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Calgary, AB (June 28, 2022) — The Honens International Piano Competition is pleased to announce Jan and Larry Fichtner as its 2022 Honens Honours recipients. Honens Honours pays tribute to individuals and organisations whose dedication to the arts, like Esther Honens, has made an extraordinary contribution to arts and culture in Calgary. “Jan and Larry Fichtner are the true embodiment of the very purpose behind Honens Honours. Their generosity of time, resource, and spirit are both outstanding and inspiring on local, provincial, and national levels. We are absolutely delighted to be able to honour them in this way,” says Neil…

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While writing a book about Beethoven (to be published next year), I recoiled from many of the pupils, acolytes, secretaries, amanuenses, self-seeking musicians and all sorts of hangers-on who lived off their connection with the great man and published reminiscences of him, many of them invented. A singular exception was Ferdinand Ries, a young man from Beethoven’s home town who grew up in the Bonn court orchestra and shared some of the same teachers. Ries, so far as I can tell, never made up stories about Beethoven or made him out to be anything other than he was – a…

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As I write this final report on the Sixteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, celebrations are underway in Sundance Square, the heart of this great Texas city. Thousands are gathering to share the excitement at the outcome of one of the cities’ most important international events. And the winner? It came as no surprise to me that Yunchan Lim, the 18-year-old young man from South Korea was given the highest award. I think most people in the audience on Friday night who heard him play Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3 knew that they were hearing something special. This was artistry…

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After weeks of grueling practice and performance three of the six finalists got their last chance to impress the judges. And no doubt about it: Dmytro Choni (Ukraine), Uladzislau Khandohi (Belarus) and Anna Geniushene (Russia) gave of their very best. They all played well. A broadcast of the June 18 performances Choni created a sensation with his performance of the Prokofiev Third on Wednesday night, and today he gave us a mature and well-considered Beethoven Third. Khandohi had played the Rachmaninov Second Concerto on Wednesday but now brought the volume down a few notches with an elegant if meandering rendering…

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The six finalists had dozens of concertos to choose from, yet three of them picked the same concerto: Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Tuesday night Ilya Shmukler gave us his version, and last night (Friday) we heard two more performances from Clayton Stephenson and Yunchan Lim. Stephenson was wonderful but to my ears Lim was not only better but among the best pianists I have ever heard play the piece. A broadcast of the June 17 performances As the only American left in the competition Stephenson clearly had the audience on his side. He has a very likeable stage personality.…

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It is with a heavy heart that La Scena Musicale announces (based on news from Slipped Disc) the passing of Denise Massé on June 14, 2022. Born in Montreal on April 2, 1946, Massé was a French repertoire vocal coach and pianist for the New York Metropolitan Opera. La Scena Musicale has had the privilege to interview her for articles published in past issues, and we will be sharing them below as a tribute to her legacy. Obituary Massé is currently in the care of the Centre Funéraire Côte-des-Neiges. To read the following obituary on the funeral centre’s website, click…

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The Cliburn Competition Final Round continued last night (June 15) with each of the last three finalists getting a chance to play a concerto with the Ft. Worth Symphony. There was music by Rachmaninov, Beethoven and Prokofiev and the performance quality was just remarkable. Let’s face it, these guys are good. Very good. In fact, they are very, very good. If it were up to me I’d be handing out awards to everyone I heard last night. But how would I rank them? That is a different matter. Each of the six finalists has now been heard playing a concerto…

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The Sixteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition “The Cliburn” has now entered its final week. The original 72 competitors accepted for a screening audition were reduced to 30 who went through a Preliminary, Quarterfinal and Semifinal Round. And then there were six. Each of the six remaining competitors will play two concertos with the Ft. Worth Symphony and the winners will be announced on Saturday. A broadcast of the first set of June 15 performances The six pianists in the finals are Dmytro Choni, 28 (Ukraine), Anna Geniushene, 31 (Russia), Uladzislau Khandohi, 20 (Belarus), Yunchan Lim, 18 (South Korea), Ilya…

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Fort Worth, Texas (June 12, 2022) — Marin Alsop, Jury Chair for the Sixteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (taking place June 2–18, 2022, at Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCU and Bass Performance Hall) tonight announced the six pianists advancing to the Final Round. 2022 CLIBURN FINALISTS Dmytro Choni, Ukraine, 28 Anna Geniushene, Russia, 31 Uladzislau Khandohi, Belarus, 20 Yunchan Lim, South Korea, 18 Ilya Shmukler, Russia, 27 Clayton Stephenson, United States, 23 Click for biographies. Click for Competition Photos. FINAL ROUND SCHEDULE TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2022 Final Round Concert 1 7:30 p.m. Yunchan Lim, South Korea, 18 – BEETHOVEN Piano…

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Fort Worth, Texas (June 6, 2022) — Marin Alsop, chairman of the Jury for the Sixteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (taking place June 2–18, 2022, at Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCU and Bass Performance Hall) announced the 12 pianists advancing to the Semifinal Round. 2022 CLIBURN SEMIFINALISTS Dmytro Choni, Ukraine, 28 Anna Geniushene, Russia, 31 Masaya Kamei, Japan, 20 Uladzislau Khandohi, Belarus, 20 Honggi Kim, South Korea, 30 Yunchan Lim, South Korea, 18 Jinhyung Park, South Korea, 26 Changyong Shin, South Korea, 28 Ilya Shmukler, Russia, 27 Clayton Stephenson, United States, 23 Yutong Sun, China, 26 Marcel Tadokoro, France/Japan,…

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