Henry Kramer wins Second Prize at Queen Elisabeth Competition

Henry Kramer

Henry Kramer

Henry Kramer ’13 AD, ’15 MMA has been awarded Second Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition, and Larry Weng ’12 AD, ’14 MMA was named a laureate. The competition was held in Brussels from May 2 to May 28, bringing together 76 pianists of 23 various nationalities to compete in front of a prestigious international jury. The win earned Kramer a cash prize of €20,000, and was one of twelve awards distributed for the laureates and the semi-finalists which totaled €128,500.

As laureates, Larry gave a recital on Thursday, June 2, and Henry will perform Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major with the Brussels Philharmonic on June 10 and 11.

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Published June 5, 2016
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Pianist David Fung reaches finals of Queen Elisabeth Competition

fung_david2Pianist David Fung ’11MM, ’12MMA has been selected to compete in the final round of the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, Belgium. “I am absolutely thrilled and humbled,” he said in an email. Video of his performance in the semifinal around is available here.

Fung will compete in the finals this Friday, May 31 at the Palais des Beaux-Arts. He will perform Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major with conductor Marin Alsop and the National Orchestra of Belgium. The final will be streamed live and on demand on the competition’s website.

The finalists were announced round midnight last Saturday, May 18 May. In alphabetical order, they are: Mateusz Borowiak, Tatiana Chernichka, David Fung, Rémi Geniet, Boris Giltburg, Roope Gröndahl, Sean Kennard, Stanislav Khristenko, Sangyoung Kim, Yuntian Liu, Andrew Tyson, and Zhang Zuo. The twelve finalists will compete between May 27 and June 1.

The Queen Elisabeth Competition was founded in 1937 and alternates among the divisions of piano, violin, composition, and voice. Past winners in piano include Emil Gilels, Leon Fleisher, Vladimir Ashkenasy, and Severin von Eckardstein.

Published May 22, 2013
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