Young Artists Finalists

June 25, 2016


The international jury of the 2016 Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Piano Competition for pianists ages 15-18 have selected the 5 finalists who will perform with the Utah Symphony on Tuesday, June 28th at Abravanel Hall for the final round of the competition.

22 pianists from China, Italy, Japan, Korea Russia, United Kingdom, and the United States each performed two solo recitals this week at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. Every competitor prepared an hour’s worth of solo repertoire and a concerto movement in hopes of making it to the final concerto round. The 5 finalists have two rehearsals with the Utah Symphony under the direction of Associate Conductor Rei Hotoda before taking the stage to vie for the Gold Medal and $60,000 in prizes. Audience members are invited to celebrate with the winners following the Awards Ceremony in the Tier I Room at Abravanel Hall.

Tuesday, June 28th, 7 PM
Abravanel Hall
$35 General | $25 Senior | $15 Student
Tickets available at or 801-355-ARTS

The five finalists in performance order are:

Competitor #4 Tristan Paradee, age 15, USA
Schumann: Concerto in A Minor, op. 54
I. Allegro affettuoso

Competitor #5 Kaiwen Zhao, age 15, China
Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, op. 23
I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso

Competitor #7 Mao Fujita, age 17, Japan
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, op. 43

Competitor #11 Jae Hong Park, age 17, Korea
Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, op. 30
I. Allegro ma non tanto

Competitor #12 Chaeyoung Park, age 18, Korea
Prokofiev: Concerto No. 3 in C Major, op. 26
III. Allegro ma non troppo

Left to right: Kaiwen Zhao, Chaeyoung Park, Mao Fujita, Tristan Paradee, Jae Hong Park
Left to right: Kaiwen Zhao, Chaeyoung Park, Mao Fujita, Tristan Paradee, Jae Hong Park
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