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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

24 Contestants Compete for Prizes ar Second Toronto International Piano Competition Oct. 25 - Nov. 1



October 25-November 1
24 YOUNG, HIGH CALIBRE PIANISTS CHOSEN FOR SECOND
TORONTO INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION

TORONTOSeptember 17, 2014  Twenty-four pianists from 12 countries on five continents have been selected to participate in the second Toronto International Piano Competition.

The Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto (CCC) invites the world's elite young pianists once every four years to participate in this important Canadian musical event.  This year’s Competition takes place October 25 to November 1, culminating in the final round with orchestra at Koerner Hall.

The selected pianists, who range in age from 16 to 35, will take part in the two opening rounds, October 25-28 at the CCC’s P.C. Ho Theatre, 5183 Sheppard Avenue East.  From these, six will be chosen to compete in the Semi-Final round, October 30.  In the final round, three pianists will perform concertos with Maestro Kerry Stratton and the Toronto Concert Orchestra, Saturday, November 1st at Koerner Hall.

More than 100 elite pianists submitted their entries to the Competition.  According to Artistic Director Lang Ning Liu, “It was an extremely difficult task to narrow them down to 24 pianists; we were overwhelmed with the high calibre of this year’s entrants. We will have a very exciting competition in the fall!”

Based on countries of birth, China, with six young pianists, has the greatest number of competitors; followed by South Korea with five; and Russia and Italy with two. Canada is also represented by two pianists: Younggun Kim and Christopher Miranda, both of Toronto.  One each comes from Algeria, Australia, Israel, Slovenia, Spain, Ukraine and the United States.

The Competition offers a total of US$31,000 in cash prizes, plus solo and orchestral engagements.  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.

Yoheved Kaplinsky of New York’s Juilliard School chairs the internationally acclaimed jury panel.  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.

The competition is presented by Rolex Canada Ltd. with support from Steinway Gallery of Toronto, the Government of Ontario, corporate sponsors and private donors.

The CCC invites volunteers to host competitors during the weeklong event. Drivers are also needed.  Anyone interested may obtain host family details via www.ipianotoronto.ca orwww.cccpianocompetitions.orgor by contacting the CCC at info@ipianotoronto.ca or 416-292-9293 ext. 229

The following are the 24 selected competitors, with their countries of origin:

Last Name
First Name
Place of Birth
BERESTNEV
Mikhail
Russia
BRECELJ
Danijel
Slovenia
CAMBRA
Ignasi
Spain
CHEN
Moye
China
FOSTER
Maxwell
Australia
GHAZI
Mehdi
Algeria
IN
So Hyang
South Korea
KIM
HyeJin
South Korea
KIM
Younggun
Canada
KITKIN
German
Russia
KUDO
Rachel
USA
LEE
TaekGi
South Korea
LEONE
Rodolfo
Italy
LEVKOVICH
Dmitri
Ukraine
LI
NingYuen
China
LIN
Brian Yuebing
China
LIU
Yang
China
MIRANDA
Christopher
Canada
NOH
Yejin
South Korea
OLIVA
Enzo
Italy
RE'EM
Or
Israel
SHI
Boyang
China
SHI
Wenting
China
SHIN
Jaemin
South Korea

THE COMPETITION ROUNDS
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, 7:30 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 visiting www.rcmusic.ca.

Competition details are available at www.ipianotoronto.ca or www.cccpianocompetitions.org  Enquiries should be directed to info@ipianotoronto.ca or 416-292-9293 ext. 229.

About the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto – www.cccgt.org
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 – www.rolex.com
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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