Prokofiev or Tchaikovsky ?
Maybe it’s the two day final, or maybe its all that Prokofiev but there are apparently seats available for Saturday and you’d be crazy to miss out if you can get down to the White Rock, writes David Pullen. On the Saturday evening Final, it is between Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky.
What a wonderful atmosphere tonight – given that it’s only the first half of the final and had an all Prokofiev programme – apart from the Beethoven overture at the beginning. The White Rock was buzzing.
Now Chris, my editor, and I have been embarrassed by the fact that we struggle, whether in photos, on the stage, or in the foyer to tell one young Asian woman from another, and this final has four from an initial field of twelve. Shows how much you rely on hair length and colour and size to differentiate. But that is our problem, not theirs, because they are very different when they play that Yamaha piano, and tonight we had very different versions of Prokofiev 3 from Michelle Nam and Tsu-Yin Huang. Both full of confidence and stage presence.
We old codgers in the sandwich generation have difficulty recognising our own mothers, when confronted with a sea of elderly faces and white hair in the old people’s home!
Between the two young women the Canadian Samuel Deason seemed completely at ease tackling Prokofiev 2 with its insane 10 minute cadenza.
We are so lucky to have such really talented artists, who all have active careers in their own countries, coming to Hastings for ten days, with no certainty that they will leave with anything beyond a lot of applause.
Tomorrow there are three more, equally brilliant future stars giving us not just the Prokofiev 2&3 again , but the ever poplular Tchaikovsky – and the result.
Get a ticket before it’s too late!
Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition Finals – Six finalists perform their complete concertos from Stage 1 over two evenings with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra at the White Rock Theatre, White Rock, Hastings TN34 1JX.
Friday 4 March 6.50 for 7pm
Saturday 5 March 5.50 for 6pm
Tickets £15 or at Hastings Tourist Information Centre, Aquila House. 01424 451111
Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition: 25 February-5 March
Pianist Michelle Yelin Nam recently gave a twenty city Canadian tour throughout Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes. Her piano trio appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Ms. Nam moved to Kansas City to pursue her DMA at UMKC. She completed an Artist Diploma from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Phillip Kawin and Previously completed her Master’s degree at the Juilliard School.
Canadian pianist Samuel Deason’s recent orchestral engagements have included concerti by Prokofiev, Khachaturian, Liszt-Busoni, Shostakovich, and Gershwin with
the Fort Worth, Saskatoon, Regina Symphony Orchestras. Teachers include Menahem Pressler, Marc Durand – he currently studies with Boris Slutsky at the Peabody Institute.
Tzu-Yin Huang is an outstanding solo performer, as well as a sensitive chamber musician. Currently she is doing her doctoral degree at the University of Michigan
studying with Prof. Louis Nagel. Miss Huang believes that sharing music with her true heart and joy enables her to touch people’s souls. This is the secret to being a music magician!
Ke Ma was introduced to piano from a very young age in China. She currently studies in the Royal Academy of Music with Professor Christopher Elton. She looks forward to performing her London debut concert in 2016 supported by Kirckman Concert Society.
Eric Zuber has established himself as one of the leaders of a new generation of American pianism. He emerged on the international scene after winning major prizes at the Arthur Rubinstein, Cleveland, Dublin and Sydney International Piano Competitions, and has since performed all over the globe.
Jung Eun Severine Kim
A Student of Prof. Bernd Goetzke, in Germany. She made her debut recital at the age of 10. She has won numerous top awards and prizes at National, International Competitions, given recitals and concerts with Orchestras in Japan, Germany, USA, France, Holland and Great Britain.
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