Luca Buratto wins Honens Piano Competition
14 September 2015
Luca BurattoMonique de St Croix
Luca Buratto was announced as the laureate of the 2015 Honens Piano Competition on 11 September.
The 22-year-old Italian pianist received a cash prize of CA$100k (£64,770) and a three-year career development programme valued at $500k.
Buratto made his debut in 2003 at age ten in the Sala Verdi of the Conservatory of Milan. He received third prize in the 2012 International Robert Schumann Competition (Zwickau) and the 'Acerbi' prize at the Shura Cherkassky International Piano Competition (Milan). He was one of 30 finalists at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
The Honens Piano Competition takes place every three years as part of the Honens Festival. Previous winners include Pavel Kolesnikov (2012) and Maxim Philippov (1996).
Anna Tcybuleva wins Leeds International Piano Competition
14 September 2015, Leeds, UK
Leeds International Piano Competition 2015 winner Anna Tcybuleva
Anna Tcybuleva has been awarded the first prize at this year's Leeds International Piano Competition. The 25-year-old Ukrainian pianist played Brahms' Piano Concerto No 2 in the Final, which took place at Leeds Town Hall on Saturday 12 September.
Tcybuleva receives a £20,000 cash prize, the Daw Aung San Suu Kyi gold medal and the Champs Hill Records award (allowing her to record her debut solo CD at the Music Room, Champs Hill).
Sir Mark Elder, who conducted the Hallé Orchestra in the finals, commented: 'Once again the LIPC has found a truly exciting winner from some very talented finalists. The Competition continues to achieve the highest standards and I am delighted to play a small part in it.'
Six pianists took part in the Finals:
- Second prize: Heejae Kim, 28 (South Korea)
- Third prize: Vitaly Pisarenko, 28 (Russia)
- Fourth prize: Drew Petersen, 21 (USA)
- Fifth prize: Tomoki Kitamura, 24 (Japan)
- Sixth prize: Yun Wei, 21 (China).
The Terence Judd – Hallé Orchestra Prize, in memory of a brilliant young pianist and past pupil of Dame Fanny Waterman, was awarded to Heejae Kim. He receives a cash prize of £5,500, at least three paid engagements with The Hallé and an invitation to perform in the Manchester Mid-day Concerts series at Bridgewater Hall.
This year's Competition was the last to be chaired by its founder Dame Fanny Waterman, who commented: 'This has been a truly marvellous Competition with some of the finest young pianists entering. To hear a talent as fine as Anna’s brings confidence that the Competition will continue to produce the greatest pianists in the world for many years to come.'
The Finals will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Sunday 13 September at 4pm and 8pm. BBC Four television will show the Finals on three consecutive Fridays from 18 September at 7.30pm.
Leeds finalists announced
9 September 2015
- Heejae Kim, 28 (Korea)
- Tomoki Kitamura, 24 (Japan)
- Drew Petersen, 21 (USA)
- Vitaly Pisarenko, 28 (Russia)
- Anna Tcybuleva, 25 (Russia)
- Yun Wei, 21 (China)
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St John's Smith Square to host Southbank International Piano Series recitals
7 September 2015, London, UK
Piano repertoire takes centre stage at St John's next season(Photo: Joss Gamble)
St John’s Smith Square is to host the bulk of the 2015/16 and 2016/17 Southbank Centre International Piano Series while the Queen Elizabeth Hall (QEH) undergoes a two-year refurbishment.
The forthcoming season will see a total of eight Southbank Series recitals at St John’s between October 2015 and April 2016, including Nikolai Demidenko (3 Nov), Steven Osborne (3 Feb), Tamara Stefanovich (26 Feb) and the winner of the 2015 Chopin Competition (11 Mar).
‘We hope that our partnership with the SBC International Piano Series will consolidate our own programming identity, and help us to share this with a wider artistic, critical and audience base,’ says St John’s director, Richard Heason. In terms of longer-term outcomes, ‘a more defined identity’ for St John’s is high on Heason’s list.
The partnership with the Southbank is the cornerstone of a wide-ranging season of piano music at the Baroque London church. ‘When we knew the SBC International Piano Series would partly be coming to St John’s, I was keen to capitalise upon this and see how we might add value to our other wonderful events,’ explains Heason. ‘I’m aware that a number of pianists really enjoy playing here and so, for the right repertoire, it is a key venue.’
Among Heason’s personal highlights are two complete cycles: Warren Mailley-Smith’s Herculean Chopin series and the London Piano Trio playing Beethoven. He’s also looking forward to Rolf Hind’s Occupy the Pianos festival (11-13 September), and says it ‘will be wonderful to see this come to fruition’. Two-piano repertoire comes under the spotlight in April with a concert by the Labeque sisters as well as a lunchtime performance of Messiaen’s Visions de l’Amen. But the icing on the cake, says Heason, will be the opportunity to hear Beethoven’s last three sonatas in a single evening at Jean-Efflam Bavouzet’s SBC International Piano Series recital on 26 January.
‘The piano has the greatest repertoire by far for any solo instrument and we could programme many years of events without repetition or boredom creeping in,’ adds Heason.