Global Live Streaming Begins as Classic Piano Enters Third Round

Global Live Streaming Begins as Classic Piano Enters Third Round

Following the conclusion of the 2nd round, 18 semi-finalists will now take to the stage alongside the ASSO, with each performance being broadcast live all around the world.

Global Live Streaming Begins as Classic Piano Enters Third Round


Over the past two weeks, the spectacular Zabeel Theatre in Dubai’s 5-star Jumeirah Zabeel Saray hotel has been playing host to the 3rd Grand Edition of the Classic Piano International Competition


Featuring some of the top pianists of our time, gathered together from all around the world through the 14 Ways to Dubai initiative, this contest has pushed each of the participating pianists to the full extent of their abilities, encouraging them to move out of their comfort zones and showcase the very best of their skillset.


Now, the eyes of the world are all turning to Dubai as the contest enters its penultimate round, with the participant pool, which once numbered in the dozens, having been whittled down to just 18 star candidates for this third round, as the stakes continue to get ever higher.  


While the first half of the competition saw the pianists present solo recitals, this phase will require them to perform alongside an orchestra for the first time, bringing with it a whole new set of challenges and demands. The orchestra selected for this position will be the acclaimed Armenian State Symphony Orchestra (ASSO), who shall be performing in both of these last two rounds, under the baton of conductor Sergey Smbatyan.


“I think it’s a great opportunity for the contestants and it is in fact quite rare that they get two rounds with the orchestra, not just the finale”, said juror Gisèle Ben-Dor. “ It’s good for us too, because we can see what they will do in collaboration with a conductor, with other musicians, so there is value to everything that’s happening here.”


Moreover, the participants will also be asked to perform no fewer than two very different but equally challenging pieces, with the compulsory repertoire for this round consisting of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466, and the contemporary Suite for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 ‘From My Bookshelf’, from Composer-in-Residence Alexey Shor and Mikhail Pletnev.


“It is an interesting work, the Shor piece”, Ben-Dor continued. “His music is rooted in, I would say, familiar music, but he does a lot of things that are not expected that make it very interesting. It's a traditional language, it’s not really what you would think as a contemporary piece like being dissonant or being strange. The music of Shor is very communicative. You get it right away. The piece is wonderful, all the characters that he found for those heroes of the children’s tales; particularly because I’m American, Tom Sawyer was just fun, was just pure fun. So it’s a very skilled composition, and now let’s hear what the contestants do with it. I’m curious, very curious.”


With the rise in stakes comes also an increase in attention, as the classical realm turns its focus onto the competition’s final rounds, helped by the support of a wide number of media partners, including Euronews, Medici.tv, and Bachtrack. In addition to publishing various reports throughout the duration of the event, these partnerships will also see the events in Dubai being shared with the world in real-time. 


In fact, the entirety of the third and fourth rounds of the competition will be broadcast globally on medici.tv, who will also be sending one of their senior presenters to host a series about Classic Piano itself, incorporating the events on stage, various full-length interviews, and behind-the-scene segments offering a glimpse into the proceedings. As part of this series, medici.tv will also be presenting a live studio show featuring a variety of esteemed experts within the world of classical music. Euronews, meanwhile, will also be sending a team from their CULT department to the UAE for this project, who shall be creating segments that will be published on the Euronews website as well as broadcast on their media channels. 


Following the conclusion of the third round, the jury board, consisting of Ashley Wass (UK), Zhe Tang (China), Hüseyin Sermet (Turkey), Marios Papadopoulos (UK), Giuliano Mazzoccante (Italy), Hae-Young Kim (South Korea), Stanislav Ioudenitch (USA), Eleanor Hope (Austria), François-Frédéric Guy (France), Pavel Gililov (Austria), Peter Donohoe (UK), Kirsten Dawes (South Africa/Germany), Epifanio Comis (Italy), Massimiliano Caldi (Italy), and Gisèle Ben-Dor (USA/Israel), will then be drawing up the list of finalists, with a mere 9 slots being available in Classic Piano’s final round. 


These candidates will all be guaranteed a share of the competition’s €250,000 prize fund, with the First Prize winner going home with €100,000 in cash and the promise of a 10-concert tour with a total honorarium of €50,000.


For all the latest updates about the 2024 Classic Piano International Competition please visit the official website at classicpiano.eu.


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