Dallas — Alessio Bax, jury chairman of the 2019 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival, announced the 6 pianists advancing to the Semifinal Round.
The semifinalists are (in performance order):
Avery Gagliano, United States, 17
JiWon Yang, South Korea, 17
Eva Gevorgyan, Russia/Armenia, 15
Chun Lam U, Hong Kong, 16
J J Jun Li Bui, Canada, 14
Shuan Hern Lee, Australia, 16
SEMIFINAL ROUND SCHEDULE
Note: The order of appearance in the Final Round will depend on the rehearsal scheduling, program content, and administrative requirements, and may vary from that of previous rounds.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5
2:30 p.m. CDT—Avery Gagliano, United States, 17
3:12 p.m. CDT—JiWon Yang, South Korea, 17
4:12 p.m. CDT—Eva Gevorgyan, Russia/Armenia, 15
7:30 p.m. CDT—Chun Lam U, Hong Kong, 16
8:12 p.m. CDT—J J Jun Li Bui, Canada, 14
9:12 p.m. CDT—Shuan Hern Lee, Australia, 16
THURSDAY, JUNE 6
1. Avery Gagliano, United States, 17—RACHMANINOV Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, op. 18 (I)
2. JiWon Yang, South Korea, 17—TCHAIKOVSKY Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, op. 23 (I)
3. Eva Gevorgyan, Russia/Armenia, 15—RACHMANINOV Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, op. 43 (Variations 13–24)
4. Chun Lam U, Hong Kong, 16—CHOPIN Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, op. 11 (I)
5. J J Jun Li Bui, Canada, 14—RACHMANINOV Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp Minor, op. 1 (I)
6. Shuan Hern Lee, Australia, 16—RACHMANINOV Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, op. 30 (I)
Approximately 10:00 p.m.—Finalist Announcement
Each of the 14 competitors performed a 30-minute recital in the Quarterfinal Round, which took place June 2–3. They performed live at Caruth Auditorium at SMU, before the seven-member jury and hundreds of patrons, as well as to a worldwide audience via the Competition’s live, fully produced webcast. The entire Competition can be viewed live and on demand at Cliburn.org.
The Semifinal Round will be held in two phases.
Wednesday, June 5—PHASE I: Each of the six pianists will perform a recital not to exceed 40 minutes in length. The recital must include one work written by a living composer and a substantial work of at least 18 minutes. The remainder of the program may be chosen by the pianist. Repertoire from the Preliminary and Quarterfinal Rounds may not be repeated.
Thursday, June 6—PHASE II: Each pianist will perform one movement, as determined by the Cliburn in consultation with the jury chairman, of the concerto submitted for the Final Round with piano accompaniment. The Cliburn will provide an accompanist.
At the end of the Semifinal Round performances, 3 competitors will be chosen to advance to the Final Round, which will be held June 8, at the Meyerson Symphony Center with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and conductor Ruth Reinhardt. The finalists will be announced late in the evening on June 6.
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