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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Leeds Piano competitors announced

2:44, 18th December 2017

Sixty-eight pianists have been selected for the first round of the 2018 Leeds International Piano Competition – eight more than originally planned, due to the ‘extraordinarily high quality of applicants’.

The pianists, representing 28 countries, will compete in the competition’s first international First Round, which will take place in April 2018 in Berlin, Singapore and New York, and will be streamed on Medici.tv in August.

They are:

  • Jean-Selim Abdelmoula (27, Swiss)
  • Oleg Akkuratov (28, Russian Federation)
  • Eunhee Baek (27, South Korean)
  • Evelyne Berezovsky (27, British)
  • Aris Alexander Blettenberg (24, German)
  • Jun Bouterey-Ishido (28, New Zealand)
  • Florian Caroubi (28, French)
  • Jenny Chen (24, USA/Taiwan)
  • Saeyoon Chon (22, South Korean)
  • Lee Clarence (27, Singaporean)
  • Scott Cuellar (29, American)
  • Anna Dmytrenko (25, American/Ukraine)
  • Alberto Ferro (22, Italian)
  • Yui Fushiki (27, Japanese)
  • Jean-Paul Gasparian (23, French)
  • Anna Geniushene (27, Russian Federation)
  • Salih Can Gevrek (26, Turkish)
  • Kyuho Han (24, South Korean)
  • Hee Jun Han (28, South Korean)
  • Chen Han (26, Taiwanese)
  • Yilei Hao (21, Chinese)
  • Mario Häring (28, German)
  • Wei-Ting Hsieh (22, Taiwanese)
  • So Hyang In (26, South Korean)
  • Fuko Ishii (27, Japanese)
  • Haruka Izawa (26, Japanese)
  • Aljoša Jurinić (29, Croatian)
  • Su Yeon Kim (24, South Korean)
  • Yoonji Kim (29, South Korean)
  • Jongyun Kim (28, South Korean)
  • Yurika Kimura (25, Japanese)
  • Dinara Klinton (29, Ukranian)
  • Jakub Kuszlik (21, Polish)
  • Franck Laurent-Grandpré (26, French)
  • Taek Gi Lee (21, South Korean)
  • Siqian Li (25, Chinese)
  • Bowen Li (22, Chinese)
  • Eric Lu (20, American)
  • Florian Mitrea (28, British/Romanian)
  • Alexia Mouza (28, Greek/Venezuelan)
  • Riyad Nicolas (28, British/Syrian)
  • Yeon-Min Park (27, South Korean)
  • Jinhyung Park (22, South Korean)
  • Colton Peltier (24, American)
  • Lucas Porter (27, Canadian)
  • Kausikan Rajeshkumar (28, British)
  • Anton Rosputko (25, Latvian)
  • Tamila Salimdjanova (26, Uzbek)
  • Marina Kan Selvik (29, Norwegian)
  • Aristo Sham (22, Hong Kong)
  • Jiuming Shen (26, Chinese)
  • Lorenzo Soulès (26, French)
  • Yutong Sun (22, Chinese)
  • Alexey Sychev (29, Russian Federation)
  • Hin-Yat Tsang (25, Hong Kong)
  • Samson Tsoy (29, Russian Federation)
  • Kseniia Vokhmianina (28, Ukranian)
  • Xinyuan Wang (23, Chinese)
  • Chao Wang (28, Chinese)
  • Andrzej Wierciński (22, Polish)
  • Rhythmie Wong (27, Chinese)
  • Yuchong Wu (22, Chinese)
  • Ziang Xu (26, Chinese)
  • Yuanfan Yang (21, British)
  • Chengcheng Yao (26, Chinese)
  • Hao Zi Yoh (23, Malaysian)
  • Pavel Zemen (25, Czech)
  • Sarina Zhang (22, Canadian/USA)

Five British nationals have been selected, as well as the first ever competitor from Syria. While half of the competitors are Asian nationals (led by China and South Korea, with 11 competitors each), almost two thirds of the pianists are based in Europe, including 11 UK residents and 15 based in Germany.  The average age of competitors is 25, and 65% of those selected are male.

The First round jury, chaired by Adam Gatehouse and including Thomas Hübsch, Noriko Ogawa and Marna Seltzer, will hear a 25-minute recital from each of the 68 pianists before selecting 24 to go through to the Second Round in Leeds in September 2018.

The 2018 Competition will feature a greater range of events, concerts and education work than ever before, including a new Leeds Piano Festival to take place annually in London and Leeds, and all rounds will be live-streamed worldwide.

Pianists will compete for a share of the £90,000 prize pot, and the first prize winner will receive a package including: artistic management with Askonas Holt; concerts and engagements with leading venues and orchestras, including London’s Wigmore Hall and South Bank Centre, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestras; concert and recording engagements with Radio 3; a major European tour organised with partners Steinway & Sons; a recital CD with a leading recording label; a programme of recital engagements in Yorkshire and other UK venues; and mentoring from co-artistic director Paul Lewis, Patron Murray Perahia and other members of the performer-led jury.

leedspiano.com/competitors

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