Ning An Wins First Tivoli Int'l Piano Competition in Copenhagen

Classic Arts News   Ning An Wins First Tivoli Int'l Piano Competition in Copenhagen
We tend to think of Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen as a grand, and somewhat quaint, old amusement park, not a serious classical music venue. In fact, the complex boasts not just a concert hall but a resident symphony orchestra. And now it boasts a significant competition as well: the biannual Tivoli International Piano Competition, which wrapped up its first edition last week. Twelve contestants from eight nations competed in the event, which ran from July 20-27.

At the finals last Thursday (July 27), each of the three finalists performed a concerto of the judges' choice with the Tivoli Symphony Orchestra. Chinese-American pianist Ning An, 29, won the first prize with a performance of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2. He will receive €20,000, a 2007 concert date with the Tivoli Symphony and management from Tivoli Artists.

This is the latest in a string of awards for Ning An: he took first prize in the 2003 William Kapell Competition, the Alfred Cortot Prize at the 2000 Internation Chopin Competition in Warsaw and third prizes in the 2002 Paloma O'Shea Santander International Piano Competition and the 1999 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.

Two 25-year-old Russians, Alexander Moutouzkine and Zlata Chochieva, took the second and third prizes of €10,000 and €5,000, for their performances of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 and Schumann's Piano Concerto, respectively. Moutouzkine also tool the Daniscos Audience Prize of 25,500 Danish kroner (approximately €3,400).

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