The Competition Announces Its Competitors

The First China International Music Competition, newly created by the Global Music Education League and China Conservatory of Music, has announced the twenty pianists who will participate in Beijing from May 4 to 21 2019.

The competitors, all between seventeen and twenty-eight years of age, have been selected by the world's foremost international music authorities and come from a total of ten countries: Australia, Belarus, Canada, China, Georgia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Russia, South Korea, and the United States. Several competitors currently attend the world's leading conservatories, and many have already won prizes at major international piano competitions such as the Cliburn, Chopin, and Queen Elisabeth.

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 to this unprecedented purse, the gold medalist will gain representation by two major international artist management companies: Opus 3 Artists in the United States and Armstrong Music and Arts in China, which, combined, will coordinate three years of international concert tours.

The distinguished international jury of the inaugural Competition includes: Li-guang Wang, president of the China International Music Competition, chairman of the Global Music Education League, and president of the China Conservatory of Music; Yoheved Kaplinsky, chairman of the jury and artistic director of the Competition; Dmitri Alexeev; Jan Jiracek von Arnim; Lydia ArtymiwBoris BermanMichel Béroff; Ronan O'HoraWarren Jones; Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń; and Arie Vardi. None of the competitors currently study or have ever studied with any member of the jury.

All twenty-two pianists will perform a recital in the Preliminary Round of the Competition. The jury will then select twelve pianists to advance to the Semifinal Round, during which they will perform another recital and collaborate in a vocal recital. In the first phase of the Final Round, six pianists will perform a Classical concerto with the China Academia Orchestra, and then three finalists will be chosen to play a Final Round concert at Beijing's National Centre for the Performing Arts with The Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by its music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin. All performances apart from the Final Round concert will take place in the concert hall of the China Conservatory.  
                                                                                                              The competitors

Alim Beisembayev Kazakhstan
  1.  
Central Music School of the Moscow State Conservatory
Royal Academy of Music, London
Leonardo Colafelice Italy
  1.  
Bari Conservatory of Music “N. Piccinni”
Anna Dmytrenko USA
  1.  
Universität der Künste, Berlin
Royal Academy of Music, London
The Juilliard School, Pre-College Division
Anna Han USA
  1.  
The Juilliard School
New Century Conservatory, Arizona
Honggi Kim South Korea
  1.  
Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Frankfurt-am-Main
Hochschule für Musik und Theater Munich
Korea National University of Arts
Bowen Li China
  1.  
China Conservatory of Music
Alexander Malofeev Russia
  1.  
Gnessin Moscow Special School of Music
Mackenzie Melemed USA
  1.  
The Juilliard School
Sandro Nebieridze Georgia
  1.  
Tbilisi State Conservatory
Luka Okros Georgia      28. Royal College of Music, London
Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory
Linzi Pan China
  1.  
The Juilliard School
Curtis Institute of Music
Changyong Shin South Korea
  1.  
Curtis Institute of Music
The Juilliard School
Dmitry Shishkin Russia
  1.  
Gnessin Moscow Special School of Music
Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory
Andrei Shychko Belarus
  1.  
Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory
Belarussian State Academy of Music, Minsk
Hans H. Suh South Korea
  1.  
Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover
Columbia-Juilliard Exchange Program
Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division
Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev Russia
  1.  
Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory
Anastasia Vorotnaya Russia
  1.  
Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía, Madrid
Central Music School of the Moscow State Conservatory
Rio Xiang Australia
  1.  
Oberlin Conservatory
Tony Yike Yang Canada
  1.  
Harvard University-New England Conservatory of Music Program
Oberlin Conservatory
Jialin Yao China
  1.  
China Conservatory of Music
Tony Yun Canada
  1.  
The Juilliard School, Pre-College Division

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