Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition Virtual Rounds Results

2/20/2009 [Pianos & Keyboards]

24 Young Pianists Advance To Competition Rounds

NEW YORK CITY — Virtual Auditions of the Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition took place in New York City at the Piano Salon at the Yamaha Artist Services Inc. February 12-15, 2009. The members of the Screening Jury, Stanislav Pochekin of Spain, Frederic Chiu of United States and Rees Allison of United States, headed by a non-voting Artistic Director of the Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition Alexander Braginsky selected twenty-four young pianists to compete in the Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition in June-July 2009.

Chaoyin Cai China
Lindsay Garritson USA
Elmar Gasanov Russia
Vyacheslav Gryaznov Russia
Ran Jia China
Andrej Jussow Germany
Grace Eun Hae Kim South Korea
Eduard Kunz Russia
Han-Chien Lee Taiwan
Howard Na USA
Piotr Rozanski Poland
Yukiko Sekino Japan
Alex Seredenko Canada
Rui Shi China
Konstantin Soukhovetski Russia
Andrew Staupe USA
Young-Ah Tak South Korea
Alessandro Taverna Italy
Anastasya Terenkova Russia
Helene Tysman France
Clara Yang USA
Pavel Yeletsky Belarus
Denis Zhdanov Ukraine
Eric Zuber USA
Chi Xu China
Charlie Albright USA
Hao Zhu China

One hundred and fifty-three young pianists from 31 countries have applied to participate in the Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition. Seventy-one were invited to the preliminary Disklavier/Video Recordings, which took place in New York City, Los Angeles, Beijing, Paris and Moscow in January of 2009.

Piano-e-Competition Results
The members of the Screening Jury included Stanislav Pochekin of Spain, Frederic Chiu of United States and Rees Allison of United States, seen here with Artistic Director of the Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition Alexander Braginsky.
Each young pianist performed a 20-25 minute program on an acoustic Yamaha Disklavier concert grand piano. The Disklavier is capable of capturing every key and pedal stroke as high resolution MIDI data and accurately captured the performance. During the Disklavier/Video Recordings, the instrument's performance capture feature was synchronized with a simultaneous video recording. During the Virtual Auditions, the Screening Jury watched the players projected on a large screen while another 9-foot Yamaha Disklavier CFIIIS Mark 4 Pro grand piano reproduced their performances synchronized with the video. Based on these performances, the Screening Jury selected the twenty-four young pianists.

The competition rounds for the fourth Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition will take place between June 30 and July 10, 2009 at Sundin Music Hall, Hamline University in St. Paul and at the Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. All rounds will be free and open to the public and videos of all performances will be streamed live over the Internet. Audition recitals and solo rounds performances will also be available for the general public to download as MIDI files on their own computers or on their own Disklavier pianos from the e-competition home page.

The twenty-four invited pianists will each perform a solo recital program of his or her choice. The International Jury will select nine pianists to proceed to Schubert Sonata Round. After the Schubert Round, the field will be narrowed to six finalists, who will perform a Quintet and a Concerto with the Minnesota Orchestra.

The young pianists will compete for a top prize of $25,000, a CD recording issued on the Ten Thousand Lakes label, a Yamaha DC3M4 Pro 6' 1" Disklavier Grand piano, and a recital tour. Winners of the previous competitions include Mei-Ting Sun (2002), Jie Chen (2004), Edisher Savitski (2006), Nansong Huang and Frank Düpree (2008 - e-Piano Junior Competition for young pianists ages 17 and under).

For more information, write Yamaha Corporation of America, Keyboard Division, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622; telephone (714) 522-9011; or e-mail infostation@yamaha.com.

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