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2018 Honens Piano Competition announces its 10 semifinalists

By
Robert Rowat

The Honens Piano Competition has announced the names of the 10 semifinalists who will compete in its 2018 edition coming up from Aug. 30 to Sept. 8 in Calgary. The announcement was made today, May 8, via digital press conference by Honens' new artistic director, Jon Kimura Parker.

The semifinalists are:

Stefano Andreatta (Italy)
Han Chen (Taiwan)
Tzu-Yin Huang (Taiwan)
Adela Liculescu (Romania)
Nicolas Namoradze (Georgia)
Megan-Geoffrey Prins (South Africa)
Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner (United States)
Philipp Scheucher (Austria)
Aristo Sham (Hong Kong)
Yannick Van de Velde (Belgium)

The 10 semifinalists were chosen from a field of 50 quarter-finalists by a jury comprising arts administrator Isolde Lagacé and pianists Winston Choi, Eduardo Monteiro and Pedja Muzijevic.

Between Aug. 30 and Sept. 3, each semifinalist will play a 65-minute solo recital in addition to a collaborative concert with baritone Philip Addis and violinist Jonathan Crow.

The three pianists who advance to the Honens' final round will play a chamber music concert with the Azahar Ensemble and a concerto with the Calgary Philharmonic under guest conductor Karina Canellakis. The finals take place Sept. 6 and 7.

The 2018 Honens Prize Laureate will receive a cash prize of $100,000 in addition to an artistic and career development program valued at $500,000.

The members of the jury for the semifinal and final rounds are: Inon Barnatan, Ingrid Fliter, Anette Josef, Wu Han, André Laplante, Asadour Santourian and Minsoo Sohn.

The Honens Competition takes place every three years and is unique among international piano competitions for the extent of its chamber music and collaborative piano requirements, in addition to solo and concerto performances.

For complete details on the 2018 Honens Competition and Festival, head over here.

Watch 2015 Honens Prize Laureate Luca Buratto's semifinal recital:

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