Pianist Peter Klimo won the second prize in the 10th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht, Netherlands in November.
In the final round, the three competitors each played a Liszt concerto of their choice with the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by James Gaffigan. The concert was broadcast live. Mr. Klimo played Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124.
Journalist Alexander Buskermolen wrote:
"Klimo played this concerto wonderfully, showing his fine sense for timing and ensemble play. Like Mariam [Batiashvili, the first prize winner], his duet with the clarinet and the concertmaster was fantastic, even better I'd have to say. He found the opportunity to really make contact with both soloists in the orchestra. His playing was clean and confident even with all of this pressure of a grand finale."
The members of the jury were Paul Badura-Skoda, Andrea Bonatta, Claire Chevallier, Nikolai Demidenko, Fumiko Eguchi, Leslie Howard, Piotr Paleczny, Mûza Rubackyté, and non-voting chairman Joop Daalmeijer. Peter Klimo received his Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Peter Frankl.