Melissa Bradshaw

First China International Music Competition announces semi-finalists

12:08, 10th May 2019

The first China International Music Competition – newly created by the China Conservatory of Music and Global Music Education League – has announced the details of the 12 pianists who will progress to the semi-final rounds.

Competing for the chance to win unprecedented cash prizes, international management and the chance to perform in the final concert with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra (20 May), the semi-finalists are:

  • Alim Beisembayev, Kazakhstan (age 21)
  • Leonardo Colafelice, Italy (age 23)
  • Anna Hann, USA (age 23)
  • Honggi Kim, South Korea (age 27)
  • Alexander Malofeev, Russia (age 17)
  • MacKenzie Melemed, USA (age 24)
  • Sandro Nebieridze, Georgia (age 18)
  • Linzi Pan, China (age 24)
  • Hans H Suh, South Korea (age 28)
  • Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev, Russia (age 25)
  • Anastasia Vorotnaya, Russia (age 23)
  • Tony Yun, Canada (age 17)

The competition will award a first prize of US$150,000 and a gold medal, a second prize of US$75,000 and a silver medal, and a third prize of US$30,000 and a crystal award to its top three winners. In addition, the gold medallist will gain representation by Opus 3 Artists in the United States and Armstrong Music and Arts in China which, combined, will coordinate three years of international concert tours. All performances will take place in the concert hall of the China Conservatory, except for the the final round concert held at Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts.

Music lovers in China and around the world can follow the progress of competitors and enjoy performances from every round through filming and live-streaming on Amadeus.tv, China’s leading TV and online platform for classical music and the arts, and Youku.com, China’s leading video hosting service.

For further information visit www.cimcompetition.org.

UPDATE (17 May 2019)

The six pianists chosen to progress to the first phase of the finals have now been announced. The two youngest competitors in the competition are among those selected to progress.

The finalists are (in alphabetical order):

  • Leonardo Colafelice
  • Alexander Malofeev
  • MacKenzie Melemed
  • Sandro Nebieridze
  • Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev
  • Tony Yun
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