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Quadrennial Toronto International Piano Competition takes place Oct 25 to Nov 1 2014

Toronto International Piano Competition 2014 – Canadian “Music Olympics” brings Toronto and Canada onto the World Stage
·         Quadrennial competition officially launches, attracting elite pianists/contestants from around the world.
·         Total cash prizes of US$31,000, plus solo and orchestral engagements including appearances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto Concert Orchestra for the winner.
·         The competition is proudly hosted by the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, and presented by Rolex Canada with support from the Government of Ontario, corporate sponsors and donors.

TORONTOJuly 16, 2014 – The Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto (CCC) has officially launched the Second Toronto International Piano Competition.  It invites the world's elite young pianists once every four years to participate in this important Canadian musical event.  The Competition takes place October 25 to November 1, culminating in the final round with orchestra at Koerner Hall.
Dr. Ming-Tat Cheung, President and Chairman of the CCC stated, “The purpose of the Competition is to provide a platform to showcase the talents of young pianists from around the world and to provide them with exceptional performance opportunities that will inspire audiences of all nationalities and cultures.  It also allows us to promote Toronto as a major artistic and cultural capital of the world.”
The entry deadline has just passed for the Competition, which has attracted a substantial number of classical pianists, as young as 15, from almost every continent.  They represent Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and United States.

Under the artistic direction of pianist Lang Ning Liu, the Competition comprises four rounds. Based on the entrants’ performance video submissions, 20 contestants will be selected to take part in two opening rounds at the CCC’s P.C. Ho Theatre. Six pianists will then proceed to the semi-finals, also at the P.C. Ho Theatre.  In the final round,   three pianists will perform concertos with Maestro Kerry Stratton and the Toronto Concert Orchestra, Saturday, November 1st at Koerner Hall.

Yoheved Kaplinsky of New York’s Juilliard School chairs the internationally acclaimed jury panel for this edition of the Competition.  Members are James Anagnoson and Kum Sing Lee (Canada), Fabio Bidini (Italy), John Giordano (USA), Jan Jiracek (Germany), and John O'Conor (Ireland).  All have served on jury panels for such prestigious international piano competitions as the Van Cliburn, Arthur Rubinstein, Chopin, Dublin, Tchaikovsky, Queen Elisabeth of Belgium, Rachmaninoff, and International Beethoven Piano Competition.

Dr. Cheung also expressed his heartfelt thanks to Rolex Canada for underwriting the Competition since day one.  As well, he thanked Steinway Gallery of Toronto, the Government of Ontario, and many long-time corporate sponsors and patrons for their support.

First prize winner will receive US$15,000, along with solo and orchestral engagements that include an appearance in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Piano Extravaganza Festival, as well as one with the Toronto Concert Orchestra.  Second and third prize winners will be awarded US$8,000 and US$5,000 respectively.  Fourth, fifth and sixth-place winners (the other semi-finalists) will each be awarded US$1,000.

Competition details are available at or  Enquiries about the competition should be directed to or 416-292-9293 ext. 229.

The first three rounds of the Competition will take place at the CCC’s P.C.Ho Theatre, 5183 Sheppard Avenue East, October 25-30, with the final at Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. Saturday, November 1, 8 p.m.  Tickets are $10/day at the P.C. Ho Theatre, and $30 and $40 at Koerner Hall. Tickets for the final round may be ordered by calling 416-408-0208 or

About the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto
The Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto (CCC) is a registered charitable and non-profit organization – a hub for communities of diverse ethnicities and a centre to help enrich the people’s cultural and artistic life and experience.
With its grand opening in 1998, the 80,000 square-foot Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto (CCC) is now the largest Chinese Cultural Centre and one of the most technologically advanced centres in North America.  It includes a main building, resource library, an 8,500-sq.ft. multipurpose hall, a 626-seat state-of-the-art theatre, reception hall, art gallery and other facilities.
A home for the West to meet the East, the Centre reflects the CCC’s mission to set a standard of integrity and excellence, and to play an active leadership role in promoting and fostering Chinese culture in an inspirational and relevant manner. 

About Rolex Canada
Leading brand of the Swiss watch industry, Rolex, headquartered in Geneva, enjoys an unrivalled reputation for quality and expertise the world over.  Its Oyster watches, all certified as chronometers for their precision, are symbols of excellence, performance, and prestige.


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