Cliburn junior piano competition’s top winner, Australia’s Shuan Hern Lee

Posted on: June 12, 2019

“Winners of the second Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition—and the first to be held in Dallas—were announced Saturday evening at the Meyerson Symphony Center,” writes Scott Cantrell in Sunday’s (6/9) Dallas Morning News. “They are Shuan Hern Lee, 16, of Australia, $15,000 first prize; Eva Gevorgyan, 15, of Russia/Armenia, $10,000 second prize; and JiWon Yang, 17, of South Korea, $5,000 third prize. Each finalist will also receive a $2,000 scholarship provided by the Fort Worth Piano Teachers Forum for further musical advancement. Top prizes include residency and mentorship opportunities with the Cliburn. Three additional $500 prizes were presented: the audience award to Avery Gagliano, 17, of the U.S.; the peer award to J J Jun Li Bui, 14, of Canada; and the press award to Eva Gevorgyan. Cash awards of $2,000 also will go to each of the semifinalists: Bui, Gagliano and Chun Lam U, 16, of Hong Kong. In the final round, on Saturday afternoon, each of the finalists performed a concerto with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, led by former assistant conductor Ruth Reinhardt…. With minimal rehearsal, Reinhardt gave incisive musical direction.”

Posted June 12, 2019