HONENS ANNOUNCES SEMIFINALISTS OF THE 2018 HONENS INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION
TEN PIANISTS FROM NINE COUNTRIES COMPETE FOR WORLD’S RICHEST PRIZE FOR PIANO
Ten pianists have been chosen to advance to the Semifinals of Canada’s Honens International Piano Competition. The pianists (aged 21 to 29) come from nine countries: Austria, Belgium, Georgia, Hong Kong, Italy, Romania, South Africa, Taiwan, and the United States. Only one pianist will be named Honens Prize Laureate and win the world’s largest award of its kind—$100,000 (CAD) and an Artist Development Program valued at a half million dollars. The Semifinals and Finals of the Honens International Piano Competition take place during the 2018 Honens International Piano Competition & Festival in Calgary, August 30 to September 8, 2018.
Honens’ First Jury, comprised of pianists Winston Choi, Eduardo Monteiro, and Pedja Muzijevic, and General and Artistic Director of the Arte Musica Foundation, Isolde Lagacé, selected the ten Semifinalists after a week of deliberations in April at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. The panel reviewed 45 recitals and interviews that were recorded as part of the Honens Quarterfinals held in Berlin and New York in March.
“Our First Jury did an outstanding job in narrowing the field from forty-five to ten,” said Honens’ Artistic Director Jon Kimura Parker. “Their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives lent broad definition to the selection process. We look forward to introducing these brilliant Semifinalists to our Calgary and online audiences in September.”
The ten Semifinalists are: Stefano Andreatta (Italy), Han Chen (Taiwan), Tzu-Yin Huang (Taiwan), Adela Liculescu (Romania), Nicolas Namoradze (Georgia), Megan-Geoffrey Prins (South Africa), Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner (United States), Philipp Scheucher (Austria), Aristo Sham (Hong Kong), and Yannick Van de Velde (Belgium).
Each Semifinalist performs two recitals (August 30 to September 3): a 65-minute solo recital and a 65-minute collaborative recital with baritone Phillip Addis and violinist Jonathan Crow. Three pianists will advance to the Finals (September 6 and 7) for quintet performances with the Azahar Ensemble and concerti performances with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Karina Canellakis. The 2018 Honens Prize Laureate will be announced on September 7.