competition “Monopoli Prize” (Barletta, Italy, 2015); 1 award of Emil Gilels International Piano Competition (Odessa, Ukraine, 2015); 1 award of the Carl Filtsch International Piano Competition (Sibiu, Romania, 2016); 1 award of Antonio Napolitano International Piano Competition (Salerno, Italy, 2017). She has performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls of Europe, North and South America, Africa, and Asia, including the Grand Theatre (Shenzhen, China), Lindeman Hall (Oslo, Norway), Llevellyn Hall (Canberra, Australia), Main Hall of Palau de la Musica (Valencia, Spain), Theatre Mohammed V (Rabat, Morocco), Sala Cecilia Meireles (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Felicja Blumental Music Center (Tel Aviv, Israel), Congress Hall (Gabala, Azerbaijan), and many others. She performed with many orchestras and conductors, such as maestros D. Yablonsky, H. Earle, F. Krager, G. Glinka, M. Dyadyura, M. Anamammedov, and many others. She has also recorded for radio and TV productions for Italian, Israeli , Spanish, and Ukrainian broadcasts. 

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Chopin Étude in F Major, Op. 10, No. 8 Liszt Grandes étude de Paganini No. 3 in g-sharp minor, “La campanella,” S. 141 Beethoven Sonata in A Major, Op. 2, No. 2 I. Allegro vivace II. Largo appassionato III. Scherzo: Allegretto IV. Rondo: Grazioso Mendelssohn/Rachmaninoff Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 61 SECOND ROUND Chopin Sonata No. 3 in b minor, Op. 58 I. Allegro maestoso II. Scherzo: Molto vivace III. Largo IV. Finale: Presto non tanto Ravel Gaspard de la nuit I. Ondine II. Le Gibet III. Scarbo David Earl Metta Bhavana FINAL ROUND Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 in d minor, Op. 30

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Qilin Sun

FIRST ROUND

CHINA

Scarlatti Sonata in b minor, K. 87/ L. 33

Hailed by the Irish Times as a brilliant performer with “unfettered enthusiasm,” pianist Qilin Sun develops herself as both a soloist and a collaborative musician. She had her debut with an orchestra at age 11, playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23, K. 488 with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Since then, she has been performing in various venues throughout Asia, Europe, and North America. She has also received a number of awards and accolades, including the First Prize in the Xing Hai Cup National Youth Piano Competition in Beijing, Second Prize in the China Wen Hua Award National Piano Competition, and First Prize in the 5th Asian Piano Competition in Hong Kong. Her recent concert highlights include the opening gala concert with the Chengdu Orchestra in the City Concert Hall in China, and recitals at Alice Tully Hall of Lincoln Center, Royal Dublin Society of Ireland, Ruïnekerk in the Netherlands, Imperial Palace of Goslar in Germany, Grand Hall of Sichuan Conservatory of Music in China, Aspen Chapel in Colorado, Chateau of Fontainebleau in France, Studzinski Hall of Bowdoin College, Paul Hall, Morse Hall, and the Peter J. Sharp Theater of The Juilliard School, along with other various venues throughout New York City. As an enthusiastic collaborative musician, Ms. Sun is currently a member of the Altezza Piano Trio. Having been promoted by The Juilliard School’s Honors Chamber Music Program, the trio made its recital debut at Alice Tully Hall and is quickly establishing itselfmas an exciting and promising ensemble in New York City. In addition, as a member of The New Juilliard Ensemble, Ms. Sun premiered several new works playing the piano and celesta in Alice Tully Hall. Born in Sichuan, China, Ms. Sun started playing the piano at the age of three. After completing her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at The Juilliard School in 2018, Ms. Sun was accepted again by The Juilliard School for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree, the most prestigious program the school offers. She is currently a C.V. Starr doctoral fellow under the tutelage of Yoheved Kaplinsky and Matti Raekallio. 

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OCTOBER–NOVEMBER 2019 / Albuquerque, New Mexico USA

Scarlatti Sonata in D Major, K. 29/ L. 461 Beethoven Sonata No. 4 in E-flat Major, Op. 7 I. Allegro molto e con brio II. Largo, con gran espressione III. Allegro IV. Rondo: Poco allegretto e grazioso Rachmaninoff Prelude in g-sharp minor, Op. 32, No. 12 Scriabin Études, Op. 8 No. 10 in D-flat Major: Allegro No. 9 in g-sharp minor: Alla ballata SECOND ROUND Corigliano Etude Fantasy Etude No. 1. For the Left Hand Alone Etude No. 2. Legato Etude No. 3. Fifths to Thirds Etude No. 4. Ornaments Etude No. 5. Melody David Earl Metta Bhavana Chopin Fantaisie in f minor, Op. 49 Schubert Fantasie in C Major, “Wanderer Fantasy,” Op. 15, D. 760 FINAL ROUND Prokofiev Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26


CON T E STAN TS

Daniel Tselyakov

FIRST ROUND

CANADA

Rachmaninoff Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3 I. Elegie

Born into a musical family, Daniel Tselyakov began his piano studies at the age of five with his father, wellknown Canadian pianist Alexander Tselyakov, before subsequently completing a Bachelor’s degree at the Oberlin Conservatory with Angela Cheng. Daniel is currently pursuing his Doctorate degree and full-teaching assistantship at the University of Utah with Ning Lu. His recent accomplishments include winning the Southwest Division of the MTNA Steinway Young Artist Piano Competition, the Audience Prize and Fourth Prize at the Livorno International Piano Competition in Italy, and the Best Contemporary Work Prize at the San Jose International Piano Competition. Daniel has also previously received a full scholarship to the Art of Piano and PianoTexas Academies and Pinchas Zukerman’s Young Artist International Program at the National Arts Center in Ottawa. Daniel has studied with legendary mentors including Sergei Babayan, Olga Kern, Marc-André Hamelin, André Laplante, and Marc Durand. By the age of 14, he had performed Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 as a soloist with the Penderecki String Quartet, and reunited with them this summer to perform Mozart’s E-flat Piano Quartet at the Stockey Center for the Performing Arts in Canada. As the youngest musician ever to be invited as a guest artist to the prestigious Virtuosi Concert Series in Winnipeg, he will be returning to their stage this December performing Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet. He has performed alongside violin virtuoso James Ehnes, and has appeared as a soloist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Sinfonietta, the Winnipeg Symphony Chamber Orchestra, and the San Luis Potosi Symphony Orchestra. 

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Chopin Étude in A-flat Major, Op. 25, No. 1 Bach Prelude and Fugue from The WellTempered Clavier, Book I, No. 15 in G Major, BWV 860 Beethoven Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53, “Waldstein” I. Allegro con brio II. Introduzione. Adagio molto III. Rondo. Allegretto moderato – Prestissimo Liszt Transcendental Étude No. 10 in f minor, S. 139 SECOND ROUND Schumann Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17 David Earl Metta Bhavana Prokofiev Sonata No. 7 in B-flat Major, Op. 83 I. Allegro inquieto II. Andante caloroso III. Precipitato FINAL ROUND Liszt Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, S. 125

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Rolando Valdes MEXICO Rolando Valdés is a Mexican pianist, born in 1990, who currently lives in Germany, holding a Master’s degree in piano performance and currently studying the Konzertexam (highest music degree in Germany) under the guidance of Grigory Gruzman and Balázs Szokolay at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar. He has held an Excellence scholarship from the Swiss government and is also a participant of the Scholarship Yehudi Menuhin. He has performed concerts in Mexico, France, Germany, Poland, Austria, Hungary, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the USA, and Japan. He began his studies at a very young age and in 2001 enrolled in Escuela Superior de Música INBA in Mexico City, under the tutelage of Eduardo Arzate, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree of music in piano performance with high honors. In 2011, he continued his studies in Germany, where Balázs Szokolay took him as his student to pursue an Artist Diploma and later in 2014, a Master in Chamber Music at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar. He acquired a Master’s degree in Performance at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste in Zurich, Switzerland, where he studied with the world-famous pianist Konstantin Scherbakov, and he also studied Orchestral Conducting with Mark Kissoczy. In Mexico, he has performed more than 100 public concerts in more than 15 different cities, playing with the Fine Arts Chamber Orchestra, Yucatan Symphony Orchestra,

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Eduardo Mata Orchestra, Coahuila Camerata, Oaxaca Symphony Orchestra, Nuevo Leon Symphony Orchestra, the Mexican National Symphony Orchestra, and several university orchestras, sometimes conducting them from the piano. In Germany, he played in more than 15 cities and had his debut as a soloist in the conducting competition Hans von Bülow, where he both played and conducted the prestigious Meininger Philharmonie Orchestra, playing later on as well with the Jenaer Philharmonie. He has been a winner and finalist of the most recognized international competitions in Germany, France, and Mexico, both as a soloist and with chamber music ensembles such as Pianale klavierakademie, Concours International de Lyon, Merida International Piano Competition, Ricardo Castro National Competition 2012, and Parnassos National, among others. He has attended several masterclasses and piano festivals in France, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, and Mexico, during which he has taken lessons with Alexander Gavrylyuk, Ferenc Rados, Aquiles delle Vigne, Friedemann Rieger, Joaquín Soriano, Uta Weyand, Peter Nagy, Akiko Ebi, Jacques Rouvier, Claudio Martinez, and Zoltán Kocsis, among others. He also contributes regularly in masterclasses in different Mexican universities, such as Escuela Superior de Musica, Universidad Veracruzana, and Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon. He was recently a finalist in the Vigo City Piano Competition in its “Martha Argerich Edition,” with Martha Argerich as head of the jury; other jury members included Tamas Vasary and Nelson Freire. This year, he was also accepted to take part in the second triennial Olga Kern International Piano Competition in the USA. 

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FIRST ROUND Bach Prelude and Fugue from The WellTempered Clavier, Book II, No. 17 in A-flat Major, BWV 886 Beethoven Sonata No. 23 in f minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata” I. Allegro assai II. Andante con moto III. Allegro ma non troppo – Presto Ligeti Étude No. 4, “Fanfares” Chopin Étude in b minor, Op. 25, No. 10 Rachmaninoff Prelude in E-flat Major, Op. 23, No. 6 SECOND ROUND Haydn Sonata in b minor, Hob. XVI: 32 I. Allegro moderato II. Menuet III. Presto Scriabin Fantaisie in b minor, Op. 28 Ligeti Étude No. 10, “Der Zauberlehrling” Kapustin Etude No. 8, “Intermezzo” Brahms Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 Theme. Aria Variations 1-17 Fugue David Earl Metta Bhavana FINAL ROUND Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43


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John Wilson UNITED STATES Having enjoyed a meteoric rise from his childhood days of learning Mozart sonatas by ear, American pianist John Wilson has established himself as an artist who is both refined in style, and also a “marvelous musical mad scientist” (Music Critics Association of North America). With a repertoire ranging from Baroque to contemporary, John has performed extensively in North America in recital halls such as Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall (New York), New World Symphony Center (Miami), and Louis M. Davies Hall (San Francisco), where he recently made his solo debut under the auspices of the San Francisco Symphony, playing solo works by Debussy. His playing was described by the San Francisco Classical Voice as “having all the beauty and delicacy one would expect from Debussy.” A sought-after collaborator for the world’s most prolific composers, Wilson has had the pleasure of being a part of numerous world premieres, performing on the U.S. and world premieres of solo piano works by Michael Tilson Thomas, duo works by Timo Andres and Judith Lang Zaimont, and ensemble works by John Adams, Steve Reich, Reinbert de Leeuw, HK Gruber, and Bernd Deutsch. As a soloist, he has performed with the New World Symphony, Napa Valley Festival Symphony Orchestra, and both the New Amsterdam Symphony and OrchestraCamerata Notturna in New York

City. A top prize winner in international piano competitions, he most recently won First Prize in the 2019 International Respighi Competition, which resulted in an invitation to perform as soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of New York; other prizes include first place in the American Prize Foundation 2019 Competition, and “Best Performance of an American Work” at the 2017 Liszt- Garrison International Piano Competition. A devoted chamber musician and collaborator, he has appeared in chamber ensembles with musicians of the San Francisco Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, and the San Diego Symphony. Wilson has performed in recital with violinist Joshua Bell, violinist Michael Barenboim, cellist Johannes Moser, violinist Anthony Marwood, and soprano Audra McDonald. John has recorded for MSR Classics, and performances can be heard on Medici. tv and WQXR. His performance on the premiere recording for MSR Classics of Judith Lang was reviewed by Fanfare Magazine as “impeccable in every parameter.” Wilson’s debut solo CD will be recorded later this year. 

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FIRST ROUND Bach Prelude and Fugue from The WellTempered Clavier, Book II, No. 15 in G Major, BWV 884 Haydn Sonata in E-flat Major, Hob. XVI: 49 I. Allegro II. Adagio e cantabile III. Finale: Tempo di minuet Rachmaninoff Études-Tableaux in c minor, Op. 39, No. 1 Debussy Étude 5 pour les octaves, L. 136 Rachmaninoff Prelude in g-sharp minor, Op. 32, No. 12 SECOND ROUND Bach/Busoni Violin Partita No. 2 in d minor, BWV 1004 V. Chaconne Debussy Images, Book 1, L. 110 I. Reflets dans l’eau (Reflections in the water) II. Hommage à Rameau (Tribute to Rameau) III. Mouvement (Movement) Liszt “Liebestod” from Tristan und Isolde Liszt Concert Paraphrase on Verdi’s Rigoletto, S. 434 David Earl Metta Bhavana Michael Tilson Thomas You Come Here Often? FINAL ROUND Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 in c minor, Op. 18

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CON TESTANTS

Mery Rui Xu

FIRST ROUND

CHINA

Bach Prelude and Fugue from The WellTempered Clavier, Book I, No. 18 in g-sharp minor, BWV 863

Born in Beijing in 1996, Mery Rui Xu has dedicated her life to music from a young age, encouraged by her family, especially her dancer mother. She began piano lessons at the age of four, entering the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music where she studied with Professor Zhao Pingguo. At the age of 16 she moved to Europe. She entered the Hochschule für Musik “Franz Liszt” in Weimar in the class of Prof. Peter Waas. She is currently based in Lugano, Switzerland, where she’s working on a Master’s degree at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana. Mery has won several prizes in many international piano competitions in her native country and abroad. Amongst them were first places at the Xiwang Piano Competition, the 14th Hongkong-Asia Piano Competition, The World Prize for Peace – US International Piano Competition, the 2nd Macau-Asia Piano Competition, and the 9th Concorso Internazionale Giovani Musicisti Premio Antonio Salieri. She also won the Second Prize at the 28th Roma International Piano Competition and the Third Prize at the 56th International Clara Schumann Piano Competition, the 4th International Rosario Marciano Piano Competition, the Primo Concorso Internazinale Luigi Valperga di Masino, and the International Competition for Piano and Orchestra Città di Cantù-Italy. She enjoys performing both solo and chamber music programs, and she performed as soloist with the Bacau Philharmonic Orchestra Mihail Jora and Orchestra of Conservatorio Svizzera Italiana. She has been invited to play concerts in China, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland. Her recital at LAC in Lugano was reported by RSI TV News. Mery is an avid chamber musician and she regularly performs with singers and violinists. She has attended masterclasses with Bernd Götzke, Jacob Leuschner, Anna Malikova, Homero Francesch, and Paolo Bordoni. 

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OCTOBER–NOVEMBER 2019 / Albuquerque, New Mexico USA

Chopin Étude in c-sharp minor, Op. 10, No. 4 Scriabin Étude in f-sharp minor, Op. 8, No. 2 Beethoven Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3 I. Presto II. Largo e mesto III. Menuetto: Allegro IV. Rondo: Allegro Rachmaninoff Prelude in c-sharp minor, Op. 3, No. 2 SECOND ROUND Haydn Sonata in D Major, XVI: 37 I. Allegro con brio II. Largo e sostenuto III. Finale. Presto ma non troppo Chopin Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op. 47 Busoni Sonatina No. 6 Kammer-Fantasie über Bizet’s Carmen, BV 284 Saint-Säens Étude No. 6, “Toccata d’après le cinquième concerto,” Op. 111 Debussy Pour le piano, L. 95 I. Prélude II. Sarabande III. Toccata David Earl Metta Bhavana FINAL ROUND Chopin Concerto No. 1 in e minor, Op. 11


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