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.


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