Alim Beisembayev, who hails from Almaty, Kazakhstan, has won the first place prize at The Inaugural Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival that was held in Fort Worth, Texas. His award-winning performance of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 garnered him a cash award of $10,000 and a $2,000 scholarship. Alim started taking piano lessons when he was 5 years old, and he later moved to Great Britain in 2010 to attend the prestigious Purcell School for Young Musicians. He enjoys acting, ballroom dancing and learning new languages when he is not busy tickling the ivories.
Arsenii Mun, a 16 year old pianist from St. Petersburg Russia, was award the second place cash prize of $5,000 and a $2,000 scholarship for his virtuosity. Aesenii has been studying piano ever since the age of 6 and in 2010 he began attending the Special Musical School-Lyceum of the State Conservatory to further his studies with Professor Alexander Sandler. Arsenii enjoys playing chamber music during his spare time. In 2013, he performed in the chamber music festival Musica Muni in Brussels, Belgium.
Youlan Ji, who is 16 years old and originally from Beijing, China, received the third place cash prize of $2,500 along with a $2,000 scholarship as well. Youlan moved to New York City, in 2012, to attend The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division, where she studied music with Yoheved Kaplinsky. Miss Ji has performed in several recitals in Beijing, Shanghai and in New York. She also performed the Beethoven Second Concerto with Juilliard’s Pre-College Orchestra as the winner of its concerto competition. During her spare time, Youlan enjoys watching movies and swimming.
Several of this year’s competitors are from here in the USA, including Gregory Martin, a 17 year old from Houston, Texas, who took piano lessons in Bakersfield and Los Angeles, California, Misha Galant, also 17 years of age, from Northern California (He also enjoys studying math and is an accomplished swimmer.); and Anna Boonyanit, 16, also from Northern California. Anna is a big fan of the San Francisco Giants. When she isn’t busy playing the piano, she also writes for an arts and lifestyle magazine that is published by the school that she attends.
The deciding jury panel, that chose each of the winners in this year’s Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival, was overseen by the American concert pianist, Jon Nakamatsu, who was the 1st place winner of the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1997.
Included below is a video of the 1st Cliburn International Junior Competition Final Round and Awards Ceremony.
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