4-21 May 2019, Beijing

First China International Music Competition announces three pianists for Final to be streamed worldwide by medici.tv

Three pianists – one each from Canada, Russia and USA – progress to the Final concert and the chance to win unprecedented cash prizes

medici.tv to bring drama of the Final concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin to worldwide audiences, further extending global streaming of every round

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 [18 May 2019] announces the details of the three pianists who will progress to Final of the Competition on 20 May.

The Finalists are:

Alexander Malofeev Russia Age 17 Gnessin Moscow Special School of Music

MacKenzie Melemed USA Age 24 The Juilliard School

Tony Siqi Yun Canada Age 18 The Juilliard School, Pre-College Division

They will each now go on to perform a concerto in the concert hall of Beijing’s National Centre for Performing Arts with Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra. Alexander Malofeev will play Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26; MacKenzie Melemed will perform Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, and Tony Siqi Yun will play Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23.

All the drama of the Final and music-making of the very highest quality will be streamed free worldwide on medici.tv and remain available to online audiences afterwards on replay for one month from 21 May, playable on all devices.

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 from Amadeus.tv China’s leading TV and online platform for classical music and the arts, and Youku.com. Full information here.

medici.tv will then join to bring drama of the Final concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin to audiences worldwide, further extending global reach of the prestigious new event.

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.

Richard Rodzinski, Artistic Director of China International Music Competition, says: “The decision to make six into three was never going to be easy and all six semi-finalists are outstanding musicians with something unique to communicate. All of them are assured international careers and everyone associated with the China International Music Competition looks forward to watching their careers with keen interest. The jury had the unenviable task of choosing three to go through to the final and have brought their peerless knowledge and experience to the process. We are all indebted to them and thank them for their commitment and dedication. We have three very different finalists so we all in for a treat on Monday. It’s going to be a great final.”


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