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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

14 Year old Canadian Wins First Prixe at Bosendorfer Competition


14-YEAR-OLD ACADEMY STUDENT WINS FIRST PRIZE IN INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION
Toronto’s Tony Yang Awarded Gold Medal, Cash Prize

Fourteen-year-old pianist and Toronto native Tony Yike Yang, a scholarship student of The Royal Conservatory’s Young Artists Academy, placed first in the prestigious 6th Bösendorfer and Yamaha USASU International Piano Competitionheld January 6-13 in Tempe, Arizona.

“Tony Yike Yang is an exceptional young artist, and it is exciting to see him recognized on such a significant world stage as the Bosendorfer International Piano Competition,” says Barry Shiffman, Director of the Young Artists Academy. “The Young Artists Academy at The Royal Conservatory is committed to training the best of Canada's next generation of classical performers. Seeing the success of our young musicians as they develop into artists is profoundly moving. We congratulate Tony on this milestone in his development and look forward to his continued growth and success.”

Tony placed first in The Yamaha USASU Young Artists International Junior Piano Competition, ages 13–15. In his final round, he performed Beethoven’s Sonata in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2, and Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 28. He was honoured with the Addona-Burns Award, a Gold Medal and a cash prize of $3,000. Tony studies with James Anagnoson, Dean of The Glenn Gould School at The Royal Conservatory.

Nearly 200 pianists from 31 countries applied to compete, with a total of 42 moving to the semi-final and final rounds. Prizes available included cash awards, engagements with the Phoenix Symphony, and performance opportunities across the world. Jury members for the 2013 competition were Martha Argerich of Argentina, Sergei Babyan and Robert Hamilton of the United States, Yanina Kudlik of Russia/Israel, Choong-Mo Kang of South Korea, and Baruch Meir, Chairman of The Bosendorfer International Piano Competition.

Past Royal Conservatory alumni honoured by The Bösendorfer and Yamaha USASU International Piano Competition include: West Vancouver’s Tristan Teo, 2011 First Prize-winner, and Nanaimo’s Devon Joiner, 2008 Third Prize-winner.

The Royal Conservatory is one of the largest and most respected music and arts education institutions in the world. Providing the definitive standard of excellence in music education through its curriculum, assessment, performance, and teacher education programs, The Conservatory has had a substantial impact on the lives of millions of people globally. In addition, the organization has helped to train a number of internationally celebrated artists including Glenn Gould, Oscar Peterson, David Foster, Sarah McLachlan, Angela Hewitt, and Diana Krall. Motivated by its powerful mission to develop human potential through music and the arts, The Royal Conservatory has emerged over the last two decades as a leader in the development of arts-based programs that address a wide range of social issues. For more information, please visit www.rcmusic.ca.

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