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Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition Results

The 28th Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition is pleased to present its ten finalists, three of whom competed for the 20th/21st Century American Composer Prize and eight for the Winners' Awards.

From Left to Right: Joonhee Kim*, Anna Maimine, Kana Mimaki, Steven Mann, Yin Zheng, Chetan Tierra, Irma Svanadze, Yukiko Akagi, Jeewon Lee and Kristie Janczak*
(* 20th/21st Century American Prize Finalist)

Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition Winners

Pianist Yukiko Akagi is enjoying a blossoming career as recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. Her plans for the 2006-2007 season include an appearance with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra,a tour of Japan as recitalist and chamber musician and solo recitals in Spain. Following her critically acclaimed New York recital debut as winner of the Artist International Competition at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in October, 2004, Ms. Akagi was 2nd Prize Winner at both the Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona and the Guerrero International Piano Competition in Madrid. Among other honors, Ms. Akagi has been prize winner at the Dorothy Mackenzie Competition, the 16th Luis A. Ferre Competition, and the National Piano Teachers Association of Japan Competition as well as receiving a 2002 Artist Grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is a graduate from Mannes College of Music and Manhattan School of Music, studying with Jerome Rose and Solomon Mikowsky.

Born in Seoul, Korea, pianist Jeewon Lee is active as a soloist as well as a collaborative musician. Recently, Ms. Lee participated in the Leipzig International Music Festival, appearing on Leipzig Radio and at the Gewandhaus Hall. She was featured as soloist with the New West Symphony in California, and performed at Weill-Carnegie Hall and at Alice Tully Hall in New York as a chamber musician.
Ms. Lee completed a double degree program in Economics and Piano Performance at Northwestern University, where she studied with Sylvia Wang and David Kaiserman. With various achievements in her undergraduate studies, she was recognized in the National Dean's List. Currently, Ms. Lee recently finished her graduate studies at the Juilliard School with Julian Martin and graduated with honors. During her graduate program at the Juilliard School, she studied piano performance with Julian Martin, and chamber music with Josef Kalichstein. Ms. Lee currently resides in the New York City and enjoys teaching as well as performing.

Anna Maimine was born in Moscow, Russia, where she started studying piano at age 4 with Professor Natalya Dolenko at the Gnessin School for Children. At age 12, Anna came to Rochester, NY where she continued her studies at the Eastman School with Professor Gary Fisher, Professor Alla Kuznetsov, Professor Natalya Antonova and Professor & Chairman of the Eastman School of Music Piano Department Mr. Douglas Humpherys. Anna graduated from the Eastman Community Music School with an Honors Diploma in Piano and a Certificate of Merit. Anna was the 1st prize winner of the SUNY-Geneseo Young Artist Competition, and of the Junior All-Star MTA Piano Competition. She was also the winner of the Arco and Fortissimo Chamber Music Competition, and received honorable mentions at the Kilian Competition, and Ithaca College High School Competition. In 2003 Anna received the third prize and the audience prize at the Moulin d’Ande Annual Concerto Competition in France. In 2005, she was a finalist at the Schumann Concerto Competition and Hamamatsu Competition at the Eastman School of Music and a First Place winner at the Annual 1000 Island’s International Young Artist Competition. Having received her Bachelor’s Degree in 2006, she is currently a 1st year Masters Degree student with Professor Nelita True at the Eastman School of Music.

Steven Mann was born in Newport Beach and grew up in Southern California. He began studying the piano when he was seven years old and studied with Dr. Mark Sullivan from 1998 to 2002. During that time he was a full-time student at the Orange County High School of the Arts in the Instrumental Music Piano department under the direction of Dr. Stephen Cook. In 2002, Steven was admitted to the Young Artists Guild, the most prestigious recognition awarded by the Music Teachers Association of California. He was one of only five pianists selected statewide that year. That same year he was invited by conductor and violinist William Fitzpatrick to perform as a soloist with the South Orange County Chamber Orchestra. He recently received his Bachelor of Music in piano performance in May of 2006 at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He is currently a graduate performer diploma candidate there where he is a student of Distinguished Professor of Music, Menahem Pressler.
Steven has distinguished himself as one of the finest young artists in the school. He was the only pianist selected for the past two years to perform for the school’s prospective students and parents in the audition weekend concerts. Steven was also recently named the Kenda Webb Memorial Scholar and the Theodore Presser Scholar in recognition of his outstanding work, an honor given to only one undergraduate each year. He is currently on the faculty of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music pre-college piano program and also an associate instructor of piano at the college level.

Critically acclaimed for his "warm tone" and "soulful manner," (The Times-Picaynne) emerging young American pianist Chetan Tierra has been seen on concert stages in North America and Europe since the age of six. He holds prizes in over twenty competitions including first prize and the gold medal at the Eighth California International Young Artists Competition, first prize at the Twenty-Eighth Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition, and second prize at the Eighteenth New Orleans International Piano Competition. He has been featured on Italy's "teleblu" tv channel, as well as on WCLV and KUSP radio stations. Among many performances, Mr. Tierra has appeared with the Santa Cruz Symphony, the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, and the TSO orchestra at the Brevard Music Festival. Upcoming engagements include concerto performances with the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Viana do Castelo Music Festival Orchestra in Portugal, and solo performances in New York, New Orleans, San Diego, and Santa Cruz.
Mr. Tierra gives most of his credit to current teacher and world class pianist, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, and his gifted former teacher, Hans Boepple. He has also had the privilege to work with Peter Serkin, Misha Dichter, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Sergei Babayan, Daniel Shapiro, Paul Schenly, Emma Tahmizian, Alvin Chow, Pawel Skrzypek, and Bruce Murray. Currently residing in Cleveland, Ohio, Chetan is completing his studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Yin Zheng received her “Premier Prix” and “Diplôme Supérieur” from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels with "the Highest Distinction" in both Piano and Theory. At the age of 22, she was accepted into the Doctoral of Musical Arts program at the Eastman School of Music, where she is currently studying with Nelita True and teaching as a piano department assistant. Ms. Zheng has won first prizes at the Matilde Horlait Music Competition in Brussels, Eastman Mozart Concerto Competition, and the Empire State Piano Competition of the New York State Music Teacher’s Association. A recipient of the prestigious Edith Babcock Scholarship, Lizzie Teege Mason Memorial Scholarship, and recently the Avis D. Vaugh Scholarship, Ms. Zheng has appeared in world’s leading music festivals and has performed across Europe, US, and her native city Shanghai, China. Her chamber performance was recorded by Radio Suisse Romande.

Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition Judges

The 28th Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition thanks its panel of judges, all former winners of the competition.

From Left to Right: Dmitry Rachmanov, Golda Tatz and Xun Pan

Judges' Websites:

Xun Pan

Dmitry Rachmanov

Golda Tatz