New York International Piano Competition

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This week on the Young Artists Showcase, we hear performances from the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation’s eighth New York International Piano Competition. The competition, which took place in June 2016 at the Manhattan School of Music, showcased 22 pianists from around the world, all between the ages of 16 and 21. On this program, we will meet pianists Jiacheng Xiong, Prudence Poon, Jooyeon Ka, Aristo Sham, and Angie Zhang.

The Stecher and Horowitz Foundation was founded in 1960 by the distinguished duo-pianists Melvin Stecher and Norman Horowitz. Stecher and Horowitz still direct the Foundation today, furthering their mission to support and inspire young musicians. Their New York International Piano competition is unique in that there is no elimination of participants during the competition’s four rounds; all pianists compete throughout the event for cash prizes and concert appearances.

Two of the winners from this program will be presenting recitals at the Ossining Public Library as part of the Nadia Reisenberg Young Artists Series. Jiachen Xiong will perform on Sunday November 6th at 2pm, and Aristo Sham will perform on Sunday, December 4th at 2pm.

Debussy: Prélude from Book II, Les fées sont d’exquises danseuses
--Jiacheng Xiong, piano

Barber: Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, IV. Fugue
--Jiacheng Xiong, piano

Corigliano: Gazebo Dances, II. Waltz and IV. Tarantella
--Jooyeon Ka, piano; Prudence Poon, piano

Liebermann: Two Impromptus, Op. 131
--Aristo Sham, piano

Granados: Los Requiebros from Goyescas
--Angie Zhang, piano

Scriabin: Sonata No. 9, Op. 68, “Black Mass”
--Aristo Sham, piano

Liebermann: Molto lento e sereno from Two Impromptus, Op. 131
--Charissa Vandikas, piano