Rounds 1 and 2 of the 13th Unisa International Piano Competition were a showcase of the dedication and hard work of talented young pianists in the world today.
Audiences were treated to hours of inspired improvisations and brilliant finger work in the Jazz Category. In the Classical Category the world’s most famous composers were featured and executed with virtuosity and finesse.
The American competitors dominated the field in the Jazz Category. The six jazz semi-finalists were announced on Friday night 29 January. They will each perform a solo piano programme of about 50 minutes on Monday 01 February in three sessions: 10:00, 14:00 and 19:00. Joshua Espinoza and Lex Korten are playing in the morning session, Paul Shinn and Sebastiaan van Bavel in the afternoon session and in the evening it will be Addison Frei and Gil Scott Chapman.
Sebastiaan van Bavel from the Netherlands is the only semi-finalist who isn’t from the USA.
Tickets for the third round are only R55 per session for adults and R45 for students and pensioners.
The Classical Category’s semi-finalists were announced on 30 January.
They will perform their recitals on Tuesday, also in three sessions. In the morning session it will be Georgy Voylochnikov (Russia) and Philipp Scheucher (Austria) followed by Igor Andreev (Russia) and Seomseung Lee (Republic of Korea) in the afternoon session. At 19:00 it will be Kana Ito from Japan and Daniel Ciobanu from Romania. Ms Kana is the only female in the semi-final round.
The finalists will be announced on 1 and 2 February for the Jazz and Classical Categories respectively.
The final round on 5 and 6 February takes place at 19:00 and tickets are sold at Computicket.
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