World Piano Competition Announces performing artist for 2011

During February and March, the World Piano Competition received applications from around the world from young adults ages 18-32 vying for a chance to win The 2011 World Piano Competition's Artist division, which will be held from July 12 to July 17 at the Aronoff Center. The complete list of accepted 2011 Artists follows.

Nikita Abrosimov, age 22, Russia

Alexandra Beliakovich, age 22, Belarus

Lucas Blondeel, age 29, Belgium

Christian Chamorel, age 31, Switzerland

Hyunho Choi, age 21, South Korea

Yang Ding, age 29, China

Grigor Khachatryan, age 24, Armenia

Woori Kim, age 27, South Korea

Jin-Hyeon Lee, age 20, South Korea

Zhenni Li, age 23, China

Ihang Lin, age 30, Taiwan

Tian Lu, age 26, China

Weiwen Ma, age 26, China

Yejin Noh, age 24, South Korea

Oleksandr Poliykov, age 23, Ukraine

Meng-Sheng Shen, age 20, Taiwan

Yu-Chi Tai, age 31, Taiwan

Chetan Tierra, age 27, USA

Cezara-Lucia Vladescu, age 26, Romania

Hyun Ji You, age 24, South Korea

Fifi Zhang, age 18, USA

These Artists, representing ten countries in total, will travel from around the world to attend The World Piano Competition. One is a local competitor who studies at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music: Woori Kim, a doctoral student of James Tocco.

All Artists will advance through Preliminaries on July 12 and 13, after which the judges will select twelve to advance to the Quarterfinals on July 14 and six to compete in the July 15 Semifinals. The top three will become finalists and will each perform a concerto at the World Finals on Sunday, July 17, collaborating with the World Festival Orchestra under the baton of Ken Lam, Artistic Director and former Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony. The finals will be immediately followed by a Gala Celebration at a private club. Please call (513) 421-5342 for information and tickets.

The 2011 Artist division: Highlights

The 2011 World Piano Competition's Artist division includes alumni of the Warsaw International Chopin Competition, the Viotti Competition in Italy, Belgium's Queen Elizabeth Competition, and the Van Cliburn in Texas. Participants include students at all levels as well as professional pianists. The 2011 Gold Medalist will receive the opportunity to perform in Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in New York in early 2013, and all semifinalists will receive substantial cash prizes.

The 2011 Young Artist division

The Young Artist division of the competition, which will take place between June 27 and June 30, will feature over 150 pianists ages 5-18 who have advanced through the regional auditions to compete in Cincinnati. These talented Young Artists represent seven countries and include students of local teachers David Skvorak and Sergei Polusmiak.

The Young Artist World Finals will include announcement of the winners of the Piano, Artwork, and Letters Award of The World Piano Competition's Bach-Beethoven-Brahms Educational Outreach Program. Five $1,000 college scholarships will be presented to students from Greater Cincinnati schools.

More about The World Piano Competition

By holding competitions and performances in Cincinnati, the Tri-State, New York, and worldwide, The

World Piano Competition aims to:

  • Promote international initiatives of Cincinnati in the Olympic spirit of peace and togetherness through the beauty of music, the original counterpart to athletics.
  • Enrich the community by providing exciting musical opportunities for audiences and performers.
  • Help to support an educational environment that elevates pianists and audiences to a higher level of performance and music appreciation.
  • Recognize and promote outstanding piano artistry and support the career development of the young pianists.
  • Protect and perpetuate the greatness of piano music.

The World Piano Competition has brought 11,000 competitors to Cincinnati from over fifty countries. Many WPC alumni are now associated with such institutions as the St. Petersburg Conservatory, The Juilliard, and Yale.