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How to cheer on Tony Yike Yang at the Cliburn Competition

Robert Rowat

Alright, Canadian classical music fans: let's cheer on Toronto's Tony Yike Yang, one of 12 semifinalists at the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas. (At 18, he's also the youngest contestant.)

During the semifinal round, which runs from June 1 to 5, each semifinalist must play a solo recital and a Mozart concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under Nicholas McGegan.

This is the schedule of Yang's semifinal performances:

Saturday, June 3, at 2:30 p.m. local time (3:30 p.m. ET): Solo recital

  • Scarlatti: Sonata in A Major, K. 212
  • Scarlatti: Sonata in D Minor, K. 9
  • Chopin: Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 35
  • Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Monday, June 5, at 7:30 p.m. local time (8:30 p.m. ET): Concerto

  • Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466

All performances are webcast on the Cliburn Competition's website, accompanied by a live blog. You can also use #Cliburn2017 to cheer Yang on via Twitter. And don't forget to cast your vote for Yang once a day — the audience prize is $2,500!

The six finalists advancing to the Cliburn Competition's final round will be announced following the performances on June 5. If Yang is selected as a finalist, he will play Schumann's Piano Quintet in E-flat Major with the Brentano String Quartet, and Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Fort Worth Symphony under Leonard Slatkin.

First prize includes $50,000 cash and a live recording with Universal Music Group.

The jury for the 15th Cliburn Competition comprises Arnaldo Cohen (Brazil), Chriostopher Elton (U.K.), Hamelin (Canada), Joseph Kalichstein (Israel), Mari Kodama (Japan), Anne-Marie McDermott (U.S.A.), Erik T. Tawaststjerna (Finland), Alexander Toradze (Georgia) and jury chair Slatkin (U.S.A.)

The Cliburn Competition takes place every four years. Past winners include Radu Lupu (1966), Cristina Ortiz (1969) and André-Michel Schub (1981).

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