[Dallas, TX] Since 1962, every four years, in the Texas Fort Worth hosts the International Piano Competition Van Cliburn - reports The Telegraph Dallas . The 14th contest will be held from May 24 to June 9, 2013 on the concert stage Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth.
To participate in the competition were selected 30 candidates from 12 countries. Among them - representatives of the United States, Russia, Italy, France, China, Ukraine, Australia, Great Britain, Poland, Chile, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.
After the competition in 2009 clearly dominated Asian pianists, this year the United States provided the most participants. Among the seven American competitors and have a 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, Hanover, Germany, Moscow, Milan, New York and Fort Worth. According to the contest, in the contest of pianists can participate competitors from 19 to 30 years.
Within 3 weeks of the competition, all participants will perform twice with the solo program - each lasting 45 minutes. Of the 30 people in the semi-finals they will get only 12, and they will be invited to watch the program. Six finalists will play two piano concerto with the Symphony Orchestra of Fort Worth under Leonard Slatkin, who comes from a family of Ukrainian Jews. The permanent chairman of the jury, since 1973, is an American classical musician John Giordano. All performances of the International Piano Competition named after Van Cliburn will be broadcast live from the site of Van Cliburn Foundation - www.Cliburn.org .
During its half-century history of the International Piano Competition opened a few great pianists, among them - Barry Douglas from Northern Ireland, Olga Kern from Russia, Romania Radu Lupu, Jon Nakamatsu US and Cristina Ortiz from France.
It all began in 1958 when a young and still unknown pianist from America became triumphant first competition PI Tchaikovsky in Soviet Moscow. In the same year, in November, Dr. Earl Ellison, founder of the National Guild of Piano Teachers, at a banquet, where the celebrated victory of Van Cliburn, co-founder of the Forum passed a note piano teachers in Fort Worth Grace Ward Lankford with the text:
"Stay in your place, I want to make a sensational ads." Before an audience of 500 people, including Van Cliburn himself and his mother, Dr. Allison has announced that it is ready to offer 10 thousand dollars as the first prize for the winner of the International Piano Competition, which will be named after the Van Cliburn.
Surprise success, this message was news even for the great pianist. The idea has caused a stir among the residents of the Texas Fort Worth. With this event and began the world-famous competition designed to support young pianists.
In 2013, the first prize with 10 thousand dollars has been increased to 50 thousand. The winner also receives the opportunity to perform at international concerts. In addition, the six finalists receive three-year contract with the performances of the United States. Total prize fund of 175 thousand dollars and a 3-year contract worth $ 1.3 million.
For thirteen competitions most - four - the winner is the representatives of the USSR, Russia: in 1973 - Vladimir Viardot in 1989 - Alexei Sultanov in 2001 Olga Kern and Stanislav Yudenich from Uzbekistan in 2005 - Alexander Kobrin.
The members of the jury in different years were Americans - Malcolm fragger and Harold Schonberg, Russian Maxim Shostakovich, the Englishman John Ogdon and Swiss Nikita Magaloff.
At the 14th International Piano Competition named Van Cliburn will attend 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 at many concert venues in France, Italy, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland, South Korea, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States. 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 Balakirev School of Music and the University of South Bend, Indiana. Musician living in London and studying at the Royal College of Music.
26-year-old Yuri Favorin from Russia had played in many prestigious 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, in the Concert Hall of the Moscow Conservatory Rachmaninov. Favorin performed as a solo program, and with the orchestra under Pierre Boulez, Marina Alsop and Kazuhiro Koizumi. Yuri Favorin is the winner of competitions Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition-2010, and Olivier Messiaen Competition-2007. Yuri - a graduate student at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
30-year-old Alexey Chernov was born in a family of musicians in Moscow. As early as 4 years of age he began studying music. Alex - a graduate of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the British Royal College of Music. He is the winner of over 20 international piano competitions. Among his awards - 2nd place in the competition Cleveland International Piano Competition in 2011 and the 5th place at the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition. Since its first performance in the Concert Hall of Rachmaninoff in 2005, Chernov performed with orchestras under the baton of Mikhail Pletnev, Enrique Batiza, Sladkovsky Alexander and Dmitry Orlov. Alexey Chernov has toured extensively in Russia and in Europe.
20-year-old Nikolai owners in the 7-year-old made his debut in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. Since then, he was awarded a lot of prizes, including top prizes in the 2012 Piano Competition in Dublin and Sydney. He performs with orchestras in Tokyo, Warsaw and Sydney. Nikolai Khozyainov studies 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 10 years old he made his debut on the stage, and in 11 years has released his first record. Since Mndoyants toured in Russia, Europe, China, the US, speaking at many events, including the World Economic Forum in Davos. In 2007, Studio Classical Records released two CDs of Nikita, which included music and his own compositions. Mndoyants - graduate and post-graduate Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
25-year-old Ukrainian Alexander Polyakov was born in Kiev. Play the piano, he began a 3-year, and their first concert with an orchestra gave in 8 years. Poles took 3rd place in the competition Franz Liszt in Utrecht, Netherlands. He also won several prizes in other international piano competitions. Polyakov makes a solo program in Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Italy and the United States. He played in the Kiev Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. Alexander Polyakov studies at the Conservatory of Boston and graduate of the National Music Academy named after Tchaikovsky in Ukraine.
Another resident of Kiev - 26-year-old Vadim Cholodenko was the winner of the International Competition Franz Schubert in Dortmund, Germany in 2012 and the International Competition in Sendai, Japan in 2010. It works with Yuri Bashmet and other conductors. Vadim Cholodenko happens with concerts in Russia, Europe, Asia, Israel and the United States. He released a recording of music by Liszt, Rachmaninoff and Medtner in a series of television culture. Cholodenko lives in Moscow and studies at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
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