by Daniel Hathaway
The eventual six finalists in Fort Worth’s 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will play concertos with Leonard Slatkin and the Fort Worth Symphony on Saturday afternoon, June 10. For the first time, the final round will be streamed live in HD to select theaters beginning at 12:55 pm. Click here to locate a local screening venue.
On Tuesday, May 30, twelve semifinalists were named — including two competitors who will be familiar to Northeast Ohio piano fans (above): Georgy Tchaidze won fourth prize in the 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition, and Tony Yike Yang was first prize winner in Oberlin’s 2014 Thomas and Evon Cooper International Piano Competition.
The semifinalists are:
Kenneth Broberg, 23, United States
Han Chen, 25, Taiwan
Rachel Cheung, 25, Hong Kong
Yuri Favorin, 30, Russia
Daniel Hsu, 19, United States
Dasol Kim, 28, South Korea
Honggi Kim, 25, South Korea
Leonardo Pierdomenico, 24, Italy
Yutong Sun, 21, China
Yekwon Sunwoo, 28, South Korea
Georgy Tchaidze, 29, Russia
Tony Yike Yang, 18, Canada.
Between now and the finals on June 10, each of those dozen pianists will perform an hour-long solo recital and play a Mozart concerto with Nicholas McGegan and the Fort Worth Symphony. The final six will show off their chamber music skills in a piano quintet performance with the Brentano String Quartet before appearing in a concerto with Slatkin and the Orchestra.
More information on the competition is available on the Cliburn website.
Published on ClevelandClassical.com May 31, 2017.
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