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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Toronto International Piano Competition Semi-finalists Announced


SIX EXCEPTIONAL ARTISTS CHOSEN FOR SEMI-FINAL ROUND
OF THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION

TORONTOOctober 28, 2014  Two pianists from China, two from South Korea, one from Italy, and one from the U.S./Japan will progress to the Semi-Final round of the second Toronto International Piano Competition.
The announcement was made by jury chair Yoheved Kaplinsky on Tuesday evening, following four days of two different rounds, in which 20 competitors from 10 countries each had two opportunities to perform.
The semi-finalists are the following:

Last Name
First Name
Age
Country of Citizenship
KIM
HyeJin
26
South Korea
KUDO
Rachel
27
USA/Japan
LEE
TaekGi
18
South Korea
LEONE
Rodolfo
23
Italy
LIU
Yang
23
China
SHI
Wenting
22
China

The Semi-Final round will take place Thursday, October 30, 1-7 p.m. at the P.C. Ho Theatre of the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, 5183 Sheppard Avenue East (at Progress Road).  Tickets, $10, may be purchased at the door.  Competition details are available atwww.ipianotoronto.ca or www.cccpianocompetitions.org  Enquiries should be directed toinfo@ipianotoronto.ca or 416-292-9293 ext. 232.

LIVE STREAMING: The semi-finals will also stream live at http://new.livestream.com/accounts/10632209/events/3521865.

THE FINAL – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1
At the conclusion of the semi-finals, three pianists will be named to proceed to the Final, Saturday, November 1, 7:30 p.m. at Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Street W.  Each will perform a complete piano concerto with Maestro Kerry Stratton and the Toronto Concert Orchestra Tickets, $30 and $40, are available from www.rcmusic.ca or by calling 416-408-0208.

ABOUT THE SECOND TORONTO INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION
The Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto (CCC) invited the world's elite young pianists once every four years to participate in this important Canadian musical event.   More than 100 pianists submitted their entries to the Competition.  According to Artistic Director Lang Ning Liu, the high calibre of this year’s entrants was “overwhelming”.

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.

ANCILLARY EVENTS
The Toronto International Piano Competition also includes the following two master classes and a workshop, all 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. 

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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