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Monday, November 1, 2010

Jury of Toronto International Piano Competition in Master Classes and Media Appearances




Three jury members from the first CCC Toronto International Piano Competition – November 1-8 – will give master classes for music students this coming week. There is no charge for any of the following, and the public is invited to attend:

Friday, November 5, 10 a.m.-12 noon – Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School, 273 Bloor St. W.: Pianist Arie Vardi, Professor of piano, Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hanover, Germany; Tel Aviv University; and chair, Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition.

Saturday, November 6, time 2-4 p.m. – Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park Crescent: Jury chair Yoheved Kaplinsky, head of the Piano Department of the Juilliard School and Artistic Director of the Juilliard Pre-College (New York), gives a master class to four top prize-winners of Canadian national competitions, including the CCC National Competition and Canadian Music Competition (CMC) National Competition.

Saturday, November 6, 2-4 p.m. – Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School, 273 Bloor St. W.: Pianist Yong Hi Moon, professor of piano, Peabody Institute of Music, Baltimore).


Media appearances with scheduled dates include the following:

Tuesday, November 2, 10-11:30 a.m. – Rogers Daytime Toronto (Community Cable Channel 10)Artistic Co-Director Lu Wang talks about the Competition. The six-minute segment includes video of him in performance with Artistic Co-Director pianist Lang-Ning Liu, his piano partner in the Juilliard Duo.

Tuesday, November 2, 11:30 a.m. – Classical 96.3 FM.Jury members Richard Dyer (former chief music critic of the Boston Globe) and John Giordano (jury chair of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and music director emeritus of the Fort Worth Symphony) are interviewed live by host Bill Anderson.

Monday, November 8, 1:20-1:40 p.m. – Classical 96.3 FM: Pianist Arie Vardi, a renowned Chopin specialist, performs a Chopin polonaise and mazurkas in a live 20-minute performance-interview, speaking with host Bill Anderson.

Competition info is at The site will feature live streaming video and updates as the event progresses.

Organized by the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto (CCCGT), the 1st CCC Toronto International Piano Competition takes place November 1-8, with 20 competitors from nine countries (chosen from 100 entries from 25 countries). Representing Canada are Korean-born Su Jeon, 30 (Toronto/Montreal), and Taiwan-born Wayne Weng, 27 (Surrey, BC).

All compete in Rounds I and II, November 2-3 and 4-5, 1-8 p.m. at the CCCGT’s P.C. Ho Theatre, 5183 Sheppard Ave. E. (2-9 p.m. November 5). Six semi-finalists play another solo round there November 7. Tickets are $10/day.

Three finalists perform concerti with the new Toronto Concert Orchestra and conductor Kerry Stratton, Monday, November 8, 7:30 p.m. at Koerner Hall. Tickets ($25-35) are available from (416) 408-0208 or

$28,000 in prizes will be awarded. First prize is $15,000 U.S. plus orchestral and solo concert engagements. Second prize is $8,000 U.S; and Third prize, $5,000 U.S.

A $70 Ticket Package covers all of Rounds I-III plus a $35 ticket for the Final. To order the package – or tickets for Rounds I-III – e-mail or call (416) 292-9293 ext. 229 or 232.

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



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