by Daniel Hathaway
Customarily, the Cleveland International Piano Competition announces its winner late in the evening of its final round, which this year featured concertos with the Canton Symphony Orchestra on Friday evening, June 8 at the Maltz Performing Arts Center. But for the Young Artists Competition this time around, CIPC kept its competitors and followers in suspense until an awards ceremony the following evening at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Here are the results (L-R: Shuan Hern Lee, Hao Wei Lin, Eva Gevorgyan, Xiaoxuan Li, Yunchan Lim, JiWon Yang):
First Prize ($10,000): Eva Gevorgyan (13, Russia)
Second Prize ($5,000): Yunchan Lim (13, South Korea)
Third Prize ($2,500): Hao Wei Lin (13, Taiwan)
First Prize ($25,000): Xiaoxuan Li (16, China)
Second Prize ($10,000): Shuan Hern Lee (15, Australia)
Third Prize ($5,000): JiWon Yang (16, South Korea)
Audience Prize ($1,000): Hao Wei Lin
Bach Prize ($500): Eva Gevorgyan
Beethoven Prize ($500): Xiaoxuan Li
Chopin Prize ($500): Yunchan Lim
Mozart Prize ($500): JiWon Yang
As well as cash prizes, Gevorgyan and Li will be invited by the Netherlands’ International Franz Liszt Competition to perform at Amsterdam’s Grachtenfestival this summer (free transportation, board, lodging, and tuition provided).
Additionally, music director Gerhardt Zimmermann will select one of the six finalists to play a concerto with the Canton Symphony in a future season, an invitation that will include a solo recital at Canton’s Malone University.
Finally, a small group of selected pianists will be invited to participate in the summer Pianofest in the Hamptons, on the South Fork of New York’s eastern Long Island.
The award ceremony on Saturday was followed by short “encore” performances by the finalists and a gala benefit dinner.
Photos by Roger Mastroianni.
Published on ClevelandClassical.com June 11, 2018.
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