A 17-year-old pianist wins the Geneva Competition

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The first prize of the 76th Piano Competition Geneva Competition was won by 17-year-old pianist Kevin Chen from Calgary, Canada.

Second prize went to Sergey Belyavsky (28, Russia); the third was awarded jointly to Kaoruko Igarashi (27, Japan) and Zijian Wei (23, China).

For the final phase of the piano competition final, candidates had to perform a romantic or modern concerto by any composer chosen from a list including Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Saint-Saëns, Ravel, Bartok and Prokofiev. Kevin Chen won his interpretation of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

The final piano round, above. Kevin’s performance starts at 1:36:40

The finalists performed at the Victoria Hall in Geneva, with the accompaniment of the Orchester de la Suisse Romande under the direction of Maržena Diakun.

Since its creation in 1939, the Geneva Competition has been committed to “discovering, promoting and supporting the best young artists of the moment by favoring complete artists and creators of emotion”.

Kevin Chen lives and studies in Calgary, Canada, where he is taught by Marilyn Engle. Despite his young age, he has already performed with the symphony orchestras of Calgary, Edmonton and Minneapolis among others. Kevin has also composed nearly 100 works, including symphonies and a piano concerto. In 2013 he wrote the Rhapsody River in tribute to the victims of the High River floods in his native Alberta, Canada.

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