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Cliburn Junior Piano Competition Names Announced

The Van Cliburn Foundation has announced the names of the 24 competitors in the first Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition.



published Thursday, March 12, 2015

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Anastasia Magamedova

Fort Worth — The Cliburn Foundation has announced the names of the 24 competitors who will participate in the First Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival, taking place June 21–28, 2015, on the campus of TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. The jury for the event will be chaired by Jon Nakamatsu, Gold Medalist of the 1997 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

The 2015 Cliburn Junior Competition competitors hail from all over the world, representing 13 countries: the United States (9), China (5), Canada, Georgia, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Singapore, and Tajikistan. They range in age from 13 to 17. A selection committee chose the 24 competitors from an impressive applicant pool of 160 young pianists, through online applications and video submissions of 15 to 20 minutes.

Here are the names, followed by info about the competition from the Cliburn news release:

 

COMPETITORS

 

Photo: Van Cliburn Foundation
Yukine Kuroki

 

Gavin Bala, Singapore

Age during Competition: 16

 

Adam Balogh, Hungary

Age during Competition: 17

 

Alim Beisembayev, Kazakhstan

Age during Competition: 17

 

Anna Boonyanit, United States

Age during Competition: 16

 

Johanna Bufler, Germany

Age during Competition: 16

 

Eoín Fleming, Ireland

Age during Competition: 17

 

Misha Galant, United States

Age during Competition: 17

 

Youlan Ji, China

Age during Competition: 16

 

Davit Khrikuli, Georgia

Age during Competition: 14

 

Yukine Kuroki, Japan

Age during Competition: 16

 

Photo: Van Cliburn Foundation
Amir Siraj

Xiaoxuan Li, China

Age during Competition: 13

 

Wei Luo, China

Age during Competition: 16

 

Anastasia Magamedova, Tajikistan

Age during Competition: 17

 

Gregory Martin, United States

Age during Competition: 17

 

Evelyn Mo, United States

Age during Competition: 16

 

Arsenii Mun, Russia

Age during Competition: 16

 

Roger Shen, United States

Age during Competition: 16

 

Amir Siraj, United States

Age during Competition: 15

 

Clayton Stephenson, United States

Age during Competition: 16

Photo: Van Cliburn Foundation
Adam Balogh

 

Zitong Wang, China

Age during Competition: 16

 

Wai Yuen Wong, Hong Kong

Age during Competition: 17

 

Natasha Wu, United States

Age during Competition: 15

 

Tony Yike Yang, Canada

Age during Competition: 16

 

Adria Ye, United States

Age during Competition: 17

 

 

COMPETITION SCHEDULE AND TICKETS

 

The Junior Competition will consist of four rounds, and all seating is general admission:

 

Preliminary Round (4 concerts at PepsiCo Recital Hall) 

June 21, 2015 (10 a.m. & 3 p.m.) & June 22, 2015 (2 p.m. & 7 p.m.)

24 pianists, each performing a 20-minute recital to include a movement of a Classical sonata and a virtuosic étude.

Tickets: free and open to the public; no tickets required

 

Quarterfinal Round (4 concerts at Ed Landreth Auditorium)

June 23, 2015 (3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.) & June 24, 2015 (3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.)

12 pianists, each performing a 30-minute recital to include a Bach Prelude and Fugue and a lyrical Romantic work.

Tickets: $10 per concert

 

Semifinal Round (3 concerts at Ed Landreth Auditorium) 

June 25, 2015 (3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.) & June 26, 2015 (7 p.m.)

6 pianists, each performing a 40-minute recital to include a modern/contemporary work, and one concerto movement with piano accompaniment.

Tickets: $20 per concert

 

Final Round (1 concert at Ed Landreth Auditorium)

June 28, 2015 (3 p.m.)

3 pianists, each performing one complete concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under the baton of dynamic conductor Mei-Ann Chen.

Tickets: $40 per concert


Complete Junior Competition subscriptions are $110; tickets for individual concerts from $10 to $40 (as noted above). Tickets can be purchased online at Cliburn.org, by calling 817.212.4280, or in person at the Bass Hall Box Office (525 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, TX).

 

Specific repertoire requirements can be found HERE: http://www.cliburn.org/competitions/junior-competition/rounds-repertoire/

Complete rules and requirements can be found HERE: http://www.cliburn.org/competitions/junior-competition/rules-and-requirements/

 

In addition to the Competition rounds, the Cliburn will offer a variety of events aimed at the artistic advancement of the competitors and other pianists—seminars, symposia, chamber music collaborations, and more—as well as at sharing the gifts of elite young pianists with the community, through free recitals across Fort Worth. A full schedule of these festival activities can be found HERE.

All Competition performances will be webcast live at Cliburn.org.

 

JURY

Jon Nakamatsu (United States) will serve as chairman of the jury. Other jury members are: Fabio Bidini (Italy), Christopher Elton (United Kingdom), Mari Kodama (Japan), Jon Kimura Parker (Canada), Orli Shaham (Israel/United States), and Blanca Uribe (Columbia). Jury biographies can be found HERE: http://www.cliburn.org/competitions/junior-competition/jury/

 

OTHER JUNIOR COMPETITION INFORMATION

The prizes for the First Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival in 2015 will be: 

FIRST PRIZE:  $10,000 cash plus $2,000 scholarship
SECOND PRIZE:  $5,000 cash plus $2,000 scholarship
THIRD PRIZE:  $2,500 cash plus $2,000 scholarship

A portion of the prize ($2,000 for each of the three finalists, as noted above) is related to furthering their 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. All three top prizes will also include community residency and mentorship opportunities with the Cliburn. Other special prizes will be announced closer to the Competition dates.

“This will be a competition that will help us establish relationships with the top international talent at an earlier age,” said Cliburn President and CEO Jacques Marquis, “but, just as importantly, this will be another means for the Cliburn to use its standing and expertise to encourage tomorrow’s great artists. We are providing a valuable forum for them to express themselves and an entrance to the next step of their journeys. The top international jurors, the media and webcast, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and the festival atmosphere—which will include performance experience and professional career advice—all make the Competition and Festival significantly useful for a student who has aspirations of being a professional musician.” Thanks For Reading





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