[SZ]Piano concerto competition opens next week[Jun.16]
2014-June-11 Source: Szdaily web edition
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Time: 8 p.m., June 16 (opening), 27 (closing); 7:30 p.m., June 20-22 (semifinals), June 24-26 (finals)

Tickets: 50-180 yuan

Reservations: 400-610-3721

Venue: Shenzhen Concert Hall, intersection of Hongli Road and Yitian Road, Futian District (福田区红荔路和益田路交汇处深圳音乐厅)

Metro: Longhua or Longgang Line, Children's Palace Station (少年宫站), Exit D

 

The Third China Shenzhen International Piano Concerto Competition, one of the country's top three international piano competitions, will kick off at Shenzhen Concert Hall on June 16.

Russian pianist Galina Chistiakova, who was the champion of the second China Shenzhen International Piano Concerto Competition in 2011, will perform at the opening concert June 16. Semifinals will be held June 20-22, finals will be held June 24-26 and the first three winners will perform at the closing concert June 27. Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra will accompany all the shows.

Chistiakova was born in 1987 in Moscow into a musical family. She is a postgraduate student at Moscow Conservatory. She has a large and various repertoire, which includes works from the baroque to romantic and modern periods. She also plays an active role in chamber music with different ensembles.

The Shenzhen concerto competition is held once every three years. A total of 45 contestants from around the world qualified to attend the preliminary, semifinal and final contests this year, while 13 top piano masters are invited to be the judges of the competition.

"Many of the contestants are international award winners," said Wu Yin, head of the piano department of Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.

The competition is the only concerto competition in China. Each contestant has to finish four concertos during the competition. "A concerto should be played with an orchestra, which would not be easy to achieve for many other competitions," said Dan Zhaoyi, judge of the preliminary selection of the competition and prestigious piano professor. "It is not easy to ask a symphony orchestra to help piano contestants practice, rehearse and compete."

"I find many audiences think that it is boring to listen to piano solos at competitions, but they would love to enjoy a competition like this as it turns a piano competition into a high-end concert," said Chen Sa, who is also a judge of the preliminary selection of the competition.

Widely respected Chinese piano professor Zhou Guangren is the honorable chairman of the judging committee. The other 12 judges include pianists Andrzey Jasnski from Poland, Boris Berman from the United States, Nojima Minoru from Japan, conductor Chirstain Ehwald from Germany and piano professor Arie Vardi from Germany. Jasnski is also the chairman of the judging committee for the International Chopin Piano Competition, one of the top piano competitions in the world.

Editor: Jecey
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