Fortepiano contest attracts international talent

Aug. 8, 2011
Fortepiano contest attracts international talent
David Kim

Lindsay France/University Photography
David Hyun-su Kim ’03 performs Aug. 6 during the fortepiano contest finals.
By Daniel Aloi

Two Cornellians advanced to the final round Aug. 6 of the first Westfield International Fortepiano Competition, a weeklong series of performances on campus by 25 contestants on historic instruments.

The competition ended with five finalists each playing an hourlong program at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, comprising solo repertoire and a Beethoven Trio chosen by the contestants, who were accompanied by violinist Elizabeth Field and cellist Stephanie Vial.

Competition jurors awarded the $7,500 first prize to Anthony Romaniuk of Australia. Cornell Ph.D. student Mike Cheng-Yu Lee earned the $3,500 second prize and the Herbert J. Carlin Audience Prize, worth $1,000, for his expressive performances including a J.S. Bach partita. The third prize of $2,500 went to American pianist Shin Hwang.

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