The week-long 4th Asean International Chopin Piano Competition 2010 takes place in Kuala Lumpur next month.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, browse chopinsociety.com.my – Chandran