Six pianists will try this Wednesday to access the final of the 61st Jaén International Piano Competition

29/04/2019 Off By ppiano
Six pianists will try this Wednesday to access the final of the 61st Jaén International Piano Competition

Chamber music will be the protagonist of the third round of this contest, the last before the final, in which the contestants will play with the Breton Quartet.

Six pianists will be participating next Wednesday, April 1, in the semifinal of the 61st Jaén International Piano Competition, in which they will seek to reach the final of this prestigious contest organised by the Jaén City Council, which is taking place on Friday, May 3. The Infanta Leonor Theatre in Jaén is hosting this event from 11.00 with the performance of Hyeonjun Jo, from South Korea, followed by the performance of Carlos de la Blanca Elorza, from Spain; while in the afternoon, from 16.30, Nicolas Bourdoncle, from France; Sun-A Park, United States; Lvjie Zhang, from China and Alexander Koryakin, from Russia, will compete for a place in the final.

Chamber music will be the protagonist of this third phase in which the pianists will be accompanied by the prestigious Breton Quartet with which they will rehearse throughout the day of tomorrow, April 30. Together with this quartet, created in 2003 for promoting other quartets of Spanish composers, the six semifinalists will perform a piece of chamber music they have had to choose between a quintet with piano by César Franck, Brahms, Shostakovich or Granados, or, the quintet number 2 A major opus 81 of Dvorak. The pianist who stands out in this performance will be the winner of one of the main awards of this piano competition, the Chamber Music Award, endowed with 8,000 euros and sponsored by the City Council.

Together with the piece of chamber music, in this third test of the 61st edition, these six young pianists will have to play another piece chosen between a romantic composition of pianist relevance by Schubert, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, C. Franck or Mussorgsky. In total, this performance, as established by the rules of this contest, may not exceed 60 minutes in total, nor must it last less than 50.

Among the six pianists who have reached the semifinal, the members of the jury, chaired by the prestigious musician Albert Attenelle, will select the three contestants who will face on Friday, May 3, at the end of this 61st edition, who will perform with the City of Granada Orchestra, conducted by Paul Mann.