Nine different piano concerti to be played in final round at Unisa

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Six finalists, all from different countries, will play nine different piano concerti in the final round of the prestigious 12th Unisa International Piano Competition in the ZK Matthews Great Hall at Unisa.

The finalists are Enrique Bernaldo de Quiros (Spain), Sebastian Di Bin (Italy), Stanislav Khristenko (Russia), Heejae Kim (Republic of Korea), Christopher Janwong McKiggan (UK) and Lukas Vondracek (Czech Republic).

The final round is divided into two parts. Part one contains Mozart concerti as well as Beethoven’s concerto no 1 and part two contains larger scaled concerti such as those by Schumann, Liszt and Tchaikovsky.

Members of the public who will be attending the final round can look forward to a wide variety of piano concerti. On Tuesday, 31 January Khristenko, Kim and Di Bin will be playing Mozart’s concerto no 23 in A minor, his concerto no 20 in D minor and Beethoven’s concerto no 1 in C major respectively.

On Wednesday 01 February McKiggan, Vondracek and Bernaldo de Quiros will all play Mozart: Concerto no 24 in C minor, no 23 in A major and no 20 in D minor.

On Friday night it will be again Khristenko, Kim and Di Bin. They will play Rachmaninov (Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini), Schumann (Concerto in A minor) and Liszt (Concerto no 1 in E flat major) respectively.

On Saturday McKiggan, Vondracek and Bernaldo de Quiros are going to perform their second concerti: Beethoven’s no 4 in G major, Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Tchaikovsky’s Concerto no 1 in B flat minor.

The concerts start at 19:30 each night. The final round will be broadcast live by Radio Today on 1485 AM in greater Johannesburg, on DStv Audio Channel 169 nationally and streamed live on the internet on from Radio Today’s website.

The prize winners will be announced after the jury has voted for the last time on Saturday night.

For more information please call the Unisa Music Foundation at 012 429 3311 or visit the website: www.unisa.ac.za/musicfoundation.

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