Jury choose the six international pianists - two from Russia and one each from Canada, Georgia, Italy and USA - who will progress to the first phase of the Finals

They are competing for a chance to win a first prize of US$150,000, a second prize of US$75,000 and a third prize of US$30,000

International audiences can follow the competition and performances of the very highest standard via live-streaming on Amadeus.tv and Youku.com

Full details of events and competitors available at http://www.cimcompetition.org/

The first China International Music Competition – newly created by the China Conservatory of Music and Global Music Education League with 20 pianists between the ages of 17 and 28 from all over the world competing for unprecedented prize money – today [16 May 2019] announced the details of the six pianists who will progress to the next round of the Competition. They are competing for the chance to win large cash prizes, international management and the chance to perform in the Final concert with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra (20 May).

Among the pianists going through are two from Russia and one each from Canada, Georgia, Italy and USA. The two youngest competitors in the Competition are among those selected to progress.

The Finalists are (in alphabetical order):

Leonardo Colafelice Italy Age 23 Gnessin Moscow Special School of Music

Alexander Malofeev Russia Age 17 Bari Conservatory of Music ‘N. Piccinni’

MacKenzie Melemed USA Age 24 Juilliard School

Sandro Nebieridze Georgia Age 18 Tbilisi State Conservatory

Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev Russia Age 25 Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory

Tony Yun Canada Age 17 Juilliard School, Pre-College Division

Each will now perform a concerto with the China Academia Orchestra. Three finalists will then be chosen to play a Final Round concert at Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts with The Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by its music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin. All performances apart from the Final Round concert will take place in the concert hall of the China Conservatory.

The pianists taking part were selected by the world’s foremost international music authorities and come from a total of ten countries - Australia, Belarus, Canada, China, Georgia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Russia, South Korea, and the United States. Several competitors currently attend the world’s leading conservatories, and many have already won prizes at major international piano competitions such as the Cliburn, Chopin, and Queen Elisabeth.

The Competition will award a first prize of US$150,000 and a gold medal, a second prize of US$75,000 and a silver medal, and a third prize of US$30,000 and a crystal award to its top three winners. In addition to this unprecedented purse, the gold medallist will gain representation by two major international artist management companies: Opus 3 Artists in the United States and Armstrong Music and Arts in China which, combined, will coordinate three years of international concert tours.

The distinguished international jury of the inaugural Competition includes: Li-guang Wang, president of the China International Music Competition, chairman of the Global Music Education League, and president of the China Conservatory of Music; Yoheved Kaplinsky, chairman of the jury and artistic director of the Competition; Dmitri Alexeev; Jan Jiracek von Arnim; Lydia Artymiw; Boris Berman; Michel Béroff; Ronan O’Hora; Warren Jones; Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń; and Arie Vardi.

None of the competitors currently study or have ever studied with any member of the jury.

Music lovers in China and around the world can follow the progress of competitors and enjoy performances of the very highest standard from every round thanks to filming and live-streaming on Amadeus.tv, China’s leading TV and online platform for classical music and the arts, and Youku.com, China’s leading video hosting service.


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