Fort Worth — At the end of seven days of inspiring performances from 23 young, elite pianists from all over the world, Jon Nakamatsu, chairman of the jury for the First Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival (June 21-28, 2015), at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas, announced the winners on Sunday night from the Ed Landreth Auditorium stage.
The First Prize winner is Alim Beisembayev, 17, Kazakhstan.
The Second Prize Winner is Arsenii Mun, 16, Russia.
The Third Prize Winner is Youlan Ji, 16, China.
Alim Beisembayev, the First Prize winner, will receive a cash award of $10,000 cash plus $2,000 scholarship.
Arsenii Mun, the Second Prize winner, will receive a cash award of $5,000 cash plus $2,000 scholarship.
Youlan Ji, the Third Prize winner, will receive a cash award of $2,500 cash plus $2,000 scholarship.
Read our review of the finals here.
The $2,000 scholarship is related to furthering musical advancement. If one or any of the top three prizewinners does not make a suitable proposal for the use of the scholarship money within one year of the Competition, that winner forfeits this portion of the prize, at the discretion of the president and CEO of the Cliburn.
Top prizes will also include community residency and mentorship opportunities with the Cliburn.
Competitors who did not advance to the Final Round were eligible for Special Awards.
The Award for Best Performance of a Classical Sonata, with a cash prize of $500, was awarded to Misha Galant, 17, United States.
The Award for Best Performance of a Lyrical Work, with a cash prize of $500, was awarded to Adam Balogh, 17, Hungary.
Two Jury Discretionary Awards, with a cash prize of $1,000 each, goes to Clayton Stephenson, 16, United States, and Tony Yike Yang, 16, Canada.
The Audience Award winner, Misha Galant, 17, United States, will receive a cash award of $1,000.
During the Final Round, each of the three pianists performed a full concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestra Mei-Ann Chen. The pianists were able to choose any work scored for symphony orchestra and piano. Their choice was subject to approval by the Cliburn and conductor. Orchestra performances of the Final Round will be available online, and on demand for one year.
The jury also awarded $1,000 each to the three semifinalists: Yukine Kuroki, 16 (Japan), Wei Luo, 16 (China), and Evelyn Mo, 16 (United States).
» You can read everything we've written about the Cliburn Junior in our special section, which has reviews of every performance, a feature on the event and more.