22 Pianists Compete in Toronto Nov. 1-8
FIRST CCC TORONTO INTERNATIONAL
PIANO COMPETITION NAMES COMPETITORS
Twenty-two* pianists age 16-31 have been chosen to participate in the first CCC Toronto International Piano Competition, November 1-8, 2010 (www.cccpianocompetitions.org/international.html).
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 – six in all* – followed by the U.S. with five; two each from Canada, Korea and Russia; and one each from Belgium, the Republic of Georgia, Kazakhstan, Poland* 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Surrey, BC, who was born in Taiwan and educated in the U.K. (*Two Chinese competitors and a second one from Poland have withdrawn from the original 25.)
Both the youngest and oldest candidates are from China – Peng Lin, 16, and Dizhou Zhao, 31. (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, 273 Bloor St. W.
Admission for Rounds I-III is $10 per day, purchased at the door, or in advance from (416) 292-9293 ext. 229 or 232, email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 atwww.cccpianocompetitions.org/international.html.
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 22 competitors coming to Toronto for Round I & II, by Nationality