The six finalists are:
- Junhee Kim (age 17, South Korea)
- Hibiki Tamura (age 20, Japan)
- Tristan Pfaff (age 22, France)
- Tae-Hyung Kim (age 22, South Korea)
- Antoine de Grol_e (age 23, France)
- Sofya Gulyak (age 27, Russia)
For the concerto finals, three of the finalists (Pfaff, Tamura and Gulyak) are playing the famously finger-busting Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2. Two of the others (J. Kim and Grol_e) are performing Beethoven's Fourth Concerto; the remaining contestant (T. Kim) has selected Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1.
The Long-Thibaud competition was launched in 1943 by two legendary French instrumentalists, pianist Margu_rite Long (who donated her fortune to support the project) and violinist Jacques Thibaud. The event runs on a three-year cycle: piano, violin, off-year gala concert for prizewinners. Among previous laureates of the competition are Aldo Ciccolini, Paul Badura-Skoda, Philippe Entremont, Ivry Gitlis, Vladimir Spivakov, Vladimir Feltsman, Pascal Rog_, C_dric Tiberghien, Jean-Fr_d_ric Neuburger and Alberto Nos.
This year's winners — selected by a jury headed by Ciccolini — will share in a prize fund worth about €100,000 in total, with a top award of more than €30,000.