Advancing Pianists Named in Van Cliburn Competition

by Joy Donovan on May 26, 2009

Soyeon Lee performs during the preliminary round of the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth.

Soyeon Lee performs during the preliminary round of the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth.

Twelve young pianists have been selected to advance to the semifinal round of the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (www.cliburn.org) being held at the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth.

John Giordano, chairman of the jury for the Cliburn 2009, announced the names Tuesday of those advancing from the stage of the performance hall. The 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
 Ms. Mariangela Vacatello, Italy, 27
Ms Di Wu, China, 24
Mr. Haochen Zhang, China, 19

Twenty-nine pianists representing 14 countries competed in the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition’s preliminary round, which was began May 22. The competitors performed a variety of works by composers including Albeniz, Bach, and Boulez, to Carter, Debussy, and Ginastera, as well as Liszt, Haydn, Mozart and Schumann.

During the second round, each pianist will perform a 60-minute solo recital 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 Takács Quartet.
 
On May 31, Giordano will announce the six pianists advancing to the final competition. Each will choose two concerti to perform with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under the direction of renowned American conductor James Conlon. Each finalist will also present a separate 50-minute solo recital of works not performed in the preceding rounds. The Final Round is scheduled for  June 3 through 7.

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