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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Honens quarter-finalists announced

4:07, 31st January 2018

The 50 pianists selected for the quarter-finals of the 2018 Honens International Piano Competition have been announced.

They are:

  • Jean-Selim Abdelmoula (27, Switzerland)
  • Kevin Ahfat (23, Canada/United States)
  • Gerard Aimontche (26, Benin/Russia)
  • Stefano Andreatta (27, Italy)
  • Sergey Belyavskiy (24, Russia)
  • Leon Bernsdorf (26, Germany)
  • Florian Caroubi (29, France)
  • Han Chen (26, Taiwan)
  • Vivianne Cheng (28, United States)
  • Dmytro Choni (25, Ukraine)
  • Anna Dmytrenko (25, United States)
  • James Fenwick (24, United States)
  • Robert Fleitz (25, United States)
  • Julia Hamos (26, United States)
  • Sten Heinoja (24, Estonia)
  • Leonardo Hilsdorf (30, Brazil)
  • Tzu-Yin Huang (29, Taiwan)
  • Seoyoung Jang (29, South Korea)
  • Joanna Kacperek (24, Poland)
  • Jong Yun Kim (28, South Korea)
  • Edwin Kim (30, United States)
  • Peter Klimo (27, United States)
  • Adela Liculescu (25, Romania)
  • Ivan Linn (30, Taiwan)
  • Nicolas Namoradze (26, Hungary/Georgia)
  • Riyad Nicolas (29, Syria/United Kingdom)
  • Kyle Orth (27, United States)
  • Lucas Porter (27, Canada)
  • Megan-Geoffrey Prins (28, South Africa)
  • Mihai Ritivoiu (29, Romania)
  • Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner (21, United States)
  • Cristian Sandrin (25, Romania)
  • Philipp Scheucher (25, Austria)
  • Aristo Sham (22, China)
  • Changyong Shin (24, South Korea)
  • Ilya Shmukler (23, Russia)
  • Abigail Sin (26, Singapore)
  • Milosz Sroczyński (25, Poland)
  • Hans H. Suh (28, South Korea)
  • Alexey Sychev (29, Russia)
  • Reed Tetzloff (26, United States)
  • Samson Tsoy (29, Russia/United Kingdom)
  • Yannick Van de Velde (28, Belgium)
  • Derek Wang (20, United States)
  • Larry Weng (30, United States)
  • John Wilson (30, United States)
  • Evan Wong (28, United States)
  • Yevgeny Yontov (29, Israel)
  • Yonjoon Yoon (25, South Korea)
  • Angie Zhang (22, United States)

The quarter-finals/international audition rounds will take place in Berlin (11-13 March at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler) and New York (19-21 March at the Merkin Concert Hall, Kaufman Music Center). The competitors, who hail from 22 countries, will each perform a 40-minute recital and complete an interview with an arts journalist.

Their performances will be recorded on video for review by the first jury, comprising Winston Choi (2003 Honens Laureate; head of piano, Chicago College of the Performing Arts), Isolde Lagacé (general and artistic director, Arte Musica Foundation, Canada), Eduardo Monteiro, (pianist; vice director and professor of piano, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil), and Pedja Muzijevic (pianist; artistic administrator, Baryshnikov Arts Center, United States). Ten pianists will be chosen to advance to the semi-finals in Calgary.

The winner of the triennial competition will receive $100,000 CAD and an artistic and career development programme worth a $500,000.

Eric Friesen, chair of the screening jury, said he was ‘very impressed’ by the quantity and quality of this year’s applicants, commenting: ‘It was a real challenge for the jury to reduce the field to 50 quarterfinalists.’

www.honens.com/

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