Hilton Head Island, SC, USA. The 2014 Hilton Head International Piano Competition held March 10 through 17 in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, USA, has selected the Competition Winners: First Prize Winner, Shen Lu of China; Second Prize Winner, Miao Huang of Germany; Third Prize Winner, EunAe Lee of Korea.
Lu has participated in the Julliard Music School Piano Festival in Hong Kong, the China International Piano Festival in Beijing, and the Texas Piano Festival. He was a prize winner at the 59th Wideman, the 4th Campillos, the 2nd Florida, and the 25th Ferrol International Piano Competitions. He won semi-final prizes in the Sydney International Piano Competition in 2012 and the Queen Elizabeth International Piano Competition in 2013. Mr. Shen completed his Masters Degree at the New England Conservatory in Boston and is currently studying with Haesun Paik at the Cleveland Institute of Music for his Artist Diploma Degree.
The First Prize Winner receives $15,000, a return engagement as soloist with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra; a recital at Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall during the 2014-15 season, a CD recording on the Steinway & Sons label; and other performance opportunities. The Second Prize Winner receives $10,000; the Third Prize Winner receives $5,000; three Medalist are awarded $1,000 each, and one competitor is chosen to receive the Gorodnitzki Prize of $1000.
“This year’s Competition included some of the most outstanding pianists from around the world,” said Mona Huff, Competition Director, “we are thrilled to attract such a high caliber of competitors who are in the top echelon of piano competitions worldwide”.
The three Competition Finalists vied for the top prize Monday night before a sold-out audience. They performed to standing ovations with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Guest Conductor Daniel Meyer. Seven distinguished Judges narrowed the field from twenty Competitors to three Finalists: Chairman John O’Conor of Ireland, Jane Coop of Canada, Pavlina Dokovska of Bulgaria, Pavel Nersessian of Russia, Blanca Uribe of Colombia, Robert Weirich of the United States, and Xu Zhong of China.
The Hilton Head International Piano Competition is presented by the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. For additional information, contact the HHSO office at (843) 842-2055 or log onto www.hhipc.org.