Suc­cess for youngest en­trant

The Northland Age - - Local News -

The top prize in the 2018 Kerik­eri In­ter­na­tional Pi­ano Com­pe­ti­tion went to the youngest con­tender, 16-year-old Aus­tralian Shuan Hern Lee, af­ter five days of in­tense com­pe­ti­tion and long de­lib­er­a­tion by a trio of in­ter­na­tional judges.

Lee took home $15,000 out of a to­tal prize pool of $32,500.

Sec­ond was Kather­ine Ben­son (USA), with Sun­wha Kim (Korea) third and Baichao Lan (China) fourth.

The 14 con­tes­tants who made the ini­tial cut were whit­tled down to four af­ter two rounds of com­pe­ti­tion over three days, each pre­sent­ing a 40- to 45-minute recital of their own choice be­fore a packed Turner Cen­tre au­di­to­rium in the fi­nal.

Ben­jamin Good­man (Is­rael) won the sonata prize, and Jeremy So (Aus­tralia) the Kerik­eri In­ter­na­tional Pi­ano Com­pe­ti­tion trus­tees’ prize. Sev­en­teen-year-old New Zealan­der Lixin Zhang, who was given a place at the last minute af­ter a Korean en­trant had to with­draw, went home with the judges’ prize.

The judg­ing panel was led was led by Awada­gin Pratt (USA).

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