THE SCOOP | 17-Yr-Previous Canadian Kevin Chen Wins 1st Prize At 76th Concours De Genève

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L-R: Kevin Chen; the 4 Finalists: Kaoruko Igarashi, Sergey Belyavsky, Kevin Chen & Zijian Wei (Photos courtesy of the Concours de Genève)

Canadian Kevin Chen has taken the primary prize on the 76th Concours de Genève. Pianist Janina Fialkowska, Chair of the Jury, couldn’t wait to let the world know in a Fb put up.

“Canada is on a roll! As soon as once more a Canadian has gained a serious worldwide piano competitors. Final evening as president of the jury of the Concours de Genève I used to be thrilled to have the ability to award 1st prize to Calgarian Kevin Chen. The 17 12 months previous gave us incredible performances and we Canadians must be very proud. I definitely am. Congratulations additionally to his trainer Marilyn Engle of the College of Calgary,” she wrote.

About Kevin Chen

Kevin Chen made it to CBC Music’s checklist of Prime 30 Sizzling Canadian Classical Musicians below 30 by the age of eight. It was a 12 months after he’d made his orchestral debut with the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra. The seasoned third-grader had already carried out with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Island Symphony, the Astana Opera Symphony Orchestra, and the Minnesota Orchestra.

Kevin has additionally composed many works for full orchestra, and at the very least one piano concerto.

His newest win is hardly his first.

  • The youngest-ever winner of the Franz Liszt Worldwide Piano Competitors in 2021;
  • First place within the Mozart Worldwide Piano Competitors in Switzerland & one other win on the Hilton Head Worldwide Piano Competitors in 2020;
  • First place within the e-Piano Junior Competitors, and two extra prizes for finest efficiency of a Schubert and a Russian work in 2019, the identical 12 months he was acknowledged as a laureate within the Astana Piano Ardour Competitors in Kazakhstan.
  • In 2017, he snagged third place within the 17-and -under class on the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Competitors.

The competitors — and the prizes

From an preliminary subject of 40 pianists between the ages of 16 and 29, representing 14 totally different nations, Kevin was the one Canadian to advance to the semi-finals. From 9 semi-finalists, 4 finalists have been chosen for the Closing Spherical, which was held on November 3. Chen, together with Sergey Belyavsky (28 years previous, Russia), Kaoruko Igarashi (28 years previous, Japan), and Zijian Wei (24 years previous, China) carried out through the Closing Spherical with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, carried out by Maržena Diakun.

All the items (apart from a chamber music program within the semi-finals) needed to be carried out by reminiscence. As well as, the semi-finalists have been required to each current and defend a private inventive undertaking that’s supposed to be carried out throughout a two-year interval that follows the prize win. It’s a brand new characteristic of the competitors, and one the place Kevin excelled.

Try his full remaining spherical efficiency under — however first prize wasn’t Kevin’s solely award all through the competitors.

The winner’s checklist

  • FIRST PRIZE (CHF 20,000.-) Kevin Chen (17 years previous, Canada)
  • SECOND PRIZE (CHF 12,000.-) Sergey Belyavsky (28 years previous, Russia)
  • THIRD PRIZE EX AEQUO (CHF 8,000.-) Kaoruko Igarashi (28 years previous, Japan) & Zijian Wei (24 years previous, China)

Different prizes:

  • AUDIENCE PRIZE Awarded by spectators on the Closing Rounds (CHF 1500.-) Sergey Belyavsky (28 years previous, Russia)
  • YOUNG AUDIENCE PRIZE Awarded by college students in Geneva (CHF 1000.-) Kevin Chen (17 years previous, Canada)
  • STUDENTS’ PRIZE Awarded by a bunch of scholars from the School of Music and the Division of Musicology of the College of Geneva (CHF 1000.-) Sergey Belyavsky (28 years previous, Russia)
  • ROSE-MARIE HUGUENIN PRIZE Awarded to all piano laureates (CHF 10,000.-) Sergey Belyavsky (28 years previous, Russia); Kevin Chen (17 years previous, Canada); Kaoruko Igarashi (28 years previous, Japan); Zijian Wei (24 years previous, China)
  • FONDATION ETRILLARD PRIZE Awarded by the Jury to the finalist having offered probably the most exceptional private inventive undertaking through the semi-final spherical (CHF 5000.-) Kevin Chen (17 years previous, Canada)
  • CONCERTS DE JUSSY PRIZE Awarded to the winner of the Piano Competitors and consists in a live performance on November sixth on the Temple de Jussy (CHF 3000.-) Kevin Chen (17 years previous, Canada)
  • PADEREWSKI PRIZE Awarded to a pianist who demonstrates notably expressive enjoying in a romantic custom (two live performance performances) (CHF 3000.-) Sergey Belyavsky (28 years previous, Russia)
  • SOCIÉTÉ DES ARTS PRIZE Awarded by the Jury to one of many finalists of the piano competitors, consisting of a chamber music live performance in 2023 (3000.-) Kevin Chen (17 years previous, Canada)
  • STEINWAY PRIZEWINNER CONCERTS PRIZE One or a number of concert events throughout the Steinway Prizewinner Live shows Community — Sergey Belyavsky (28 years previous, Russia) & Kevin Chen (17 years previous, Canada)

The Jury

  • Janina Fialkowska, Chair (Canada)
  • Florent Boffard (France)
  • Josu de Solaun (Spain / USA)
  • Until Fellner (Austria)
  • Momo Kodama (Japan)
  • Marianna Shirinyan (Armenia / Denmark)
  • Gilles Vonsattel (Switzerland / USA)

It’s clear we shall be listening to loads from Kevin within the years to return. Bravo!


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