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First prize - Queen Elisabeth International Grand Prize
Denis Kozhukhin has quickly established a formidable reputation and has already appeared at many of the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls including the Verbier Festival, where he won the Prix d’Honneur in 2003, Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano, Berliner Philharmonie, Kölner Philharmonie, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Rheingau Music Festival, Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, Carnegie Hall, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Munich Herkulessaal, Rotterdam De Doelen, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Auditorio Nacional Madrid, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Milan, Théâtre du Châtelet and Auditorium du Louvre Paris. In the 2015/16 season, Denis Kozhukhin performs with orchestras including the Orchestre National de France with Yamada, the Pittsburgh Symphony with Noseda, the Philharmonia with Weilerstein, the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR with Shokhakimov, Brussels Philharmonic with Denève and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic with Märkl. The 2014/15 season included performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo. Denis Kozhukhin also toured to China with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and made his debut with the West Eastern Divan Orchestra and Barenboim at the Salzburg Festival and at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. As a recitalist, highlights of this season and beyond include returns to the Concertgebouw’s Master Pianists Series, Cologne Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall, Auditorium du Louvre in Paris and London’s International Piano Series, as well as debuts at the Lucerne Festival, Vienna Konzerthaus and the Boston Celebrity Series. Following the 2013 release of his debut recording with Onyx Classics of Prokofiev’s Piano Sonatas Nos 6, 7 and 8, Denis Kozhukhin released his recording of Haydn Sonatas in 2014. Born in Nizhni Novgorod, Russia, into a family of musicians, Denis Kozhukhin began his piano studies at the age of four with his mother. As a boy, he attended the Balakirev School of Music where he studied under Natalia Fish. From 2000 to 2007, Kozhukhin was a pupil at the Reina Sofía School of Music in Madrid learning with Dimitri Bashkirov and Claudio Martinez-Mehner. Upon graduating, he received his diploma personally from the Queen of Spain and was named best student in his year and twice best chamber group with his own Cervantes Trio. After his studies in Madrid, Denis Kozhukhin was invited to study at the Piano Academy at Lake Como where he received tuition from amongst others Fou Ts’ong, Stanislav Yudenitch, Peter Frankl, Boris Berman, Charles Rosen and Andreas Staier. He completed his studies with Kirill Gerstein in Stuttgart. He has also been awarded 1st Prize at the Vendome Prize in Lisbon in 2009, and 3rd Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2006. Denis Kozhukhin is a committed chamber musician and has worked with amongst others, Leonidas Kavakos, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Janine Jansen, Vadim Repin, Julian Rachlin, the Jerusalem Quartet, the Pavel Haas Quartet, Radovan Vlatkovic, Jörg Widmann and Alisa Weilerstein.
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Second Prize
Evgeni Bozhanov gave his first concerts with an orchestra in his home town at the age of twelve. He studied with Boris Bloch at the Folkwang-Hochschule für Musik in Essen and later with Georg Friedrich Schenck at the Robert Schumann Musikhochschule in Düsseldorf. He has been a laureate of numerous competitions since 1996. In 2008 he won First Prize at the Alessandro Casagrande International Competition (Terni) and Second Prize at the Sviatoslav Richter International Piano Competition (Moscow). Last year he was a finalist in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and also won praise for his interpretation of the Franck Quintet with the Takács Quartet. He has performed at the Ravinia Festival (Chicago), the Chopin Festival (Warsaw), and the Trieste Chamber Music Festival. In 2010 he recorded a CD dedicated to Chopin with Fuga Libera, in coproduction with the bank BNP Paribas Fortis, who chose him as their laureate for 2010-11 for a private concerts series.
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Third Prize
Dutch pianist Hannes Minnaar received international acclaim after winning prizes at the Queen Elisabeth Competition (3rd prize) and the Geneva International Music Competition (2nd prize). He studied with Jan Wijn at the Amsterdam Conservatory, graduating with the highest distinction and took master classes with Alfred Brendel, Menahem Pressler and Ferenc Rados. In addition, he studied organ with Jacques van Oortmerssen. Minnaar was soloist with various orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic, collaborating with conductors such as Marin Alsop, Herbert Blomstedt, Frans Brüggen, Eliahu Inbal, Markus Stenz, Manfred Honeck, Jiří Bělohlávek, Juanjo Mena and Edo de Waart. He gives recitals in many European countries and around the world. He performed at the Royal Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Gewandhaus (Leipzig) and Musashino Hall (Tokyo) and was invited to the festivals of La Roque d’Anthéron, Bordeaux (Jacobins), Bahrein and Guangzhou. Minnaar is also active as a chamber musician. His Van Baerle Trio won prizes at competitions in Lyon (CIMCL, 1st prize) and Munich (ARD, 2nd prize). In one season, the trio has given 18 concerts in an international tour in the “Rising Stars” series, including the Barbican, Musikverein (Vienna) and Cité de la Musique (Paris). Hannes Minnaar also performed with musicians such as Janine Jansen, Isabelle van Keulen and Mischa Maisky. His two solo albums are highly acclaimed. His debut album was awarded an Edison and Gramophone published a full-page article about this album. The same magazine wrote this about his second album “Bach inspirations”: “After Minnaar’s debut disc, this makes two hits in a row”. BBC Music Magazine selected it as “Instrumental choice of the month” with 5 stars. Hannes Minnaar is currently recording all of Beethoven piano concertos for Challenge Classics. Over the course of three seasons, he will record and perform these concerts with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Jan Willem de Vriend. The first CD with Concertos No. 4 & 5 has been released in 2015.
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Fourth Prize
Even at infancy, Yury Favorin (1986) exhibited an extraordinary ability for music. At the age of five, he began learning the piano and recorder. He was eight when he entered the Gnesin Specialized Musical Primary School in Moscow, where he learned the piano under Lidiya Grigorieva, the clarinet under Ivan Mozgovenko, and composition under Vladimir Dovgan. In 2004, he entered the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory to study the piano under Professor Mikhail Voskresensky. He also studied the composition with Karen Khachaturyan and chamber ensemble with Alexander Rudin. He graduated from the Conservatory magna cum laude in 2009. Currently, Yury Favorin is a postgraduate student at the Moscow State Conservatory. He has taken an active part in numerous musical festivals, such as La Folle Journée in Nantes and in Tokyo, Musique en Vallée du Tarn, L'esprit du piano in Bordeaux, Guangzhou and Beijing (China), the International Festival of Saint-Lizier, the I.S. Bach Festival, the O. Messiaen Festival, and in Moscow the Steinway Parade, the Gradus ad Parnassum Piano Festival, Art November, the Moscow Forum (International Festival of Modern Music) and Moscow Autumn. He gave recitals in many countries - Germany, Austria, Norway, Hungary, France, Italy, Sweden, Poland, Japan, The Netherlands and Belgium, among others - achieving outstanding success everywhere. Yury Favorin has worked with Pierre Boulez, Marin Alsop, Pool Goodwin, Tadeusz Zmijewski, Arkady Berin, Kazuhiro Koizumi, and other leading conductors. Marc Coppey, Gérard Caussé, François Salque, Boris Berezovsky, David Lively, Alexander Rudin, Alexander Gindin, and Marina Drozdova are among his partners on the stage. Together with composer Alexey Sysoev (electronics) and Dmitry Schielkin (percussion) he has established the ensemble of free improvisatory music ERROR 404. Yury Favorin has won First Prize at the Gyorgy Cziffra Foundation (Vienna, 2003), he received a Diploma by the Ministry of Culture in Russia, and is a laureate of many Russian and International Competitions: the International Olivier Messiaen Competition (modern piano), Fourth Prize (Yvonne Loriod Prize); a Prize for Junior Soloist Performer from the Musical Creativity Foundation (Paris, 2007); the First N. Rubinstein Junior Piano Competition, First Prize (Moscow, 2001); the Open International Competition of Piano Composers “Nikolai Rubinstein and the Moscow Composer School” of the “Classical Heritage” Association, Third Prize (the First and Second Prizes were not awarded) (Moscow, 1998); etc.
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Fifth Prize
Born in Seoul, Tae-Hyung Kim studied with Choong-Mo Kang at the Korean National University of Arts and with Elisso Virsaladze and Helmut Deutsch at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München. He also trained at the Moscow State Conservatory and is now studying Chamber Music with Christoph Poppen and Friedemann Berger in München again. He made his international debut in 2004 when he won the City of Porto International Piano Competition. He is a laureate of many other international piano competitions.  Tae-Hyung Kim has expanded his activities by performing with prominent orchestras including Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Russian National Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo, National Orchestra of Belgium and Orchestre National de France, and performed with renowned conductors such as Vladimir Spivakov, Marin Alsop, Emil Tabakov, Vakhtang Matchavariani, among many others. He also had appearances with leading Korean orchestras including KBS Symphony Orchestra, Korean Symphony Orchestra, Korean Chamber Orchestra, Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra, Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra, and Wonju Philharmonic Orchestra. Tae-Hyung Kim made his solo debut at the Kumho Prodigy Concert in 2000, and from then he was invited to give recitals for the Kumho Rising Star Series, Yamaha Rising Artist Series, and Hoam Rising Star Series in Seoul. He has established his presence in Europe through several solo recitals in Belgium including the Bruges SCOOP concert series, a recital at Handelsbeurs in Gent, or at Cultuurcentrum in Mechelen and Kortrijk Festival van Vlaanderen. He was also invited at Yokohama International Piano Concert, Florence International Music Festival and Euro Music Festival in Leipzig. He has played in renowned concert venues including Salle Pleyel, Salle Gaveau, Salle Cortot in Paris, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Concertgebouw in Bruges, Dom Muziki in Moscow, Philharmonie in St. Petersburg, and Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore. As a devoted chamber musician, in 2013, he formed ‘Trio Gaon’, with violinist Ji-Hye Lee and cellist Hendrik Blumenroth. He is also a valued member of the Kumho Asiana Soloists along with many other promising musicians of Korea. He has appeared frequently at various chamber music festivals including Festival de Musica Credomatic, Great Mountains International Music Festival, Seoul Spring Festival of Chamber Music, and Ditto Festival.
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Sixth Prize
Da Sol Kim studied at the Pusan Graduate School of Arts before undertaking further studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig with Gerald Fauth and in Hannover with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and Arie Vardi. He has won prizes at numerous competitions and has worked with a number of renowned orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie, the Kammerakademie Potsdam, under Alan Gilbert, Ulrich Windfuhr, David Zinman and Michael Sanderling, among others. Regularly invited to perform at prestigious music festivals around the world, such as La Roque d'Antheron, Kissinger Sommer and Great Mountain Music Festival, Da Sol Kim performs with exceptional musicians including David Geringas, Yeol Eum Son, Andreas Brantelid, Svetlin Roussev, among others. In 2015, Universal Music (Korea) has released his debut CD, featuring various solo works by F. Schubert and R. Schumann.
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Unranked laureate
Claire Huangci began her international career at the age of nine, thanks to grants, concert performances and prizes - she was the youngest participant to receive second prize at the International ARD Music Competition (2011). She studied with Eleanor Sokoloff and Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, and with Arie Vardi at the University of Music, Drama and Media Hanover. Frédéric Chopin was a special role model for her, though at first she had ambivalent feelings about the composer. She was initially sceptical about his breakneck etudes, but fell in love with his ballades and sonatas, and it was precisely that music which gave Claire Huangci her artistic breakthrough. In 2009 she won first prize at the International Chopin Competition in Darmstadt as well as in 2010 at the Chopin Competition in Miami, earning the 19 year-old a reputation as an expressive Chopin performer of her generation. Claire Huangci has since transitioned from an acclaimed performer of Chopin to a flexible and sought-after musician. Her wide-ranging repertoire which includes a large number of contemporary works and her great versatility is on display when she plays with international orchestras like the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Stuttgart (under Sir Roger Norrington), the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the China Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the Vancouver, Santa Fe, Moscow Radio and Istanbul State Symphonies. Her recitals have already taken her to international concert venues like Carnegie Hall, the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Gasteig in Munich, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Salle Cortot, Oji Hall in Tokyo and the Symphony Hall in Osaka as well as to festivals like the Bad Kissingen Summer Festival, the Verbier Festival, Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, the Mozartfest in Würzburg, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, MDR Musiksommer and the Schwetzingen Festival. Her debut CD, which was released in 2013 featuring recordings of solo works by Tschaikovsky and Prokofiev under the Berlin Classics label, earned widespread praise. Berlin Classics has since released a second solo album featuring Sonatas by Scarlatti, which was distinguished with the German Record Critics' Award.
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Unranked laureate
Kim Kyu Yeon studied at the Korea National University of Arts with Kang Choong-Mo and later at the Universität der Künste in Berlin with Klaus Hellwig, at the Curtis Institute with Gary Graffman, and at the New England Conservatory with Russell Sherman and Byun Wha-Kyung. She has given recitals and concerts in the United States, Germany, Japan, Austria, Ireland, and Australia and has appeared as a soloist with a number of orchestras, including the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the KBS Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the RTE National Symphony Orchestra (Dublin). She has won prizes in numerous competitions in Korea and in the U.S., including First Prize in the Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Piano Competition (2001) and Second Prize in the International Piano Competition in Dublin in 2006, and was a semi-finalist in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2009.
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Unranked laureate
Laureate of the several international piano competitions, including the Leeds, Rubinstein, Long-Thibaud and Queen Elisabeth, London-based musician Andrejs Osokins is one of the most sought-after Latvian pianists. He was described by critics as impeccably stylish, praised for his powerful intellect and charisma, wide expressive sound palette, notably convincing in many different styles of music. Born in 1984, he began playing piano at the age of five and gave his first solo recital at the age of 14. After graduating at the Latvian Academy of Music and winning the Yamaha Scholarship Award, he moved to London to study at the Trinity College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, with Hamish Milne. He has worked with many celebrated pianists, including Michail Voskressensky, John Lill, Christopher Elton, Domenique Merlet, Arie Vardi, Bernd Goetzke, Boris Berman, Willem Brons, Rolf Hind, Stephen Kovacevic, Volker Banfild, Jonti Solomon and Martino Tirimo. Andrejs Osokins' performance diary has included recitals in many high profile recital venues including Wigmore Hall, Westminster Cathedral, St-Martin-in-the-Fields, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Drapers Hall in London, La Monnaie in Brussels, Gasteig in Munich, the Great Guild Hall of Riga and Rachmaninov Hall in Moscow. He has had the honour of performing with prestigious orchestras including the National Orchestra of Belgium, conducted by Marin Alsop, the Hallé orchestra with Sir Mark Elder, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France with Darrell Ang, the London Philharmonic Orchestra with James Judd, the Latvian National Symphony orchestra, conducted by Yuri Simonov, the Sinfonietta Riga and the Kremerata Baltica.
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Unranked laureate
At the age of eleven, Park Jong-Hai entered the Yewon Music School, and later on the Seoul Arts High School, and the preparatory section of the Korea National University of Arts, where he studied with Kang Choong-Mo, starting in 2004. A laureate of numerous Korean competitions, in 2008 he won Second Prize in the Hong Kong International Piano Competition and the Nagoya International Music Competition (Japan), as well as a prize from the Japan Academy of Chamber Music. Last year he won Second Prize in the Dublin International Piano Competition. He has given a series of recitals in Korea (Young Artist Concert Series) and Japan and has also performed with the Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra.
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