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FIFTEENTH VAN CLIBURN INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION

The Cliburn semifinalists

Cliburn Semifinalists Announced

Here are the 12 pianists moving to the next round in the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. With schedule.



published Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Photo: Ralph Lauer/The Cliburn
Honggi Kim awaits the semifinalist announcements

 

Fort Worth — The Cliburn field narrowed to a dozen pianists on Tuesday night, as the 20 quarterfinalists gathered in Bass Performance Hall to hear the names of the 12 semifinalists. South Korea fared well, with three pianists in the semifinals. The United States and Russia each have two semifinalists. Only one woman, Rachel Cheung of Hong Kong, advanced. (There were eight women in the original 30; and three moved on to quarterfinals.)

Leonard Slatkin, chairman of the Jury for the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, announced the 12 pianists advancing to the Semifinal Round.

 

The semifinalists are (see schedule of performances below):

 

Kenneth Broberg, United States, 23

Han Chen, Taiwan, 25

Rachel Cheung, Hong Kong, 25

Yury Favorin, Russia, 30

Daniel Hsu, United States, 19

Dasol Kim, South Korea, 28

Honggi Kim, South Korea, 25

Leonardo Pierdomenico, Italy, 24

Yutong Sun, China, 21

Yekwon Sunwoo, South Korea, 28

Georgy Tchaidze, Russia, 29

Tony Yike Yang, Canada, 18

 

Twenty quarterfinalists each performed a 45-minute recital in the Quarterfinal Round, which took place May 29–30. They performed live at Bass Hall before the nine-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

In the Semifinal Round, June 1–5, each competitor performs twice. Each semifinalist will perform a 60-minute recital, without repeating any repertoire from earlier rounds; and each will perform a Mozart concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra conducted by noted Mozart specialist Nicholas McGegan.

At the end of the Semifinal Round performances, six competitors will be chosen to advance to the Final Round, which will run June 7–10. The winners of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will be announced in a ceremony that begins 7 p.m. June 10.

 

 

SEMIFINAL ROUND SCHEDULE

 

 THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 2017 


SEMIFINAL CONCERT 1 —RECITAL 

7:30 p.m.  Daniel Hsu, United States

20-minute intermission

8:50 p.m.  Dasol Kim, South Korea

 

 

 FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 2017 


SEMIFINAL CONCERT 2—RECITAL  

2:30 p.m.  Yutong Sun, China

20-minute intermission

3:50 p.m.  Honggi Kim, South Korea

 

SEMIFINAL CONCERT 3—RECITAL

7:30 p.m.  Yury Favorin, Russia

20-minute intermission

8:50 p.m.  Georgy Tchaidze, Russia

 

 

 SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 2017 

 

SEMIFINAL CONCERT 4—RECITAL 

2:30 p.m.  Tony Yike Yang, Canada

20-minute intermission

3:20 p.m.  Yekwon Sunwoo, South Korea

 

SEMIFINAL CONCERT 5—CONCERTO

7:30 p.m. 

Leonardo Pierdomenico, Italy

Kenneth Broberg, United States

Daniel Hsu, United States

Dasol Kim, South Korea

 

 

 SUNDAY, JUNE 4, 2017 

 

SEMIFINAL CONCERT 6—RECITAL 

2:30 p.m.  Han Chen, Taiwan

20-minute intermission

3:50 p.m.  Rachel Cheung, Hong Kong

 

SEMIFINAL CONCERT 7—CONCERTO

7:30 p.m. 

Yutong Sun, China

Honggi Kim, South Korea

Yury Favorin, Russia

Georgy Tchaidze, Russia

 

 

 MONDAY, JUNE 5, 2017 

 

SEMIFINAL CONCERT 8—RECITAL 

2:30 p.m.  Leonardo Pierdomenico, Italy

20-minute intermission

3:50 p.m.  Kenneth Broberg, United States

 

SEMIFINAL CONCERT 9—CONCERTO

7:30 p.m. 

Tony Yike Yang, Canada

Yekwon Sunwoo, South Korea

Han Chen, Taiwan

Rachel Cheung, Hong Kong Thanks For Reading





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