By Alla Kyslenko, coordinator of international projects
VIII International competition for young pianists in memory of Vladimir Horowitz in intermediate and senior groups was held April 12-26, 2010 in Kyiv.
In spite of being postponed in 2009, the Horowitz competition took place in 2010!
This year is famous for some new practices in the Horowitz competition.
After the first round on the 18th of April there was a reception for the all participants of the competition in the National Philharmonic of Ukraine organized by the Administration of the Horowitz competition with the support of the Alink – Argerich Foundation.
At the core of the reception was announcement of the results of the first round and a meeting with jury members. Contestants were able not only to enjoy food and drinks but also to talk to jury members.
It’s the first time in the history of Horowitz competition its participants lived in host families. It’s something new that had never taken place before. Participants from Italy, Japan and the USA were hosted by Ukrainian families.
The positive feedback inspires the competition’s organizers to address to such practice regularly!
The competition’s press group was active providing listeners, admirers with up-to-date diaries and covering the latest interviews with the participants.
Three rounds were held successfully unveiling various emotions from pleasure till tears, from satisfaction till disappointment, everything that is so close to human’s heart and can be perceived by human’s mind. Jury was strict but professional. Jury of VIII International competition for young pianists in memory of Vladimir Horowitz consisted of Oleksandr Zlotnyk (Ukraine) – The Chairman of Jury, Eleanor Wong (China), Vadim Rudenko (Russia), Yakov Kasman (USA, Russia), Mykola Suk (USA), Мarian Rybicki (France), John Roos (Republiс of South Africa), Tetiana Roshchyna (Ukraine).
These prominent jury members made their final decision as follows:
Intermediate group: Lopatynskyi Roman, Ukraine (I prize); Sun Yutong, China (II prize); Geniet Remi, France (III prize); Sasko Polina, Ukraine (III prize); Gologan Andrei, Romania(IV prize); Mishchenko Antuanetta, Ukraine(V prize).
Senior group: Kim Kho Woon, Korea (I prize); Kotys Vasyl, Ukraine (II prize); Kovalenko Oleksiy, Ukraine (III prize); Okrostsvaridze Luka, Georgia-Russia (IV prize); Koriakin Aleksandr, Russian Federation (V prize); Ulaeva Anna, Ukraine(VI prize).
All laureates were awarded not only money prizes but also special prizes which evoked charming smiles on their faces.
Organizers are grateful to all partners, admirers, jury members, participants who have made the Horowitz competition unforgettable event!