Bachauer piano competition kicks off today in Salt Lake City

First Published      Last Updated Jun 20 2014 11:47 am

The Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition started today at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in downtown Salt Lake City.

Admission to the competition, which continues over the next two weeks and culminates with a June 25 concert in Abravanel Hall, is $20 for the preliminary and semifinal rounds ($8 for students) and $30 for the finals ($15 for students). An all-access pass is $150 ($50 for students). The event is streaming live at http://www.bachauer.com.

The 37 contestants, ages 19 to 32, drew for performance order Wednesday night. Each will play a 30-minute recital of self-chosen repertoire over the first three days of competition. They will perform 40-minute recitals, in the same order, June 16-19. Twelve semifinalists will perform hourlong recitals over the following two days before three finalists are selected to play complete concertos with the Utah Symphony on June 25. Here's the schedule for the first round.

Thursday, June 12

1:05 p.m. • Sean Kennard, USA, 29

1:35 p.m. • Luca Buratto, Italy, 21

2:05 p.m. • Miao Huang, China/Germany, 29

2:35 p.m. • Kyoko Kaise, Japan, 30

3:30 p.m. • Zenan Yu, China, 27

4 p.m. • Scott Cuellar, USA, 25

4:30 p.m. • Sara Daneshpour, USA, 27

5 p.m. • Xingji Piao, China, 21

7:35 p.m. • KaJeng Wong, Hong Kong, 23

8:05 p.m. • Conlan Miller, USA, 24

8:35 p.m. • Rachel Cheung, Hong Kong, 22

9:15 p.m. • Di-Yi Tang, China, 32

9:45 p.m. • Vasyl Kotys, Ukraine, 29

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Piano competition

The Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition takes place in Salt Lake City this month. Events are in the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City, except as noted.

Kickoff » Contestants will draw lots to determine performance order at an opening gala Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Preliminary rounds » Each pianist will play a 30-minute recital in the first round, Thursday through Saturday from 1 to 5 and from 7:30 to 10 p.m. The second round, June 16-19, will follow the same timetable, with contestants playing 40-minute recitals.

Semifinals » A dozen semifinalists will play hourlong recitals June 20 and 21, again from 1 to 5 and from 7:30 to 10 p.m.

Final round » Three finalists will each perform a complete concerto with the Utah Symphony and guest conductor Thomas Hong, June 25 at 7 p.m. in Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City.

Tickets » Preliminary and semifinal rounds, $20, $8 for students; finals, $30, $15 for students. A complete competition package is $150, $50 for students. Visit www.arttix.org or call 801-355-ARTS.