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Shuan Hern Lee Wins Cliburn JR

Lee won first prize at the 2019 Cliburn International Junior Competition; Eva Gevorgyan took second, and JiWon Yang third.

published Saturday, June 8, 2019

Photo: Carolyn Cruz/The Cliburn
Shuan Hern Lee before his final round performance


Dallas — After nearly two weeks of competition, the winners of the 2019 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival were announced on Saturday evening after the final round at the Meyerson Symphony Center, in which three pianists performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Ruth Reinhardt.

Shuan Hern Lee of Australia took first prize, while Eva Gevorgyan of Russia/Armenia was second, and JiWon Yang of South Korea placed third. They were narrowed down from a field of 23 in the preliminary rounds, to 12 in the quarterfinal round and six in the semifinal round. The first three rounds were held at Caruth Auditorium on the campus of Southern Methodist University.

You can read Wayne Lee Gay's review of the final round here.


Below is the list of prizes:

The winner of the Bernice Gressman Meyerson First Prize and a cash award of $15,000 is Shuan Hern Lee, Australia, 16

The winner of the Shirley Cox McIntyre Second Prize and a cash award of $10,000 is Eva Gevorgyan, Russia/Armenia, 15

The winner of The Horchow Family Third Prize and a cash award of $5,000 is JiWon Yang, South Korea, 17

Each finalist will also receive $2,000 scholarships provided by the Fort Worth Piano Teachers Forum that must be spent toward furthering their musical advancement. Top prizes also include residency and mentorship opportunities with the Cliburn.



Audience Award, $500—Avery Gagliano, United States, 17

Peer Award, $500—J J Jun Li Bui, Canada, 14

Press Award, $500—Eva Gevorgyan, Russia/Armenia, 15


Each of the semifinalists will also receive cash awards of $2,000

  • J J Jun Li Bui, Canada, 14
  • Avery Gagliano, United States, 17
  • Chun Lam U, Hong Kong, 16



Shuan Hern Lee, Australia, 16—Australian pianist Shuan Hern Lee has performed across his country and Europe, and in the United States, China, Russia, and Indonesia, including appearances with the Minnesota, Moscow State, Ukraine, Armenia, Western Australia, and Jakarta Symphony Orchestras. He has been with his teacher, Yoon Sen Lee, for 14 years—since he was 2½ years old. He currently studies at the University of Western Australia, and also with Ingrid Fliter at the International Piano Academy Incontri Col Maestro in Imola, Italy. Among his many accolades are 11 first-place finishes at international piano competitions around the world. In his time away from the piano, he likes playing table tennis and with nerf guns, writing poetry, and studying philosophy.

Eva Gevorgyan, Russia/Armenia, 15—Eva Gevorgyan has received prizes in more than 40 international competitions for piano and composition—in the United States, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Estonia, Malta, Kazakhstan, Poland, Czech Republic, Georgia, Russia, and Serbia. Born and raised in Moscow, she has studied with Natalia Trull at the Central Music School of the Moscow P.I. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory, and has performed across Russia, Europe (including a Royal Albert Hall debut in April), and in the United States. She also receives a scholarship from the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein and participates regularly in its intensive music weeks and activities. In 2017, Eva performed in front of Italian President Sergio Mattarella, and she has taken part in a national television show for young talent, advancing to the final as the only pianist. Last year, she appeared on live television with Russian President Vladimir Putin and asked him about education reform. She likes composing, growing exotic plants, jogging, and playing table tennis.

JiWon Yang, South Korea, 17— JiWon Yang made her recital debut in Seoul at age 9 and her concerto debut in Kazakhstan at 13. Among her competition accolades are several in her home country, as well as wins at the Zhuhai Mozart Competition in China, Astana Piano Passion Kazakhstan, and Cleveland International Piano Competition for Young Pianists. She has participated in Russia’s International Music Festival “Stars on the Baikal,” as well as the St. Paul University Piano Festival. Notable performances include with the Salzburg Chamber Soloists and at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and Philippines Chopin Society. A current student of HyoungJoon Chang, JiWon counts traveling and flute performance among her interests outside of piano.


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