News N. 0/116   07/12/2017

27th "Roma" International Piano Competition

Photo: Dmytro CHONI, winner of the 2017 Grand Chopin Price, with Maria Elena Cuomo and Matthew S.M. LEE, Ambassador of Taiwan to the Holy See

The curtain fell on the 27th "Roma" International Piano Competition on December 4, 2017 with the closing ceremony held at Teatro Quirino, Rome. During this musical evening which marked the climax of the 10-day long piano competition, Mrs. Maria Elena Cuomo, Mr. Francisco A. Diaz Lison and Mr. Peter Hungerbuhler represented the Cuomo Foundation—principle partner of the event since 2004.

Dmytro Choni, a 24-year-old Ukrainian, won the Grand Chopin Prize 2017 for his interpretation of Robert Schumann’s "Piano Concerto in A minor op. 54". Accustomed to international contests, this native of Kiev who won no less than three first international awards last year, is currently following his musical training at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria.

Like each year, the "Nova Amadeus » Symphony Orchestra, under the Direction of Maestro Nicola H. Samale, provided the backing to the finalists during the evening.

List of winners

  • 1st Grand Chopin Prize: Dmytro CHONI (Ukraine, 24)
  • 2nd Grand Chopin Prize (Ex-Aequo): Anna BULKINA (Russia, 31) and SHUAN HERN LEE (Australia, 15)
  • Section A (under 20 yo): Elena KOLESNIKOVA (Russia, 15)
  • Section B (under 25 yo): Ludovica DE BERNARDO (Italy, 24)
  • Four-hand duet: Vincent e Sophie NEEB (Germany, 19 and 17)
  • Two-piano duet: Dominika GRZYBACZ and Klara KRAJ (Poland, 22 and 21)

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