Young Artist Piano Competition Winners From Washington, D.C.

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This past June, the International Young Artist Piano Competition held its 29th winner's concert at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. The competition was started by pianist Li-Ly Chang with the purpose of promoting cultural exchange among artists of all nationalities from ages 5 to 18. Each young pianist performs a work from the Western canon as well as a recent work by a Chinese composer.

On the program at the competition was music by Barber, Prokofiev and Grieg, as well as Eastern composers such as Isaak Berkovich, Chuen Min Hsu and Peixun Chen. One of the young winners, 13-year-old Avery Gagliano, recently performed in the WQXR Greene Space as a Lang Lang Young Scholar. You can watch a video of Avery Gagliano’s performance with Lang Lang.

To close the program, we’ll hear a Young Artists Showcase encore of Franz Waxman’s "Carmen Fantasy" featuring Vienna-based violinist Alexander Gilman and the Cape Town Philharmonic. Gilman came to the studio last year along with two of his students, the Berthollet sisters.

Program Details:
Grieg: Nocturne in C, Op. 54, No. 4
— Andre Gu, piano.

Isaak Berkovich: Variations on a Theme of Paganini
— Elizabth Qiu, piano.

Li-Ly Chang: Season Collage
— Avery Gagliano, piano.

Chuen Min Hsu: Variations                                       
— Eric Lin, piano.

Peixun Chen: Reflection from the Lake
— James Di, piano.

Barber: Finale from Piano Sonata in E-flat minor, Op. 26 
— Chanyang Wang, piano.

Prokofiev: First movement from Sonata in A, Op. 82
— Kristofer Michaels, piano.

Waxman: Carmen Fantasy
— Alexander Gilman, violin; Capetown Philharmonic; Perry So, conductor.