2017 Cliburn Thread

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2017 Cliburn Thread

Postby pianoman » Mon May 29, 2017 9:55 pm

Another year, another piano competition. The 2017 Cliburn is upon us, with an expanded media presence. All performances can now be viewed online. The final round is to be broadcast live to some 300 movie theaters in the US on June 10th.

Cliburn Website

There were 14 East Asian contestants this year from around the world. Five from South Korea alone. Some have already been eliminated. The Asian contestants who have made it out of the preliminary round are:

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HAN CHEN
Taiwan, Age 25

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RACHEL CHEUNG
Hong Kong, Age 25

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DANIEL HSU
United States, Age 19

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DASOL KIM
South Korea, Age 28

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HONGGI KIM
South Korea, Age 25

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SU YEON KIM
South Korea, Age 23

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RACHEL KUDO
United States, Age 30

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YUTONG SUN
China, Age 21

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YEKWON SUNWOO
South Korea, Age 28

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TONY YIKE YANG
Canada, Age 18
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Re: 2017 Van Cliburn Thread

Postby pianoman » Fri Jun 02, 2017 9:04 pm

The ladies aren't faring well this competition :D Su Yeon Kim and Rachel Kudo have been eliminated. Too bad for Rachel (Naomi) Kudo--at 30 this is her second go round at the Cliburn and will be her last. In case anyone is following, Kudo is one of the first pianists I posted about on this forum: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=11
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Re: 2017 Cliburn Thread

Postby pianoman » Tue Jun 06, 2017 1:44 pm

So the six finalists of the 2017 Van Cliburn are:

Kenneth Broberg, United States, 23
Rachel Cheung, Hong Kong, 25
Yury Favorin, Russia, 30
Daniel Hsu, United States, 19
Yekwon Sunwoo, South Korea, 28

Georgy Tchaidze, Russia, 29

The Taiwanese and Chinese contestants have been eliminated, as well as Tony Yike Yang from Canada. South Korea is down to a single representative. Russia has two standing.

Watched some of Yutong Sun and Yekwon Sunwoo. Sun has some strong fingers, really plowed through the third movement of Les Adieux. Musically he was very good but not special. Listened to Sunwoo play his Mozart concerto, which was solid. Going to try to view the others' performances.
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Re: 2017 Cliburn Thread

Postby pianoman » Sun Jun 11, 2017 3:43 pm

And the winners are:

Gold Medal
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Yekwon Sunwoo, 28, South Korea

Silver Medal
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Kenneth Broberg, 23, United States

Bronze Medal
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Daniel Hsu, 19, United States

There were a number of secondary prizes awarded as well, which can be found here. Russians were shut out. I guess that will teach them to interfere in US elections LOL..
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