October 25-November 1
20 YOUNG, HIGH CALIBRE PIANISTS CHOSEN FOR SECOND
TORONTO INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION
TORONTO, October 24, 2014 – Twenty pianists from 10 countries on five continents havearrived in Toronto 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 18 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 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 20 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 citizenship, Canada, with five pianists, has the greatest contingent, followed by China and South Korea with four each. Italy and Russia each have two. One each comes from Australia, Israel, Spain and the United States/Japan. The Canadians are Younggun Kim, Dmitri Levkovich, Christopher Miranda, and Coral Solomon (Canada/Israel), all of the Toronto area; and Matthew Ming Li, originally of Vancouver, now of Toronto.
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, andInternational 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 thanks volunteer drivers and others who are hosting competitors during the weeklong event.
The following are the 20 selected competitors, with their countries of citizenship:
Country of Citizenship
China (Hong Kong)
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 visitingwww.rcmusic.ca.
Two master classes and a workshop will be open to the public at no charge:
Wednesday, October 29, 4-6 p.m. - Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, Room 130: Pianist and jury member Kum Sing Lee
Friday, October 31, 2-4 p.m. & 6:30-8 p.m. – Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory, Mazzoleni Hall & Room 210 – 273 Bloor Street W.: Jury chair Yoheved Kaplinsky
Friday, October 31, 2-5 p.m. – Chinese Cultural Centre, 5183 Sheppard Avenue East:
Anatomy of a Career – Tools of the Trade, Artist Management, Contracts and More: Workshop with renowned artist manager Ann Summers Dossena, founder/director of International Resource Centre for Performing Artists (http://ircpa.net).
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.
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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