Tuesday, May 31, 2005


The jury of the Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition has selected 6 pianists to advance to the final round of the competition. Those finalists are:

Mr. Davide Cabassi, 28 from Italy,
Ms. Sa Chen, 25 from China
Ms. Chu Fang Huang, 22 from China
Mr. Alexander Kobrin, 25 from Russia
Mr Roberto Plano, 26 from Italy
Ms. Joyce Yang, 19 from South Korea

The final rounds begin Wednesday evning at 7:30pm in Bass Performance Hall.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Semi-Finalists Announced Late on Tuesday Evening 5/24/05


Here is (paraphrased) the offical press release -

The jury of the Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition has selected 12 pianists to advance to the semifinal round of the competition. The announcement was made last night from the stage of the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall.

The 12 semifinalists are
Mr. Ning An , 28 (Ooltewah, TN, USA)
Mr. Davide Cabassi, 28 (Italy
Ms. Jie Chen 19 (China)
Ms. Sa Chen, 25 (China)
Ms. Ying Feng, 28 (China)
Ms. Chu-Fang Huang, 22 (China)
Mr. Alexander Kobrin 25 (Russia)
Ms. Gabriela Martinez, 21 (Venezuela)
Ms. Maria Mazo, 22 (Germany+Russia)
Mr. Roberto Plano, 26 (Italy)
Mr. Wang Xiaohan, 24 (China)
Ms. Joyce Yang, 19 (S. Korea)

Sebastian Currier wins the $5,000 grand prize in the second American Composers Invitational. His work, Scarlatti Cadences + Brainstorm, will be performed by the greatest number of semifinalists (5 out of the 12 competitors to advance.).
In the semifinal round, each pianist will perform a sixty-minute solo recital including the repertoire of his or her choice, and the chosen new work from the American Composers Invitational.
In a separate concert, they will perform one of four designated piano quintets with the Takács Quartet: Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34; Franck’s Piano Quintet in F minor; Dvorak’s Piano Quintet in A major, Op.81; and Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-Flat major, Op. 44.
The semifinal round will be held Thursday, May 26 through Sunday, May 29, with concert sessions featuring three artists beginning at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. daily (see complete schedule below.)
The six pianists who will advance to the final round will be announced by the jury chairman following the evening performance on Sunday, May 29.

Those six pianists will each perform two concerti of their choice with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under the direction of American conductor James Conlon. New this year, alternating finalists will play a fifty-minute recital in addition to the two concerti.Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on Sunday, June 5 at 5:00 p.m.

Monday, May 23, 2005

12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Opening Day

It was an exciting first day at this year's CLiburn Competition. The first three pianists of the day set the bar very high for their fellow competitiors. I think the highlights for me were the brilliant performance of the Liszt-Horowitz "Variations on Mendelssohn's Wedding March", by pianist, Albert Mamriev. Also most impressive was Nigerien-UK pianist, Sodi Braide. The women are certainly a strong voice this year. The screening jury selected nineteen women for this year's competition. It promises to be an exciting competition this year. Be sure and refer to WRR's website for details on the days ahead and information on the future competitors. The website address is WRR101.com.

Gabrielle West
WRR Midday Music

Friday, May 20, 2005

Opening Day at the Cliburn 5/20/5

First, Thanks for listening to WRR's coverage of the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. here's the text of our first live report form Bass Hall, 12:32pm on Friday 5/20/05

Thank you Gabrielle,

It is Opening day of the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Open to pianists from age 18 to 30...from anywhere in the world. The 35 contestants start their 17-day odyssey at Fort Worth's Bass Performance Hall at 1 p.m. today, each has to be ready to play upwards of five hours of music, the vast majority of it without a written score in front of them, whilst being judged by some very prestigious names in the music business. The Cliburn judges will have to listen to everything – more than 60 hours of music from the 35 competitors

The 35 aspiring professionals vie for prizes, management and recording contracts. All whilst the world is listening. Talk about pressure!

All of the contestants have already been vigourously vetted through the audition process. Some 270 pianists worldwide applied this year; 147 of them were picked to audition. The 35-competitor field is an increase from the usual 30 players.

Even though the competition does not begin till 1 this afternoon, things got underway with a 90 minute Seminar at 10:00 “A personal perspective on competitions, career, and the arts”
Stanislav Ioudenitch, Gold Medalist, Eleventh Competition
PepsiCo Recital Hall, TCU

In the Preliminaries this afternoon for the Matinee Performance:

1:00 pm-1:50 pm – Ms. Marina Kolomiytseva, 25 (Russia)
(5-minute break)
1:55 pm-2:45 pm – Mr. Davide Cabassi, 28 (Italy)
(15-minute intermission)
3:00 pm-3:50 pm – Ms. Lilian Akopova, 21 (Ukraine)
(5-minute break)
3:55 pm-4:45 pm – Mr. Albert Mamriev, 30 (Israel)
Evening Performance:

Keep Checking WRR101.com for complete details of the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition…..

Christopher Hackett

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