Winners of Sydney International Piano Competition 2012 Named



After a gruelling round of piano concertos, the winners of the 2012 Sydney International Piano Competition have been named. The roll of honour is as follows:

1st Prize: Avan Yu (Canada)
2nd Prize: Nikolay Khozyainov (Russia)
3rd Prize: Dmitry Onishchenko (Ukraine)
4th Prize: Mikhail Berestnev (Russia)
5th Prize: Hao Zhu (China)
6th Prize: Tanya Gabrielian (USA)

History repeats itself with yet another winner who is either Chinese or Russian. In this year's case, the winner Avan Yu is a Canadian-Chinese, a repeat of the 1981 competition when the 1st prize was awarded to Chia Chou of Canada. I must admit that 24-year-old Avan flew under my radar for much of the proceedings, so I'll have to listen to his performances again and perhaps buy the competition CDs when they come out later this year.  

You can listen to every note played during the entire competition here:
http://www.abc.net.au/classic/sipca/sessions/