Twelve young pianists have been selected to advance to the semifinal round of the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (www.cliburn.org)Â being held at the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth.
John Giordano, chairman of the jury for the Cliburn 2009, announced theÂ namesÂ TuesdayÂ of thoseÂ advancingÂ from the stage of theÂ performance hall. TheÂ twelve competitors, in alphabetical order, are:
Mr. Evgeni Bozhanov, Bulgaria, 25
Mr. Ran Dank, Israel, 27
Mr. Alessandro Deljavan, Italy, 22
Ms. Kyu Yeon Kim, South Korea, 23
Mr. Eduard Kunz, Russia, 28
Ms. Andrea Lam, Australia, 27
Mr. Michail Lifits, Germany, 26
Ms. Yeol Eum Son, South Korea, 23
Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii, Japan,20
Â Ms. Mariangela Vacatello, Italy, 27
Ms Di Wu, China, 24
Mr. Haochen Zhang, China, 19
Twenty-nine pianists representingÂ 14 countriesÂ competed in the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition’s preliminary round, which was began May 22. TheÂ competitors performed a variety of works by composersÂ including Albeniz, Bach, and Boulez, to Carter, Debussy, and Ginastera, as well as Liszt, Haydn, Mozart and Schumann.
During theÂ second round,Â each pianist will perform a 60-minute solo recitalÂ with music of his or her choice, along with one selected contemporary work from the winning compositions of the third American Composers Invitational. Each competitor will also perform one of the designated piano quintets in a separate concert with the TakÃ¡cs Quartet.
On May 31, Giordano will announce the six pianists advancing to the finalÂ competition.Â Each will chooseÂ two concertiÂ to perform with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under the direction of renowned American conductor James Conlon.Â Each finalist will also present a separateÂ 50-minute solo recital of works not performedÂ in the precedingÂ rounds.Â The Final Round is scheduled for Â June 3 through 7.