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Saturday, November 6, 2010

CCC Toronto International Piano Competition Chooses Six Semi-fianlists


Competing Sunday, November 7

SIX SEMI-FINALISTS NAMED IN 1ST

CCC TORONTO INTERNATIONAL

PIANO COMPETITION

Toronto…November 5, 2010…Six semi-finalists have been chosen to move on to the Semi-Final round of the first CCC Toronto International Piano Competition. The event is presented by the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto (CCCGT).

Semi-finalists will each perform a 50-minute program of their own choosing on Sunday, November 7, 1-8 p.m. at the P.C. Ho Theatre of the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, 5183 Sheppard Ave. E. (at Progress/Sheppard bus stop). Admission is $10.

The event will also stream in live video at www.cccpianocompetitions.org/international.html. More info may be found on the website, or by calling (416) 292-9293 ext. 229 or 232.

The following pianists were selected from the 20 contestants who performed in two rounds, November 2-5:

First Name

Last Name

Gender

Nationality

Currently living in

Age

Zaozao

Fan

M

China

Beijing

18

Tanya

Gabrielian

F

USA

New York

27

Stanislav

Khegai

M

Kazakhstan

Seoul, Korea

25

Vakhtang

Kodanashvili

M

Georgia

South Bend, IN

32

Jiayan

Sun

F

China

New York

20

Kirill

Zvegintsov

M

Ukraine

Bern, Switzerland

27

At the conclusion of the Semi-Final, Sunday evening, the jury will announce three candidates who will proceed to the Final, Monday, November 8, 7:30 p.m. at the Royal Conservatory’s Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Street W., Toronto. Each will perform a concerto with the Toronto Concert Orchestra conducted by Kerry Stratton. Tickets, $25-35, are available from (416) 408-0208 or www.rcmusic.ca.

Winners will be named at the Final, and a total of $28,000 U.S. in prizes will be awarded. 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.

BACKGROUND

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.

Artistic Directors are solo and duo pianists Lang Ning Liu and Lu Wang (Juilliard Duo). 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.

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1 Comments:

  • The semifinalist Jiayan Sun seems to be male from the picture of the competitors at the competition Web site. In your list, he is indicated as being female.

    By OpenID quinterius, At November 6, 2010 at 9:11 AM  

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