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FIRST OLGA KERN INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION

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Chen Guang Wins Olga Kern Competition

In the first Olga Kern International Piano Competition, the Chinese pianist took first place, with Ukrainians Anna Dmytrenko and Anastasiya Naplekova second and third, and American Joshua-Allen Rupley fourth.



published Sunday, November 20, 2016

Photo: Courtesy OKIPC
Chen Guang

 

Albuquerque, N.M. — The first Olga Kern International Piano Competition came to a thrilling finish Saturday night with the four finalists playing concertos with the New Mexico Philharmonic, conducted by Vladimir Kern, who is Olga's brother.

Taking first place was Chen Guang, a Chinese pianist based in Italy. Second went to Anna Dmytrenko of Ukraine, now based in the U.S. and Germany. The top two winners each played a Prokofiev concerto, Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. Below is the list of winners, the concerto they played and their prize.

Look for our reviews of all four performances coming on TheaterJones. You can read our reviews of the preliminary rounds here (day 1) and here (day 2), and of the semifinal round here.

Our review of the finals is here.

 

Anastasiya Naplekova
Anna Dmytrenko

FIRST PLACE

Chen Guang

22, China/Italy

Prokofiev: Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26

Prize: $11,000 cash prize, a professional recording on the Steinway & Sons label and concert engagements throughout Europe and the United States.

 

SECOND PLACE

Anna Dmytrenko

24, Ukraine/USA & Germany

Prokofiev: Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 16

Prize: $7,500

 

THIRD PLACE

Anastasiya Naplekova

32, Ukraine/USA

Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 43

Prize: $5,000

 

Joshua-Allen Rupley

FOURTH PLACE

Joshua-Allen Rupley

23, USA (from Albuquerque)/Germany

Beethoven: Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37

Prize: $2,000

 

These winners will be honored in a ceremony at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. There will also be awards in other categories: $1,000 awards for the Best Contemporary Piece Prize winner and the Audience Award winner, as well as a $500 Aspiration Special Prize and several $500 Semi-Finalist Honorable Mentions. A concert will follow.

We'll update this story with those winners.

Olga Kern served as the jury chair. The competition jurors were Golda Vainberg-Tatz, R. Douglas Sheldon, Fali Pvri, Akemi Alink-Yamamoto, Constantine Orbelian, Konstantin Scherbakov and Vladimir Kern.

“My hope is that the Olga Kern International Piano Competition can now assist the next generation in its efforts to achieve their aspirations and dreams," said Olga Kern in our interview with her (complete story here). "I am thrilled to be working in tandem with the New Mexico Philharmonic on this new and exciting project."

The second Olga Kern International Piano Competition will be held in another three or four years. Thanks For Reading





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