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First prize - Queen Elisabeth International Grand Prize
After giving his first concert at the age of four, Lukas Vondracek made his first international tour six years later and his Carnegie Hall debut at sixteen. A graduate of the New England Conservatory, where he was taught by Hung-Kuan Chen, he has won the Hilton Head, San Marino, and Unisa international competitions, as well as a Special Prize at the Van Cliburn International Competition. Lukáš Vondráček has given more than a thousand concerts on five continents, in venues such as the Kennedy Center (Washington), the Centre for Fine Arts (Brussels), Victoria Hall (Singapore), Suntory Hall (Tokyo), and Sydney Opera House. He has played with orchestras such as the BBC Philharmonic, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the NHK Symphony, the National Orchestra of Belgium, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, under Marin Alsop, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Christoph Eschenbach, and Paavo Järvi.
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Second Prize
After graduating from the Juilliard School in New York in 2011, Henry Kramer is currently studying at the Yale School of Music (New Haven) under Boris Berman. A laureate of several international competitions (including the Concours Musical International de Montréal and the Shanghai International Competition), he won the Astral Artists National Auditions in 2014 and was a finalist the following year in the Honens Piano Competition, at which he was also awarded the Raeburn Prize. Henry Kramer has performed in the United States (Alice Tully Hall, Cleveland Museum of Art), Switzerland (Verbier Festival Academy), and the Netherlands (Amsterdam Concertgebouw) and has played with orchestras such as the Calgary Philharmonic, the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra. He released his first disc, devoted to Liszt, on the Naxos label last year.
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Third Prize
Currently studying at the New England Conservatory under W.K. Byun and R. Sherman, Alexander Beyer won the NEC Piano Honors Competition in 2014, which led to his debut at Jordan Hall in Boston. The following year, he won the Harvard Concerto Competition ; he is also a laureate of the US National Chopin Competition and of the Dublin International Piano Competition. He has performed in the United States (Sanders Theater in Cambridge, Paul Hall in New York, New World Center in Miami), Ireland (Royal Dublin Society, National Concert Hall), Luxembourg, Germany, and the Netherlands and has played under conductors such as G. Meier, A. Buribayev, and G. Nowak. Alexander Beyer is involved in a number of charitable projects (including Pequot Library and Music for Youth) and, in parallel with his music course, he is studying mathematics at Harvard.
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Fourth Prize
After training in his homeland at the School of Performing Arts in Seoul, Chi Ho Han is now studying under Arie Vardi at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hanover and at the International Piano Academy Lake Como. In 2014, he was Second Laureate of the Gina Bachauer Competition and also won the Seoul International Competition and the ARD International Competition in Munich. Chi Ho Han has performed in Vienna (Musikverein), Munich (Herkulessaal), Zurich (Tonhalle), Dortmund (Klavier-Festival Ruhr), Beijing (Forbidden City Concerto Hall), Seoul, St Petersburg, and Tokyo and has played with orchestras such as the Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Münchener Kammerorchester, the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, and a number of other orchestras in Germany, France, Korea, and the United States.
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Fifth Prize
After training in his homeland and later at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole under Elisso Virsaladze, Aljosa Jurinic is currently studying under Grigory Gruzman at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar. After receiving most of the prestigious awards for young musicians in Croatia, he won the Robert Schumann International Competition (Zwickau) and the Shura Cherkassky International Competition (Milan) in 2012. In 2015, he was a finalist in the International Fryderyk Chopin Competition in Warsaw. He has performed in Croatia (Piano Fortissimo in Zagreb), Georgia (Tbilisi), Ukraine (Kiev Summer Music Evenings), France (Chopin Festival in Nohant), and Italy (Puccini Festival, Serate Musicali). Aljoša Jurinić made his debut at Carnegie Hall in New York in 2014.
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Sixth Prize
A graduate of the Istituto Musicale Vincenzo Bellini in Catania (Sicily), Alberto Ferro is currently studying at the Accademia Pianistica Siciliana under Epifanio Comis. In 2015, he was second laureate of the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition (Bolzano) and a laureate of the Arcangelo Speranza International Competition (Taranto), at which he was awarded the prize for the youngest Italian finalist and the Audience Prize. Also in 2015, he won the Concorso Nazionale Pianistico Premio Venezia. He has performed in Moscow (Tchaikovsky Conservatory), Copenhagen (Charlottenborg Palace), Rome (Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia), Munich (Münchner Künstlerhaus), Brussels (Bozar), and Leipzig (Gewandhaus), and has played under conductors such as Alexander Prior, Arvo Volmer, and Franz Schottky. Alberto Ferro has taken part in many masterclasses given by Vladimir Ashkenazy, Violetta Egorova, and Leslie Howard.
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Unranked laureate
After training in his homeland at the Tokyo University of the Arts, Atsushi Imada is currently studying at the Royal College of Music (London) under Dmitri Alexeev and Roustem Saitkoulov. Second laureate of the 79th Music Competition of Japan and of the PTNA Piano Competition in 2010 ; and of the 9th Tokyo Music Competition in 2013, he has performed in Japan (Mareciale Hall, Bikan Hall, Kawai Omotesando Salon ‘Pause’) and in England (Pushkin House, St James’s Church Paddington). He has played with orchestras such as the São Paulo Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo University of Arts Orchestra, the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ribeirao Preto Symphony Orchestra, and the Kakegawa City Orchestra. Atsushi Imada made his debut at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan this year.
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After training at the Korea National University of Arts in Seoul and later at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hanover, Yoonji Kim is currently studying at the Universität der Künste in Berlin under Markus Groh. In 2014, she was second laureate of the Artur Schnabel Competition (Berlin) and won the Chopin Prize at the Cologne International Music Competition. Yoonji Kim has performed in Germany (Steinway Haus in Berlin, Leipzig Summer Festival, C. Bechstein Centrum in Hanover), the Czech Republic (with the Prague Philharmonia under Charles Olivieri-Munroe), and Korea (at Kumho Art Hall and with the KBS Orchestra). She has also taken part in numerous masterclasses given by András Schiff, Arie Vardi, and Jerome Lowenthal.
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Unranked laureate
After giving her first recital at the age of nine and playing the complete Chopin Études in concert at thirteen, Kana Okada started two years later at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, where she is currently pursuing further studies under Frank Braley. A laureate of the Épinal International Piano Competition (France) in 2009, she won both the Francis Poulenc International Competition and the Piano Campus Competition in 2013. Kana Okada has performed in the United States (California), Japan (Kawai Concerts Series, La Folle Journée), Belgium (Festival International de Quaregnon), France (Festival Chopin de Bagatelle, Piano en Valois), Italy, Morocco, and Germany. She has played with orchestras such as the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. Engagements in 2016 include appearances in Japan and in France, conducted by, among others, Kobayashi Kenichiro.
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Unranked laureate
Dmitry Shishkin gave his first concert at the age of three and performed with an orchestra three years later. He is currently studying at the Moscow Conservatory under Elisso Virsaladze. A laureate of many competitions in his homeland, in recent years he has impressed at international competitions such as the Ferruccio Busoni International Competition in Bolzano in 2013, the International Competition of Rio de Janeiro in 2014, and the F. Chopin International Competition in Warsaw in 2015. Dmitry Shishkin has performed in Bulgaria, Germany, Croatia, Italy, France, Spain, England, Japan, Austria, China, and Poland and has played with orchestras such as the Virtuosos of Gnesiny Chamber Orchestra, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, and the Musica Viva Academic Orchestra. He made his debut at Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre in 2016.
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