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YPA Stage 3 Keyboard Final Winner

Young Kwon Choi won the Stage 3 Keyboard Final in the prestigious 2012 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards.

The Keyboard Final of the 2012 Young Performers Awards was held on Thursday 5 July in the Federation Concert Hall in Hobart. Four finalists performed their concertos with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marc Taddei.

With a brilliant performance of the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Young Kwon Choi was announced the winner of the Keyboard Category securing a cash prize of $5,000 and a place in the Grand Final as well as the David Paul Landa Memorial Scholarship for Pianists valued at $25,000 funded by the New South Wales Government and presented in partnership with Symphony Australia by Musica Viva Australia.

The other contestants were Tony Lee (NSW), 20 who performed the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 in Bb minor, Jeremy So (NSW), 21 who performed the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.3 in C, and John Fisher (QLD), 26 who performed the Liszt Totentanz.

Young Kwon Choi, New South Wales. Piano

Young Kwon Choi began playing the piano at the age of four, and won his first national piano competition in South Korea two years later. After moving to Australia, his first orchestral appearance was at age 11 with the Mosman Symphony Orchestra, followed by performances with the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic and the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra. He studied with Paul Rickard-Ford and Ann Carr-Boyd at the Sydney Conservatorium, where he performed with the Conservatorium Orchestra and at the ENCORE concert at the Sydney Opera House. He subsequently studied in Austria with Alexander Satz at the Hochschule für Musik Graz, and with Hans Leygraf at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, where he graduated with First Class Honours and won the Bösendorfer Intercollegiate Competition.

Currently based in the UK, Young Kwon is the Director of Music at St Peters in London and is on full scholarship as a post-graduate student at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Tatiana Sarkissova and Dimitri Alexeev. He performs across Europe, Asia and Australia as a soloist and chamber musician, and has given recitals for live broadcast on ORF 1 Austria, BBC Radio 3, and Radio Suisse Romande. He has recently given performances at the Southbank Centre, Steinway Hall London, St James’s Piccadilly and St Martin-in-the-Fields, as well as the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris and the Fuchu Art Centre in Tokyo. He has also appeared as soloist with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Graz Philharmonic and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.

Young Kwon Choi is the last finalist to progress to the Grand Final and will compete against Katerina Nazarova (winner of the String Category) performing the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, and Som Howie (winner of the Other Instruments Category) performing the Copland Clarinet Concerto, for the highly coveted title of the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year.

The Young Performer of the Year receives a further $20,000 cash prize, multiple CD recordings of their winning performance and opportunities for future concert engagements with major Australian symphony orchestras, as well as a feature interview in the ABC Limelight magazine’s ‘Please Welcome’ section.

If you missed any of the Stage 3 Finals make sure you tune in to the repeat broadcasts happening on ABC Classic FM in the days leading up to the Grand Final.

  • The Keyboard Final will be broadcast on Monday 1 October at 8pm
  • The String Final will be broadcast on Tuesday 2 October at 8pm
  • The Other Instruments Final will be broadcast on Wednesday 3 October at 8pm

The Grand Final will take place at 6pm on Thursday 4 October in the Perth Concert Hall with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Verbitsky.

Tickets $30 each, from http://tickets.waso.com.au/

This concert will be broadcast live on ABC Classic FM (at 8pm on Thursday 4 October).