Mu­si­cal ex­trav­a­ganza

The week-long 4th Asean In­ter­na­tional Chopin Pi­ano Com­pe­ti­tion 2010 takes place in Kuala Lumpur next month.

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THIRTY-four home­grown pi­anists will take part in the 4th Asean In­ter­na­tional Chopin Pi­ano Com­pe­ti­tion 2010 next month.

The com­pe­ti­tion, which will be held from Nov 23 un­til 28 at Pang­gung Ban­daraya in Kuala Lumpur, has at­tracted par­tic­i­pants from 15 coun­tries, in­clud­ing Ukraine, Ja­pan, China, Aus­tralia, Hong Kong, Kuwait and Malaysia. There will be 96 par­tic­i­pants in the event or­gan­ised by Per­sat­uan Chopin Malaysia (PCM) .

“The com­pe­ti­tion pro­vides par­tic­i­pants an op­por­tu­nity to learn from renowned in­ter­na­tional men­tors and in­ter­act with bud­ding tal­ents from other coun­tries.

“It’s ob­jec­tive is to pro­mote tal­ented and out­stand­ing young pi­anists for in­ter­na­tional-level com­pe­ti­tions.

“This year’s com­pe­ti­tion also cel­e­brates the 200th an­niver­sary of le­gendary Pol­ish com­poser Fred­eric Chopin, who made ma­jor in­no­va­tions to the pi­ano sonata, mazurka and waltz,” said PCM pres­i­dent Tunku Mu­ni­rah Tunku Mustapha at a press con­fer­ence in KL last week.

The com­pe­ti­tion is di­vided into 10 cat­e­gories – pri­mary school (three cat­e­gories), sec­ondary school (two), col­lege (one), gen­eral (one) and con­certo (three). All par­tic­i­pants are re­quired to per­form a Chopin com­po­si­tion and are al­lowed to se­lect an­other piece as listed in the compe- tition’s re­quire­ments.

One par­tic­i­pant set to mes­merise the au­di­ence with his ren­di­tion of Chopin’s Fan­taisie Im­promptu is Brian Ting, 10.

“Chopin is re­garded as one of the great­est com­posers. His com­po­si­tions are melodic, el­e­gant and in­spir­ing,” said the tal­ented Gar­den In­ter­na­tional School stu­dent.

This year, the panel of seven judges com­prises pro­fes­sional pi­anists and pi­ano pro­fes­sors from coun­tries like Poland, South Korea, Singapore and Rus­sia. USCI Uni­ver­sity’s Dr Ni­cholas Ong rep­re­sents Malaysia.

Also present at the event were the com­pe­ti­tion’s pa­tron Tun Dr Siti Has­mah Mohd Ali, PCM’s mu­sic di­rec­tor Pro­fes­sor Snezana Panovska and Re­pub­lic of Poland’s am­bas­sador Prof Adam W. Jelonek.

At the press con­fer­ence, PCM re­ceived a RM10,000 mock cheque from Bangkok Bank (Malaysia) di­rec­tor Prof Datuk Rus­lan Khalid.

Free ad­mis­sion to com­pe­ti­tions be­tween Nov 23 and 28 (9am-9pm daily).

The gala open­ing con­cert, fea­tur­ing Poland’s Prima Vista Quar­tet and home­grown pi­anists Melody Quah and Ken­neth Teh, is on Nov 23 (8.30pm) at the De­wan Fil­har­monik Petronas (DFP) in Kuala Lumpur. Tick­ets are be­tween RM30 and RM100 and can be pur­chased from DFP’s box of­fice.

Tick­ets for the gala clos­ing con­cert, fea­tur­ing com­pe­ti­tion win­ners, is on Nov 28 (8pm) at Ho­tel Maya, Jalan Am­pang in KL. Tick­ets priced at RM50 and RM80 are avail­able at Sym­pho­nia Academy Of Mu­sic (% 03-9058 0104) and Allegro Mu­sic & Arts (% 03-4251 5780). For more de­tails, call 012665 7863 (Felicia) or e-mail chopin­malaysia@ya­ Al­ter­na­tively, browse chopinso­ci­ – Chan­dran

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