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CONTENTS YAMAHA WARMLY WELCOMES YOU TO THE SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION

Beauty & Power.

A 19 YEAR QUEST FOR GRAND PIANO EXCELLENCE.

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WELCOME MESSAGES

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FOUNDER AND BENEFACTOR

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THE 2016 COMPETITION

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JURY MEMBERS

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CHAMBER MUSIC PARTNERS

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CONDUCTORS

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SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

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COMPETITION RULES

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PRIZES

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COMPETITION DIARY

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GALA CONCERT AND PROGRAM NOTES

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COMPETITORS AND PROGRAMS

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SUPPORT THE COMPETITION

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PARTNERS 75 CREDITS 76 FRIENDS OF THE COMPETITION

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SYDNEY SYMPHONY CREDITS

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WELCOME MESSAGE MESSAGE FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND CHAIRMAN OF THE JURY PIERS LANE AO Sydney and NSW attract one of the world’s most spectacular line-ups of musical productions, high adrenalin sports, exciting cultural experiences and artistic collaborations.

SYDNEY SINGS 28 July - 7 August Australia’s International Festival of the Voice. Various locations across Sydney

DISNEY’S ALADDIN – THE MUSICAL From August See the Australian Premiere of Disney’s Aladdin, Broadway’s new musical comedy. Discover a whole new world, in a whole new way. Capitol Theatre, Sydney

It is with a sense of real privilege that I welcome you to the 11th Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia. Life is strange! Seeds sown in early years sprout and bear fruit decades later; journeys commenced years before end up, with a circular trajectory, back where they began. So it has been with the Competition and me. Little did I imagine when, as a Brisbane teenager, I auditioned for the first Competition back in 1977, I should be directing it nearly forty years later! I remember the excitement of being accepted as one of the contestants, the joy of performing in the Verbrugghen Hall,

BLEDISLOE CUP FESTIVAL 6 - 20 August A series of rugby events builds up to the spectacle of the Bledisloe Cup. Various locations across Sydney Piers Lane has had a long association with the Sydney International Piano Competition: he won the prize for the Best Australian Pianist in the first Competition and gave the Opening Recital as a juror of the 2004 Competition.

MY FAIR LADY From 30 August Don’t miss this 60th Anniversary production directed by Julie Andrews. Sydney Opera House

BLACKMORES SYDNEY RUNNING FESTIVAL 18 September Four exciting events to cater for all ages and fitness levels. Milsons Point

DREAM LOVER – THE BOBBY DARIN MUSICAL From September 2016 Starring David Campbell, Dream Lover reveals the extraordinary story of legendary singer, songwriter and actor Bobby Darin. Sydney Lyric Theatre

Piers Lane, who lives in London, is one of Australia’s most renowned and engaging performers. In demand worldwide as soloist and collaborative artist, recent highlights include a performance of Busoni’s mighty piano concerto at Carnegie Hall, premières of Carl Vine’s Piano Concerto No.2, written for him, with the Sydney Symphony and the London Philharmonic, and sold-out recitals at Wigmore Hall. His concerto repertoire of 100 works has led to engagements with many of the world’s great orchestras. Five times soloist at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall, he gave the centenary performance there of Sir Arthur Bliss’ Piano Concerto. This year he

gave the New York première of Ferdinand Ries’s Piano Concerto No.8 for the Carnegie Hall debut of TŌN, The Orchestra Now. He has been Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music since 2007 and also directed the annual Myra Hess Day at the National Gallery in London from its inception in 2006 until 2013. From this sprang his collaboration with actress Patricia Routledge on a theatre piece - Admission: One Shilling - exploring Dame Myra’s work throughout the Second World War, which has been performed more than 70 times throughout the UK, in Australia, Holland and Belgium.

the expansive support of the Competition administration and audience, the thrill of playing the Brahms Quintet with the Sydney String Quartet, winning the Australian prize, the magical inspiration of Irina Plotnikova’s playing and the heated debates about every competitor. I hope the 2016 Competition brings similar feelings of joy and aspiration to all its participants, appetite and fulfilment to its local audiences and thrilling immersion for all its discerning radio and internet listeners throughout the world. Let the music begin… Piers Lane AO

He has premièred works by Brett Dean, Colin Matthews, Richard Mills, Carl Vine, and Malcolm Williamson among others. He has written and presented over 100 programs for BBC Radio 3, including the popular series, The Piano. He has received numerous honours, and in 2012 was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished services to the arts as pianist, mentor and artistic director.

Piers Lane has recorded more than 60 CDs, including much admired recordings of rare Romantic piano concertos, the six concertos by Williamson, Mozart concertos, the complete Preludes and Études by Scriabin, and complete collections of études by SaintSaëns, Moscheles and Henselt.

If it’s on in Sydney, it’s on sydney.com Please note that events are subject to change or cancellation (check relevant website for further details prior to the event). Destination NSW acknowledges and appreciates all photographic images supplied by each event owner for use in this advertisement. Photo credit: Disney’s Aladdin, Arabian Nights Men by Deen van Meer.

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WELCOME MESSAGES MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS NEVILLE GRACE I welcome you to the 11th Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia, which I believe will be even more exhilarating than previous competitions. The Competition, with nearly 40 years of history, has become an event of international importance. This is confirmed by the growing number of applicants, the calibre of their performances which continue to amaze, and the quality of the jurors and artistic direction which the Competition attracts.

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There have been important changes in 2016 headed up by our new Artistic Director, Piers Lane AO; changes to the auditioning process, to each of the Stages of the Competition and a return to the historic venue of the Verbrugghen Hall at the Conservatorium. All of which ensure that

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Image: Carl Vine AO, Sydney International Piano Competition Juror, Senior Lecturer in Composition, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

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the Competition maintains its relevance and stature, and continues to be the highlight of classical pianism in Australia. I wish also to acknowledge the generosity and drive of the late Ms Claire Dan AM OBE who founded the Competition 40 years ago and the contributions made by the late Professor Thomson OAM as former Artistic Director. I look forward to hearing our 2016 competitors in performance and wish them every success. Neville Grace

MESSAGE FROM THE VICE REGAL PATRON GOVERNOR OF NEW SOUTH WALES GENERAL THE HONOURABLE DAVID HURLEY AC DSC (RET’D)

As Patron of the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia, I am delighted to welcome you to the 2016 Competition. I offer a warm welcome to the 32 pianists who have travelled from across the world to take part in this Competition. The dedication to excellence of our competitors and their sustained passion for music, will no doubt bring great joy to audiences over the coming weeks.

which showcases an extraordinary array of passionate musical talent. I thank the organisers and all those involved for their commitment and dedication to bringing this event together, and I wish every success to the participants. General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (RET’D)

The arts play an important role in the fabric of our society. That is why I am delighted to support this Competition

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WELCOME MESSAGE MESSAGE FROM THE ARTISTIC PATRON VALERY GERGIEV As Artistic Patron of the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia, it is with great pleasure that I welcome you here to witness the passion and artistic ability of the young pianists performing at the 2016 Competition. They will be playing to their very best abilities, delivering performances that will define their futures and will set them apart. I am involved with a number of arts organisations around the world, but the Sydney International Piano Competition is one I consider particularly important and with which I am proud to be associated.

winners an opportunity to perform with me in St. Petersburg in the festival Contemporary Piano Faces at the Mariinsky International Piano Festival. There will also be other opportunities in the major cities of Russia and Europe, which will offer unparalleled experiences only to the best of the best that this Competition will uncover over the coming weeks. I hope you enjoy the discovery of talent at this very exciting and prestigious event Valery Gergiev

I am very pleased to be able to support the Competition and these young pianists, as they forge their careers, by giving the

Valery Gergiev is Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Principal Conductor of the Munich Philharmonic, Co-Chairman of the Organisational Committee of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and Honorary President of the Edinburgh International Festival. He was Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra from 2007 to 2015. In 1997, following Sir Georg Solti’s death, Valery Gergiev took over the World Orchestra for Peace. He has established and directs major festivals including the Stars of the White Nights, the Gergiev Festival (The Netherlands) and the Moscow Easter Festival. At the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev has overseen the emergence of a plethora of world-class singers. Under his direction the theatre’s opera, ballet and symphony music repertoires have become much richer

and more diverse, now including a broad range of works from 18th to 20th century classics as well as music by contemporary composers. As a result of Valery Gergiev’s efforts, in 2006 the acoustically perfect Concert Hall was built and opened on the site of the Mariinsky Theatre workshops, which had previously burnt down. This significantly enlarged the repertoire abilities of the company and the orchestra. In May 2013 a new building, the Mariinsky II, was opened, seating 2000 people in addition to its chamber venues, ensuring the Mariinsky Theatre is unparalleled as a theatre and concert venue.

thanks to Valery Gergiev. The Maestro works with the Metropolitan Opera, the Vienna, New York and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestras and the Filarmonica della Scala. Valery Gergiev’s numerous awards and prizes include Hero of Labour of the Russian Federation and other prestigious government decorations from Russia, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, The Netherlands and Poland.

Established by Valery Gergiev in 2009, the Mariinsky recording label has already released more than 30 discs that have won praise and acclaim from critics and audiences alike across the globe. 2013 saw the revival of the All-Russian Choral Society

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WELCOME MESSAGE

THE COMPETITION’S FOUNDER AND BENEFACTOR

MESSAGE FROM THE NSW MINISTER FOR TRADE, TOURISM AND MAJOR EVENTS STUART AYRES On behalf of the NSW Government, welcome to the 11th Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia, one of the world’s most prestigious piano events. Featuring 25 concerts over a two week period, the Competition will showcase some of the world’s most gifted pianists at two of Sydney’s finest music venues, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. The event this year is proudly supported by the NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. The Sydney International Piano Competition will be a real treat for musicians and music lovers, and is expected to attract

international and domestic visitors to NSW for the event. This is great for the State, enhancing our local arts community and providing a boost to local hotels, restaurants and businesses. I encourage all visitors to Sydney to take some time to experience everything our beautiful city has to offer: from world class cultural attractions to world-renowned landmarks, there is something for all ages and tastes. I welcome you to the Sydney International Piano Competition, and wish all competitors the very best of luck. Stuart Ayres

Clockwise: Claire Dan; Claire Dan with Dr Michael Kennedy; Claire Dan with Dr Michael Kennedy

CLAIRE DAN AM OBE The late Claire Dan AM OBE was born in post-war Hungary and became an Australian citizen in 1954. She dedicated her life to the performing arts and improving opportunities for artists both internationally and in Australia. In 1976 she founded the Cladan Cultural Institute of Australia, a private philanthropic organisation established to encourage and develop international cultural exchange: specifically to allow Australian students and artists to study overseas; to allow overseas students and artists to study in Australia; to allow art and music teachers, theatre and film producers and directors to gain overseas experience; and to encourage overseas teachers to visit Australia for brief periods, during which they would give lectures, demonstrations and masterclasses. The Institute’s prime aim was to establish

and fund the first Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia in 1977, fulfilling the vision of its co-founder Rex Hobcroft AM, then Director of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. In 1989 the Institute instigated the Cladan Awards, an annual presentation for the recognition of and contribution to Sydney theatre performances.

In the early seventies, she looked to utilise her European theatrical experience for the benefit of theatre in Australia. She brought the Zagreb Theatre Company’s production of The Liberation of Skopje to Sydney. This project was a success and the first of many, culminating in the foundation of the Sydney International Piano Competition.

Claire Dan led a vibrant and interesting life. She was an actress and cabaret performer, appearing at the National and Vig (Comedy) Theatres in Budapest. In 1947, she married the Hungarian Peter Abeles, later Sir Peter Abeles, at that time a cabaret entrepreneur she met in Romania during a one-woman tour. The pair left Hungary to find a better life and after stints in Rome, London and Paris, chose Australia - ‘a safe haven, far from the rest of the world’ - for their new home. Arriving in 1949, Claire Dan taught herself English, though she never lost her distinctive European accent.

Claire Dan died in Sydney on 22 October 2012. Her generous bequest has allowed the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia to take place and for the Board to work towards future Competitions with confidence.

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THE 2016 COMPETITION

Clockwise: Piers Lane AO, Marcus Barker 2016 Competitor Playing Order Draw; Dmitry Onishchenko, Nikolay Khozyainov, Avan Yu, Hao Zhu, Tanya Gabrielian 2012 Finalists; Terry Mackin, Lyn Osman, Ross Steele AM , The Hon Bronwyn Bishop, Glenys Granger, Janice Tuynman, Alf Reichardt, Jan McDonald 2016 Competitor Playing Order Draw; Mr Neville Grace 2016 Competitor Playing Order Draw

Clockwise: Nikolay Khozyainov 2012 Finals Sydney Opera House; Verburgghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music; Warren Thomson OAM , The Hon Bronwyn Bishop 1992; 1977 Competitor’s Medallion

The Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia has been a highlight of the international arts calendar for nearly 40 years. The 2016 Competition brings exciting innovations, so that it remains relevant to young artists of today and continues to evolve, reflecting changes in the musical world at large. Founded by the late Claire Dan AM OBE, the late Rex Hobcroft AM and Robert Tobias OAM, the Competition first took place in July 1977, and has since been held every four years, except in 1988, when it was brought forward to coincide with the Bicentenary of Australia celebrations. The Competition was admitted as a member of the Geneva-based World Federation of International Music Competitions in 1978 (the first Australian competition to be accepted as a member) and recently has become a proud member of the Alink-Argerich Foundation as well. Since its inception, the Competition has been held in the highest international esteem, inspiring both pianists and audiences, 14

stimulating public interest in the piano and in classical music generally, providing a showcase for outstanding young pianists from all over the world and assisting the development of their careers as concert artists. Artistic Director Piers Lane AO, appointed just a year ago, brings with him new vision, valuable experience and fresh artistic drive. He has initiated significant changes to the structure of the event. The audition process is now entirely online, allowing contestants from anywhere in the world to apply. This year there were 283 applications, compared with 160 for the 2012 Competition. The structure of the Competition has been streamlined: there are now three stages, each with two rounds. As always, all competitors are given more than one chance to shine in the Preliminaries, but this year the recital time for Round 2 has been increased by ten minutes, allowing presentation of larger works. Furthermore, instead of

a commissioned work, competitors are required to include at least one Australian piece, of any length or period. Recital repertoire is now entirely own choice for the Preliminaries and the Semi Finals Round 1, which should permit competitors to highlight their strengths and range of interests, and offer more variety for listeners. The Semi Finals recital time has been extended from 50 to 65 minutes, allowing for truly major works to be presented, and the possibility of an encore if desired. For Round 2 of the Semi Finals, competitors must prepare both a violin sonata and a piano quintet from a given list. They will learn which piece they are to play when the Semi Finalists are announced. This offers an extra challenge and again provides listening variety. Solo pianists are frequently asked in the concert world and at festivals, to perform piano quintets with established string quartets – and very often to play sonatas with violinists - so the requirement is entirely in keeping with the likely career path of competitors.

The Finals Round 1 repertoire now includes not only Mozart concertos, but a number of other 18th century choices. Round 2 repertoire has also changed: competitors will select one concerto from twenty offered, each by a different composer. Competitors will not have a choice of pianos until the Finals at the Sydney Opera House, where they may choose one or two pianos for their two concerto performances. In the first four rounds, the competitors will play the four brands provided (Fazioli, Shigeru, Kawai, Steinway & Sons and Yamaha) in rotation, the first eight competitors playing the first brand drawn out of a hat, the next eight the next brand and so on. This mirrors the real concert world, where pianists, most of the time, are expected to perform on the piano provided and to adjust immediately to its particular characteristics. This system allows each piano brand equal exposure and gives technicians longer access to their instruments for preparation. The Sydney International Piano Competition is the first

competition to introduce this concept but already one or two others intend to follow suit. In addition, the 2016 Competition offers significantly increased prize money to its winners – the First Prize has doubled and the Second Prize is now equivalent to the 2012 First Prize. More importantly, the engagements organised for winners could prove truly career-defining. Artistic Patron, Maestro Valery Gergiev, will provide concerto engagements not only for the winner, but for the top three laureates. The London Philharmonic will offer the winner a debut performance. The prize list is on a more international and important scale than ever before.

is now based in the Conservatorium and thanks the University of Sydney and the Conservatorium High School for their cooperation. Sydney is a significant centre for the arts, a city which has produced and fostered artists of international distinction such as Dame Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge, Arthur Benjamin, Malcolm Williamson, Geoffrey Parsons, Sir Charles Mackerras and Roger Woodward, to name just a few. Indeed the Sydney Opera House, home to the Finals stage, is a symbol of the city’s commitment to attaining the highest standards in all areas of the performing arts.

For the Preliminaries and Semi Finals, we are delighted to return to the original home of the Sydney International Piano Competition in the centre of the city - the historic Verbrugghen Hall of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, with its ‘backyard’ the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens. The Competition is delighted that its office 15


JURY MEMBERS

SA CHEN CHINA

NIKOLAI DEMIDENKO RUSSIA/UK/SPAIN

EWA KUPIEC POLAND/GERMANY

HAMISH MILNE UK

NORIKO OGAWA JAPAN/UK

ORLI SHAHAM USA

Over the past decade, Sa Chen has established herself as one of today’s most charismatic pianists. Placed 4th in the Leeds International Piano Competition at the age of 16, and winning top prizes at the International Chopin Piano Competition in 2000 and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2005, she lives in China and Germany and performs throughout the world.

Nikolai Demidenko’s passionate virtuosity and musical individuality have brought him worldwide recognition and performances at the highest level. Recent collaborations include the St. Petersburg Philharmonic under Termirkanov, the Accademia Nazionale de Santa Cecilia under Dutoit, the Philharmonia under Sokhiev, the Yomiuri Nippon Orchestra under Cambreling and the Orchestre National de France under Gullberg-Jensen. He has also worked with Norrington, Fedoseyev, Svetlanov and Davis.

Ewa Kupiec, born in Duszniki-Zdroj, Poland, studied in Katowice, the Chopin Academy in Warsaw and at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 1992 she won the ARD Music Competition (category duo piano/cello).

One of Britain’s leading pianists, Hamish Milne has appeared as soloist with most of the leading British orchestras and has given more than two hundred broadcasts for the BBC. Overseas engagements in recent years have taken him to the USA, the Far East, Africa and several countries of the former Soviet Union as well as Western Europe, Australia and Canada.

Japanese pianist Noriko Ogawa has achieved considerable renown since her success at the 1987 Leeds International Piano Competition. Her discography includes the much lauded complete Debussy oeuvre for BIS Records. She was Artistic Director of the Reflections on Debussy Festival at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall in 2012 and Associate Artist for their 2015 Ravel and Rachmaninoff Festival. Recent concerto collaborations include the Polish National Radio Symphony, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio, the Czech National Symphony, the Nagoya Philharmonic and the BBC Symphony Orchestra for the world première of Richard Dubugnon’s Piano Concerto. She made her Proms debut in 2013 and returned with the Endymion Ensemble in 2014.

A consummate musician, recognised for her grace, subtlety and vitality, Orli Shaham has established an impressive international reputation as one of today’s most gifted pianists. The New York Times called her a ‘brilliant pianist’, The Chicago Tribune recently referred to her as ‘a firstrate Mozartean’ in a performance with the Chicago Symphony and London’s Guardian said Orli Shaham’s playing at the Proms was ‘perfection’.

In recent years, Sa Chen has performed with many prestigious orchestras, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the WDR Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the China Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, and with renowned conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Myung-Whun Chung, Semyon Bychkov, Fabio Luisi, Vasily Petrenko and Long Yu. She has performed at the Bad Kissingen Festival, the Prague Spring Festival and the Sala Verdi in Milan. Sa Chen has recorded CDs with PentaTone (Russian Solo Compositions and The 2 Piano Concertos by Chopin) and with BIS (Memories Lost). An enthusiastic chamber musician, Sa Chen frequently collaborates with Gidon Kremer and Natalia Gutman, with whom she has performed at the Schleswig Holstein Festival, the Ruhr Piano Festival, the Lockenhaus Music Festival and the Aix-enProvence Festival. Immediately following the Competition, she will make her debut at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music.

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Nikolai Demidenko last toured Australia and New Zealand in June 2015, performing a cycle of five different recitals and two concerto programs. He is Soloist in Residence at the Queensland Symphony Orchestra for the 2015/2016 season and will perform the complete Beethoven concerto cycle during that time. Highlights of current and future seasons include performances at the Berlin Klavierfestival, The Seed (Istanbul), Wigmore Hall, with the Polish Radio Symphony, Belgrade Symphony, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and on tour with the Flanders Symphony Orchestra. Nikolai Demidenko’s discography of nearly 40 CDs includes more than twenty for Hyperion Records, among them the recently released Prokofiev Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gramophone Award-winning Medtner Concertos 2 & 3 from 1992. In 2014 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Surrey in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of music and to the University.

Already well known in Australia, she is a professor of piano at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover. Ewa Kupiec regularly performs at the world’s leading festivals and also with major orchestras, most recently the Munich Philharmonic, the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Royal Danish Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus and the Orchestre de Paris. Her collaboration with renowned Polish maestro, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, has resulted in worldwide performances and a recording of the two concertos by Chopin. Recent CD releases include Panufnik’s Concerto, Lutoslawski’s solo piano works, the awardwinning Naxos release of Bacewicz’s Quintet arranged for piano and string orchestra, and quintets by Dvořák and Scharwenka. A dedicated interpreter of contemporary music, Ewa Kupiec’s Berlin Konzerthaus performance in 2005 of Schnittke’s First Piano Concerto with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra was the first performance of this work since 1964. Her recital and chamber music programs often include contemporary works, and many composers have dedicated pieces to her.

Hamish Milne is well known as a chamber musician, formerly with the Parikian/Milne/ Fleming Trio and currently with the Pro Arte Piano Quartet and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble. He has recorded for the Chandos, CRD, Danacord, Decca and Hyperion labels, and has made a special study of the music of Nikolai Medtner. His recordings of that composer for CRD run to nine volumes. He has performed the music on four continents and was featured prominently in the Medtner Festivals held in Moscow in 1995, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2015 and in a similar event in New York in 2004. As a writer, he has published Bartók – His Life and Times (Omnibus Press, 1982) and contributed articles on Liszt, Bartók and Hindemith for Heritage of Music (OUP, 1989). He is a professor of piano at the Royal Academy of Music and a Professor of the University of London.

Noriko Ogawa has premièred commissioned works by Takemitsu, Graham Fitkin and Dai Fujikura, and Le Tombeau de Rachmaninoff, specially written for her by eight different composers. She is a renowned chamber musician, regularly performing with pianist Kathryn Stott, other partners including the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Ensemble, Stephen Isserlis, Isabelle van Keulen, Martin Roscoe, Michael Collins and Peter Donohoe. Noriko Ogawa is a sought-after presenter for radio and television, as well as an experienced juror. She will chair the jury of the 2018 Hamamatsu International Piano Competition. She is a published author, has raised over £40,000 to support the tsunami victims of 2011, and founded Jamie’s Concerts, a series for autistic children and their parents.

Recent highlights include solo recitals in New York City, Washington DC and Omaha, the St Louis Symphony under Nicholas McGegan, the Milwaukee Symphony under Hans Graf and the Aspen Festival Orchestra under Hannu Lintu, Arizona Musicfest, the Chicago Symphony Presents series, Steve Mackey’s piano concerto Stumble to Grace with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by her husband David Robertson, and concerto performances with the Orchestre National de France in Paris, the San Francisco Symphony, St. Louis Symphony and Colorado Springs Philharmonic. Recent recordings include the solo 2-CD set Brahms Inspired, John Adams’ Grand Pianola Music with Marc-André Hamelin and the San Francisco Symphony conducted by the composer, and Nigunum – Hebrew Melodies with her brother, violinist Gil Shaham. Orli Shaham is the Artistic Director of Pacific Symphony’s chamber music series in Costa Mesa, California, a position she has held since 2007. She founded the highly popular interactive children’s concert series, Baby Got Bach in 2010.

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JURY MEMBERS

CHAMBER MUSIC PARTNERS – SEMI FINALS ROUND 2

CARL VINE AO AUSTRALIA

TIMOTHY WALKER AM AUSTRALIA/UK

MIRA YEVTICH SERBIA/ITALY/AUSTRALIA

GOLDNER STRING QUARTET DENE OLDING VIOLIN DIMITY HALL VIOLIN IRINA MOROZOVA VIOLA JULIAN SMILES CELLO

Carl Vine AO is one of Australia’s best known and often-performed composers, and his music for piano is played frequently throughout the world. His catalogue includes seven symphonies, ten concertos, music for film, television, dance and theatre, electronic music and numerous chamber works. Although primarily a composer of modern ‘classical’ music, he has undertaken tasks as diverse as arranging the Australian National Anthem and writing music for the Closing Ceremony of the Atlanta Olympics 1996.

Timothy Walker AM has an impressive portfolio of positions serving on boards of performing arts bodies around the world. He is currently the Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and was previously Chief Executive of World Orchestras and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Mira Yevtich was born in Belgrade. As a talented child, she was chosen by the Russian teacher, Eugeny Timakin, as his student at the Moscow Central School of Music.

Celebrating their 21st Anniversary season in 2016, the Goldner String Quartet has long-standing recognition as an ensemble of international significance. Named after Richard Goldner, founder of Musica Viva, and still retaining all founding members, the musicians are also well known for their concurrent membership of the Australia Ensemble @UNSW.

Born in Perth, he studied piano with Stephen Dornan and composition with John Exton at the University of Western Australia. Moving to Sydney in 1975, he worked as a freelance pianist and composer with a wide range of ensembles, theatre and dance companies over the following decades. Since 2000 Carl Vine has been the Artistic Director of Musica Viva Australia, the largest chamber music entrepreneur in the world. His recent compositions include Five Hallucinations commissioned by the Chicago and Sydney Symphonies, Our Sons for the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Concerto for Orchestra for the West Australian Symphony.

Timothy Walker has served on the Board of the International Society for the Performing Arts and has chaired the Association of British Orchestras. He is currently on the Board of London Music Masters, Henry Wood Hall, Concerto Budapest and the Rachmaninoff Foundation. He has also been a member of the jury of the London International Piano Competition, the Victor de Sabata Conducting in Trieste and the Princess Astrid Music Prize in Trondheim. Timothy Walker graduated with an Honours degree in Arts, a Diploma of Music and a Diploma of Education from the University of Tasmania, a Diploma of Financial Management from the University of New England and is an Honorary Member of the Royal College of Music in London. He has been a consultant to The Australian Ballet, the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo. He was visiting Fellow Commoner at Corpus Christi, Cambridge in 2013.

She obtained her Bachelor degree from the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatoire, where she was also awarded a Doctorate under Professor Stanislav Neuhaus. She obtained her second Doctorate at the Gnessin Academy of Music under Professor Boris Berlin. As one of the best performers at the International Competition of Modern Music, St. Petersburg in 1988, her performance was chosen for release by the German record label Col Legno. International concert engagements followed with performances in the White Nights Festival in St Petersburg, in France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Turkey, Russia, the USA and Australia. She has performed with renowned conductors Valery Gergiev, Evgeny Svetlanov, Ilmar Lapins, Alexander Anissimov, Gerg Rat, Arnold Katz, Takeshi Naito, Yuri Bashmet, Dmitry Yablonsky and others. She has recorded CDs for various labels including Bel Air Music, Award, Quartz Music, Yugoton, Col Legno.

Unanimous audience and critical acclaim following their Wigmore Hall debut in 1997 ensured the Goldner Quartet’s invitations to prestigious UK and European festivals.

Beethoven string quartet cycle, recorded live on ABC Classics (winner of the 2009 Limelight Award for Best Classical Recording).

The Quartet regularly appears at many of Australia’s leading music festivals including Musica Viva’s Sydney Festival, Music in the Hunter, Huntington Estate and at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, where they are Quartet in Residence.

More recent Goldner projects have included The Quartets - a live DVD documentary with Peter Sculthorpe - and an ongoing international project in celebration of Sydney’s Sister Cities. The Quartet’s numerous critically acclaimed recordings include eight on the Hyperion label with pianist Piers Lane, in addition to releases on Tall Poppies, ABC Classics and Naxos. New works have been regularly commissioned for the Quartet from many of Australia’s leading composers.

In 2015 the Quartet undertook a nationwide tour for Musica Viva’s International Series. Special projects have included a major 20th century retrospective, and the complete

Tasmin Little is firmly established as one of today’s leading international violinists. She has performed on every continent in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, the Barbican, the Musikverein, the Concertgebouw, Suntory Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus and over twenty times at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall. Her multiaward-winning career encompasses concerto and recital performances, masterclasses, workshops and community work.

Mira Yevtich is passionately involved in the development and promotion of young musical talent. She is a co-founder of the Mariinsky International Piano Festival held bi-annually in St. Petersburg, with the world famous conductor and director of the Mariinsky Theatre, Maestro Valery Gergiev. This Festival is an important and inspirational musical event with performances from the world’s top pianists.

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Performances in the USA and throughout Asia have followed, in addition to several tours of New Zealand.

Tasmin Little’s discography and performance schedule reflect her wide-ranging repertoire and she has given numerous world premières, including concertos by Willem Jeths, Robin de Raaf, Stuart MacRae, Robert Saxton, Dominic Muldowney and Roxanna Panufnik. She remains one of the few violinists to program Ligeti’s challenging Violin Concerto and has performed it at the Berlin Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall, the Salzburg Festival, the BBC Proms, the Concertgebouw and Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center.

She has an extensive CD catalogue and currently records exclusively for Chandos Records. Her recording of the Elgar Violin Concerto with Sir Andrew Davis and the Royal National Scottish Orchestra garnered the Critic’s Choice Award in the 2011 Classic BRIT Awards. Recent releases include the complete Beethoven sonatas with Martin Roscoe and a 2-CD set of Schubert with Piers Lane. She received a Gramophone Award for Audience Innovation for her groundbreaking musical outreach program The Naked Violin, and a Diapason d’Or for her disc of Delius Violin Sonatas with Piers Lane. She holds four Honorary Doctorates and was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Birthday Honours List for Services to Music. This year she was awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music and the University of London. She plays a 1757 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin.

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CONDUCTORS Recently named General Music Director of the Saarländisches Staatstheater in Saarbrücken, Germany, Nicholas Milton has established an outstanding reputation for his charismatic stage presence and powerful interpretations of an extensive concert and opera repertoire.

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A regular guest at several leading opera houses, he has appeared for six consecutive seasons as conductor at the Volksoper in Vienna (La traviata, Carmen, Hänsel and Gretel, Die Fledermaus, The Magic Flute). At the Komische Oper in Berlin, he has conducted The Tales of Hoffmann, Carmen and Die Fledermaus. Other recent productions include The Flying Dutchman in Dortmund, La Fanciulla del West and The Magic Flute in Innsbruck, Don Pasquale in Linz, Carmen in Mainz, Don Giovanni in Leipzig, Tosca in Sydney and The Magic Flute in Munich.

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Since returning to Australia from Europe in 2006, Benjamin Northey has rapidly emerged as one of the nation’s leading musical figures. Since 2011, he has held the position of Associate Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and, in 2015, became Chief Conductor of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. 2015 engagements included returns to all the major Australian orchestras, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Turandot for Opera Australia; in 2016, he will lead both the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Christchurch Symphony Orchestra on several occasions – as well as appear with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and throughout New Zealand.

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Recent concert engagements include appearances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, SWR Radio Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken, Stuttgart Philharmonic, Dortmund Philharmonic, Staatsorchester Wiesbaden, Staatsorchester Darmstadt, Orchester des Nationaltheaters Mannheim, Staatskapelle Halle, Bremen Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and Bruckner Orchester Linz. Nicholas Milton served as General Music Director of the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra from 2004 until 2010. Since 2001, he has been Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and, since 2007, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. He will continue to serve as Chief Conductor of the Innviertler Symphony Orchestra of Austria until 2017.

Benjamin Northey studied with John Hopkins in Melbourne and then with Jorma Panula and Leif Segerstam at Finland’s Sibelius Academy. He has appeared with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and the Southbank Sinfonia of London. In Australia, he has conducted all the Australian state symphony orchestras as well as opera productions including L’elisir d’amore, The Tales of Hoffmann and La sonnambula for State Opera of South Australia and Don Giovanni, Carmen and Cosi fan tutte for Opera Australia. In 2009, he was selected as one of three conductors worldwide to attend the Allianz International Conductor’s Academy where he conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestras under the mentorship of Vladimir Jurovsky and Christoph von Dohnanyi. Benjamin Northey is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne Conservatorium where he is also a lecturer in conducting.

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Government’s inaugural Australia-China Achievement Awards, recognising groundbreaking work in nurturing the cultural and artistic relationship between the two nations. The orchestra’s first chief conductor was Sir Eugene Goossens, appointed in 1947; he was followed by Nicolai Malko, Dean Dixon, Moshe Atzmon, Willem van Otterloo, Louis Frémaux, Sir Charles Mackerras, Zdeněk Mácal, Stuart Challender, Edo de Waart and Gianluigi Gelmetti. Vladimir Ashkenazy was Principal Conductor from 2009 to 2013. The orchestra’s history also boasts collaborations with legendary figures such as George Szell, Sir Thomas Beecham, Otto Klemperer and Igor Stravinsky. The SSO’s award-winning Learning and Engagement program is central to its commitment to the future of live symphonic music, developing audiences and engaging

the participation of young people. The orchestra promotes the work of Australian composers through performances, recordings and commissions. Recent premieres have included major works by Ross Edwards, Lee Bracegirdle, Gordon Kerry, Mary Finsterer, Nigel Westlake, Paul Stanhope and Georges Lentz, and recordings of music by Brett Dean have been released on both the BIS and SSO Live labels. Other releases on the SSO Live label, established in 2006, include performances conducted by Alexander Lazarev, Sir Charles Mackerras and David Robertson, as well as the complete Mahler symphonies conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy. This is David Robertson’s third year as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director.

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COMPETITION RULES 1. The Competition is open to pianists of any nationality born between 24 July 1983 and 6 July 1998. 2. Piers Lane is the non-voting Chairman of the Jury of nine distinguished international musicians. In the unfortunate event of a Juror falling seriously ill, he would replace the Juror for the Round required. 3. No ties will be allowed for prizes. 4. Competitors must perform within the allotted time for each recital Round. Any competitor exceeding the time limit may be stopped. 5. All music, apart from piano quintets or violin and piano sonatas, must be played from memory. Repeats are at the discretion of the competitor. 6. Competitors will perform in the order decided by lots drawn at a special ceremony on Tuesday 24 May. The order will be maintained throughout the Competition, with the possible exception of the Finals stage, where the Chairman of the Jury may decide, for programming reasons, to alter the established order. 7. Four piano brands will be used for the Competition: Fazioli, Shigeru Kawai, Steinway & Sons and Yamaha. They will be played equally throughout the Preliminaries and competitors will not be able to choose which instrument they perform on. The draw on Tuesday 24 May decided which piano is to be used first, after which, each brand will be used successively in alphabetical order. In the Preliminaries Round 1, the first eight competitors will play the Yamaha, the next eight the Fazioli, the following eight the Shigeru Kawai and the final eight the Steinway & Sons. In the Preliminaries Round 2, the first eight competitors will play the second piano brand in their alphabetical list (Fazioli), the second eight competitors the next piano in their alphabetical list (Shigeru Kawai) and so on. By the end of the Preliminaries Round 2, each piano brand will have been heard sixteen times. In the Semi Finals, competitors will play the next two piano brands in their alphabetical list. The finalists will have won their way to the Finals after playing all four piano brands. For the Finals Rounds 1 and 2, they may select which piano(s) they wish to use for their concerto performances.

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8. All 32 competitors will perform one 20 minute and one 30 minute recital in the Preliminaries. The programs must include one Australian piece, of any length or period. The Jury will select 12 competitors to proceed to the Semi Finals. 9. At the time of the announcement of the 12 Semi Finalists, in program order, the Chairman of the Jury will also announce which six competitors will play the Sonata for violin and piano with Tasmin Little and which six competitors will play a piano quintet with the Goldner String Quartet. The first Semi Finalist announced will play the piano quintet, the second one the violin and piano sonata, the third a piano quintet, the fourth a sonata for violin and piano etc. 10. Competitors must choose one sonata for violin and piano from the following list: – Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano and Violin No.9 in A Major Op.47 ‘Kreutzer’ – Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.3 in D minor Op.108 – Gabriel Fauré: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in A Major Op.13 – César Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major – Richard Strauss: Sonata for Violin and Piano in E♭ Major Op.18

12. In both the ‘the Preliminaries and Semi Finals, the decision as to whether or not a competitor proceeds to the next Stage will be based on a simple majority vote. The Jury members will nominate their favoured 12 candidates (Preliminaries) with three extra ‘Maybe’ votes; or six candidates (Semi Finals) plus one extra ‘Maybe’ vote. Those competitors with the most votes will advance to the next Stage. In the event of a tie for the lower place(s), the ‘Maybe’ votes will be given priority, after which there will be re-votes on any remaining tied competitors until the requisite number of candidates is reached. Details can be viewed on the Competition website. 13. Jury members must declare any family, teaching, professional or personal relationships with competitors. Any Juror’s vote for such competitors in the Preliminaries or Semi Finals will be excluded, but expressed in the overall result as the ratio between the number of votes received from other Jurors and the number of Jurors eligible to vote for that competitor. 14. The six finalists will perform two concertos with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, one 18th century concerto from the following list:

– Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.26 in D Major K.537 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.27 in B♭Major K.595 And one 19th or 20th century concerto from the following list: – Samuel Barber: Concerto Op.38 – Béla Bartók: Concerto No.3 Sz.119 BB127 – Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto No.4 in G Major Op.58 – Johannes Brahms: Concerto No.2 in B♭Major Op.83 – Frédéric Chopin: Concerto No.2 in F minor Op.21 – Ernő Dohnányi: Variations on a Nursery Tune Op.25 – César Franck: Variations Symphoniques M.46 and Henry Litolff Scherzo from Concerto Symphonique No.4 – George Gershwin: Concerto in F – Edvard Grieg: Concerto in A minor Op.16 – Johann Nepomuk: Hummel Concerto No.2 in A minor Op.85

– Ernest Bloch: Piano Quintet No.1

– Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto No.1 in C Major Op.15

– Sergei Rachmaninoff: Concerto No.2 in C minor Op.18

– Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quintet No.2 in A Major Op.81

– Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto No.2 in B♭Major Op.19

– Maurice Ravel: Concerto in G Major

– Edward Elgar: Piano Quintet in A minor Op.84

– Joseph Haydn: Concerto in D Major HobXVIII:11

– César Franck: Piano Quintet in F minor

– Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.9 in E♭Major K.271

– Sergei Taneyev: Piano Quintet in G minor Op.30 11. All Semi Finalists will perform a solo recital of up to 65 minutes (which may include an encore) and a piece of chamber music. The Jury will select six competitors to proceed to the Finals.

– Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Concerto No.17 in G Major K.453 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.20 in D minor K.466 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.21 in C Major K.467

17. The Competition reserves the right to photograph, film, record, broadcast, live stream, reproduce, transmit, play, show and/or televise all parts of the Competition. Competitors have granted to the Competition and their broadcast and promotional partners these rights.

– Nikolai Medtner: Concerto No.2 in C minor Op.50 – Sergei Prokofiev: Concerto No.3 in C Major Op.26

– Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet in E♭ Major Op.44

16. All decisions of the Jury are final.

– Franz Liszt: Concerto No.2 in A Major S.125

– Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto in D minor BWV 1052

And a piano quintet from the following list:

15. The Finals will be voted in order of preference, based on a majority vote. The First Prize will be decided first, the Second Prize second and so on. If no competitor attains at least five out of nine votes, there will be a re-vote between the two competitors with the most votes. Re-votes will be taken to break ties until there is a majority win by one competitor. If a Juror has a family, teaching, personal or professional relationship with any finalist, that Juror will be excluded from the vote until the competitor concerned has been placed. If there is a deadlock in votes as a result, the Chairman of the Jury will vote in place of the Juror concerned.

– Camille Saint-Saëns: Concerto No.2 in G minor Op.22 – Robert Schumann: Concerto in A minor Op.54 – Alexander Scriabin: Concerto in F♯ minor Op.20 – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Concerto No.2 in G Major Op.44 (Revised version) – Malcolm Williamson: Concerto No.3 in E♭Major

– Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.23 in A Major K.488 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.24 in C minor K.491 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.25 in C Major K.503

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PRIZES

PRIZES

We are grateful to our sponsors and the many generous and committed individuals around Australia and overseas who have supported our prizes. Australia has produced, or provided a home for some of the world’s great pianists, whom we are proud to recognise in our prize list.

PRIZE LIST Ernest Hutcheson

FIRST PRIZE $50,000

Donated by the Friends of the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia

Ernest Hutcheson (1871-1951) was born in Melbourne. A child prodigy, he later studied under Reinecke and Stavenhagen in Leipzig. He moved to New York in 1914, where he became Dean (1926-1937) and then President (1937-1945) of the Juilliard School. His students included Abram Chasins and the Australian Bruce Hungerford. Some of his infrequently played compositions have been recorded by Australian pianist Ian Munro, and his books include the still consulted The Literature of the Piano and The Elements of Piano Technique. Percy Grainger

concerts in 280 towns throughout Australia and New Zealand. Paderewski suggested he study with Busoni, his teacher from 1905 to 1910. Through Busoni’s interventions, he debuted under Sir Henry Wood at the Proms in London and succeeded Ernest Hutcheson as Head of Piano at the Peabody Institute (1910-1922) in the United States, where he premièred Debussy’s Préludes. He then taught at the Curtis Institute (1922-1924) and the Juilliard School (1923-1940). His students included Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber. William Murdoch

Donated by Joan Adler, Robert Albert AO, Diana McVeagh

William Murdoch (1888-1942) was born in Bendigo, studied at the Melbourne Conservatorium under Laver, and later at the Royal College of Music in London. In 1919, he became the favourite collaborator of the violinist Albert Sammons, and the pair then formed the Chamber Players with the violist Lionel Tertis and the Australian cellist Lauri Kennedy, grandfather of Nigel. Murdoch’s transcriptions of Bach are worth playing. He composed, and also published books on Brahms and Chopin.

SECOND PRIZE $25,000

Arthur Benjamin

FIFTH PRIZE $10,000

Sponsored by Black Diamondz

Percy Grainger (1882-1961) was born in Melbourne. A child prodigy, he studied in Frankfurt from the age of 13. He lived in London from 1901 to 1914, was Grieg’s favourite exponent of his Concerto, famously collected original folk melodies and arranged many of them. He was a one-off: his compositions are highly innovative, he designed musical instruments, set up the Grainger Museum in his birthplace, married in front of an audience of 16,000 in the Hollywood Bowl and became an American citizen in 1914. George Frederick Boyle

THIRD PRIZE $20,000

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George Frederick Boyle (1886-1948) was born in Sydney and at the age of 15, gave 30

FOURTH PRIZE $15,000

Donated by Dr Sonja Bajenov, Minnie Biggs, The Hon. Bronwyn Bishop, Kevin & Deidre McCann, Macquarie Group Foundation, Anonymous Donor

Arthur Benjamin (1893-1960) was born in Sydney, though grew up in Brisbane. He later studied under Stanford, Dunhill and Frederick Cliffe at the Royal College of Music, where he himself later taught such luminaries as Benjamin Britten, Alun Hoddinott, Bernard Stephens, Joan Trimble, Stanley Bate, Lamar Crowson, Natasha Litvin (later Barry Humphries’ mother-in-law), Muir Mattheson, and the Australians, Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Miriam Hyde, Dorian Le Gallienne and John Carmichael. The Jamaican Rumba is his bestknown composition, but his output is large and distinctive. Before he commenced teaching piano at the Royal College of Music in London, he was a piano professor at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music from 1919 to 1921.

Noel Mewton-Wood

SIXTH PRIZE $7,500

Donated by the Victorian Friends of the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia

Noel Mewton-Wood (1922-1953) was born in Melbourne, studying there under Waldmar Seidel, later at the Royal Academy of Music in London and with Artur Schnabel in Italy. He toured with Richard Tauber and performed throughout the UK, in France, Germany, South Africa, Poland, Turkey and Australia. After he committed suicide at the age of 31, Britten composed his third Canticle for a concert in Mewton-Wood’s memory. He has left a wonderful recorded legacy, including the monumental Concerto by Sir Arthur Bliss. Eileen Joyce

BEST OVERALL CONCERTO $5,000

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Eileen Joyce (1908-1991) spent much of her childhood in Boulder, Western Australia. Her early career was legendary (Percy Grainger called her ‘the most transcendentally gifted child I have ever heard’) and Backhaus recommended she study in Leipzig with Pauer and Teichmuller. Later she had lessons with Matthay and Schnabel. Her London Proms performance playing Prokofiev 3 under Sir Henry Wood kick-started a major and glamorous career. She gave many first UK performances, including the Shostakovich 2nd Concerto. She was featured in films, famously providing the Rachmaninoff 2nd Concerto soundtrack for Brief Encounter. She adjudicated the Sydney International Piano Competition in 1981 and 1985. Roy Agnew

BEST 18TH CENTURY CONCERTO $3,000

Donated by Drs Keith and Eileen Ong

Roy Agnew (1891-1944), born in Sydney and later a teacher at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, recorded many of his own works for the ABC. It was Benno Moiseiwitsch who really brought him to public attention, after which he studied at the Royal College of Music

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in London with Cyril Scott. He presented programs about contemporary music and music through the ages for many years on ABC radio and, despite a period of neglect after his early death, is considered by many as Australia’s finest early twentieth-century composer. Miriam Hyde

BEST 19TH OR 20TH CENTURY CONCERTO $3,000

Donated by Janice Tuynman in memory of her husband Hank Tuynman

Miriam Hyde AO OBE (1913-2005) was born in Adelaide, but after graduating from the Elder Conservatorium studied piano under Arthur Benjamin and Arthur Hadley at the Royal College of Music in London, composition under R.O. Morris and Gordon Jacob. She premièred her first concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, played Beethoven 4 under Sir Malcolm Sargent, and her own second concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra under Constant Lambert. She taught for many decades in Sydney and played to an extraordinary level into her nineties. She was, in addition, a great educator, a published poet and prolific composer. Hephzibah Menuhin

BEST VIOLIN AND PIANO SONATA $3,000

Donated by Susie Bate and Annie Moulden in memory of their uncle, Warren Thomson OAM Hephzibah Menuhin (1920-1981), sister of Yehudi Menuhin and Yaltah Menuhin, gave her first recital in San Francisco at the age of eight. She then studied with Serkin and Ciampi. Her first record with Yehudi, aged 13, won a prize for best disc of the year and her solo debut at the Salle Pleyel took place a year later. She played all over Europe and the USA and, at 17, married the Australian Lindsay Nicholas, heir to the Aspro fortune. She lived for 13 years on his property in Victoria, during which time she gave the Australian première of the Bartók 2nd Concerto. She met and married her second husband in Sydney and they returned to Europe. She toured often with Yehudi and was on the Jury of the first Sydney International Piano Competition in 1977.

BEST PIANO QUINTET $3,000

Donated by David and Jan Robinson

and Sydney; played to 150,000 servicemen in more than 200 concerts as a Lieutenant in the Australian Army; presented his own television shows, played jazz in nightclubs, composed – his was a truly extraordinary contribution to Australian pianism. Ignaz Friedman

Geoffrey Parsons (1929-1995), born in Sydney, was a student of Winifred Burston at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music from 1941 to 1948. He was considered the world’s greatest accompanist after Gerald Moore died, the favourite of singers like Schwarzkopf, de los Angeles, Gedda, Streich, Nilsson, Hotter, Baker – and later of a whole new generation of singers like Hampson, Bonney, Allen, Norman, Kenny, Lott – not to mention many great instrumentalists like Milstein or Tortelier or Haendel. He brought many artists to Australia and toured 31 times between 1957 and 1993. Roger Smalley

BEST PRELIMINARIES ROUND 1 RECITAL $3,000

Donated by Ron, Lynn and Marcus Ogden

Roger Smalley (1943-2015) was well known in the contemporary music scene in his native UK before taking up a three-month residency at the University of Western Australia, Perth in 1974. Two years later, he became a permanent member of the staff until his retirement, when he moved to Sydney. He fulfilled commissions from groups all over the world and they appear on more than 20 discs. He was a distinguished pianist in his own right and left a discography of music by Australian composers, sonatas by his teacher John White and Schumann song cycles. Isador Goodman

BEST PRELIMINARIES ROUND 2 RECITAL $3,000

Donated by Dr Robert Mitchell in memory of Denis Condon

Isador Goodman AM (1909-1982) was born in Capetown, but won a job at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music when he was just twenty and remained in Australia for most of the rest of his life, as one of its greatest pianists. He gave endless recital and concerto performances, introducing works like Prokofiev’s 7th Sonata to Australia; played between films when musically directing cinemas in Melbourne

BEST SEMI FINALS RECITAL $3,000 Donated by Dr Robert Mitchell in memory of Denis Condon

Ignaz Friedman (1882-1948) was one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, acclaimed by fellow pianists like Rachmaninoff. Born in Poland, he studied with Leschetizky and after a debut in Vienna playing three huge concertos in one evening, his career took him all over the world for over 2800 concerts. He came to Australia for a tour in 1940, avoiding WWII dangers, and settled in Sydney until his death. He played until prevented by ill health in 1943 and taught gifted students. His recordings, particularly of Chopin’s Mazurkas, are legendary. Geoffrey Tozer

MOST PROMISING PIANIST $5,000

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Geoffrey Tozer (1954-2009) was brought to Melbourne as a child of four. At eight, he made a televised debut playing Bach with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and at 13 was the youngest ever recipient of a Churchill Fellowship, which took him to London for lessons from Maria Curcio. At 14, he reached the Semi Finals of the Leeds International Piano Competition and the following year appeared at the BBC Proms playing Mozart under Sir Colin Davis. At 16, he stayed with Britten for several weeks, appearing at the Aldeburgh Festival accompanying Rostropovich. He had abundant musical facility, improvising on themes given to him by audiences, sight reading orchestral scores, transposing at sight and playing largescale works with ease. He recorded Medtner and others for Chandos and frequently presented the works of somewhat neglected composers like Artur Schnabel and Busoni. He was championed by the former Australian Prime Minister, Paul Keating.

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PRIZES Nancy Weir

BEST AUSTRALIAN PIANIST $10,000

Rex Hobcroft

PEOPLE’S CHOICE PRIZE $10,000

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Nancy Weir (1915-2008) was a Melbourneborn child prodigy. She made her debut with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at 13, playing Beethoven 3. Public subscription allowed her to travel to Berlin for three years’ study with the great Artur Schnabel, before studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Harold Craxton. She made her BBC Proms debut playing Bach under Sir Henry Wood. Her career changed direction with WWII, when she joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force, her perfect German useful for decoding. She played concertos in Egypt, Palestine and Italy at this time. After the war, she returned to tour Australia under Galliera and sometime later returned permanently as a member of the Ormond Trio. From 1966 she taught at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, her students including Piers Lane. Her LPs reveal her marvelous sound and high intelligence. Warren Thomson

BEST PERFORMANCE OF AN AUSTRALIAN PIECE $5,000

Donated by Hugh Hallard and Judy Hunt in memory of Warren Thomson OAM

Warren Thomson OAM (1935-2015), was involved with the Sydney International Piano Competition from its inception and served as its Artistic Director from 1988 until his retirement in 2014. He was a pianist, music educator and music editor, making more than 30 recordings for teachers and publishing more than 50 editions of music, including Australia’s first urtext editions. He served on the juries of 20 international piano competitions, including the Tchaikovsky, the Gina Bachauer, the Hamamatsu and the Horowitz. He held many important positions in Australia, including being Foundation Head, School of Extension Studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and on its Board of Governors.

– Career development advice and mentoring from Young Concert Artists Trust (YCAT) in London – An Australia-wide tour in 2017 – A performance in the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville July 2016 – Recitals in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth the fortnight after the Competition

Rex Hobcroft AM (1925-2013) born in Renmark, South Australia, was the co-founder and Artistic Director of the Sydney International Piano Competition from its inception until 1985, serving on four of its juries. He was a considerable pianist (the first to perform the cycle of Beethoven Piano Sonatas in Australia), conductor, composer, teacher and administrator. He directed both the Tasmanian and New South Wales Conservatoria, introducing the vision of a ‘music university’, vastly expanding the range of courses on offer in a conservatorium. He was also Foundation Head of the keyboard department of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, and Founder Director of the Music Department of the University of Tasmania and Opera Company. He influenced the establishment of the University of Western Australia’s School of Music.

– A concerto engagement with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra – A concerto engagement with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra – A performance in Konzerte im Thürmer-saal (Theaterzentrum der Folkwang Universität der Künste, Bochum) – A performance in Pianoforte-Fest Meissen – A concert in the series Les Grands Récitals at Les Salons Belle Epoque du West End sur la Promenade des Anglais, (a partnership between the City of Nice, the Bluthner Foundation in Leipzig, Le Conseil Communautaire Arménien and the Fondation Scelsi, Rome) – An engagement at the Bard Music Festival in New York State – Recital and Chamber Music performances at Newport Festival Rhode Island 2017

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD’S PRIZE FOR THE BEST PERFORMANCE OF A WORK BY LISZT $7,000 Donated by Neville Grace

– A performance at the National Helpmann Awards on Monday 25 July 2016, broadcast live via the Foxtel network

PRIZES FOR THE SIX SEMI FINALISTS NOT PROCEEDING TO THE FINALS $1,000 EACH

– Second and Third Prize Winners – concerto performances with Maestro Valery Gergiev in the 2016/2017 Contemporary Piano Faces, Mariinsky International Piano Festival, St. Petersburg and in other European cities.

A MEDAL GIVEN TO THE MOST PROMISING COMPETITOR

– A recital date at Wigmore Hall at the Director’s discretion.

THE AAF AWARD

– An engagement at the AMG-Rising Stars series in Basel, Switzerland in the season 2017/18, chosen by AMG Basel

Donated by Mrs Wendy Weight OAM

Donated by Graham Wickes in memory of Australian pianist Dennis Hennig

Awarded by the Alink-Argerich Foundation to one of the contestants who is not among the main prize winners of the Competition. The award consists of a financial contribution, international publicity, support and practical assistance for the realisation of a next step in the Award winner’s career. € 1,500

PRIZE ENGAGEMENTS

The First Prize Winner will have the following engagements: – Concerto performances with Maestro Valery Gergiev in the 2016/2017 Contemporary Piano Faces, Mariinsky International Piano Festival, St. Petersburg and in other European cities. – A concerto engagement with the London Philharmonic Orchestra

A further selection of engagements will be awarded to the winner and/or other finalists. These will include:

– For the winner of the Eileen Joyce Prize a concerto date with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra

– Second and Third Prize Winners – a concert in the series Les Grands Récitals at Les Salons Belle Epoque du West End sur la Promenade des Anglais, (a partnership between the City of Nice, the Bluthner Foundation in Leipzig, Le Conseil Communautaire Arménien and the Fondation Scelsi, Rome) – A pair of recitals for the Amigos de Musica in the Algarve, Portugal. – Best Australian Pianist Prize an Australian Tour. All engagements are subject to final negotiation between the Prize Winners, the Sydney International Piano Competition and/or Presenters, and are subject to change.

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COMPETITION DIARY THE COMPETITION COMMENCES WITH A GALA CONCERT FEATURING MEMBERS OF THE JURY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JURY AND SEMI FINALS VIOLINIST TASMIN LITTLE ON WEDNESDAY 6 JULY. THE PRELIMINARIES CONSIST OF TWO ROUNDS. ROUND 1 (Thursday 7 and Friday 8 July) consists of 20 minute recitals. ROUND 2 (Saturday 9 – Monday 11 July) consists of 30 minute recitals. All pieces are the competitor’s own choice and an Australian work, of any length or period, must be played in either of these two Rounds.

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COMPETITOR PLAYING SCHEDULE PRELIMINARIES: ROUND 1 RECITAL 20 MINUTES THURSDAY 7 JULY 1.30pm GROUP 1 PLAYING YAMAHA

FRIDAY 8 JULY 1.30pm GROUP 3 PLAYING SHIGERU KAWAI

Australian Showcase: Joshua Zhi, age 9, Sydney

Australian Showcase: Reuben Tsang, age 12, Cairns

1. Weng, Larry 2. Rashkovskiy, Ilya 3. Broberg, Kenneth 4. Jurinic, Alyosha Break 5. Huh, David Jae-Weon 6. Colafelice, Leonardo 7. Ha, Gyu Tae 8. Tarasevich-Nikolaev, Arseny

1. Gugnin, Andrey 2. So, Jeremy 3. Melnikov, Alexei 4. Prommachart, Poom Break 5. Park, Woo-Gil 6. Garritson, Lindsay 7. Le, Daniel 8. Shevchenko, Oxana

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THURSDAY 7 JULY 6.30pm GROUP 2 PLAYING FAZIOLI

FRIDAY 8 JULY 6.30pm GROUP 4 PLAYING STEINWAY & SONS

Australian Showcase: Nicholas Young, age 25, Sydney/Melbourne

Australian Showcase: Shuan Hern Lee, age 13, Perth

1. Kudo, Rachel 2. Belyavskiy, Sergey 3. Lebhardt, Daniel 4. Xie, Ming Break 5. Malmgren, Martin 6. Gough, Ayesha 7. Scheucher, Philipp 8. Lopatynskyi, Roman

1. Neeman, Edward 2. Wang, Yinfei 3. Fushiki, Yui 4. Luu, Quang Hong Break 5. Chen, Moye 6. Kong, Jianing 7. Jones, Fantee 8. Lee, Tony

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SEMI FINALS ROUND 2 CHAMBER MUSIC

The repertoire will be announced Monday 11 July. Please check the Competition website or notice board after this date. Each competitor will be required to play the next piano brand for their group.

PRELIMINARIES: ROUND 2 RECITAL 30 MINUTES

Each competitor will be required to play the next piano brand for their group. SATURDAY 9 JULY 12.30pm GROUP 1 PLAYING FAZIOLI

SUNDAY 10 JULY 3.30pm GROUP 3 PLAYING STEINWAY & SONS

Australian Showcase: Akari Komoto, age 12, Brisbane

Australian Showcase: Crystal Smith, age 19, Brisbane

1. Weng, Larry 2. Rashkovskiy, Ilya Break 3. Broberg, Kenneth 4. Jurinic, Alyosha

1. Gugnin, Andrey 2. So, Jeremy Break 3. Melnikov, Alexei 4. Prommachart, Poom

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SATURDAY 9 JULY 3.30pm GROUP 1 PLAYING FAZIOLI

SUNDAY 10 JULY 7.30pm GROUP 3 PLAYING STEINWAY & SONS

Australian Showcase: Nina Fan, age 14, Brisbane

Australian Showcase: Kevin Chow, age 21, Melbourne

1. Huh, David Jae-Weon 2. Colafelice, Leonardo Break 3. Ha, Gyu Tae 4. Tarasevich-Nikolaev, Arseny

1. Park, Woo-Gil 2. Garritson, Lindsay Break 3. Le, Daniel 4. Shevchenko, Oxana

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SATURDAY 9 JULY 7.30pm GROUP 2 PLAYING SHIGERU KAWAI

MONDAY 11 JULY 12.30pm GROUP 4 PLAYING YAMAHA

Australian Showcase: William Cesta, age 22, Newcastle

Australian Showcase: Nicholas Kennedy, age 20, Sydney

1. Kudo, Rachel 2. Belyavskiy, Sergey Break 3. Lebhardt, Daniel 4. Xie, Ming

1. Neeman, Edward 2. Wang, Yinfei Break 3. Fushiki, Yui 4. Luu, Quang Hong

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Friday 15 July 2.30pm Australian Showcase: Rachel Shipard, age 19, Brisbane Friday 15 July 7.00pm Australian Showcase: Kenneth Tong, age 13, Sydney Saturday 16 July 2.30pm Australian Showcase: Adam McMillan, age 22, Melbourne Saturday 16 July 7.00pm Australian Showcase: Berta Brozgul, age 26, Melbourne

ANNOUNCEMENT OF FINALISTS APPROXIMATELY 10.30pm FINALS ROUND 1 18TH CENTURY CONCERTO

Competitors’ playing order and choice of piano(s) for the Finals Rounds 1 and 2 will be published on the Competition website and in the Souvenir Program available for sale from Tuesday 19 July. Tuesday 19 July 8.00pm first three Finalists Wednesday 20 July 8.00pm next three Finalists

FINALS ROUND 2 19TH OR 20TH CENTURY CONCERTO

Friday 22 July 8.00pm first three Finalists Saturday 23 July 5.00pm next three Finalists

ANNOUNCEMENT OF PRIZE WINNERS APPROXIMATELY 9.00pm 12 SEMI FINALISTS ADVANCING FROM THE PRELIMINARY STAGE 1. 2.

MONDAY 11 JULY 3.30pm GROUP 4 PLAYING YAMAHA

Australian Showcase: Hannah Shin, age 16, Melbourne

Australian Showcase: Ting-Chia Hsu, age 25, Sydney

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Percy Grainger Second Prize George Frederick Boyle Third Prize William Murdoch Fourth Prize Arthur Benjamin Fifth Prize Noel Mewton-Wood Sixth Prize Eileen Joyce Best Concerto Prize Roy Agnew Best 18th Century Concerto Prize Miriam Hyde Best 19th or 20th Century Concerto Prize Hephzibah Menuhin Best Violin and Piano Sonata Prize Geoffrey Parsons Best Piano Quintet Prize Roger Smalley Best Preliminaries Round 1 Recital Prize

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SUNDAY 10 JULY 12.30pm GROUP 2 PLAYING SHIGERU KAWAI

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PRIZE WINNERS Ernest Hutcheson First Prize

Isador Goodman Best Preliminaries Round 2 Recital Prize Ignaz Friedman Best Semi Finals Recital Prize Geoffrey Tozer Most Promising Pianist Prize Nancy Weir Best Australian Pianist Prize Warren Thompson Best Performance of an Australian Piece Prize

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WEDNESDAY 13 JULY 1.30pm

THURSDAY 14 JULY 1.30pm

6 FINALISTS ADVANCING FROM SEMI FINAL STAGE

Australian Showcase: Sine Winther, age 21, Brisbane

Australian Showcase: Leroy Ma, age 12, Sydney

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THURSDAY 14 JULY 6.30pm

Australian Showcase: William Shi, age 20, Brisbane

Australian Showcase: Pavle Cajic, age 21, Sydney

Chairman of the Board’s Prize Rex Hobcroft People’s Choice Prize

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Late-comers will only be admitted to sessions in between competitors. Strictly no entrance during a competitor’s performance. Guests are encouraged to arrive before each session and enjoy the pop-up restaurant and bar at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

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GALA CONCERT PROGRAM 7:30pm WEDNESDAY 6 JULY 2016

EWA KUPIEC Franz Schubert Impromptu in C minor D.899 No.1 MIRA YEVTICH Johannes Brahms Rhapsody in B minor Op.79 No.1 HAMISH MILNE Franz Liszt from Les Années de Pélerinage: La Chapelle de Guillaume Tell Les Cloches de Genève

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SA CHEN Claude Debussy from Préludes Book 2: Bruyères Feux d’artifice TASMIN LITTLE AND PIERS LANE Karol Szymanowski Nocturne and Tarantella Op.28 NORIKO OGAWA Toru Takemitsu Les Yeux Clos II Rain Tree Sketch II ORLI SHAHAM Alberto Ginastera Danzas Argentinas Op.2 Danza del Viejo boyero Danza de la moza donosa Danza del gaucho matrero NIKOLAI DEMIDENKO Nikolai Medtner Dithyramb Op.10 No.2

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GALA PROGRAM NOTES In the preface to his Album d’un voyageur, Franz Liszt wrote that Nature had ‘stirred upon my soul deep emotions’ that he wished to capture in music, which he described as ‘a poetic language, more apt perhaps than poetry itself to express all that within us oversteps the accustomed horizon’. This is the essence of Romanticism: reverence for Nature calling forth spontaneous emotions beyond the ability of formal language to express. Schubert’s Impromptus of 1827 – purportedly the product of sudden inspiration and free of the ‘classical’ conventions that had hardened into rules – prefigure the works of ‘the Romantic Generation’ of Liszt, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Chopin. Schubert didn’t use the term ‘impromptu’ (at least not for the first set, which was named by a publisher) and in fact most of them are formally sophisticated. The C-minor Impromptu, though, sounds improvised: a simple, unadorned march tune is fitfully harmonised at first, couched in seemingly erratic changes of dynamics before its miraculous transformation into a singing major-key melody. Later in the century, Johannes Brahms would triumphantly renew classical genres, but he too produced a body of piano music that gives the impression of unmediated spontaneity. In the summer of 1879 he stayed in the Carinthian village of Pörtschach, where he could view the ‘mountains round the blue lake, white with snow, while the trees are covered with delicate green’. Here he wrote the two Rhapsodies, Opus 79; the B-minor work is a volatile juxtaposition of extremes in the surging, chromatic B-minor music and the calmer D-minor song that appears in radiant B major at the work’s centre and in the final reprise.

GALA PROGRAM NOTES Liszt’s Album d’un voyageur was composed in the 1830s when he and his lover, Marie d’Agoult, fled Paris to avoid the scandal of her being pregnant with Liszt’s child. Some years later the series was revised and expanded to become the first ‘Year of Pilgrimage’. Switzerland had provided safe-haven and the catalyst for the music. ‘La Chapelle de Guillaume Tell’ has a superscription from Friedrich Schiller (‘all for one and one for all’). It was inspired by the chapel on the shore of Lake Lucerne, where the folk hero William Tell came ashore after evading his Habsburg captors by leaping overboard. Liszt’s piece contrasts two main ideas, a hymnal gesture that later in the work will sail over buoyant rhythms, and a magical texture of horn calls sounding against a shimmering texture that creates a sense of vast space. ‘Les Cloches de Genève’ also evokes space, the distant bells of the Swiss city depicted by simple falling triads that, speeded up, soon accompany a heart-felt melody: this piece celebrates the birth of their first child, Blandine. The superscription here is from Lord Byron’s Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage: ‘I live not in myself, but I become/ Portion of that around me’. Claude Debussy hated hearing his music described as ‘what imbeciles call impressionism’ and preferred his work to be compared with Symbolist literature. Many of the Preludes in Book 2, completed in 1913, explore ‘the mysterious correspondences between Nature and Imagination’ which Debussy found in Symbolist poetry. ‘Bruyères’ (‘heather’) has a simple tune gently blown about by harmonic breezes; ‘Feux d’artifice’ is appropriately pyrotechnic, though ends with a fleeting, quiet memory of La Marseillaise. Debussy, along with mystic Alexander Scriabin, was a major influence on the mature music of the Polish composer Karol Szymanowski, which is often mythically inspired and erotic in nature. The Nocturne and Tarantella for violin and piano dates

from 1915. The Nocturne (a favoured Romantic genre) has something of the nature of a fitful night’s dreaming, moving mercurially between sharply contrasting fragments: the dark parallel fifths and mysterious piano chirping of the opening, the high ornate melody from the violin, the sudden irruption of Spanish dance-rhythms and guitar-like strumming. In the Tarantella (named for the city of Taranto, and sadly nothing to do with spiders) the structure is simpler as befits a dance whose point is to increase inexorably in excitement and speed. Again the writing for both instruments is virtuosic – much double-stopping, plucking and a ghostly passage of harmonics for the violin against heroic figurations for the piano. One writer suggests that the gradually revealed melody is based on Haydn’s ‘Emperor’ hymn. Dreams may be the inspiration for two pieces entitled Les Yeux clos that Japanese composer Tōru Takemitsu wrote in response to the painting of the same name by French artist Odilon Redon. Redon’s painting shows his wife’s face with eyes closed, leading us to wonder if and what she is dreaming or imagining… Takemitsu’s delicate Les Yeux clos II composed in 1988, makes considerable use of the resonance of the piano, offering a series of dream images: against a very slow pulse we hear successions of richly inflected chords punctuated by rising figures that sometimes shatter like ice. A great Francophile, Takemitsu’s earliest Western influences included the works of Debussy and Messiaen, and, like Debussy, he found in water a perfect metaphor for the evanescence of music. The image of a tree that collects rain water and then lets it fall slowly to earth informs several pieces: in Rain Tree Sketch II, a threnody of bell-sounds for Olivier Messiaen, who died in 1992, it might be an image for the composer.

Like Takemitsu, Alberto Ginastera (whose centenary we celebrate this year) sought to interpret Western traditions in the context of the culture and environment of his own country. In 1937, aged 21, he produced these dances, Opus 2, a tour-de-force of musical modernism with an Argentinian accent. The ‘old herdsman’ of the first dance is in fine fettle, depicted in a fast, highly accented 6/8 metre, and with pungent bitonal harmony (the left hand plays D-flat major ‘black notes’, the right hand plays in C). ‘The Dance of the Comely Maiden’ is also in 6/8 but is slower and more lyrical, though its A-minor tonality is not without some rich chromatic harmony, especially in its final chord. ‘The Dance of the Arrogant Gaucho’ provides a breathtaking finale. Marked ‘furiously rhythmical’, its fast 6/8 metre is offset by sudden shifts to 9/8 or 3/4 and it, too, flirts with astringent bitonality.

Medtner, Russian-born, but of German and Danish heritage, wrote this piece around the time he graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 1900. Marked ‘with highest pathos’ its ‘choral’, or at any rate homophonic, E-flat major theme is soon enlivened by sinuous, emotive quintuplet figures and increasingly chromatic harmony. A brief restatement of the theme leads to a passage in 10/8 – the quintuplets have become a powerful, irregular metrical unit. The theme is developed here, as the metre becomes more and more obscured, and eventually the music collapses in cascades of sound. A passage of ‘recitative’ restores briefly order, and then reintroduces the theme, before a final breakneck coda in 12/8. © Gordon Kerry 2016

Such abandonment of form and decorum is at the heart of Romanticism, so it is unsurprising that one of the last Romantic composers, Nikolai Medtner, should write works called ‘dithyrambs.’ An ecstatic choral hymn, its origin is obscure. It possibly came to ancient Greece from the east along with the cult of Dionysus, god of wine, whose cult stressed irrationality and emotion, pathos rather than ethos.

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PRELIMINARIES ROUND 1 – 20 MINUTE RECITAL Ludwig van Beethoven: Rondo a capriccio Op.129 ‘Rage Over a Lost Penny’ Carl Vine: from Five Bagatelles (1994) I. Darkly II. Leggiero e legato Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 in C♯minor

PRELIMINARIES ROUND 1 – 20 MINUTE RECITAL

Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier Book I: Prelude and Fugue in A♭Major BWV 862 Franz Liszt: Après une Lecture de Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata (from Années de Pèlerinage, Book II: Italie)

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ROUND 2 – 30 MINUTE RECITAL Claude Debussy: La plus que lente Fritz Kreisler/Sergei Rachmaninoff: ‘Liebesfreud’ ‘Liebesleid’ Franz Liszt: Réminiscences de Don Juan

BELYAVSKIY, SERGEY RUSSIA | 2 NOVEMBER 1993 Sergey Belyavskiy studied at the Central Music School of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatoire and gave his first solo recital at 12 years of age. He finished high school under the tutelage of Vera Kameneva in 2011 and is continuing his studies under Professor Eliso Virsaladze at the Conservatory. Sergey gave his debut in Carnegie Hall in 2001 and has performed in Germany, Italy, France, Austria, Ukraine, Norway, Denmark, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Hungary, Spain, Georgia, USA, Israel, Poland and Japan. He has performed with the Russian National Orchestra, Kremlin Chamber Orchestra, Ingolstadt Georgian Chamber Orchestra, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Szeged Symphony Orchestra, Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Kazakhstan State Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the Kharkiv Philharmonic, Lviv Virtuosos Chamber Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès and Israel Sinfonietta Beer Sheva. He recorded his first solo CD in 2008 and has since recorded two more in 2011 and 2013.

AWARDS Overall Winner: ‘eMuse’ Online Music Competition (Athens, Greece 2015) Second Prize and Public Voting Prize: Maria Canals International Music Competition (Barcelona, Spain 2014) Third Prize: International Piano Competition (Almaty, Kazakhstan 2013) First Prize: International Competition Dedicated to Franz Liszt (Moscow, Russia 2010) Third Prize: International Stanislav Neuhaus Piano Competition (Chelyabinsk, Russia 2010)

‘I always try to think that I am playing just a normal concert, not in a competition; it is better to be yourself than be nervous playing for such well-known artists.’

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SEMI FINALS ROUND 1 – 65 MINUTE RECITAL Frédéric Chopin: Polonaise in F♯ minor Op.44 Waltzes Op.34 I. Vivace in A♭ Major II. Lento in A minor III. Vivace in F Major Nocturne Op.27 No.2 in D♭ Major 12 Études Op.25 I. A♭Major II. F minor III. F Major IV. A minor V. E minor VI. G♯ minor VII. C♯ minor VIII. D♭Major IX. G♭Major X. B minor XI. A minor XII. C minor SEMI FINALS ROUND 2 – CHAMBER MUSIC César Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major I. Allegretto ben moderato II. Allegro III. Ben moderato: Recitative-Fantasia IV. Allegretto poco mosso César Franck: Piano Quintet in F minor I. Molto moderato quasi lento – Allegro II. Lento con molto sentiment III. Allegro non troppo ma con fuoco FINALS ROUND 1 – 18TH CENTURY CONCERTO Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto No.1 in D minor BWV 1052 I. Allegro II. Adagio III. Allegro FINALS ROUND 2 – 19TH OR 20TH CENTURY CONCERTO Sergei Rachmaninoff: Concerto No.2 in C minor Op.18 I. Moderato II. Adagio sostenuto III. Allegro scherzando

ROUND 2 – 30 MINUTE RECITAL Maurice Ravel: Jeux d’eau Samuel Barber: Piano Sonata Op.26 I. Allegro energico II. Allegro vivace e leggero III. Adagio mesto IV. Fuga: Allegro con spirito Carl Vine: from Five Bagatelles (1994) V. Threnody

BROBERG, KENNETH USA | 2 AUGUST 1993 Kenneth Broberg commenced piano studies under Dr Joseph Zins at the age of six. Nine years later, he continued his studies at the Moores School of Music, University of Houston, where he completed his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance under Professor Nancy Weems. Next year he will be studying for a Master in Piano Performance at the International Center for Music, Park University, under Professor Stanislav Ioudenitch. His most recent concerto performances have been with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Houston Ballet Orchestra and the Seattle Symphony. He has also appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, the Southwest Minnesota Orchestra, the Moores School Symphony and the New Orleans Civic Symphony, among others. Conductors with whom he has worked include Carlos Miguel Prieto, Ludovic Morlot and Franz Anton Krager. Kenneth has had solo, chamber and concerto broadcasts on National Public Radio and KUHF 91.7 Houston.

AWARDS First Prize: Dallas International Piano Competition (Dallas, USA 2016) Second Prize: Seattle Symphony Piano Competition (Seattle, USA 2015) Third Prize: New Orleans International Piano Competition (New Orleans, USA 2014) Equal Silver Medal: Wideman International Piano Competition (Louisiana, USA 2014) First place: Mika Hasler Young Artist Competition Foundation Award (Houston, USA 2014)

‘I discovered music at a very young age and I have pretty much always known that I wanted to be a pianist. In fact, I feel very lucky that I’ve always known what I want to do with my life.’

SEMI FINALS ROUND 1 – 65 MINUTE RECITAL Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.7 in D Major Op.10 No.3 I. Presto II. Largo e mesto III. Menuetto: Allegro IV. Rondo: Allegro Frédéric Chopin: Ballade No.4 in F minor Op.52 Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.6 in A Major Op.82 I. Allegro inquieto II. Allegretto III. Tempo di valzer, lentissimo IV. Vivace SEMI FINALS ROUND 2 – CHAMBER MUSIC César Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major I. Allegretto ben moderato II. Allegro III. Ben moderato: Recitative-Fantasia IV. Allegretto poco mosso Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quintet No.2 in A Major Op.81 I. Allegro, ma non tanto II. Dumka: Andante con moto III. Scherzo (Furiant): molto vivace IV. Finale: Allegro FINALS ROUND 1 – 18TH CENTURY CONCERTO Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.25 in C Major K.503 I. Allegro maestoso II. Andante III. Allegretto FINALS ROUND 2 – 19TH OR 20TH CENTURY CONCERTO Camille Saint-Saëns: Concerto No.2 in G minor Op.22 I. Andante sostenuto II. Allegro scherzando III. Presto

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PRELIMINARIES ROUND 1 – 20 MINUTE RECITAL Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata in G minor K.8 Edvard Grieg: from Lyric Pieces: ‘Butterfly’ Op.43 No.1 ‘March of the Dwarfs’ Op.54 No.3 Franz Liszt/Vladimir Horowitz: Hungarian Rhapsody No.19 in D minor S.244

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Franz Schubert: Moments Musicaux Op.94 (D.780) No.4 in C♯ minor Felix Mendelssohn: Variations Sérieuses Op.54 Percy Grainger: Handel in the Strand (1911. Piano version 1930)

PRELIMINARIES ROUND 2 – 30 MINUTE RECITAL Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No.26 in E♭Major Op.81a ‘Les Adieux’ I. Das Lebewohl. Adagio II. Abwesenheit. Adante espressivo III. Das Wiedersehen. Vivacissimamente Frédéric Chopin: Scherzo No.4 in E Major Op.54 Arthur Benjamin: Scherzino (1936)

PRELIMINARIES ROUND 2 – 30 MINUTE RECITAL Percy Grainger: Ramble on Love from Richard Strauss’s ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ (1922) Sergei Rachmaninoff: Sonata No.2 in B♭minor Op.36 (Combined Version) I. Allegro agitato II. Non allegro III. Allegro molto

CHEN, MOYE CHINA | 21 SEPTEMBER 1983 Moye Chen completed his Bachelor and Master degrees at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music under Professor Hung-Kuan Chen. He received his Artist Diploma from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Professor Angela Cheng, and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois, studying with Professors William Heiles and Robert Hamilton. He has made numerous solo appearances in many cities and at music festivals, including the Beijing International Contemporary Music Festival, Deia International Music Festival, Gilmore International Keyboard Festival and Tongyeong International Music Festival. Moye has performed in renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall, Krannert Center, the Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, Beijing Concert Hall and Shanghai Concert Hall, and he has appeared with orchestras such as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, Oberlin Chamber Orchestra, International Orchestra ‘Virtuosos of Madrid’ and Ensembles Asia Orchestra.

AWARDS Second Prize: International Piano Competition ‘Spanish Composers’ in Las Rozas (Madrid, Spain 2015) Third Place: International Iowa Piano Competition (Sioux City, USA 2015) First Prize (Gold Medal): Cincinnati World Piano Competition (Cincinnati, USA 2014) Silver Medal: Seattle International Piano Competition (Seattle, USA 2011) First Prize: Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition (New York, USA, 2011)

‘This is one of the most important music competitions in the world and it would be a great achievement for any pianist to win.’

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SEMI FINALS ROUND 1 – 65 MINUTE RECITAL Alexander Scriabin: Poème in F♯ Major Op.32 No.1 Piano Sonata No.10 Op.70 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata No.10 in C Major K.330 I. Allegro moderato II. Andante cantabile III. Allegretto Franz Liszt: Sonata in B minor S.178 Lento assai – Allegro energico – Grandioso – Recitativo – Andante sontsenuto – Quasi adagio – Allegro energico – Stretta quasi presto – Presto – Prestissimo – Andante sostenuto – Allegro moderato – Lento assai SEMI FINALS ROUND 2 – CHAMBER MUSIC César Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major I. Allegretto ben moderato II. Allegro III. Ben moderato: Recitative-Fantasia IV. Allegretto poco mosso Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quintet No.2 in A Major Op.81 I. Allegro, ma non tanto II. Dumka: Andante con moto III. Scherzo (Furiant): molto vivace IV. Finale: Allegro FINALS ROUND 1 – 18TH CENTURY CONCERTO Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.27 in B♭Major K.595 I. Allegro II. Larghetto III. Allegro FINALS ROUND 2 – 19TH OR 20TH CENTURY CONCERTO Sergei Rachmaninoff: Concerto No.2 in C minor Op.18 I. Moderato II. Adagio sostenuto III. Allegro scherzando

COLAFELICE, LEONARDO ITALY | 11 OCTOBER 1995 Leonardo Colafelice commenced piano studies at the age of eight. He graduated from the Niccolò Piccinni Conservatory of Music in Bari as a pupil of Pasquale Iannone and continues to study with him. Leonardo is currently teaching principal piano at the Fausto Torrefranca Conservatory of Music in Vibo, Valentia. He regularly performs as a soloist around the world. Recital engagements include Rome, Milan, Torino, Venice, Bologna, Paris, Bern, Istanbul, Budapest, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Columbia, Tbilisi and Tel Aviv. He has performed with many orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra dei Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile, Morocco Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra del Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, Israel Symphony Orchestra, Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra.

AWARDS Sixth Prize: Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition (Bolzano, Italy 2015) Finalist: Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition (Tel Aviv, Israel 2014) First Prize: Yamaha USASU Young Artists International Senior Piano Competition (Phoenix, USA 2013) First Prize: Hilton Head International Young Artist Piano Competition (Hilton Head, USA 2013) First Prize: Gina Bachauer Young Artists International Piano Competition (Salt Lake City, USA 2012)

‘I feel gratified and honoured that the Jury are taking the time to listen to me. However, my greatest obligation will always be towards music, which makes no allowance for error in judgment.’

SEMI FINALS ROUND 1 – 65 MINUTE RECITAL Sergei Prokofiev: Visions Fugitives Op.22 I. Lentamente II. Andante III. Allegretto IV. Animato V. Molto giocoso VI. Con eleganza VII. Pittoresco (Arpa) VIII. Commodo. IX. Allegro tranquillo X. Ridicolosamente XI. Con vivacità XII. Assai moderato XIII. Allegretto XIV. Feroce XV. Inquieto XVI. Dolente XVII. Poetico XVIII. Con una dolce lentezza XIX. Presto agitatissimo e molto accentuate XX. Lento irrealmente Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky/Mikhail Pletnev: Concert Suite from The Nutcracker: I. March II. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy III. Tarantella IV. Intermezzo (Journey through the Snow) V. Russian Trepak VI. Chinese Dance VII. Andante maestoso (Pas de Deux) Igor Stravinsky: Trois mouvements de Pétrouchka I. Danse Russe II. Chez Pétrouchka III. La semaine grasse SEMI FINALS ROUND 2 – CHAMBER MUSIC César Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major I. Allegretto ben moderato II. Allegro III. Ben moderato: Recitative-Fantasia IV. Allegretto poco mosso Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet in E♭Major Op.44 I. Allegro brillante II. In modo d’una marcia. Un poco largarmente III. Scherzo: Molto vivace IV. Allegro ma non troppo FINALS ROUND 1 – 18TH CENTURY CONCERTO Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto No.1 in C Major Op.15 I. Allegro con brio II. Largo III. Rondo. Allegro FINALS ROUND 2 – 19TH OR 20TH CENTURY CONCERTO Sergei Prokofiev: Concerto No.3 in C Major Op.26 I. Andante. Allegro II. Tema con variazioni III. Allegro, ma non troppo 45


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ROUND 1 – 20 MINUTE RECITAL Frédéric Chopin: Polonaise Fantasie in A♭Major Op.61 Peter Sculthorpe: Harbour Dreaming (2000)

Alexander Scriabin: Piano Sonata No.2 in G♯ minor Op.19 I. Andante II. Presto Carl Vine: Toccatissimo (2011)

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ROUND 2 – 30 MINUTE RECITAL Joseph Haydn: Sonata in E minor Hob.XVI:34 I. Presto II. Adagio III. Finale. Molto vivace Béla Bartók: Dance Suite I. Moderato II. Allegro molto III. Allegro vivace IV. Molto tranquillo V. Comodo VI. Finale. Allegro

FUSHIKI, YUI JAPAN | 26 JANUARY 1991 Yui Fushiki started playing the piano at the age of four. In 2009 she was awarded a place at the Tokyo University of Arts (Geidai) where she studied with Associate Professor Susumu Aoyagi. She completed her Bachelor degree in 2013 and is currently pursuing a post graduate soloist course at the Berlin University of Arts under Professor Pascal Devoyon and Rikako Murata. Yui gave her first solo recital at 14 and has since performed many concerts in Japan and Germany, among the more recent, the Frédéric Chopin Festival at Kawai Omotesando in Tokyo, the Crescendo Festival and the Hindemith Festival in Berlin, and performances with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Daisuke Soga and the Geidai Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yoko Matsuo. She has participated in the Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarteum International Summer Academy in Salzburg and the MusicAlp International Summer Academy in Courchevel and Tignes.

AWARDS First Prize: Rocchetta International Piano Competition (Rochetta a Volturro, Italy 2014). First Prize: Himes Competition (Sapporo, Japan 2014) First Prize: Frédéric Chopin Student Piano Competition (Hokkaido, Japan 2008) Second Prize: Category G Piano Teachers’ National Association Competition (Tokyo, Japan 2004)

‘There is a lot of pressure when you play in front of the judges. I try not to think of being judged but to think of every stage as a concert.’

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SEMI FINALS ROUND 1 – 65 MINUTE RECITAL Johann Sebastian Bach/ Ferruccio Busoni: Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major Gabriel Fauré: Ballade in F♯ Major Op.19 Robert Schumann: Carnaval Op.9 i. Préambule ii. Pierrot iii. Arlequin iv. valse Noble v. Eusebius vi. Florestan vii. Coquette viii. Réplique (Sphinxes) ix. Papillons x. A.S.C.H. - S.C.H.A:Lettres Dansantes xi. Chiarina xii. Chopin xiii. Estrella xiv. Reconnaissance xv. Pantalon et Colombine xvi. valse allemande. Intermezzo: Paganini xvii. Aveu xviii. Promenade xix. Pause x. Marche des ‘Davidsbundler’ contre les Philistins SEMI FINALS ROUND 2 – CHAMBER MUSIC César Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major I. Allegretto ben moderato II. Allegro III. Ben moderato: Recitative-Fantasia IV. Allegretto poco mosso Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quintet No.2 in A Major Op.81 I. Allegro, ma non tanto II. Dumka: Andante con moto III. Scherzo (Furiant): molto vivace IV. Finale: Allegro FINALS ROUND 1 – 18TH CENTURY CONCERTO Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.23 in A Major K.488 I. Allegro II. Adagio III. Allegro assai FINALS ROUND 2 – 19TH OR 20TH CENTURY CONCERTO Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto No.4 in G Major Op.58 I. Allegro moderato II. Andante con moto III. Rondo (Vivace)

ROUND 2 – 30 MINUTE RECITAL Franz Liszt: Rhapsodie Espagnole S.254 Franz Schubert/Franz Liszt: Ständchen D.889 Béla Bartók: Sonata Sz.80 I. Allegro moderato II. Sostenuto e pesante III. Allegro molto

GARRITSON, LINDSAY USA | 30 JUNE 1987 Lindsay Garritson started studying piano at the age of four. She holds degrees from the Principia College (Bachelor of Arts in Music) and Yale School of Music (Master of Music and Artist Diploma). Her piano teachers include Professor Boris Berman, Professor Luiz de Moura Castro, Professor Choong-Mo Kang, Zena Ilyashov, Emilio Del Rosario, the late Jane Allen, and Professor Jennifer Lim Judd. She has appeared as soloist with the Phoenix Symphony, Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra (Texas), Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitain (Montréal), Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica Barra Mansa (Brazil), the Yale Philharmonic Orchestra and the European Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. Lindsay has participated at music festivals and courses worldwide, including Music@Menlo’s International Program, Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute Festival, Prussia Cove International Musicians Seminar in England, Aspen Music Festival, International Holland Music Sessions, Amalfi Coast Music Festival, Prague International Masterclasses, Mozarteum International Masterclasses and Obidos International Piano Masterclasses.

AWARDS Third Prize: Bösendorfer USASU International Piano Competition (Arizona, USA 2013) Second Prize: Montréal International Musical Competition (Montréal, Canada 2011) Winner: Woolsey Concerto Competition (Yale School of Music, USA 2011) Grand Prize: Mozarteum International Chopin Competition (Salzburg, Austria 2010)

‘Since one can’t control the outcome of a competition, enjoying the experience onstage and connecting with the audience is what I strive to do.’

SEMI FINALS ROUND 1 – 65 MINUTE RECITAL Robert Schumann: Grand Sonata No.3 in F minor Op.14 I. Allegro II. Scherzo Vivacissimo III. Scherzo molto comodo IV. Quasi variazioni-Andantino de Clara Wieck V. Prestissimo possibile Mikhail Glinka/Mily Balakirev: The Lark Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.6 in A Major Op.82 I. Allegro inquieto II. Allegretto III. Tempo di valzer, lentissimo IV. Vivace SEMI FINALS ROUND 2 – CHAMBER MUSIC Richard Strauss: Sonata for Violin and Piano in E♭Major Op.18 I. Allegro, ma non troppo II. Improvisation: Andante cantabile III. Finale: Andante - Allegro Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quintet No.2 in A Major Op.81 I. Allegro, ma non tanto II. Dumka: Andante con moto III. Scherzo (Furiant): molto vivace IV. Finale: Allegro FINALS ROUND 1 – 18TH CENTURY CONCERTO Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.20 in D minor K.466 I. Allegro II. Romanze III. Allegro assai FINALS ROUND 2 – 19TH OR 20TH CENTURY CONCERTO Camille Saint-Saëns: Concerto No.2 in G minor Op.22 I. Andante sostenuto II. Allegro scherzando III. Presto

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ROUND 1 – 20 MINUTE RECITAL Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Dumka Op.59 Peter Sculthorpe: Djilile (1986) Rodion Shchedrin/Mikhail Pletnev: Prologue and Horse-Racing from the ballet ‘Anna Karenina’

Ludwig van Beethoven: Fantasia in G minor Op.77 Franz Liszt: Faribolo Pastour S.236/1 Transcendental Étude No.5 ‘Feux Follets’

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ROUND 2 – 30 MINUTE RECITAL Vsevolod Zaderatsky: Prelude and Fugue in D Major from ‘24 Preludes and Fugues’ Michael Kieran Harvey: 48 Fugues for Frank Zappa No.6: G-Spot Tornado (2009) Jean Sibelius: Impromptu in B minor Op.5 No.5 Maurice Ravel: Miroirs No.3 ‘Une Barque sur l’Ocean’ Mily Balakirev: Islamey – Fantasie orientale Op.18

ROUND 2 – 30 MINUTE RECITAL Giuseppe Verdi/Franz Liszt: Miserere du Trovatore S.433 Franz Schubert: Grazer Fantasie in C Major D.605a Michael Kieran Harvey: Toccata DNA (1993)

GOUGH, AYESHA AUSTRALIA | 28 DECEMBER 1994 Ayesha Gough has studied under Oleg Stepanov since 2008, as a student of the Young Conservatorium, Griffith University and now in her 4th year of a Bachelor of Music Degree at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, where she is studying Advanced Performance. She has given concerts in Brisbane, the Sunshine and Gold Coasts, Sydney, Tyalgum and Auckland. Ayesha has performed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra under conductors Edvard Tchivzhel, Nicholas Braithwaite, Dr Peter Morris and Daniel Carter. In addition to solo piano recitals, she performs in chamber music ensembles, accompanies and teaches. Recently, she was appointed assistant teacher to Oleg Stepanov, in conjunction with the Young Conservatorium Rising Stars Program, providing lessons to two of his advanced students. Ayesha has been supported by Variety, the Children’s Charity, of which she is an International Ambassador.

AWARDS First Prize: Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition (Brisbane, Australia 2015) Third Prize: Kerikeri International Piano Competition (Kerikeri, New Zealand 2014) Sydney Eisteddfod Allison/Henderson Scholarship (Sydney, Australia 2014)

‘To prepare for competition, you must not only practice to maintain physical strength and stamina, but must also know the music inside out and spend time building your inner confidence.’

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SEMI FINALS ROUND 1 – 65 MINUTE RECITAL Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No.32 in C minor Op.111 I. Maestoso – Allegro con brio ed appassionato II. Arietta: Adagio molto semplice e cantabile Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.6 in A Major Op.82 I. Allegro inquieto II. Allegretto III. Tempo di valzer, lentissimo VI. Vivace SEMI FINALS ROUND 2 – CHAMBER MUSIC Gabriel Fauré: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in A Major Op.13 I. Allegro molto II. Andante III. Allegro vivo IV. Allegro quasi presto Ernest Bloch: Piano Quintet No.1 I. Agitato II. Andante mistico III. Allegro energico FINALS ROUND 1 – 18TH CENTURY CONCERTO Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto No.1 in C Major Op.15 I. Allegro con brio II. Largo III. Rondo. Allegro FINALS ROUND 2 – 19TH OR 20TH CENTURY CONCERTO Sergei Prokofiev: Concerto No.3 in C Major Op.26 I. Andante. Allegro II. Tema con variazioni III. Allegro, ma non troppo

GUGNIN, ANDREY RUSSIA | 5 MARCH 1987 Andrey graduated from the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatoire in 2010, where he studied under Professor Vera Gornostaeva; since 2016 he has been studying at the International Piano Academy Lake Como with Stanislav Ioudenitch and William Naboré. Andrey has toured as a recitalist, a chamber music partner and as a concerto soloist, performing at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City, at the Eastman School of Music, the Great Hall of the Moscow State Conservatoire, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, the Moscow International House of Music, the Louvre, Teatro Verdi in Trieste and in Vienna’s Musikverein. He has collaborated with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia, the St. Petersburg Cappella Symphony Orchestra, the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and the Asko Schönberg Ensemble, among others. He has been a guest artist at the Ruhr Piano Festival, Mariinsky International Piano Festival, Ohrid Summer Festival, Zagreb Summer Evenings Festival and the Bermuda Islands Performing Arts Festival, among others.

AWARDS Gold Medal: Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition (Salt Lake City, USA 2014) Equal First Prize: Valsesia Musica International Piano Competition (Valsesia, Italy 2014) Equal Second Prize: International Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Competition (Vienna, Austria 2013) Second Prize: EPTA International Piano Competition Svetislav Stančić (Zagreb, Croatia 2011)

‘This competition is one of the most prestigious in the world and the care for the winners after the event is fantastic. It’s a great competition to win.’

SEMI FINALS ROUND 1 – 65 MINUTE RECITAL Nikolai Medtner: Sonata Op.53 No.1 ‘Romantica’ I. Romanza: Andantino con moto, ma sempre espressivo II. Scherzo: Allegro III. Meditazione: Andante con moto IV. Finale: Allegro non troppo Alexander Scriabin: Three Pieces Op.45 I. Feuillet d’album II. Poème fantasque III. Prélude Frédéric Chopin: 12 Études Op.25 I. A♭Major II. F minor III. F Major IV. A minor V. E minor VI. G♯ minor VII. C♯ minor VIII. D♭Major IX. G♭Major X. B minor XI. A minor XII. C minor SEMI FINALS ROUND 2 – CHAMBER MUSIC Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano and Violin No.9 in A Major Op.47 ‘Kreutzer’ I. Adagio sostenuto – Presto II. Andante con variazioni III. Presto César Franck: Piano Quintet in F minor I. Molto moderato quasi lento – Allegro II. Lento con molto sentiment III. Allegro non troppo ma con fuoco FINALS ROUND 1 – 18TH CENTURY CONCERTO Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.9 in E♭Major K.271 I. Allegro II. Andantino III. Rondo. Presto FINALS ROUND 2 – 19TH OR 20TH CENTURY CONCERTO Sergei Prokofiev: Concerto No.3 in C Major Op.26 I. Andante. Allegro II. Tema con variazioni III. Allegro, ma non troppo

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PRELIMINARIES ROUND 1 – 20 MINUTE RECITAL Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne Op.27 No.2 in D♭Major Franz Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No.1 S.514

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Jean-Philippe Rameau: Suite in A minor IV. Les Trois Mains Larry Sitsky: Arch (Fantasia No.4) (1980) Franz Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No.1 S.514

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ROUND 2 – 30 MINUTE RECITAL Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No.27 in E minor Op.90 I. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck II. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen Carl Vine: Piano Sonata No.1 (1990) I. Lento II. Leggiero e legato

HA, GYU TAE SOUTH KOREA | 7 NOVEMBER 1996 Gyu Tae Ha currently studies at Yonsei University, South Korea, under Professor Young Ho Kim, and is a Yamaha Scholarship holder. Gyu Tae gave his recital debut in South Korea in 2011 as the winner of the Korean Franz Liszt Society Competition, and has also performed with the Korean Chamber Orchestra. He has given recitals at the Seoul Baroque Chamber Hall and at the Yamaha Salon and Steinway Hall in New York. He appeared at the Tanglewood Music Festival as part of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in 2011, and was later selected to perform at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Piano Concert in Seoul.

AWARDS Fourth Prize: Cooper International Competition (Ohio, USA 2014) Prize winner: International Chopin Competition in Asia (Tokyo, Japan 2013) Third Prize: International Chopin Competition for Young Pianists (Moscow, Russia 2012) Winner: Franz Liszt Division of the Hong Kong (Asia Pacific) Piano Competition (Hong Kong, China 2012)

‘This competition could be a turning point for my life. I want to be a great maestro so I hope it may change my life!’

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SEMI FINALS ROUND 1 – 65 MINUTE RECITAL Joseph Haydn: Sonata in B minor Hob.XVI:32 I. Allegro moderato II. Menuetto III. Finale. Presto Robert Schumann: Kreisleriana Op.16 I. Äusserst bewegt II. Sehr innig und nicht zu rasch III. Sehr autgeregt. IV. Sehr langsam V. Sehr lebhaft VI. Sehr langsam VII. Sehr rasch VIII. Schnell und spielend Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.7 Op.83 I. Allegro inquieto II. Andante caloroso III. Precipitato SEMI FINALS ROUND 2 – CHAMBER MUSIC Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.3 in D minor Op.108 I. Allegro II. Adagio III. Un poco presto e con sentimento IV. Presto agitato Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet in E♭Major Op.44 I. Allegro brillante II. In modo d’una marcia. Un poco largarmente III. Scherzo: Molto vivace IV. Allegro ma non troppo FINALS ROUND 1 – 18TH CENTURY CONCERTO Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.20 in D minor K.466 I. Allegro II. Romanze III. Allegro assai FINALS ROUND 2 – 19TH OR 20TH CENTURY CONCERTO Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto No.4 in G Major Op.58 I. Allegro moderato II. Andante con moto III. Rondo (Vivace)

ROUND 2 – 30 MINUTE RECITAL Olivier Messiaen: L’Alouette Calandrelle from ‘Catalogue d’Oiseaux’ Frédéric Chopin: Sonata No.3 in B minor Op.58 I. Allegro maestoso II. Scherzo: Molto vivace III. Largo IV. Finale: Presto non tanto; Agitato

HUH, DAVID JAE-WEON SOUTH KOREA | 19 DECEMBER 1986 David Jae-Weon Huh studied at the Korea National University of Arts between 2003 and 2010. He was subsequently awarded a full scholarship to the Master’s Program in Music at the New England Conservatory in Boston. David is currently studying at the Hochschule für Musik, Hannover. He has made solo appearances throughout Europe, Asia and the USA at notable halls including the Royal Concertgebouw, Auditorio Nacional de Música Madrid, Salle Cortot and Jordan Hall. He has performed with the Morocco Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Pohang Philharmonic Orchestra, Daegu Philharmonic Orchestra, Mostly Philharmonic Orchestra, Prime Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Televisión Española, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and the Korea National University of the Arts Symphony Orchestra. David has given numerous chamber music concerts including collaborations with cellist Myung-wha Chung.

AWARDS Second Prize: Morocco Philharmonic Orchestra International Music Competition (Rabat, Morocco 2016) Second Prize: Paloma O’Shea Santander International Piano Competition (Santander, Spain 2015) Russian Prize: Cleveland International Piano Competition (Cleveland, USA 2011) Third Prize: Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (Hamamatsu, Japan 2009) First Prize: China Shanghai International Piano Competition (Shanghai, China 2007)

‘It is a rare chance to have so many talented pianists in one place. My hope for the competition is that we learn from each other and share our passion for music.’

SEMI FINALS ROUND 1 – 65 MINUTE RECITAL Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No.26 in E♭Major Op.81a ‘Les Adieux’ I. Das Lebewohl. Adagio II. Abwesenheit. Adante espressivo III. Das Wiedersehen. Vivacissimamente Sergei Rachmaninoff: Variations on a theme of Corelli Op.42 Franz Liszt: Sonata in B minor S.178 Lento assai – Allegro energico – Grandioso – Recitativo – Andante sontsenuto – Quasi adagio – Allegro energico – Stretta quasi presto – Presto – Prestissimo – Andante sostenuto – Allegro moderato – Lento assai SEMI FINALS ROUND 2 – CHAMBER MUSIC César Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major I. Allegretto ben moderato II. Allegro III. Ben moderato: Recitative-Fantasia IV. Allegretto poco mosso Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet in E♭Major Op.44 I. Allegro brillante II. In modo d’una marcia. Un poco largarmente III. Scherzo: Molto vivace IV. Allegro ma non troppo FINALS ROUND 1 – 18TH CENTURY CONCERTO Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.23 in A Major K.488 I. Allegro II. Adagio III. Allegro assai FINALS ROUND 2 – 19TH OR 20TH CENTURY CONCERTO Sergei Prokofiev: Concerto No.3 in C Major Op.26 I. Andante. Allegro II. Tema con variazioni III. Allegro, ma non troppo

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PRELIMINARIES ROUND 1 – 20 MINUTE RECITAL Joseph Haydn: Sonata in E Major Hob.XVI:31 I. Moderato II. Allegretto III. Finale. Presto Percy Grainger: Country Gardens (1918) Henri Dutilleux: Sonata III: Choral et Variations

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Claude Debussy: Rêverie Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No.13 in E♭Major Op.27 No.1 I. Andante – Allegro – Andante II. Allegro molto e vivace III. Adagio con espressione IV. Allegro vivace

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JONES, FANTEE USA | 19 NOVEMBER 1993 Fantee Jones began piano training with her mother at the age of three. She received her Bachelor of Music degree at the Manhattan School of Music in 2014 as a student of Dr Marc Silverman. She is currently pursuing her Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School, under the tutelage of Professor Hung-Kuan Chen. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in May 2005 and has attended music festivals including the Adamant Music School, Banff Piano Master Class, Gold Country Piano Institute and the Yong Siew Toh Summer Festival in Singapore. She took part in the Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music in Bowdoin International Music Festival, and she gave the Western première of Japanese composer, Yoko Oba’s Lullaby On Joseph Haydn’s Name, during the Focus! Festival, held in the Peter J Sharp Theater in the Lincoln Center. Fantee has worked with many notable musicians including Lewis Kaplan, Seymour Lipkin, Jerome Lowenthal, Robert McDonald, Anton Nel and Andre-Michel Schub.

AWARDS Winner: PianoTexas International Young Artists Concerto Competition (Texas, USA 2015) Third Prize: Category B Lagny-sur-Marne International Piano Competition (Lagny-sur-Marne, France 2014) Second Prize: Kosciuszko Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition (New York, USA 2014) Sixth Prize: Gina Bachauer Young Artists International Piano Competition (Salt Lake City, USA 2012) Collegiate Gold Medalist: Seattle International Piano Competition (Seattle, USA 2011)

‘Winning would be an incredible honour and a defining moment of my career in music. It would also give me the opportunity to show people what I love doing.’

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ROUND 2 – 30 MINUTE RECITAL Frédéric Chopin: Waltz Op.70 No.2 Waltz Op.34 No.3 Robert Schumann: Carnaval Op.9 i. Préambule ii. Pierrot iii. Arlequin iv. valse Noble v. Eusebius vi. Florestan vii. Coquette viii. Réplique (Sphinxes) ix. Papillons x. A.S.C.H. – S.C.H.A: Lettres Dansantes xi. Chiarina xii. Chopin xiii. Estrella xiv. Reconnaissance xv. Pantalon et Colombine xvi. valse allemande. intermezzo: Paganini xvii. Aveu xviii. Promenade xix. Pause x. Marche des ‘Davidsbundler’ contre les Philistins SEMI FINALS ROUND 1 – 65 MINUTE RECITAL Franz Schubert: Fantasie in C Major D.760 (Wanderer) I. Allegro con fuoco ma non troppo II. Adagio III. Allegro IV. Allegro Frédéric Chopin: 12 Études Op.25 I. A♭Major II. F minor III. F Major IV. A minor V. E minor VI. G♯ minor VII. C♯ minor VIII. D♭Major IX. G♭Major X. B minor XI. A minor XII. C minor Charles Gounod/Franz Liszt: Waltz from ‘Faust’ SEMI FINALS ROUND 2 – CHAMBER MUSIC César Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major I. Allegretto ben moderato II. Allegro III. Ben moderato: Recitative-Fantasia IV. Allegretto poco mosso Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet in E♭Major Op.44 I. Allegro brillante II. In modo d’una marcia. Un poco largarmente III. Scherzo: Molto vivace IV. Allegro ma non troppo FINALS ROUND 1 – 18TH CENTURY CONCERTO Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.24 in C minor K.491 I. Allegro II. Larghetto III. Allegretto FINALS ROUND 2 – 19TH OR 20TH CENTURY CONCERTO Sergei Prokofiev: Concerto No.3 in C Major Op.26 I. Andante. Allegro II. Tema con variazioni III. Allegro, ma non troppo

PRELIMINARIES ROUND 2 – 30 MINUTE RECITAL Roy Agnew: Poem No.1 (1922) Frédéric Chopin: Sonata No.3 in B minor Op.58 I. Allegro maestoso II. Scherzo: Molto vivace III. Largo IV. Finale: Presto non tanto; Agitato

JURINIC, ALYOSHA CROATIA | 2 JUNE 1989 Alyosha Jurinic is currently studying under Professor Grigory Gruzman as a Concert Diploma candidate at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar, Germany. Previously he studied under Professor Eliso Virsaladze at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole (2011–2014), Professor Noel Flores at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria (2009–2011) and Professor Ruben Dalibaltayan at the Academy of Music of the University of Zagreb, Croatia (2007–2012). Concerto performances include the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Zagreb Soloists, Croatian Radiotelevisión Symphony Orchestra, Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, RTS Symphony Orchestra, Plauen-Zwickau Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Kosovo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, Warsaw. In February 2015, Alyosha made his Carnegie Hall recital debut. He has appeared at festivals including Piano Fortissimo (Zagreb), Split Summer Festival, Kiev Summer Music Evenings, Nohant (France), Serate Musicali (Milan), Festival Puccini (Torre del Lago, Italy) and the Festival Internacional de Musica de Gijón (Spain).

AWARDS Fifth Prize: Queen Elisabeth Competition (Brussels, Belgium 2016) First Prize: Massarosa Musical Association International Piano Competition (Massarosa, Italy 2014) First Prize: Luciano Luciani International Piano Competition (Consenza, Italy 2014) First Prize: International Robert Schumann Competition (Zwickau, Germany 2012) First Prize: Encore! Shura Cherkassky International Piano Competition (Milan, Italy 2012)

‘The artistic ideal I aspire to is the same, whether I am competing, performing at a concert or playing just for myself. Keeping this in mind reduces the intense pressure of competition.’

SEMI FINALS ROUND 1 – 65 MINUTE RECITAL Robert Schumann: Sonata No.1 in F♯ minor Op.11 I. Introduzione: Un poco Adagio - Allegro vivace II. Aria III. Scherzo: Allegrissimo - intermezzo: Lento IV. Finale: Allegro, un poco maestoso Claude Debussy: Images Book 2 I. Cloches à travers les feuilles II. Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut III. Poissons d’or Franz Liszt: from 3 Études de concert S.144 II. La leggierezza Hungarian Rhapsody No.11 in A minor S.244 SEMI FINALS ROUND 2 – CHAMBER MUSIC César Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major I. Allegretto ben moderato II. Allegro III. Ben moderato: Recitative-Fantasia IV. Allegretto poco mosso Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet in E♭Major Op.44 I. Allegro brillante II. In modo d’una marcia. Un poco largarmente III. Scherzo: Molto vivace IV. Allegro ma non troppo FINALS ROUND 1 – 18TH CENTURY CONCERTO Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.26 in D Major K.537 I. Allegro II. Larghetto III. Allegretto FINALS ROUND 2 – 19TH OR 20TH CENTURY CONCERTO Sergei Rachmaninoff: Concerto No.2 in C minor Op.18 I. Moderato II. Adagio sostenuto III. Allegro scherzando

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PRELIMINARIES ROUND 1 – 20 MINUTE RECITAL Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier Book I: Prelude and Fugue in G♯ minor Graham Hair: Under Aldebaran (1984) Maurice Ravel: Scarbo from ‘Gaspard de la Nuit’

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Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata in A Major K.332 Sonata in A minor K.175 Johannes Brahms: Variations on a theme by Paganini Op.35 Book I

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ROUND 2 – 30 MINUTE RECITAL Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata in G Major K.454 Sonata in G Major K.455 Frédéric Chopin: Études Nos.1-6 and 8-12 Op.25 I. A♭Major II. F minor III. F Major IV. A minor V. E minor VI. G♯ minor VIII. D♭ Major IX. G♭Major X. B minor XI. A minor XII. C minor

KONG, JIANING CHINA | 2 FEBRUARY 1986 Jianing Kong studied at the Canton Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou and was offered a full scholarship to study at the Purcell School, England in 2002, where he studied with the late Ronald Smith. He studied at the Royal College of Music with Ruth Nye, Gordon Fergus-Thompson and Professor Dmitri Alexeev, graduating in 2010 with both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. Jianing has also studied at Hochschule für Musik Detmold with Alfredo Perl. Jianing gave his London debut in 2003 with the Purcell Symphony Orchestra at the Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music. He has given performances across the UK and Europe including WIgmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Steinway Hall (London) and the Salle Cortot. As a concerto soloist, Jianing has appeared with the Purcell School Symphony Orchestra under Paul Daniel, the Hallé Orchestra under Sir Mark Elder, the Ealing Symphony Orchestra, the St Johns Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wollone under Michael Hofsetter and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Radiotelevisión Española under Pablo González.

AWARDS Third Prize: Paloma O’Shea Santander International Piano Competition (Santander, Spain 2015) Third Prize: Scottish International Piano Competition (Glasgow, Scotland 2014) Equal First Prize: Valsesia Musica International Piano Competition (Valsesia, Italy 2013) Sixth Prize: Leeds International Piano Competition (Leeds, England 2009)

‘A piano competition is not like a race. It is a platform and a great opportunity to perform to an audience; I wish everyone the best in this competition.’

SEMI FINALS ROUND 1 – 65 MINUTE RECITAL Johann Sebastian Bach: Aria variata alla maniera italiana in A minor BWV 989 Ludwig van Beethoven: 33 Variations on a waltz by Anton Diabelli Op.120 Tema: Vivace i. Alla marcia maestoso ii. Poco allegro iii. L’istesso tempo iv. Un poco più vivace v. Allegro vivace vi. Allegro ma non troppo e serioso vii. Un poco più allegro viii. Poco vivace ix. Allegro pesante e risoluto x. Presto xI. Allegretto xii. Un poco più moto xiii. Vivace xiv. Grave e maestoso xv. Presto scherzando xvi. Allegro xvii. Allegro xviii. Poco moderato xix. Presto xx. Andante xxi. Allegro con brio – meno allegro – Tempo primo xxii. Allegro molto, alla ‘Notte e giorno faticar’ di Mozart xxiii. Allegro assai xxiv. Fughetta (Andante) xxv. Allegro xxvi. Piacevole xxvii. Vivace xxviii. Allegro xxix. Adagio ma xxxi. Largo, molto espressivo xxxii. Fuga: Allegro xxxiii. Tempo di menuetto moderato SEMI FINALS ROUND 2 – CHAMBER MUSIC Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano and Violin No.9 in A Major Op.47 ‘Kreutzer’ I. Adagio sostenuto – Presto II. Andante con variazioni III. Presto Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet in E♭ Major Op.44 I. Allegro brillante II. In modo d’una marcia. Un poco largarmente III. Scherzo: Molto vivace IV. Allegro ma non troppo FINALS ROUND 1 – 18TH CENTURY CONCERTO Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.21 in C Major K.467 I. Allegro maestoso II. Andante III. Allegro vivace assai FINALS ROUND 2 – 19TH OR 20TH CENTURY CONCERTO Johannes Brahms: Concerto No.2 in B♭Major Op.83 I. Allegro non troppo II. Allegro appassionato III. Andante IV. Allegretto grazioso

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ROUND 2 – 30 MINUTE RECITAL Aaron Copland: The Cat and the Mouse Claude Debussy: Étude No.1 ‘pour les cinq doigts d’après Monsieur Czerny’ Étude No.2 ‘pour les tierces’ (thirds) Étude No.3 ‘pour les quartes’ (fourths) Carl Vine: Piano Sonata No.1 (1990) I. Lento II. Leggiero e legato

KUDO, RACHEL USA | 7 APRIL 1987 Rachel Kudo began studying piano at the age of four with the late Emilio del Rosario at the Music Institute of Chicago. She later studied with Professor Kum-Sing Lee, Professor Yoheved Kaplinsky, Professor Joseph Kalichstein, Richard Goode and Professor Gilbert Kalish. She graduated with top honours from the Juilliard School. Rachel made her orchestral debuts at age sixteen with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and has since appeared with the Warsaw Philharmonic and RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Ireland, among others. She has made appearances at the International Chopin Festival Duszniki-Zdroj (Poland), Tivoli International Festival (Denmark), Bergen International Festival (Norway), Nagoya International Youth Music Festival (Japan) and the Juilliard in Aiken Festival (USA). She has performed at the Salle Cortot in Paris, Musikverein in Vienna, Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel, Aspen Music Festival, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York.

AWARDS Second Prize: US National Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition (Miami, USA 2015) Fifth Prize: Dublin International Piano Competition (Dublin, Ireland 2009) Winner: Gilmore Young Artist Award (Michigan, USA 2008)

‘It’s never a good idea to think about the people who are judging you. All I concern myself with is playing my best, and being happy with what I convey through my performance.’

SEMI FINALS ROUND 1 – 65 MINUTE RECITAL Johann Sebastian Bach: Overture in the French style in B minor BWV 831 I. Overture II. Courante III. Gavotte IV. Passepied V. Sarabande VI. Bourée I/II VII. Gigue VIII. Echo Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.18 in E♭ Major Op.31 No.3 ‘The Hunt’ I. Allegro II. Scherzo. Allegretto vivace III. Menuetto. Moderato e grazioso IV. Presto con fuoco Samuel Barber: Sonata in E♭ minor Op.26 I. Allegro energico II. Allegro vivace e leggero III. Adagio mesto IV. Fuga: Allegro con spirito SEMI FINALS ROUND 2 – CHAMBER MUSIC Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano and Violin No.9 in A Major Op.47 ‘Kreutzer’ I. Adagio sostenuto – Presto II. Andante con variazioni III. Presto Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quintet No.2 in A Major Op.81 I. Allegro, ma non tanto II. Dumka: Andante con moto III. Scherzo (Furiant): molto vivace IV. Finale: Allegro FINALS ROUND 1 – 18TH CENTURY CONCERTO Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.21 in C Major K.467 I. Allegro maestoso II. Andante III. Allegro vivace assai FINALS ROUND 2 – 19TH OR 20TH CENTURY CONCERTO Johannes Brahms: Concerto No.2 in B♭Major Op.83 I. Allegro non troppo II. Allegro appassionato III. Andante IV. Allegretto grazioso

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PRELIMINARIES ROUND 1 – 20 MINUTE RECITAL Michael Kieran Harvey: Toccata DNA (1993) Frédéric Chopin: Ballade No.4 in F minor Op.52

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Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita No.1 in B♭Major BWV 825 I. Praeludium II. Allemande III. Corrente IV. Sarabande V. Menuet I VI. Menuet II VI. Gigue Graham Hair: Under Aldebaran (1984) Béla Bartók: Étude Op.18 No.1 Allegro molto

PRELIMINARIES ROUND 2 – 30 MINUTE RECITAL Carl Vine: Toccatissimo (2011) Franz Liszt: Transcendental Étude No.10 in F minor Sergei Rachmaninoff: Sonata No.2 in B♭minor Op.36 (revised version) I. Allegro agitato II. Non allegro III. Allegro molto

LE, DANIEL AUSTRALIA | 3 DECEMBER 1992 Daniel Le started to play the piano at the age of three, and at the age of eleven was awarded a music scholarship to the Melbourne Grammar School. He then attended the Australian National Academy of Music, Young Academy Program. In 2015, Daniel attended the Bowdoin International Music Festival and was awarded a scholarship to the Engadin Piano Summer Academy in Switzerland. He currently studies with Professor Thomas Hecht at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore, where he is on a full scholarship. His former teachers include Rita Reichman and Stephen McIntyre and he has worked with Stephen Hough, Erik Tawaststjerna and Julian Martin. Daniel will continue his studies with Andre-Michel Schub at the Manhattan School of Music.   In Australia, he has performed with the Pro-Musica Chamber Orchestra, Zelman Symphony Orchestra, Maroondah Symphony, Preston Symphony and Melbourne Grammar School Symphony Orchestra. Daniel debuted with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in 2015 and will feature with the orchestra twice in 2016.

AWARDS Second Prize: Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition (Brisbane, Australia 2015) Second Prize: Australian National Piano Award (Shepparton, Australia 2014) Encouragement Award: Kerikeri International Piano Competition (Kerikeri, New Zealand 2014) Third Prize: Yong Siew Toh Concerto Competition (Singapore, Singapore 2013)

‘Of course, there are many prizes in a competition like this, but what it is most important is to be able to play to an appreciative audience and to show them our relationship with the music.’

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SEMI FINALS ROUND 1 – 65 MINUTE RECITAL Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata in E minor BWV 914 Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.31 in A♭Major Op.110 I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo II. Allegro molto III. Adagio ma non troppo César Franck: Prélude, Chorale et Fugue Alexander Scriabin: Piano Sonata No.5 Op.53

PRELIMINARIES ROUND 2 – 30 MINUTE RECITAL Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No.16 in G Major Op.31 No.1 I. Allegro vivace II. Adagio grazioso III. Rondo. Allegretto - Presto Maurice Ravel: Jeux d’eau Sergei Rachmaninoff: Étude-Tableau in E♭Major Op.33 No.7

LEBHARDT, DANIEL

SEMI FINALS ROUND 2 – CHAMBER MUSIC César Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major I. Allegretto ben moderato II. Allegro III. Ben moderato: Recitative-Fantasia IV. Allegretto poco mosso Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quintet No.2 in A Major Op.81 I. Allegro, ma non tanto II. Dumka: Andante con moto III. Scherzo (Furiant): molto vivace IV. Finale: Allegro

Daniel Lebhardt studied at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest with Professor István Gulyás and Professor Gyöngyi Keveházi and, since 2010, at the Royal Academy of Music in London, firstly with Professor Christopher Elton, and currently with Professor Pascal Nemirovski. He has participated in Masterclasses with Alfred Brendel, Leslie Howard, Professor Ferenc Rados, Professor Natalia Trull, Professor Maxim Vengerov and Professor Mikhail Voskresensky.

FINALS ROUND 1 – 18TH CENTURY CONCERTO Wolfgang Amadeaus Mozart: Concerto No.25 in C Major K.503 I. Allegro maestoso II. Andante III. Allegrettoi

In 2015 he was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in London and made his debut at Wigmore Hall, under the auspices of the Royal Academy of Music’s Patron’s Award.   

FINALS ROUND 2 – 19TH OR 20TH CENTURY CONCERTO Sergei Rachmaninoff: Concerto No.2 in C minor Op.18 I. Moderato II. Adagio sostenuto III. Allegro scherzando

HUNGARY | 22 MAY 1992

Concert highlights include recitals at the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, the Merkin Concert Hall in New York and the Béla Bartók Memorial House in Budapest. He has also given recitals in Austria, Japan and the USA. Daniel took part in the BBC Proms Composer Portrait of Olga Neuwirth broadcast by Radio 3 in 2012, and has given recitals with clarinettist Mark van der Wiel and violinist Benjamin Baker.

AWARDS Selected for representation: Young Concert Artist Auditions (Paris, France 2014) Selected for representation: Young Concert Artist International Auditions (New York, USA 2014) Fifth Prize: 6th China International Piano Competition (Xiamen, China 2013) Second Prize: Category B Lagny-sur-Marne International Piano Competition (Paris, France 2011) First Prize: Intermediate Category Russian Music International Piano Competition (California, USA 2009)

‘The competition is another challenge that will push me a step forward regardless of what the result may be. It’s the music that wins in the end.’

SEMI FINALS ROUND 1 – 65 MINUTE RECITAL Johannes Brahms: Intermezzo in A Major Op.118 No.2 Intermezzo in E♭minor Op.118 No.6 Maurice Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit I. Ondine II. Le Gibet III. Scarbo Franz Liszt: Sonata in B minor S.178 Lento assai – Allegro energico – Grandioso – Recitativo – Andante sontsenuto – Quasi adagio – Allegro energico – Stretta quasi presto – Presto – Prestissimo – Andante sostenuto – Allegro moderato – Lento assai SEMI FINALS ROUND 2 – CHAMBER MUSIC César Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major I. Allegretto ben moderato II. Allegro III. Ben moderato: Recitative-Fantasia IV. Allegretto poco mosso Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet in E♭Major Op.44 I. Allegro brillante II. In modo d’una marcia. Un poco largarmente III. Scherzo: Molto vivace IV. Allegro ma non troppo FINALS ROUND 1 – 18TH CENTURY CONCERTO Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.26 in D Major K.537 I. Allegro II. Larghetto III. Allegretto FINALS ROUND 2 – 19TH OR 20TH CENTURY CONCERTO Johannes Brahms: Concerto No.2 in B♭Major Op.83 I. Allegro non troppo II. Allegro appassionato III. Andante IV. Allegretto grazioso

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PRELIMINARIES ROUND 1 – 20 MINUTE RECITAL Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No.13 in E♭Major Op.27 No.1 I. Andante – Allegro – Andante II. Allegro molto e vivace III. Adagio con espressione IV. Allegro vivace Sergei Rachmaninoff: Daisies Op.38 No.3 Oriental Sketch

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Joseph Haydn: Sonata in B minor Hob.XVI:32 I. Allegro moderato II. Menuetto III. Finale. Presto Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky/Samuil Feinberg: Scherzo from ‘Symphony No.6’

PRELIMINARIES ROUND 2 – 30 MINUTE RECITAL Elena Kats-Chernin: Page Turn (2000) Johannes Brahms: Intermezzo in E♭minor Op.118 No.6 Igor Stravinsky: Trois movements de Pétrouchka I. Danse Russe II. Chez Pétrouchka III. La semaine grasse

PRELIMINARIES ROUND 2 – 30 MINUTE RECITAL César Franck: Prélude, Chorale et Fugue Arthur Benjamin: 2 Études Improvisées Arthur Benjamin: Scherzino (1936) Alexander Scriabin: Piano Sonata No.4 in F♯ Major Op.30 I. Andante II. Prestissimo volando

LEE, TONY AUSTRALIA | 2 NOVEMBER 1991 Tony Lee began his professional training at the Australian Institute of Music with Professor Victor Makarov and at the Australian Academy of Music with Rita Reichman and Timothy Young before furthering studies at the Central Music School of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatoire under Professor Anatoly Ryabov. He completed his Bachelor of Music in Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Dr Paul Rickard-Ford and is currently completing his Master of Music in Performance at the Barratt Due Institute of Music with Professor Michael Endres in Oslo, Norway. He has been a soloist in residence at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Belgium under the direction of Maria-João Pires since 2014. He has appeared as soloist with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, Samara Philharmonic Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly across Europe, China, USA, New Zealand and Australia.

AWARDS First Prize: Lev Vlassenko Competition (Brisbane, Australia 2013) First Prize: Alexander Scriabin International Piano Competition (Paris, France 2013) Third Prize: Adilia Alieva International Piano Competition (Gaillard, France 2012)

‘Preparation for a competition is the same for concerts; it is important to be full of energy, spiritually awake and in good shape physically. This means lots of rest, walking, enjoying nature and being open to the world.’

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SEMI FINALS ROUND 1 – 65 MINUTE RECITAL Franz Schubert: 3 Klavierstücke D.946 I. Allegro assai II. Allegretto III. Allegro Frédéric Chopin: Waltz in E Major Op. Posthumous Mazurka in C♯ minor Op.50 No.3 Mazurka in B minor Op.30 No.2 Waltz in A♭ Major Op.42 Sergei Prokofiev: Sonata No.7 Op.83 I. Allegro inquieto II. Andante caloroso III. Precipitato SEMI FINALS ROUND 2 – CHAMBER MUSIC Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.3 in D minor Op.108 I. Allegro II. Adagio III. Un poco presto e con sentimento IV. Presto agitato Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quintet No.2 in A Major Op.81 I. Allegro, ma non tanto II. Dumka: Andante con moto III. Scherzo (Furiant): molto vivace IV. Finale: Allegro FINALS ROUND 1 – 18TH CENTURY CONCERTO Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto No.2 in B♭Major Op.19 1. Allegro con brio II. Adagio III. Rondo, Molto allegro FINALS ROUND 2 – 19TH OR 20TH CENTURY CONCERTO Sergei Rachmaninoff: Concerto No.2 in C minor Op.18 I. Moderato II. Adagio sostenuto III. Allegro scherzando

LOPATYNSKYI, ROMAN UKRAINE | 29 JUNE 1993 Roman Lopatynskyi studied piano from the age of five at Kyiv Lysenko Secondary Specialized Music Boarding School, under Iryna Barynova and Larysa Raiko. He currently studies at two different academies: the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine with Professor Sergey Riabov and the International Piano Academy Incontri col Maestro in Italy with Professor Boris Petrushansky. He is the recipient of scholarships from the foundation Children’s Friends, Charitable Fund of Switzerland, Vlada Lytovchenko’s Charitable Fund and Leonid Kuchma’s Presidential Fund, Ukraine. Roman has given concert tours and performed in festivals in Ukraine, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Israel, Japan, Lichtenstein, Italy, Russia, France, Morocco, Japan and the USA. He has performed extensively with the National Philharmonic of Ukraine. He has also made radio broadcasts in the Ukraine and Germany with chamber music ensembles and as soloist with orchestras.

AWARDS Second Prize: Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (Hamamatsu, Japan 2015) Third Prize: Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition (Bolzano, Italy 2015) First Prize: All-Ukrainian Piano Competition (Kiev, Ukraine 2011) Second Prize: Città di Gorizia International Piano Competition (Gorizia, Italy 2011) First Prize: International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz, Intermediate Group (Kiev, Ukraine 2009)

‘I consider the pianists of this competition as team mates rather than as fellow competitors. The purpose of our performances is to make a marvellous musical event for everyone who comes to listen.’

SEMI FINALS ROUND 1 – 65 MINUTE RECITAL Franz Schubert: Sonata No.14 in A minor D.784 I. Allegro giusto II. Andante III. Allegro vivace Paul Hindemith: Suite ‘1922’ Op.26 1. March II. Shimmy III. Nachtstück IV. Boston V. Ragtime Sergei Rachmaninoff: from 10 Preludes Op.23 II. Maestoso in B♭ Major X. Largo in G Major from 13 Preludes Op.32 IV. Allegro con brio in E minor XI. Allegretto in B Major XII. Allegro in G♯ minor XIII. Grave in D♭Major SEMI FINALS ROUND 2 – CHAMBER MUSIC Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.3 in D minor Op.108 I. Allegro II. Adagio III. Un poco presto e con sentimento IV. Presto agitato César Franck: Piano Quintet in F minor I. Molto moderato quasi lento – Allegro II. Lento con molto sentiment III. Allegro non troppo ma con fuoco FINALS ROUND 1 – 18TH CENTURY CONCERTO Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.24 in C minor K.491 I. Allegro II. Larghetto III. Allegretto FINALS ROUND 2 – 19TH OR 20TH CENTURY CONCERTO Sergei Rachmaninoff: Concerto No.2 in C minor Op.18 I. Moderato II. Adagio sostenuto III. Allegro scherzando

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PRELIMINARIES ROUND 1 – 20 MINUTE RECITAL Frédéric Chopin: Polonaise in A♭Major Op.53 Alexander Scriabin: 2 Poèmes Op.32 I. F♯ Major II. D Major Sergei Rachmaninoff: Prelude in G♯ minor Op.32 No.12 Étude in C♯ minor Op.33 No.9

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Nikolai Medtner: Prologue: Andante cantabile from Acht Stimmungsbilder Op.1 Franz Liszt: Nuages gris S.199 Béla Bartók: 3 Études Op.18 Sz.72 I. Allegro molto II. Andante sostenuto III. Rubato Brett Dean: Equality (2004)

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ROUND 2 – 30 MINUTE RECITAL Carl Vine: Five Bagatelles (1994) I. Darkly II. Leggiero e legato III. Gentle IV. V. Threnody Franz Liszt: Après une Lecture de Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata (from Années de Pèlerinage, Book II: Italie)

LUU, QUANG HONG VIETNAM | 10 OCTOBER 1990 Quang Hong Luu began studying piano at the Vietnam National Academy of Music in 1997 under the guidance of Professor Dr Tran Thu Ha. In 2007, Quang received a full scholarship to the Australian International Conservatorium of Music under Professor Kyunghee Lee and has now completed his Master’s degree at the University of Montréal with Professor Dang Thai Son. He has performed with many orchestras including the Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra, Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Youth Symphony Orchestra, KOZY Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Orchestra (Sydney). In July 2015, he participated in the Pablo Casals International Chamber Music Festival in France where he worked with Professor Avedis Kouyoumdjian. He made his debut in Canada in 2015 at the Bourgie Concert Hall in Montréal and recently in March 2016 he made his debut in China, with the Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra with Maestro Stefanov Vignati at the Qintai Concert Hall.

AWARDS Second Prize: 3rd Euregio Piano Award International Piano Competition (Aachen, Germany 2015) First Prize: Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition of Australia (Brisbane, Australia 2011) Third Prize: Hanoi International Piano Competition (Hanoi, Vietnam 2010) Second Prize: Val Tidone International Music Competition (Val Tidone, Italy 2008) Fourth Prize: International Chopin Piano Competition in Asia (Tokyo, Japan 2006)

‘This is going to be a wonderful memory for each pianist: the beauty of their hard work, day by day persistence, dedicating their life to music and now gathering to share their passion’

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SEMI FINALS ROUND 1 – 65 MINUTE RECITAL Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Fantasy in D minor K.397 Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No.23 in F minor Op.57 ‘Appasionata’ I. Allegro assai II. Andante con moto III. Allegro ma non troppo - Presto Maurice Ravel: from Miroirs I. Oiseaux Tristes II. Une barque sur l’Océan III. Alborada del Gracioso Franz Liszt: Vallee d’Obermann from Années de Pèlerinage, Book I: Suisse SEMI FINALS ROUND 2 – CHAMBER MUSIC Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.3 in D minor Op.108 I. Allegro II. Adagio III. Un poco presto e con sentimento IV. Presto agitato Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet in E♭Major Op.44 I. Allegro brillante II. In modo d’una marcia. Un poco largarmente III. Scherzo: Molto vivace IV. Allegro ma non troppo FINALS ROUND 1 – 18TH CENTURY CONCERTO Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto No.1 in C Major Op.15 I. Allegro con brio II. Largo III. Rondo. Allegro FINALS ROUND 2 – 19TH OR 20TH CENTURY CONCERTO Franz Liszt: Concerto No.2 in A Major S.125 I. Adagio sostenuto assai – Allegro agitato assai – Un poco più mosso – Tempo del andante – II. Allegro moderato – III. Allegro deciso – Marziale un poco meno allegro – Un poco animato – Un poco meno mosso – IV. Allegro animato

ROUND 2 – 30 MINUTE RECITAL Magnus Lindberg: Jubilee No.1 (2000) Frédéric Chopin: Berceuse Op.57 Maurice Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit I. Ondine II. Le Gibet III. Scarbo

MALMGREN, MARTIN SWEDEN | 14 FEBRUARY 1987 Martin Malmgren started piano performing jazz, folk music, pop and rock, in addition to classical music. He founded the Balkan/Klezmer group Babalisk, which for over 15 years performed extensively at folk music festivals, in music restaurants and on the streets of Gothenburg. During this time, he studied piano with Björn Månsson. He continued studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, and later finished a Master’s degree at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Ilmo Ranta. Other teachers have included Professors Staffan Scheja, Tuija Hakkila, Juhani Lagerspetz and Mats Widlund. He is currently continuing his studies at the Accademia Santa Cecilia Musicale di Bergamo in Italy with Konstantin Bogino. He has performed widely in Europe, USA and Israel and is an advocate of programming lesser-known works. He has recently commissioned a piano concerto by the Mexican composer Itzam Zapata. Martin is the founder and artistic director of the piano recital series Key Discoveries.

SEMI FINALS ROUND 1 – 65 MINUTE RECITAL Robert Schumann: Gesänge der Frühe Op.133 I. Im ruhigen tempo II. Belebt, nicht zu rasch III. Lebhaft IV. Bewegt V. Im Anfange ruhiges, im Verlauf bewegtes Tempo Karol Szymanowski: 2 Mazurkas Op.62 I. Allegretto grazioso II.Moderato Percy Grainger: Jutish Medley (1923-29) I. Choosing the Bride II. The Dragon’s Farewell III. Husband and Wife IV. The Shoemaker from Jerusalem V. Lord Peter’s Stable-boy Richard Meale: Coruscations (1971) Maurice Ohana: Mouvements parallèles from ‘Études d’interpretation, Book 1’ Claude Debussy: Études Book 1 I. Pour les cinq doigts (after M. Czerny) II. Pour les tierces III. Pour les quartes IV. Pour les sixtes V. Pour les octaves VI. Pour les huit doigts

First Prize: Nordic Yamaha Competition (Malmö, Sweden 2011)

SEMI FINALS ROUND 2 – CHAMBER MUSIC Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano and Violin No.9 in A Major Op.47 ‘Kreutzer’ I. Adagio sostenuto – Presto II. Andante con variazioni III. Presto Ernest Bloch: Piano Quintet No.1 I. Agitato II. Andante mistico III. Allegro energico

‘I consider this event to be just as much a festival as a competition, celebrating diversity in repertoire and performing styles. For the unprejudiced listener, there will be much to be discovered!’

FINALS ROUND 1 – 18TH CENTURY CONCERTO Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto No.1 in D minor BWV 1052 I. Allegro II. Adagio III. Allegro

AWARDS First Prize: Ilmari Hannikainen Piano Competition (Jyväskylä, Finland 2014) First Prize: Ljunggren Piano Competition (Gothenburg, Sweden 2013)

FINALS ROUND 2 – 19TH OR 20TH CENTURY CONCERTO Nikolai Medtner: Concerto No.2 in C minor Op.50 I. Toccata: Allegro risoluto II. Romanza: Andante con moto III. Divertimento: Allegro risoluto e molto vivace 61


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PRELIMINARIES ROUND 1 – 20 MINUTE RECITAL Claude Debussy: Préludes I. La Cathédrale engloutie from Book 1; II. Feux d’artifice from Book 2 Alexander Scriabin: Piano Sonata No.2 Op.19 I. Andante II. Presto

PRELIMINARIES ROUND 1 – 20 MINUTE RECITAL Richard Meale: Coruscations (1971) Franz Liszt: Polonaise No.2 in E Major S.223

PRELIMINARIES ROUND 2 – 30 MINUTE RECITAL Felix Mendelssohn: Fantasie in F♯ minor Op.28 Frédéric Chopin: Mazurka in C♯ minor Op. 63 No.3 Alexander Scriabin: Piano Sonata No.5 Op.53

PRELIMINARIES ROUND 2 – 30 MINUTE RECITAL Peter Sculthorpe: Nocturne No.1 (1945) Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.6 in A Major Op.82 I. Allegro inquieto II. Allegretto III. Tempo di valzer, lentissimo IV. Vivace

MELNIKOV, ALEXEI RUSSIA | 9 JUNE 1990 Alexei Melnikov started piano at the age of six and studied for 12 years at the Gnessin State Musical College in Moscow, working with Tatiana Shklovskaya. At the age of seven, he participated in his first international competition in Athens. He continued his studies in 2008 at the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatoire with Professor Sergei Dorensky and his teaching assistants, Nikolai Lugansky, Pavel Nersesian and Andrei Pisarev. Alexei has performed with the Belgorod Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Tomsk, Chamber Orchestra of Veliky Novgorod Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra ‘Virtuosi di Praga’, Orchestra Filarmonica ‘Mihail Jora’ di Bacau, San Marino Symphony Orchestra and Tokyo Symphony Orchestra among others. He has given recitals in many cities of Russia, Germany, Italy, France and Japan including such venues as Salle Cortot in Paris, Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, Palác Žofín in Prague, Teatro ‘La Fenice’ in Venice and the Grand Hall of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory.

AWARDS First Prize: Città di Cantù Piano and Orchestra Competition (Cantù, Italy 2015) Equal Third Prize: Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (Hamamatsu, Japan 2015) First Prize: San Marino Piano Competition (San Marino, San Marino 2014) Second Prize: International Piano Competition in Memory of Vera Lautard - Chevtchenko (Yekaterinburg, Russia 2011)

‘Winning this competition would bring big responsibilities as well as big opportunities. It is exciting and I hope that we all will enjoy this experience.’

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SEMI FINALS ROUND 1 – 65 MINUTE RECITAL Franz Liszt: Rhapsodie Espagnole S.254 César Franck: Prélude, Chorale et Fugue Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition [Promenade I] Allegro giusto, nel modo russico; senza allegrezza, ma poco sostenuto I. The Gnome [Promenade II]. Moderato commodo assai e con delicatezza II. The Old Castle [Promenade III]. Moderato non tanto, pesamente III. Tuileries IV. Cattle [Promenade IV]. Tranquillo V. The Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks in their Shells VI. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuÿle [Promenade V] Allegro giusto, nel modo russico; poco sostenuto VII. The Market at Limoges (The Great News) VIII. Catacombs IX. The Hut on Hens’ Legs X. The Great Gate of Kiev SEMI FINALS ROUND 2 – CHAMBER MUSIC Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.3 in D minor Op.108 I. Allegro II. Adagio III. Un poco presto e con sentimento IV. Presto agitato César Franck: Piano Quintet in F minor I. Molto moderato quasi lento – Allegro II. Lento con molto sentiment III. Allegro non troppo ma con fuoco FINALS ROUND 1 – 18TH CENTURY CONCERTO Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto No.1 in C Major Op.15 I. Allegro con brio II. Largo III. Rondo. Allegro FINALS ROUND 2 – 19TH OR 20TH CENTURY CONCERTO Sergei Prokofiev: Concerto No.3 in C Major Op.26 I. Andante. Allegro II. Tema con variazioni III. Allegro, ma non troppo

SEMI FINALS ROUND 1 – 65 MINUTE RECITAL Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata No.1 in C Major K.279 I. Allegro II. Andante III. Allegro Sergei Rachmaninoff: Études-Tableaux Op.39 I. C minor II. A minor III. F♯ minor IV. B minor V. E♭ minor VI. A minor VII. C minor VIII. D minor IX. D Major Paul Schoenfield: Peccadilloes No.1 Allemande, No.4 Waltz, No.6 Boogie

NEEMAN, EDWARD AUSTRALIA | 9 JULY 1984 Edward Neeman holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Australian National University, a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, an Artist Diploma from the CollegeConservatory of Music in Cincinnati, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School. His teachers have included James Tocco, Jerome Lowenthal, Solomon Mikowsky, Santiago Rodriguez, Larry Sitsky, and Irena Orlov. Edward has performed with orchestras such as the Prague Philharmonic, Madrid Philharmonia, Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Canberra Symphony, Kentucky Symphony, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Cuba, and the American West Symphony with conductors including Andrey Boreyko, Alan Buribayev, Chen Lin, Ruben Gimeno, Enrique Perez Mesa, Nicholas Milton, Pascual Osa, and Vladimir Verbitsky. An enthusiastic collaborative artist, he has performed with musicians including Itamar Zorman, Abigail Fischer, Ben Capps, and members of the JACK quartet. Edward is a passionate advocate for the music of our time and has premièred works by composers such as Paul Chihara, Larry Sitsky, Alistair Noble, and Reinaldo Moya.

AWARDS Third Prize: World International Piano Competition (Cincinnati, Ohio 2012)

SEMI FINALS ROUND 2 – CHAMBER MUSIC Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano and Violin No.9 in A Major Op.47 ‘Kreutzer’ I. Adagio sostenuto – Presto II. Andante con variazioni III. Presto Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quintet No.2 in A Major Op.81 I. Allegro, ma non tanto II. Dumka: Andante con moto III. Scherzo (Furiant): molto vivace IV. Finale: Allegro FINALS ROUND 1 – 18TH CENTURY CONCERTO Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.20 in D minor K.466 I. Allegro II. Romanze III. Allegro assai FINALS ROUND 2 – 19TH OR 20TH CENTURY CONCERTO Tchaikovsky: Concerto No.2 in G Major Op.44 I. Allegro brillante II. Andante non tropppo III. Allegro con fuoco

Second Prize: Southern Highlands International Piano Competition (Mittagong, Australia 2011) Third Prize: Panama International Piano Competition (Panama City, Panama 2008) First Prize: Joaquín Rodrigo International Competition (Madrid, Spain 2008) First Prize: Ciutat de Carlet International Piano Competition (Carlet, Spain 2007)

‘I hope that my fellow competitors continue to move audiences with their beautiful music. I hope that we all continue to inspire and challenge each other for many decades to come’

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PRELIMINARIES ROUND 1 – 20 MINUTE RECITAL

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Joseph Haydn: Sonata in D Major Hob.XVI:51 I. Andante II. Finale: Presto Felix Mendelssohn: Variations Sérieuses Op.54

Jean-Philippe Rameau: ‘L’entretien des Muses’ No.8 from Suite in D Major (Pieces de Clavecin 1724) Franz Liszt: Variations on ‘Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen’ by J.S.Bach S.180

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ROUND 2 – 30 MINUTE RECITAL Alexander Scriabin: Piano Sonata No.3 in F♯ minor Op.23 I. Drammatico II. Allegretto III. Andante IV. Presto con fuoco Carl Vine: Toccatissimo (2011)

PARK, WOO-GIL SOUTH KOREA | 5 APRIL 1993 Woo-Gil Park began his piano studies at the age of five. He graduated from the Seoul Arts High School in 2012 receiving the Piano Performance Excellence Award studying with Jung-Won Moon, and Kyoung-Sook Lee at Yonsei University. He is currently studying with Professor Hyoung-Joon Chang at the Seoul National University. He has performed with the Belgrade TV & Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Viña del Mar Philharmonic Orchestra. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed in South Korea, Chile, Serbia and Romania. He has participated in master classes with Jacques Rouvier, Ian Hobson, Alexander Korsantia, Nelita True and Sofya Gulyak.

AWARDS Third Prize: Dr Luis Sigall International Music Competition (Viña del Mar, Chile 2014) Grand Prize: Sungjung National Music Competition (Seoul, South Korea 2011) First Prize: Korea Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition (Seoul, South Korea 2011) First Prize: Suri Music Competition (Seoul, South Korea 2008) First Prize: Teenager Piano Competition (Seoul, South Korea 2009)

‘It’s the starting point for being a concert pianist. This competition is well known around the world. Whoever wins this competition - that person will be in the spotlight.’

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SEMI FINALS ROUND 1 – 65 MINUTE RECITAL Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita No.1 in B♭Major BWV 825 I. Praeludium II. Allemande III. Corrente IV. Sarabande V. Menuet I VI. Menuet II VI. Gigue Frédéric Chopin: Mazurka Op.56 No.3 Ballade No.3 in A♭Major Op.47 Franz Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor S.183 Lento assai – Allegro energico – Grandioso – Recitativo – Andante sontsenuto – Quasi adagio – Allegro energico – Stretta quasi presto – Presto – Prestissimo – Andante sostenuto – Allegro moderato – Lento assai SEMI FINALS ROUND 2 – CHAMBER MUSIC Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.3 in D minor Op.108 I. Allegro II. Adagio III. Un poco presto e con sentimento IV. Presto agitato Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet in E♭Major Op.44 I. Allegro brillante II. In modo d’una marcia. Un poco largarmente III. Scherzo: Molto vivace IV. Allegro ma non troppo FINALS ROUND 1 – 18TH CENTURY CONCERTO Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.23 in A Major K.488 I. Allegro II. Adagio III. Allegro assai FINALS ROUND 2 – 19TH OR 20TH CENTURY CONCERTO Sergei Rachmaninoff: Concerto No.2 in C minor Op.18 I. Moderato II. Adagio sostenuto III. Allegro scherzando

ROUND 2 – 30 MINUTE RECITAL Carl Vine: Toccatissimo (2011) Nikolai Medtner: Sonata-Ballade in F♯ Major Op.27 I. Ballade II. Introduzione e Finale

PROMMACHART, POOM THAILAND | 11 DECEMBER 1989 Poom Prommachart studied with Dina Parakhina at the Royal College of Music, London where he gained a Master degree in performance in 2013 and his Artist Diploma in 2014. Poom has performed in concert halls throughout Europe (Cadogan Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, the South Bank, St John’s Smith Square, Belgrade’s Kolarac Hall and the National Theater of Serbia), Asia and Australia, and has also worked with many leading orchestras. His repertoire includes more than 30 concertos. Recent and upcoming engagements include Music Festival Perugia in Italy, Rachmaninoff Hall in Moscow, the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra at Prince Mahidol Hall and the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra at Suntory Hall, Tokyo. Poom recently released his debut CD with Champs Hill Records in the U.K. featuring works by Medtner, Liszt and Rachmaninoff. It has received positive reviews in Europe, Asia and America.

AWARDS Tagore Gold Medal: Outstanding Contribution to the Royal College of Music (London, UK 2014) First Prize: Sussex International Piano Competition (Worthing, UK, 2013) First Prize Thailand International Piano Competition (Bangkok, Thailand 2011) First Prize: Fifth International Isidor Bajic Piano Competition (Novi Sad, Serbia, 2010)

SEMI FINALS ROUND 1 – 65 MINUTE RECITAL Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: 12 Variations on an Allegretto in B Major K.500 Frédéric Chopin: from 12 Études Op.25 I. A Major II. F minor V. E minor Alexander Scriabin: Piano Sonata No. 9 Op.68 (‘Black Mass’) Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.6 in A Major Op.82 I. Allegro inquieto II. Allegretto III. Tempo di valzer, lentissimo VI. Vivace SEMI FINALS ROUND 2 – CHAMBER MUSIC César Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major I. Allegretto ben moderato II. Allegro III. Ben moderato: Recitative-Fantasia IV. Allegretto poco mosso César Franck: Piano Quintet in F minor I. Molto moderato quasi lento – Allegro II. Lento con molto sentiment III. Allegro non troppo ma con fuoco FINALS ROUND 1 – 18TH CENTURY CONCERTO Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto No.2 in B♭Major Op.19 I. Allegro con brio II. Adagio III. Rondo, Molto allegro FINALS ROUND 2 – 19TH OR 20TH CENTURY CONCERTO Johannes Brahms: Concerto No.2 in B♭Major Op.83 I. Allegro non troppo II. Allegro appassionato III. Andante IV. Allegretto grazioso

‘In preparing for a competition, I try not to think about competing but to feel the music from my soul.’

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RASHKOVSKIY, ILYA RUSSIA | 17 NOVEMBER 1984 Ilya Rashkovskiy made his debut with the Irkutsk Chamber Orchestra at eight years of age. From 1993 to 2000 he studied in Novosibirsk with Professor Lebenzon, at the Hochschule für Musik, Hannover until 2009 under Professor Vladimir Krainev, and most recently at the École Normale Supérieure Cortot in Paris with Professor Marian Rybicki. He has performed with the Mariinsky Orchestra, State Academic Symphony Orchestra ‘Evgeny Svetlanov’, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. He has played in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Suntory Hall Tokyo, the Symphony Hall Osaka, the Bolshoi Hall of Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, the Mariinsky Concert Hall St. Petersburg and the Salle Pleyel Paris. In 2014, he made recordings with violinist Park Ji-Yoon, pianist Giuseppe Andaloro and cellists Giovanni Sollima and Monika Leskovar. In November 2015 he recorded the complete Piano Sonatas by Alexander Scriabin on the NAR label.

AWARDS Jury Discretionary Award: XV International Tchaikovsky Competition (Moscow, Russia 2015) First Prize: Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (Hamamatsu, Japan 2012) First Prize: Citta di Pinerolo Competition (Pinerolo, Italy 2012) Third Prize: Arthur Rubinstein Piano Masters (Tel Aviv, Israel, 2011) Fourth Prize: Queen Elisabeth Competition (Brussels, Belgium, 2007)

‘If I’m not preparing for a competition, I’m preparing for a concert. Preparing for a competition doesn’t change my routine because I’m always preparing for something.’

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PRELIMINARIES ROUND 1 – 20 MINUTE RECITAL Carl Vine: Toccatissimo (2011) Frédéric Chopin: Polonaise Fantasie in A♭Major Op.61

PRELIMINARIES ROUND 1 – 20 MINUTE RECITAL Lera Auerbach: Prelude No.24 in D minor Op.40 ‘Grandioso’ Franz Liszt: Rhapsodie Espagnole S.254

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ROUND 2 – 30 MINUTE RECITAL Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.12 in C♯ minor S.244 Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No.2 in B♭minor Op.36 I. Allegro agitato II. Non allegro III. Allegro molto

ROUND 2 – 30 MINUTE RECITAL Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata in D minor K.141 Don Banks: Pezzo Dramatico (1956) Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.18 in E♭Major Op.31 No.3 ‘The Hunt’ I. Allegro II. Scherzo. Allegretto vivace III. Menuetto. Moderato e grazioso IV. Presto con fuoco

SEMI FINALS ROUND 1 – 65 MINUTE RECITAL Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.4 in C minor Op.29 I. Allegro molto sostenuto II. Andante assai III. Allegro con brio, ma non leggiere Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.29 in B♭Major Op.106 I. Allegro II. Scherzo: Assai vivace III. Adagio sostenuto IV. Introduzione: Largo - Fuga: Allegro risoluto SEMI FINALS ROUND 2 – CHAMBER MUSIC Gabriel Fauré: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in A Major Op.13 I. Allegro molto II. Andante III. Allegro vivo IV. Allegro quasi presto Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet in E♭Major Op.44 I. Allegro brillante II. In modo d’una marcia. Un poco largarmente III. Scherzo: Molto vivace IV. Allegro ma non troppo FINALS ROUND 1 – 18TH CENTURY CONCERTO Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto No.2 in B♭Major Op.19 1. Allegro con brio II. Adagio III. Rondo, Molto allegro FINALS ROUND 2 – 19TH OR 20TH CENTURY CONCERTO Sergei Prokofiev: Concerto No.3 in C Major Op.26 I. Andante. Allegro II. Tema con variazioni III. Allegro, ma non troppo

SCHEUCHER, PHILIPP AUSTRIA | 22 MARCH 1993 Philipp Scheucher began his musical studies at age five. He later studied with Maria Zgubic at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz and, since 2008, under Professor Markus Schirmer, graduating in June 2015. He was awarded his Bachelor Diploma with Distinction and continues his Masters studies. Philipp has performed in prestigious concert halls around Europe, including the Golden Hall of the Wiener Musikverein, the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig, the Herkules Saal in Munich and the Konzerthaus Berlin. He has performed in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Poland, Croatia, Hungary, Japan, South Africa and the Czech Republic. He has performed with orchestras including the Graz Philharmonic Orchestra, the Great Orchestra of Graz – Recreation, K&K Philharmonic Orchestra, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra. He collaborated with Austrian composer Matthias Georg Kendlinger and the K&K Philharmonic Orchestra to give the world première of the piano concerto Larissa.

AWARDS Second Prize: University of South Africa International Piano Competition (Pretoria, South Africa 2016) Second Prize: Franz Liszt Competition (Grottammare, Italy 2015) First Prize: Aarhus International Piano Competition (Aarhus, Denmark 2015) First Prize: Vila de Xàbia International Piano Competition (Javea, Spain 2015) First Prize: Cologne International Piano Competition (Cologne, Germany 2014)

‘I overcome the stress of competing by making sure I am true to myself. Every performance is equally important; a competition is no different – it is not just about trying to please the judges.’

SEMI FINALS ROUND 1 – 65 MINUTE RECITAL Ludwig van Beethoven: Fantasie in G minor Op.77 Franz Liszt: Sonata B minor S.178 Lento assai – Allegro energico – Grandioso – Recitativo – Andante sontsenuto – Quasi adagio – Allegro energico – Stretta quasi presto – Presto – Prestissimo – Andante sostenuto – Allegro moderato – Lento assai Franz Liszt: Nuages Gris S.199 Igor Stravinsky: Trois Mouvements de Pétrouchka I. Danse Russe II. Chez Pétrouchka III. La semaine grasse SEMI FINALS ROUND 2 – CHAMBER MUSIC Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.3 in D minor Op.108 I. Allegro II. Adagio III. Un poco presto e con sentimento IV. Presto agitato Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet in E♭Major Op.44 I. Allegro brillante II. In modo d’una marcia. Un poco largarmente III. Scherzo: Molto vivace IV. Allegro ma non troppo FINALS ROUND 1 – 18TH CENTURY CONCERTO Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.20 in D minor K.466 I. Allegro II. Romanze III. Allegro assai FINALS ROUND 2 – 19TH OR 20TH CENTURY CONCERTO Sergei Prokofiev: Concerto No.3 in C Major Op.26 I. Andante. Allegro II. Tema con variazioni III. Allegro, ma non troppo

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PRELIMINARIES ROUND 1 – 20 MINUTE RECITAL Jean-Philippe Rameau: Allemande from Suite in E minor Carl Vine: from Five Bagatelles (1994) II. Leggiero e legato III. Gentle Granados: El Amor y la muerte (Balada) from ‘Goyescas’ Op.11

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György Ligeti: Études pour piano, premier livre No.1 ‘Désordre’ Alexander Scriabin: Piano Sonata No.7 Op.64 ‘White Mass’ György Ligeti: Études pour piano, premier livre: No.6 ‘Automne à Varsovie’

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ROUND 2 – 30 MINUTE RECITAL Frédéric Chopin: Polonaise-Fantasie in A♭Major Op.61 Igor Stravinsky: Trois Mouvements de Pétrouchka I. Danse Russe II. Chez Pétrouchka III. La semaine grasse

SHEVCHENKO, OXANA KAZAKHSTAN | 30 MAY 1987 Oxana Shevchenko graduated from the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, where she studied piano with Professor Elena Kuznetsova and her assistant Sergey Kuznetsov. Oxana completed her Master studies at the Royal College of Music in London, with Professor Dmitry Alexeev and at the Haute École de Musique de Lausanne, with Professor Jean-Francois Antonioli. Oxana is currently studying with Professor Benedetto Lupo at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. Oxana gave her first performance with the Kazakh State Symphony Orchestra at the age of nine and made her debut in Vilnius with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Juozas Domarkas in 2004. Oxana has since performed with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Pilsen Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, the NorrlandsOperan Symphony Orchestra, and with conductors Vladimir Ashkenazy, Martyn Brabbins, Jacques Mercier, Pascal Verrot, Koji Kawamoto, Rumon Gamba and Tolepbergen Abdrashev.

AWARDS First Prize: International Franz Liszt Piano Competition (Grottammare, Italy 2015) First Prize: Scottish International Piano Competition (Glasgow, Scotland 2010) Fourth Prize: Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition (Bolzano, Italy 2009) Third Prize: China Shanghai Piano Competition (Shanghai, China 2009) Third Prize: Sendai International Music Competition (Sendai, Japan 2007)

‘I hope for everyone to play their best and have a great time of honest and inspiring music making.’

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SEMI FINALS ROUND 1 – 65 MINUTE RECITAL Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Allegro in B♭Major K.400 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart/Franz Liszt / Ferruccio Busoni: Fantasy on two themes from Mozart’s ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ Robert Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze Op.6 i. Lebhaft ii. innig iii. Mit Humor iv. Ungeduldig v. Einfach vi. Sehr rasch vii. Nicht schnell viii. Frisch ix. Lebhaft x. Balladenmässig Sehr rasch xi. Einfach (Semplice) xii. Mit Humor xiii. Wild und lustig xiv Zart und singend xv. Frisch – Etwas bewegeter xvi. Mit gutem Humor xvii. Wie aus der Ferne xviii. Nicht schnell Maurice Ravel: La Valse SEMI FINALS ROUND 2 – CHAMBER MUSIC Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano and Violin No.9 in A Major Op.47 ‘Kreutzer’ I. Adagio sostenuto – Presto II. Andante con variazioni III. Presto César Franck: Piano Quintet in F minor I. Molto moderato quasi lento – Allegro II. Lento con molto sentiment III. Allegro non troppo ma con fuoco FINALS ROUND 1 – 18TH CENTURY CONCERTO Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.26 in D Major K.537 I. Allegro II. Larghetto III. Allegretto FINALS ROUND 2 – 19TH OR 20TH CENTURY CONCERTO Sergei Prokofiev: Concerto No.3 in C Major Op.26 I. Andante. Allegro II. Tema con variazioni III. Allegro, ma non troppo

ROUND 2 – 30 MINUTE RECITAL Roger Smalley: Variations on a Theme of Chopin (1989) Sergei Rachmaninoff: Sonata No.2 in B♭minor Op.36 (revised version) I. Allegro agitato II. Non allegro III. Allegro molto

SO, JEREMY AUSTRALIA | 15 DECEMBER 1990 Australian pianist Jeremy So completed his studies with Alexandra Vinokurov at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music graduating with a Bachelor of Music (Performance) with Honours First Class and the University Medal. He subsequently graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester with a Master of Music with Distinction. He continues his studies at the RNCM on the International Artist Diploma course with Professor Stephen Savage. He has performed in Auckland, Leipzig, Xi’an and Paris, as well as venues including the Sydney Opera House, Federation Concert Hall in Hobart with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Wigmore Hall in London and Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. He has broadcast on ABC Classic FM, Fine Music 102.5 and BBC Radio 3. Festival appearances and projects include the 2014 Britten-Pears Young Artist Program as part of the 67th Aldeburgh Festival, the 2015 London Sinfonietta Academy and the 2016 Chester Music Festival with the Manchester Camerata.

AWARDS Patricia Cunliffe Award for Keyboard Studies, Contemporary Music Performance Prize and the Concerto Competition Award: Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, UK 2014) First Prize: Sydney Eisteddfod Musica Viva Chamber Music Award (Sydney, Australia 2013) Promising Performer Award: Southern Highlands International Piano Competition (Mittagong, Australia 2011)

‘I can’t imagine a greater achievement at this point in my career. Ever since I received a CD of the 5th Sydney International Piano Competition at the age of ten, I’ve wanted to take part.’

SEMI FINALS ROUND 1 – 65 MINUTE RECITAL Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.31 in A♭Major Op.110 I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo II. Allegro molto III. Adagio ma non troppo Leoš Janáček: In the Mists I. Andante II. Molto adagio III. Andantino IV. Presto Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.6 in A Major Op.82 I. Allegro moderato II. Allegretto III. Tempo di valzer, lentissimo IV. Vivace SEMI FINALS ROUND 2 – CHAMBER MUSIC Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.3 in D minor Op.108 I. Allegro II. Adagio III. Un poco presto e con sentimento IV. Presto agitato Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quintet No.2 in A Major Op.81 I. Allegro, ma non tanto II. Dumka: Andante con moto III. Scherzo (Furiant): Molto vivace IV. Finale: Allegro FINALS ROUND 1 – 18TH CENTURY CONCERTO Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.9 in E♭Major K.271 I. Allegro II. Andantino III. Rondo. Presto FINALS ROUND 2 – 19TH OR 20TH CENTURY CONCERTO Sergei Prokofiev: Concerto No.3 in C Major Op.26 I. Andante. Allegro II. Tema con variazioni III. Allegro, ma non troppo

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REPERTOIRE

PRELIMINARIES ROUND 1 – 20 MINUTE RECITAL Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne Op.27 No.1 in C♯ minor Frédéric Chopin: Ballade No.2 in F Major Op.38 Alexander Scriabin: 3 Études Op.65 I. Allegro fantastico II. Allegretto III. Molto vivace

PRELIMINARIES ROUND 1 – 20 MINUTE RECITAL Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata in B minor K. 87 Franz Liszt: Réminiscences de Don Juan S.418

PRELIMINARIES ROUND 2 – 30 MINUTE RECITAL Carl Vine: Toccatissimo (2011) Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor Op.111 I. Maestoso – Allegro con brio ed appassionato II. Arietta: Adagio molto semplice e cantabile

PRELIMINARIES ROUND 2 – 30 MINUTE RECITAL Peter Sculthorpe: Evocation (1946) Claude Debussy: from Préludes Book 1 VIII. La fille aux cheveux de lin XI. La danse de Puck Maurice Ravel: Scarbo from ‘Gaspard de la Nuit’ Sergei Rachmaninoff: from Moments Musicaux Op.16 II. Allegretto in E♭minor III. Andante cantabile in B minor IV. Presto in E minor

TARASEVICH-NIKOLAEV, ARSENY RUSSIA | 21 FEBRUARY 1993 Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev studied piano from the age of four and at nine performed for the first time with the Bryansk Philharmonic Orchestra. During his school years, Arseny won five international youth piano competitions, including the New Names Competition in Moscow. In 2011, he graduated with Honours from the Central Musical School of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, where he studied with Professor Alexander Mndoyants. He is currently studying with Professor Sergey Dorensky at the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory. He has toured in Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Norway, Lithuania, Poland, Israel, Macedonia, China, Japan, USA, Mexico and other countries. Arseny has performed with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra ‘Evgeny Svetlanov’, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra among others and has collaborated with conductors including Stanislav Kochanovsky, Stefan Sanderling, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Dimitris Botinis, Valentin Uryupin and Georg Mais. In 2015 Arseny recorded his first CD with Debussy’s first book of Préludes and L’isle Joyeuse, and Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit.

AWARDS Second Prize: Edvard Grieg International Piano Competition (Bergen, Norway, 2014) Second Prize and Special Prize for the best Russian music performance: Cleveland International Piano Competition (Cleveland, USA 2013) First Prize: Scriabin International Piano Competition (Moscow, Russia 2012)

‘I’m very proud to get a chance to play in front of such a renowned jury, and I’m also looking forward to sharing the music inside me with the audience.’

SEMI FINALS ROUND 1 – 65 MINUTE RECITAL Frédéric Chopin: Sonata No.2 in B♭minor Op.35 I. Grave. Doppio movimento II. Scherzo III. Marche funèbre: Lento IV. Finale. Presto. Sotto voce e legato Sergei Rachmaninoff: Étude Tableau in C minor Op.33 No.3 Prelude in G Major Op.32 No.5 Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.6 in A Major Op.82 I. Allegro inquieto II. Allegretto III. Tempo di valzer, lentissimo IV. Vivace SEMI FINALS ROUND 2 – CHAMBER MUSIC César Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major I. Allegretto ben moderato II. Allegro III. Ben moderato: Recitative-Fantasia IV. Allegretto poco mosso Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quintet No.2 in A Major Op.81 I. Allegro, ma non tanto II. Dumka: Andante con moto III. Scherzo (Furiant): molto vivace IV. Finale: Allegro FINALS ROUND 1 – 18TH CENTURY CONCERTO Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.23 in A Major K.488 I. Allegro II. Adagio III. Allegro assai

WANG, YINFEI CHINA | 11 JULY 1986 Yinfei Wang began piano studies at the age of four. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music as a student of Christopher Zhong and Yan Xin Chen, his Master’s degree and Professional Studies Certificate from the Manhattan School of Music as a scholarship student of Phillip Kawin. He is currently in the Doctoral Program at the Manhattan School of Music. He made his first public appearance at the age of seven in the Shanghai Concert Hall. Since then, he has appeared in solo recitals and chamber music concerts throughout China, Singapore, Spain and the USA. He has performed in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center, and concert halls in Alaska, Anhui, Boston, Hangzhou, Santander, Shanghai and Tempe. In 2009, he made his orchestral debut as soloist with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic under the baton of Vladimir Feltsman.

AWARDS Third Prize: Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition (Connecticut, USA 2016) First Prize: Gershwin International Piano Competition (New York, USA 2015) Second Prize: Five Towns Piano Competition (New York, USA 2012) First Prize: Shande Ding Piano Competition (Shanghai, China 2011) First Prize: Jacob Flier Piano Competition (New York, USA 2009)

‘I hope everyone will have fun performing on the stage, enjoy the trip, and meet new friends during the competition; if they are not friends already.’

SEMI FINALS ROUND 1 – 65 MINUTE RECITAL Frédéric Chopin: Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor Op.58 I. Allegro maestoso II. Scherzo: Molto vivace III. Largo IV. Finale: Presto non tanto; Agitato Maurice Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit I. Ondine II. Le Gibet III. Scarbo Alexander Scriabin: Piano Sonata No.4 in F♯ Major Op.30 I. Andante II. Prestissimo volando SEMI FINALS ROUND 2 – CHAMBER MUSIC Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.3 in D minor Op.108 I. Allegro II. Adagio III. Un poco presto e con sentimento IV. Presto agitato Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quintet No.2 in A Major Op.81 I. Allegro, ma non tanto II. Dumka: Andante con moto III. Scherzo (Furiant): molto vivace IV. Finale: Allegro FINALS ROUND 1 – 18TH CENTURY CONCERTO Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.23 in A Major K.488 I. Allegro II. Adagio III. Allegro assai FINALS ROUND 2 – 19TH OR 20TH CENTURY CONCERTO Frédéric Chopin: Concerto No.2 in F minor Op.21 I. Maestoso II. Larghetto III. Allegro vivace

FINALS ROUND 2 – 19TH OR 20TH CENTURY CONCERTO Sergei Rachmaninoff: Concerto No.2 in C minor Op.18 I. Moderato II. Adagio sostenuto III. Allegro scherzando 70

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REPERTOIRE

PRELIMINARIES ROUND 1 – 20 MINUTE RECITAL

PRELIMINARIES ROUND 1 – 20 MINUTE RECITAL Enrique Granados: El Amor y la muerte (Balada) from Goyescas Op.11 Gérard Pesson: Vexierbilder II: Speech of clouds Felix Mendelssohn/Sergei Rachmaninoff: Scherzo from ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Frédéric Chopin: Polonaise Fantasie in A♭Major Op.61 Maurice Ravel: Alborada del gracioso from ‘Miroirs’

PRELIMINARIES

PRELIMINARIES

ROUND 2 – 30 MINUTE RECITAL Maurice Ravel: Oiseaux Tristes from Miroirs Carl Vine: from Five Bagatelles (1994) III. Gentle IV. V. Threnody Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.30 in E Major Op.109 I. Vivace ma non troppo. Adagio espressivo II. Prestissimo III. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung. Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo

WENG, LARRY USA | 25 SEPTEMBER 1987 Larry Weng graduated from a joint degree program between Columbia University and The Juilliard School with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Music in Piano Performance under Professors Jerome Lowenthal and Matti Raekallio in 2009. He continued his studies with Professor Boris Berman at the Yale School of Music, where he has completed the residential portion of their doctoral degree program and was awarded a Master of Musical Arts in May 2014. Larry has given concerts in France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, China, Japan, Brazil, and Venezuela, and has performed in Boston’s Symphony Hall, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Salle Cortot and the Sala São Paolo. He has appeared as soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, New England Philharmonic and Boston Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician he has worked with such names as Claude and Pamela Frank, Gabor Takacs, David Shifrin and David Soyer amongst others.

AWARDS Third Prize: Wideman International Piano Competition (Shreveport, USA 2014) Second Prize: New York International Piano Competition (New York, USA 2006) Kosciuzsko Foundation Frédéric Chopin Competition (New York, USA)

‘When I play, it is just me and the music. Thoughts of other influences, even great musicians, artists or writers only serve as distractions to the very complex and intricate task at hand.’

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SEMI FINALS ROUND 1 – 65 MINUTE RECITAL Franz Schubert: Piano Sonata No.20 in A Major D.959 I. Allegro II. Andantino III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace IV. Rondo. Allegretto Maurice Ravel: Une barque sur l’océan and La vallée des cloches from Miroirs Sergei Prokofiev: Sonata No.7 in B♭Major Op.83 I. Allegro inquieto II. Andante caloroso III. Precipitato SEMI FINALS ROUND 2 – CHAMBER MUSIC César Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major I. Allegretto ben moderato II. Allegro III. Ben moderato: Recitative-Fantasia IV. Allegretto poco mosso Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet in E♭Major Op.44 I. Allegro brillante II. In modo d’una marcia. Un poco largarmente III. Scherzo: Molto vivace IV. Allegro ma non troppo FINALS ROUND 1 – 18TH CENTURY CONCERTO Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.21 in C Major K.467 I. Allegro maestoso II. Andante III. Allegro vivace assai FINALS ROUND 2 – 19TH OR 20TH CENTURY CONCERTO Johannes Brahms: Concerto No.2 in B♭ Major Op.83 I. Allegro non troppo II. Allegro appassionato III. Andante IV. Allegretto grazioso

ROUND 2 – 30 MINUTE RECITAL Percy Grainger: Ramble on Love after Richard Strauss’ ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ (1927) Maurice Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit I. Ondine II. Le Gibet III. Scarbo

XIE, MING CHINA | 25 MARCH 1994 Ming Xie began his musical training when he was six years old. He was enrolled at the Affiliated Middle School of Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu, where he studied with Professor Hanguo Yang. In 2001, he was accepted by the Pre-College Division at The Juilliard School where he worked with Matti Raekallio. Ming is currently studying at The Juilliard School with Emanuel Ax and Sergei Babayan. Ming has performed at the Auditori Enric Granados and Petite Palau at Palau de la Música Catalana in Spain, Steinway Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at the Lincoln Center, New York, Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Hall in Cleveland and Beijing Concert Hall and Jiaozi Grand Theatre in China. His past recitals include an all-French program Les Couleurs de la Nuit and an all-German program Im Augenblick. Ming made his first recital tour of M/XII 04 Ming Xie L!ve in six cities in four countries in 2014. He will undertake his next recital tour Poème et Fantaisie at the end of 2016.

AWARDS Fourth Prize: Maria Canals International Piano Competition (Barcelona, Spain 2016) Second Prize: Valsesia Musica International Piano Competition (Valsesia, Italy 2013) First Prize: Lee International Piano Competition (Cleveland, USA 2013) Second Prize: TOYAMA International Youth Piano Competition (Hong Kong, China 2009) Second Prize: Gulangyu National Piano Competition (Gulangyu, China 2006)

SEMI FINALS ROUND 1 – 65 MINUTE RECITAL Isaac Albéniz: Iberia Book I: 1. Evocación Karol Szymanowski: from 4 Études Op.4 I. Allegro moderato II. Allegro molto Ludwig van Beethoven: 5 Variations on Rule Britannia WoO 79 César Franck: Prélude, Chorale et Fugue Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.6 in A Major Op.82 I. Allegro inquieto II. Allegretto III. Tempo di valzer, lentissimo IV. Vivace SEMI FINALS ROUND 2 – CHAMBER MUSIC Gabriel Fauré: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in A Major Op.13 I. Allegro molto II. Andante III. Allegro vivo IV. Allegro quasi presto Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet in E♭Major Op.44 I. Allegro brillante II. In modo d’una marcia. Un poco largarmente III. Scherzo: Molto vivace IV. Allegro ma non troppo FINALS ROUND 1 – 18TH CENTURY CONCERTO Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.24 in C minor K.491 I. Allegro II. Larghetto III. Allegretto FINALS ROUND 2 – 19TH OR 20TH CENTURY CONCERTO Sergei Prokofiev: Concerto No.3 in C Major Op.26 I. Andante. Allegro II. Tema con variazioni III. Allegro, ma non troppo

‘My wish for my fellow competitors is that we all present our best artistry and musicianship during our time in Sydney. I am sure we will have a wonderful time here.’

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WAYS TO SUPPORT You can support the Competition in a number of ways.

Joan Adler Robert Albert AO Dr Sonja Bajenov Susie Bate and Annie Moulden Minnie Biggs Rosemary Block The Hon. Bronwyn Bishop

Neville Grace Macquarie Group Foundation Hugh Hallard Judy Hunt Kevin & Deidre McCann Diana McVeagh Dr Robert Mitchell

Ron, Lynn and Marcus Ogden Drs Keith and Eileen Ong David and Jan Robinson Janice Tuynman Victorian Friends of the Competition Mrs Wendy Weight OAM Graham Wickes Anonymous Donors

CHAIR SPONSORS PIERS LANE AO Artistic Director & Chairman of the Jury. Donated by The Hon. Jane Mathews AO

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CREDITS BOARD Neville Grace – Chairman Dr Michael Kennedy – Director Michelle Johnston – Director Robert Tobias OAM – Director Sam Miller – Director TEAM Piers Lane AO Artistic Director Marcus Barker General Manager Megan Staal Alchemy Communications – Marketing Jo Pinnegar Marketing & Administration Coordinator Eva Frey Sponsorship Manager Giselle Hoarau Logistics Manager Aniria Sanz Logistics & Administration Coordinator Dave Coleman, Monica Girard Stage Managers Avv!so Public Relations Carolyn Grant, Taylor Campbell, Sophie Olorenshaw Clemenger Tasmania Brand Development: Matthew Fishburn, Phillip (Sunny) Drury, Alecia Groom, Marcus Murphy Rohan Morris Design Electronic Finished Artwork: Rohan Morris Enjin Website Development: Gavin Rogut Rothfield Printer: Tony Phillips Taztech IT Support: Simon Hughes Virginia Braden OAM Arts Management Consultant Student Interns Bronte Forrester, Mollie Maloney, Nicole Lewis, Annastasia Milwain, Ample Chen

SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA COUNCIL OF THE FRIENDS OF THE COMPETITION The Hon. Bronwyn Bishop President Jennifer Harris Deputy President Glenys Granger Senior Vice President Alf Reichardt Vice President Terry Mackin Treasurer Lyn Osman Secretary Michael Baume AO Annette Blinco Judith Einstein Leanda Elliot Sara Fox Sylvia Laurent Christine Liddy AO Peter Lazar AM Jan MacDonald Diana-Rose Orr Ross Steele AM Janice Tuynman

THANK YOU The entire Competition team would like to thank Virginia Braden OAM, without whose hard work, commitment, integrity and sagacity during a time of enormous family hardship, the 2016 Competition would likely have been postponed. The Artistic Director would like to thank the following: Australian Music Centre Gordon Back Susanne Barthelmes Di Bresciani OAM Iain Burnside Pippa Cuckson Robert Curry Maestro Valery Gergiev Goldner String Quartet Leah Horwitz Leslie Howard Sibylle Jackson Vanessa Latarche Tasmin Little OBE Jacques Marquis and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Diana McVeagh Cyrus Meher-Homji Simon Perry and Hyperion Records Gwenneth Pryor Paul Rickard-Ford Glenn Riddle Anne Rodda Roman Daniels Suit Club Geoffrey Saba Benjamin Schwartz Kathryn Stott Kathron Sturrock Natasha Vlassenko Jenny Vogel Mira Yevtich AND THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR VOLUNTEERS

TUESDAY 19 AND WEDNESDAY 20 JULY – BENJAMIN NORTHEY

FRIDAY 22 AND SATURDAY 23 JULY – NICHOLAS MILTON

FIRST VIOLINS Sun Yi Associate Concertmaster Fiona Ziegler Assistant Concertmaster Jenny Booth Amber Davis Emily Long Alexander Norton Léone Ziegler

FIRST VIOLINS Dene Olding Concertmaster Sun Yi Associate Concertmaster Kirsten Williams Associate Concertmaster Lerida Delbridge Assistant Concertmaster Brielle Clapson Georges Lentz Nicola Lewis Alexander Norton Emily Qin°

SECOND VIOLINS Kirsty Hilton Principal Emma Hayes Shuti Huang Wendy Kong Victoria Bihun° Emma Jardine° VIOLAS Justin Williams Assistant Principal Sandro Costantino Justine Marsden Felicity Tsai Amanda Verner CELLOS Catherine Hewgill Principal Kristy Conrau Fenella Gill Adrian Wallis DOUBLE BASSES David Campbell Richard Lynn FLUTE Carolyn Harris Principal OBOES Diana Doherty Principal David Papp CLARINETS Francesco Celata Associate Principal Craig Wernicke Principal Bass Clarinet

SECOND VIOLINS Kirsty Hilton Principal Rebecca Gill Claire Herrick Benjamin Li Maja Verunica Monique Irik° Emma Jardine° Elizabeth Jones° Cristina Vaszilcsin° VIOLAS Justin Williams Assistant Principal Sandro Costantino Rosemary Curtin Jane Hazelwood Graham Hennings Stuart Johnson Leonid Volovelsky CELLOS Leah Lynn Assistant Principal Timothy Nankervis Elizabeth Neville Christopher Pidcock DOUBLE BASSES Neil Brawley Principal Emeritus Steven Larson Jaan Pallandi Benjamin Ward

FRIENDS OF THE COMPETITION

BASSOONS Matthew Wilkie Principal Fiona McNamara

FLUTES Janet Webb Principal Nicola Crowe° Rosamund Plummer Principal Piccolo

The Friends of the Sydney International Piano Competition are currently independent of the Competition administration and are coordinated by a passionate group of volunteers.

HORNS Ben Jacks Principal Robert Johnson Principal Rachel Silver

OBOES Shefali Pryor Associate Principal Alexandre Oguey Principal Cor Anglais Ngaire De Korte*

TRUMPETS Paul Goodchild Associate Principal Anthony Heinrichs

CLARINETS Christopher Tingay Benjamin Mellefont*

TIMPANI Mark Robinson Assistant Principal

BASSOONS Matthew Wilkie Principal Noriko Shimada Principal Contrabassoon

The Friends have provided consistent support to the Competition since the inaugural event in 1977. They not only raise funds to support the Competition financially but also ensure that local community interest is maintained between competitions. The Friends put on a variety of events, often showcasing past prize winners, and organise recitals, talks and other activities. Through their fundraising efforts over the last four years, the Friends are proudly donating the Ernest Hutcheson First Prize of $50,000 in 2016. In addition, they will provide much needed volunteer support in administrative, ushering and hospitality areas during the Competition itself. JOINING THE FRIENDS Becoming a Friend is easy and is an important and fulfilling way to support the Competition. Members receive regular newsletters, discounts on all Friends’ events and special ticket offers for the Competition itself every four years. You can become a Friend online at www.sydneypianocompetition.com.au or by filling out a membership form and posting it to the Treasurer of the Friends (Friends of the Sydney International Piano Competition, 16/67 Lynwood Avenue, Dee Why NSW 2099). 76

HORNS Ben Jacks Principal Robert Johnson Principal Geoffrey O’Reilly 3rd Principal Euan Harvey Jenny McLeod-Sneyd°

TRUMPETS David Elton Principal Greg Flynn* TROMBONES Ronald Prussing Principal Nick Byrne Christopher Harris Principal Bass Trombone TUBA Steve Rossé Principal TIMPANI Richard Miller Principal PERCUSSION Rebecca Lagos Principal Timothy Constable HARP Louise Johnson Principal ° = Contract Musician * = Guest Musician Lists correct at time of publication (May 2016).

Photo credits Page 5: Keith Saunders Page 7: Ken Leanfore (Neville Grace) Page 9: Marco Borggreve Page 18: Hong Wei (Sa Chen); Kirill Bachkirov (Nikolai Demidenko); LAION (Ewa Kupiec) Page 19: Satoru Mitsuta (Noriko Ogawa); Christian Steiner (Orli Shaham) Page 20: Karen Steains (Carl Vine); Chris Blott (Timothy Walker), Stefano Romeo (Mira Yevtich) Page 21: Keith Saunders (Goldner String Quartet); Paul Mitchell (Tasmin Little) Page 23: Ross Calia (Benjamin Northey) Page 25: Keith Saunders Page 39: Clockwise from top left: LAION (Ewa Kupiec); Liaoyi Wang (Sa Chen); Keith Saunders (Piers Lane); Christian Steiner (Orli Shaham); K. Miura (Nikolai Demidenko; Satoru Mitsuta (Noriko Ogawa); Melanie Winning (Tasmin Little); Stefano Romeo (Mira Yevtich) Page 47: Jiyang Chen Page 53: Mario Kucera Page 55: Jiyang Chen Page 57: Matt Dine Page 58: Keith Saunders Page 60: Georgia Doan Page 61: Julie Mayfeng Page 69: Phil Wood Page 73: Jiyang Chen

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