New York City will be the site for the third round of the quarterfinals of the 2012 Honens International Piano Competition on April 30 and May 1. Nineteen pianists will each give a 40-minute recital at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, featuring their own choices of repertory; the April 30 sessions are free and open to the public. The winning pianist receives $100,000 (Canadian) in prize money, plus entry to the competition’s three-year artistic and career-development program. The Honens competition, established in 1991, takes place every three years in Calgary. This year’s quarterfinalists are Charlie Albright (age 24, U.S.); Michael Bukhman (28, U.S.); David Fung (27, Australia); Tanya Gabrielian (29, U.S.); Miao Hou (30, China); Christopher McKiggan (27, U.K.); Alexander Seredenko (25, Canada); Lu Shen (27, China); Jiayan Sun (22, China); Jean-Philippe Sylvestre (30, Canada); Alexei Tartakovski (23, U.S.); Wayne Weng (29, Canada); Amy Yang (28, U.S.); Todd Yaniw (27, Canada); Kwan Yi (27, U.S.); Zenan Yu (25, China); Shichao Zhang (23, China); Xixi Zhou (27, China); and Eric Zuber (27, U.S.). Ten semifinalists will be announced on July 17; five finalists, to be chosen on October 21, will perform in the finals round in Calgary, Canada, through October 26, when a winner will be announced.
Posted March 23, 2012