Congratulations to all the competitors on their performances in Salt Lake City!
49 official competitors (25 Junior, 24 Young Artists) gave outstanding performances at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center over 2 weeks in June. The Gina Bachauer Competitions feature no requirements of repertory therefore each competitor was free to display their artistry and virtuosity. Each competitor performed two 30-minute solo rounds before the International Jury selected 5 finalists for each competition. The Junior Finalists performed a concerto movement with concerto accompanist Alexandra Nguyen. The Young Artists Finalists performed a concerto movement with the Utah Symphony under Rei Hotoda at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City. Nearly $60,000 US in prize money was awarded to the finalists.
The Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation takes great pride in the audition and selection process of its international competitions. Pianists are selected to compete only after auditioning in live performances before an audience and jury. Auditions were held in 11 cities worldwide from November 2015 through February 2016. Nearly 300 candidates were considered as potential competitors of the Junior and Young Artists Competitions.