[Dallas, Texas] Since 1962, every four years, in the Texas Fort Worth hosts the International Piano Competition Van Cliburn - reports The Telegraph Dallas . 14th contest will be held from May 24 to June 9, 2013 on the concert platform Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth.
To participate in the contest were selected 30 candidates from 12 countries. Among them - the representatives of the United States, Russia, Italy, France, China, Ukraine, Australia, UK, Poland, Chile, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.
After the competition in 2009 clearly dominated Asian pianists, this year the U.S. provided the most participants. The seven American contestants have and resident of Dallas - Alex MacDonald, a student Texas Christian University - Martin Kozak from Poland and a graduate of the same university - Ji Yang from China.
In January-February 2013 the jury heard 132 potential contestants from Hong Kong, the German Hannover, Moscow, Milan, New York and Fort Worth. According to the contest, the contest of pianists can participate contestants from 19 to 30 years.
Within 3 weeks of the contest, all participants will perform twice a solo - each lasting 45 minutes. Of the 30 people in the semi-finals will get only 12, and they will be invited to watch the program. Six finalists will play two piano concert with the Symphony Orchestra of Fort Worth running Leonard Slatkin, who comes from a family of Ukrainian Jews. Permanent chairman of the jury, since 1973, is an American classical musician John Giordano. All performances of the International Piano Competition Van Cliburn name will be broadcast live from the site of Van Cliburn Foundation - www.Cliburn.org .
During its half-century history International Piano Competition opened several great pianists, among them - Barry Douglas from Northern Ireland, Olga Kern of Russia, Radu Lupu of Romania, John Nakamatsu from the U.S. and Cristina Ortiz of France.
It all started in 1958 when young and still unknown pianist from America triumphed first contest PI Tchaikovsky in Soviet Moscow. In the same year, in November, Dr. Earl Ellison, founder of the National Guild of Piano teachers at the banquet, which celebrated the victory of Van Cliburn, co-founder of the Forum passed a note to teachers piano in Fort Worth Grace Ward Lankford with the text:
"Stay in place, I want to make a sensational announcement." Before an audience of 500 people, including most of Van Cliburn and his mother, Dr. Allison has announced that it is ready to offer 10,000 dollars as first prize for the winner of the International Piano Competition, which will be named in honor of Van Cliburn.
Surprise success, this message was news even to the great pianist. The idea caused a stir among the residents of Fort Worth Texas. With this event and started the world-famous competition, designed to support young pianists.
In 2013, with the first prize of 10 thousand dollars has been raised to 50,000. The winner also gets the opportunity to speak at international concerts. In addition, the six finalists receive three-year contract with the performances in the USA. Total prize fund is 175 thousand dollars and a 3-year contract worth $ 1.3 million.
For thirteen competitions most - four - the winners were representatives of the USSR, Russia in 1973 - Vladimir Viardot, 1989 - Alexei Sultanov in 2001, Olga Kern and Stanislav Yudenitch from Uzbekistan in 2005 - Alexander Kobrin.
Members of the jury in different years were Americans - Malcolm Frager and Harold Schonberg, Russian Maxim Shostakovich, the Englishman John Ogdon and Swiss Nikita Magaloff.
In the 14th International Competition of Pianists Van Cliburn will be attended by five Russians and two Ukrainians.
24-year-old Russian Nikita Abrosimov started playing at 6 years of age. His first solo concert he gave in 14 years. Nikita played in La Scala, Alice Tully Hall in New York, as well as many concert venues in France, Italy, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland, South Korea, Ukraine, UK and USA. His recent performances include playing with orchestras from Stanford, Nizhny Novgorod and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra under Valery Gergiev.
Nikita Abrosimov graduated from Nizhny Novgorod School of Music and Balakirev University South Bend, Indiana. Musician living in London and studying at the Royal College of Music.
26-year-old Yuri Favorin of Russia had played at many prestigious concert venues around the world including the Concertgebouw - a concert hall in Amsterdam, the "Cité de la Musique" in Paris, at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, at the Concert Hall of the Moscow Conservatory Rachmaninov. Favorin performed as a solo and with orchestras conducted by Pierre Boulez, Marina Alsop and Kazuhiro Koizumi. Yuri is the winner of competitions Favorin Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition-2010 and Olivier Messiaen Competition-2007. Yuri - a graduate student at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
30-year-old Alexei Chernov was born in Moscow in a family of musicians. Already 4 years of age he began studying music. Alex - a graduate of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the British Royal College of Music. The winner of over 20 international competitions playing the piano. Among his awards - 2nd place in the competition Cleveland International Piano Competition in 2011 and 5th place at the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition. Since its first performance in the Concert Hall of the Rachmaninoff in 2005, has performed with orchestras Chernov Mikhail Pletnev, Enrique Batiza, Sladkovsky Alexander and Dmitry Orlov. Alexey Chernov has toured Russia and Europe.
20-year-old Nicholas host at 7 years of age made his debut at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. Since then, he was awarded many prizes, including top prizes in the 2012 Piano Competition in Dublin and Sydney. He performs with orchestras in Tokyo, Warsaw and Sydney. Nicholas Hozyainov studying at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow.
Another Russian - 24-year-old Nikita Mndoyants born into a family of professional musicians. He started playing the piano and composing music at an early age. At age 10 he made his debut on the stage, and in 11 years has released his first record. Since Mndoyants toured Russia, Europe, China, the U.S., has spoken at many events, including the World Economic Forum in Davos. In 2007, the studio Classical Records has released two CDs of Nikita, which included the music of his own composition. Mndoyants - graduate and post-graduate student Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
25-year-old Ukrainian Alexander Polyakov was born in Kiev. Play the piano, he began a 3-year, and his first concert with the orchestra gave in 8 years. Poles took 3rd place at the Franz Liszt Competition in Utrecht Dutch. He also won several prizes other international piano competitions. Poles playing a solo program in Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Italy and the United States. He plays in the Kiev Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. Alexander Polyakov studying at the Conservatory of Boston and graduate of the National Music Academy of Ukraine Tchaikovsky.
Another resident of Kiev - 26-year-old Vadim Cholodenko won the International Competition named Franz Schubert in Dortmund, Germany in 2012 and the International competition of musicians in the Japanese Sendai in 2010. It works with Yuri Bashmet and other conductors. Vadim is Cholodenko concerts in Russia, Europe, Asia, Israel and the United States. He released recordings of music by Liszt, Rachmaninoff and Medtner in series television culture. Cholodenko lives in Moscow and is studying at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
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