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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

25 Competitors Participating in CCC's Inaugural Toronto International Piano Competition

Left: Jury Panel of the First Toronto International Piano Competition Photo Credit: Linda Litwack








FIRST CCC TORONTO INTERNATIONAL

PIANO COMPETITION

CHOOSES 25* COMPETITORS TO COME TO TORONTO NOVEMBER 1-8

Twenty-five pianists age 16-31 have been chosen to participate in the first CCC Toronto International Piano Competition, November 1-8, 2010.

They were selected on the basis of their DVD performances and résumés by the Competition’s artistic committee of five professional pianists and professors, who evaluated 100 entries from 25 countries.

China leads with the most competitors – eight in all – followed by the U.S. with five; two each from Canada, Korea, Poland and Russia; and one each from Belgium, the Republic of Georgia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine. Canada is represented by Korean-born Su Jeon, 30, of Toronto, currently finishing her doctorate in Montreal; and by Wayne Weng, 27, of Surrey, BC, who was born in Taiwan and educated in the U.K.

The two youngest candidates are both 16 and both from China – Peng Lin and Yutong Sun. The eldest candidate is Dizhou Zhao, 31, also from China. (The complete list is appended,)

Presented by the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto (CCCGT), the CCC Toronto International Piano Competition offers a total of $28,000 U.S. in prizes. The first-prize winner receives $15,000 U.S. along with orchestral and solo concert engagements. Second prize is $8,000 U.S., and third, $5,000 U.S.

The event begins November 1 with the opening reception and a draw for performance order. The first two rounds, November 2-3 and 4-5, and Round III (six semi-finalists) November 7, all take place 1-8 p.m. at the CCCGT’s P.C. Ho Theatre, 5183 Sheppard Ave. E. (at Progress/Sheppard bus stop).

For the Final, Monday, November 8, 7:30 p.m., three candidates perform with the new Toronto Concert Orchestra conducted by Kerry Stratton, at the Royal Conservatory’s Koerner Hall.

Admission for Rounds I-III is $10 per day, purchased at the door, or in advance from (416) 292-9293 ext. 229 or 232, or tickets@cccpianocompetitions.org. Tickets for the November 8 Final are $25-35, from (416) 408-0208 or www.rcmusic.ca.

A $70 ticket package covers all three rounds at the P.C. Ho Theatre and a $35 ticket for the Final at Koerner Hall. Packages may be ordered via (416) 292-9293 ext. 229 or 232, or tickets@cccpianocompetitions.org.

Lang Ning Liu and Lu Wang are particularly proud that this event is a rarity amongst such piano competitions, in that the artistic directors are high-level performers. “Even our administration consists almost exclusively of professional musicians,” they note. “That is why we have been able to attract our top-flight jury.”

Chaired by Yoheved Kaplinsky of the Juilliard School, the jury comprises Marc Durand, Université de Montréal and the Banff Centre’s 2010 Piano Master Class program; Marietta Orlov, University of Toronto, and the Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School; Richard Dyer, former chief music critic of the Boston Globe; John Giordano, jury chair, Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and music director emeritus of the Fort Worth Symphony; Yong Hi Moon, Peabody Institute of Music; and Arie Vardi, Hochschule für Musik in Hannover, Tel Aviv University, and chair, Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition.

Honorary advisors are Peter Simon, President of the Royal Conservatory, Toronto; James Anagnoson, Dean of the Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School; world renowned pianist Dang Thai Son, and Prof. David Beach of the University of Toronto and Royal Conservatory.

Competition President is Dr. Ming-Tat Cheung, Chairman and President of the Chinese Cultural Centre (CCC) of Greater Toronto since 1989. Dr. Dong-Dong Dong is the Vice-President of the Competition.

In addition to support from major sponsors Rolex Canada Ltd., Philip Leong and Downtown Fine Cars Group, the Competition is supported by a Celebrate Ontario grant. Sponsors for the Competition pianos are the Piano & Keyboard Centre and Yamaha Canada. The University of Toronto and The Royal Conservatory are major collaborators.

Details on all phases of the Competition, including the distinguished international judging panel and other key personnel are at www.cccpianocompetitions.org/international.html

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The complete list of competitors is below.

Media: For further information, contact:

Urgent requests and sponsorship opportunities:

Linda Litwack

Angela Chan

416-782-7837

416-292-9293 ext 231

e-mail: lalitwack@rogers.com

e-mail: angela.chan@cccgt.org or angelapchan@hotmail.com

September 10, 2010

Pronunciations

Lang-Ning Liu – Lahng (almost like Long) Ning lee-OH (vowels elide on last name)

Yoheved Kaplinsky – yo-HEV-ed ka-PLIN-skee

(Marc) Durand – Dü-ro(ng)

Marietta Orlov – ma-ree-ET-ta OR-lawv

(John) Giordano – jor-DAH-no

Yong Hi Moon – yong hee moon

Arie Vardi – AR-ee VAR-dee.

Anagnoson – a-NAG-na-son

Stratton – STRA-tun

Dang Thai Son – dahng tie sohn (tie as in necktie)

List of 25 competitors coming to Toronto for Round I & II, by Nationality

Last Name

First Name

Gender

Nationality

Age

Proot

Stephanie

F

Belgium

23

Jeon

Su

F

Canada

30

Weng

Wayne

M

Canada

27

Fan

Zaozao

M

China

18

Lin

Peng

F

China

16

Sun

Yutong

M

China

16

Sun

Jiayan

F

China

20

Wu

Hui

F

China

23

Yang

Lei

M

China

29

Yuan

Jie

M

China

24

Zhao

Dizhou

M

China

31

Kodanashvili

Vakhtang

M

Georgia

32

Khegai

Stanislav

M

Kazakhstan

25

Han

Yoonjung

F

Korea

25

Park

Joo Hyeon

M

Korea

22

Mikulska*

Aleksandra

F

Poland

28 (withdrawn)

Zukiewicz

Adam

M

Poland

26

Khomiakov

Vladimir

M

Russia

26

Neller

Sergey

M

Russia

27

Zvegintsov

Kirill

M

Ukraine

27

Asai

Jun

F

USA

28

Boren

Benjamin

M

USA

29

Gabrielian

Tanya

F

USA

27

Kim

Ben

M

USA

27

Yang

Amy Jiaqi

F

USA

26

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