Jury member Olga Kern
Scottish International Piano Competition announces 2017 competitors12:30, 21st June 2017
Thirty-two competitors from 20 countries have been selected to take part in the Scottish International Piano Competition, which will take place 1 – 10 September 2017.
The finalists are:
- Piotry Alexewicz, Poland
- Svetlana Andreeva, Russia
- In-Ju Bang, South Korea
- Sung-Soo Cho, South Korea
- Ludovica de Bernardo, Italy
- Can Cakmur, Turkey
- Vivianne Cheng, USA
- Andrea Dubov, Russia
- Jonathan Ferrucci, Italy/Australia (Guildhall School of Music and Drama)
- Anna Geniushene, Russia (Royal Academy of Music)
- George Harliono-Evans, UK (Royal College of Music)
- Yixing Hou, USA
- Luke Jones, UK (Royal Northern College of Music)
- Uikyung Jung, South Korea
- Nejc Kamplet, Slovenia
- Kang Tae Kim, South Korea
- Marina Koka, Japan
- Ilya Kondrateiv, Russia (Royal College of Music)
- Siqian Li, China
- Robertas Lozinskis, Lithuania (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)
- Martin Malmgreen, Sweden
- Gunter Marie Rosa, Germany
- Florian Mitrea, Romania
- Riyad Nicolas, Syria (Royal Academy of Music)
Federico Nicoletta, Italy
- Yeontaek Oh, South Korea
- Luka Orkrostvaridze, Georgia
- Anna Szalucka, Poland (Royal Academy of Music)
- Antonina Suhanova, Latvia (Guildhall School of Music and Drama)
- Hin Yat Tsang, Hong Kong
- Sean Yeh, USA
- Yuliya Yermalayeva, Belarus
The preliminary rounds take place at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) in Glasgow from 1 September to 4 September, and are followed by the semi-finals on 6 and 7 September. The final will take place in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on 10 September.
All pianists will present two, 30 minute recitals, before the ten semi-finalists are selected. The semi-finalists will perform a newly commissioned piano work by composer Gordon McPherson, and the three finalists will each perform a concerto with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Thomas Søndergård.
The first prize-winner will receive £10,000, the Alexander Stone Memorial Trophy and the Frederic Lamond Gold Medal, and will perform with the RSNO in the 2018/19 season. Second prize is £7,500 and the Lawrence Glover Silver Medal, and third prize is £5,000.
The seven semi-finalists who do not go through to the final each receive £1,000. There is also a prize of £500 for the best performance of the new work in the semi-final.
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland head of keyboard Aaron Shorr will chair the jury, which also comprises Steven Osborne, Olga Kern, Meng-Chieh Liu, Peter Tuite, Soo-Jung Shin, Ivari Ilja and Krishna Thiagaragan.
Tickets for all rounds and the final go on sale from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (first two rounds and semi-finals) and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (final) box offices from 3 July. There are plans to live stream the first rounds of the competition from the RCS.