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South Korean Yeon-Min Park is the winner of the Piano Finals, as of the Closing Ceremony of the George Enescu Festival

Wednesday, 26 May 2021 , ora 10.00

Yeon-Min Park won the bing prize for the piano section during the George Enescu Festival, after having played Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor and Rahmaninov's orchestra 30 on sunday, may 23th during the final held at the Romanian Atheneum. Adela Liculescu from Romania came right after her, on the 2nd place, while Marcin Wieczorek from Poland earned the 3rd place.

The South Korean piano player Yeon-Min Park won the first prize of the Piano Section after a final during which the played Beethoven's Concerto No. 3 in D Minor and Rahmaninov's orchestra 30, accompanied by the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of maestro John Axelrod. She was awarded a special Mention for the best interpretation of an Enescian sonata in the Semifinals.

Yeon-Min Park (b. 1990) studies at the Hanover Music and Theatre University, lectured by professor Bernd Goetzke. Among her mentors - during her studies at the Seoul University or during a couple of prestigious courses - are Aviram Reichert, Dmitri Bashkirov, Menahem Pressler and Jacques Rouvier. She played alogside St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Korea Symphonic Orchestra, Hannoi and Shenzhen Symphonic Orchestra.

Having earned the 2nd place, Adela Liculescu (b. 1993) played Concerto no. 1 in B flat minor for the piano and Tchaikovsky's orchestra op. 23. . She is studying in Vienna with Professor Avedis Kouyoumdjian and in Graz under the guidance of Milana Chernyavska, after having graduated from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna in the class of Professor Martin Hughes. She has given concerts and recitals at the Berlin, Munich and St. Petersburg Philharmonic, at the Musikverein in Vienna and at the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest. She is the winner of the Prix du Piano Competition in Bern, at the Brahms International Competitions in Austria and Germany.

The third place was occupied by Marcin Wieczorek (b. 1996), whoperformed in the Final Concert no. 1 in E minor for piano and orchestra op. 11 by Chopin. He is studying at the Bydgoszcz Academy of Music with Professor Stefan Wojtas. He won prizes at the Palma d'OroCompetition in San Benedetto del Tronto, the Euregio Piano Competition in Geilenkirchen, the Nuova Coppa Pianists Competition in Osimo. He has given concerts in the USA, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Italy, Switzerland.

The president of the Piano Jury, Cristina Ortiz, announced the results on the stage of the Romanian Athenaeum. Alongside her, the jury included Dana Borșan, Hyoung-Joon Chang, Philippe Dinkel, Peter Jablonski, Andrei Pisarev, Roland Pöntinen, Josu de Solaun and Zhe Tang. The judging was done in a mixed system: 6 members of the jury are present in Bucharest, watching the recitals of the semi-finalists live, at the Romanian Athenaeum, and 3 watched the performances of the young musicians through a livestream.

The first prize of the George Enescu 2021 Festival is worth 15,000 Euros. The winner of the first place has the opportunity to perform on the stage of the Enescu Festival, along with some of the most important orchestras in the world, and also benefits from special awards and opportunities for international promotion. The second prize is 10,000 Euros and it offers the possibility to perform on the stage of the Enescu Festival in the 2021 edition. The third prize is 5,000 Euros. The prizes of the Piano section amount to 30,000 Euros.

The trophy of the 2020/2021 edition, offered to the three young musicians, is crafted by the artist Iulia Năstase from hand-processed and hand-engraved glass, especially for the Enescu Contest and inspired by the theme of the edition, Beauty in Life. A number of 21 young artists from 11 countries participated in the second phase of the George Enescu International Competition, in a premiere edition, for which the organizers made all possible efforts in the context of the global pandemic and its effects on the international artistic environment.

The big winners of the three sections are the 15-year-old cellist Jaemin Han, from South Korea, the youngest winner in the history of the Enescu Competition; violinist Valentin Șerban from Romania (31 years old) and Yeon-Min Park from South Korea (piano).

The winners of the first prizes from the three sections of the Contest will perform at the Enescu 2021 Festival and are special guests in a concert at the prestigious Musikverein Concert Hall in Vienna which will be held on October 15th, 2021, with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of maestro Yalchin Adigezalov. The prize is offered by IMK, courtesy of Igor Petrushevski, a member of the jury.

Also, the conductor of the Violin Final, maestro Wilson Hermanto, offered a special prize to the winner of the first place in the piano section, following an artistic partnership between the George Enescu International Competition and the Vevey Spring Classic. Thus, the pianist Yeon-Min Park was invited to participate in the inaugural edition of the Vevey Spring Classic Music Festival, which will take place between May 29th and June 5th, 2022, in Switzerland. This opportunity offers the winner the privilege of being mentored by one of today's greatest pianists, Francesco Piemontesi, as well as the chance to be with great musicians such as Janine Jansen, Nils Mönkemeyer, Daniel Müller-Schott.

The Gerge Enescu International Contest 2020 initially took place during the previous year, with the promise of bringing beauty to life, despite the pandemic. The contest was rescheduled as an online event as a premiere in the world of international classical music - the first two stages of the sections were organized online, this measure being taken in order to run the competition in the context of the pandemic. Thus, 205 young artists were able to follow their dream and participate in the Contest, between August 29th and September 20th, 2020. The last two stages - Semi-finals and Finals - are organized live, in Bucharest, at the Romanian Athenaeum, between May 12th and 23rd 2021, with audience in the hall.

In 2020, the George Enescu International Competition offered more than music and competition. The message of this year's edition is Beauty in Life, and in the context of the pandemic, the Enescu Contest aimed to show that we all have the power to reinvent ourselves, to choose both life and beauty. In a troubled world, reduced to silence and pandemic isolation, we have created a model of resilience based on the need for beauty in life, indispensable to our humanity.

The spot of the campaign is at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxuylvvHHWQ

The George Enescu Competition runs as an international promoting event for future world-renowned musicians and for promoting the compositions of the great Romanian musicians among the new generation of artists from around the world, and is thus a natural complement to the George Enescu Festival, the most important international cultural event organized in Romania. The competition has four sections - violin, cello, piano and composition - and ranks in the top five worldwide in the sphere of classical music competitions.

Translated by Popa Zafiriadi Carol,
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I
Corrected by Silvia Petrescu