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11 pianists qualified for the Piano Semifinal of the 2022 George Enescu International Competition

Eleven young musicians qualified for the Piano Semifinal of the 2022 George Enescu International Competition. The list of the semifinalists in alphabetical order is the following: Robert Bily (Germany), Michelle Candotti (Italy), Antonio Chen Guang (China), Timofey Dolya (Russia), Eva Garet (Romania), Ryunosuke Kishimoto (Japan), Minsung Lee (South Korea), Alexandra Segal (Israel), George Todică (Romania), Daria Ioana Tudor (Romania) and Chun Lam U (Hong Kong, China).

The Online Round of the 2022 George Enescu International Competition, Piano Section, was held between May 6-23, 2022. 35 pianists out of the 39 applications were declared eligible by complying with the conditions imposed by the regulations. The results were announced online by the president of the jury in a video posted on the Competition’s website on Friday, May 27th.

„I am very pleased to say that we have encountered a very high level of music-making among the 35 videos that we have all watched. So we are much looking forward to the semifinals!” stated Nelson Goerner, the president of the jury.

The youngest contestant in this round of the Competition is 15 years old

The Piano Semifinal will take place on September 15 and 16, 2022 at the Romanian Athenaeum, in Bucharest. The program includes some of Enescu’s most important piano works: Suite no. 2 in D major op. 10, Sonata no. 1 in F sharp minor op. 24, and Sonata no. 3 in D major op. 24. The final will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2022, and the three qualified competitors will be accompanied by the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by maestro Kensho Watanabe.

The jury of the Piano Section of this edition consists of Nelson Goerner (President of the Jury), Dana Borșan, Hyoung-Joon Chang, Philippe Dinkel, Peter Jablonski, Andrey Pisarev, Matti Raekallio, Josu de Solaun, and Andrea Lucchesini.

The competitors’ video recordings are available on the page dedicated to the online round of the piano section.

The results of the cello and violin section can be found on www.festivalenescu.ro/en.

The George Enescu International Competition serves as an international launching platform for future world-renowned musicians and aims to promote the compositions of the great Romanian musician among the new generation of artists around the world, and is thus a natural extension of the George Enescu International Festival, the most prestigious cultural event organized in Romania. The Competition has four sections – violin, cello, piano, and composition – and ranks in the top five worldwide in the landscape of classical music competitions.