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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Daniel Ciobanu wins BNDES International Piano Competition 2016

3:37, 13th December 2016

The final round of the fifth BNDES International Piano Competition took place on 10 December at the Municipal Theatre of Rio De Janeiro.

Daniel Ciobanu (Romania) won first prize after performing Prokofiev’s third concerto. He receives BRL 120,000 (£28,300) plus concerts in Brazil, Europe and the USA during the 2017/18 season.

Ciobanu recently completed a Masters degree the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and is currently studying for a second Masters at the Universitat der Kunst, Berlin under Pascqal Devoyon.

He was the first pianist to win all the internal piano competitions at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and to receive all the special prizes in the Morocco Philarmonique International Piano Competition in 2015. Earlier this year, he won first prize and special prize for the best performance of a classical sonata at the UNISA International Piano Competition and first prize at the Sheepdrove Intercolleagiate Piano Competition.

Joo Hyeon Park (South Korea) won second prize and audience award (worth a total of £19,500), and Andreas Ioannides (UK) won third prize (£14,150).

Lucas Thomazinho (Brazil) received the award for the best performance of Brazilian music, and Liza Kliuchereva (Russia) won the Ginastera award, offered to the best interpreter of a piece by the Argentinian composer.

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