12 pianists advance to Gina Bachauer piano competition’s semifinals
Twelve pianists have advanced to the semifinal round of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in Salt Lake City. They will play hourlong recitals today and Saturday, after which an international panel of nine jurors will choose three finalists. Each of these competitors will perform a complete concerto with the Utah Symphony and guest conductor Thomas Hong Wednesday night in Abravanel Hall.
Contestants make their concerto selections in advance of the competition. Ten of this year's semifinalists have chosen concertos by Russian composers, so there's a high likelihood of an all-Russian finale — and a smaller, but real, possibility that all three finalists will play the same concerto, Tchaikovsky's First.
What's at stake? The gold medalist receives $40,000 cash, a recital in New York's Weill/Carnegie Recital Hall, solo engagements at piano festivals in Shanghai and at the Eastman School of Music, a concerto date on an upcoming Utah Symphony season and a recording contract on the Archive label. The silver and bronze medalists receive $20,000 and $10,000 respectively; each of the other semifinalists will receive $1,000. Audience members at the final concert also have an opportunity to vote for their favorite finalist; the winner gets a $1,000 prize.
Here's the lineup for the semifinals:
1:05 p.m. » Miao Huang, 29, China/Germany
2:05 p.m. » Sara Daneshpour, 27, United States
3:30 p.m. » KaJeng Wong, 23, Hong Kong
4:30 p.m. » Artem Yasynskyy, 25, Ukraine, 25
7:35 p.m. » Chi Ho Han, 22, Korea
8:45 p.m. » Marcin Koziak, 25, Poland
1:05 p.m. » Alexander Gadjiev, 19, Italy
2:05 p.m. » Dominic Cheli, 20, United States
3:30 p.m. » Alexey Chernov, 31, Russia
4:30 p.m. » EunAe Lee, 26, Korea