As a tribute to one of the most highly-regarded piano teachers in Chicago, the late Emilio Del Rosario, the Emilio Del Rosario Foundation is sponsoring a competition to honor his memory and promote young talented pianists from around the world. The Emilio del Rosario Music Foundation was established in 2010 to honor the legacy of Emilio del Rosario, master pianist and teacher who dedicated his life to developing young pianists into successful performers, educators, and lifelong supporters of classical music.
This week, on Thursday, the first live round of ten Semi-finalists of the First Emilio Del Rosario International Piano Concerto Competition will be held at the Pianoforte Salon in downtown Chicago. The ten young pianists range in age from 12 years old to 20 years old, and each of them will perform a complete concerto. These semi-finalists were selected by a competitive video audition process from a field of about 25 pianists. These young piano talents hail from all around the world. At the conclusion of Thursdays' auditions, three Finalists will be chosen to perform their complete concerto with the New Millenium Orchestra under the direction of Francesco Milioto at Symphony Center.
Both the Semi-Final round and Final Round are open to the public, and it is definitely going to be exciting to hear both rounds. I anticipate that the decision-making at the Semi-final round will be quite difficult, since the concertos being performed are quite varied and all the Semi-finalists are all experienced performers.
The Semi-Final will take place on Thursday, March 13 at Chicago's PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Avenue from 9:00am - 3:30pm. Free admission and plenty of refreshments. All are welcomed!
The semi-finalists and their chosen piano concerto repertoire are, in alphabetical order: Nadia Azzi (15)- Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini; Qui Wen Chen (12)- Beethoven Concerto No. 2; Haoguo Chen (17)- Chopin Concerto No. 1; George Harliono-Evans (13)- Liszt Concerto No. 1; Aaron Kurz (18)- Prokofieff Concerto No. 3; Edward Leung (17)- Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2; Mingyu Liu (17)- Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1; Chaeyoung Park (16)- Prokofikeff Concerto No. 3; Chen Wang (20) - Chopin Concerto No. 2; Rui Xu (17)- Mozart Concerto No. 23, K. 488.
The judges for the Semi-Final round will be Winston Choi, Anthony Molinaro, and George Vatchnadze. The judges for the Final Round will be Henry Fogel, Kirk Muspratt, and Jorge Federico Osorio.
The Final Round will be held on Saturday March 15th with three finalists (TBA) performing their complete concertos. Tickets for this event must be purchased.
So, if you love piano repertoire, love competitions, and want to hear some of the most beloved piano concertos ever written, all on one day, come to hear these fine young pianists on Thursday March 15th.
Good luck to all!