Will the Next Lang Lang be Found this Month in Toronto?
The Second Toronto International Piano Competition is our Olympics of the piano world. Twenty-four elite pianists, age 16–35, from 12 countries will descend upon Toronto to vie for $31,000 in cash prizes, plus solo and orchestral engagements.
Organized by the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, the Competition drew over 100 entrants. Of those chosen, six come from China and five from South Korea. Two each are from Italy, Russia and Canada (Young gun Kim and Christopher Miranda, both of Toronto); and one each from Algeria, Australia, Israel, Slovenia, Spain, Ukraine and the U.S. Their judges are renowned pianists from the U.S., Italy, Germany, Ireland and Canada.
After the first two rounds, six will advance to the semi-finals. In the final, three pianists will perform concertos with Maestro Kerry Stratton and the Toronto Concert Orchestra and the winners announced — a thrilling night to savour!