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Young Taiwan pianist shines in Louisiana
台灣鋼琴新秀 美國展現光芒

Chen Yi-yang, third right, and other 2011 Louisiana International Piano Competition (LIPC) semifinalists pose for a group photograph with the LIPC’s president David Holcombe, far right, and founder Nikita Fitenko, second right, in Alexandria, Louisiana last Thursday.

Photo courtesy of the LIPC

When the fourth Louisiana International Piano Competition (LIPC) wrapped up last Saturday, the first and second prizes went to Israel’s Michael Namirovsky and China’s Chen Junhui. One of two Taiwanese pianists stood out among the 37 contestants from 13 countries by becoming one of the top three contestants.

Taiwanese pianist Chen Yi-yang made his way to become one of the three finalists in the artist level competition last Thursday. Unfortunately, Josh Chandra, the committee assistant to the LIPC, wrote in an email to the Taipei Times last Saturday, “Chen Yi-yang is not competing because of medical reasons.”

Though in the end Chen had to be satisfied with having made it to the finals and couldn’t vie for the first and second prizes, it was exciting to see a young Taiwanese concert artist shine internationally and Taiwan’s national flag hoisted along with flags of other nations in the concert hall. There has been a surge of young Taiwanese pianists sweeping through global competitions in recent years, including Hu Ching-yun, Lee Yun-yang, and Fan-Chiang Yi.

Though a few brilliant musicians, such as violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, became famous without winning major competitions, entering a competition is still considered helpful for aspiring young classical artists to get themselves heard, build their careers, and further develop their technical virtuosity. More and more young artists are eager to enter the LIPC because they may get a chance to perform with the St. Petersburg Symphony in St. Petersburg, Russia and at the Carnegie Hall in New York City, record a solo CD, win a cash award of US$6,000 (NT$180,000), and give recitals.


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“I think that component of this event is extremely important,” LIPC President David Holcombe was quoted by the AFP as saying. “Our area is a poor area. The per capita income is US$24,000 (NT$727,000) a year… So any activity that brings the world to Alexandria is a positive social experience.”

The LIPC — the brainchild of Nikita Fitenko — staged its initial event in Alexandria, Louisiana, in 2005. Now in its fourth biennial event, the LIPC has grown into an established event providing local residents and the world with the opportunity to hear spectacular classical music.









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