Romania got the second award in the cello section, and third, piano.
The contest part of the 20th “George Enescu” International Festival announced its laureates at a ceremony Sunday at the “Mihail Jora” Hall of the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company. South Korean and Chinese candidates in the performer and composition sections grabbed most of the awards, although the winners’ list includes two Romanians as well. In the composition section, South Korean candidates got all the prizes. This is the second time in succession that Asian candidates win this section.
In the cello section, the winners are as follows: Tian Bonian (China) – 1st Prize; Valentin Radutiu (Romania) – 2nd Prize, and Michael Korman (Israel) – 3rd Prize; The jury has not awarded the 1st Prize in the Piano and Violin sections. Piano – 2nd Prize – Jeoung Beum Sohn (South Korea), 3rd Prize, ex aequo, Poletaev Ilya (Canada) and Mihai Ritivoiu (Romania). In the violin section, the 2nd and 3rd Prize winners are Kayayzan Haik (Armenia/Russia) and Conunova Alexandra (Republic of Moldova), ex aequo, and Szalai Antal (Hungary) respectively. Szalai Antal won the Piano Sonata no or No3 Best Performance Award.
In the Composition section, the winners are: ex aequo, Kwang-Ho (Garnio) Cho, with Cytisus/A-phone” and Mihyun Woo, “The Play of Light for String Quartet”, both from South Korea, and in the Symphonic Music section, South Korean Chang Eunho for the symphonic poem “The Human”.
The laureates’ gala included recitals by some of the contest winners, accompanied by the Moldova State Philharmonic of Iasi, Conductor Gheorghe Costin.