NTD International Piano Competition: The Journey Here

On Tuesday, six piano finalists competed to win gold at NTD’s sixth International Piano Competition.

Yung-Yi Chen from Taiwan debuted in 2009 at the age of 10.

He has since performed on renowned stages across the world, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the International Summer Academy of the Mozarteum Salzburg.

Baryshevskyi Antonii from Ukraine is a soloist with the National Philharmonie of Ukraine and first prize winner of the 2014 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition.

Evangeliya Delizonas-Khukhua from Russia was born into a family of musicians and started on the piano at age 3.

She is pursuing a DMA in piano performance at the USC Thornton School of Music with professor Stewart Gordon.

“It was a great chance to play in the final. I’m very pleased and honored to be selected as one of six finalists because the level of the competition was very high,” Delizonas-Khukhua said.

Trinity Goff from the United States is the 2020 winner of the Van Buren Concerto Competition and is currently studying with Jean-David Coen of Willamette University.

Jiusi Zhang from China recently won the 2022 PianoTexas International Piano Festival Concerto Competition.

He is currently pursuing a bachelor of music degree at Oberlin Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of maestro professor Dang Thai Son.

Aruth Masrangsan from Thailand started on piano at age 13. He is a student at Koninklijk Conservatorium with professor Denys Proshayev.

He said he knew learning the foundation of Western music would be beneficial to his training.

“It is really challenging to play all the classical repertoire up to the Romantic era,” he said.

This competition required contestants to play only pre-1900 compositions.

Its mission is to promote traditional arts, bringing out pure authenticity, goodness, and beauty.

The organizer will present the Future Stars Concert and the Awards Ceremony on Wednesday. You can watch it livestreamed on NTD.com or you can come to the Kaufman Center and watch it in person.

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