Six competitors selected for the Maj Lind Piano Competition Finals

Six competitors will continue in the finals of the Fourth International Maj Lind Piano Competition (17–31 August 2017) in Helsinki. They are:

Alasaarela, Hannu (Finland),
Bouterey-Ishido, Jun (New Zealand)
In, So Hyang (South Korea)
Kim, Jiyoung (South Korea)
Melemed, Mackenzie (United States)
Park, Hyo-Eun (South Korea)

The finals will be on 27–31 August (Concert Hall): the chamber music finals on 27 August and orchestral finals on 30–31 August. The prizes will be awarded after the finals on 31 August.

The quartets in the chamber music finals will be the Tempera and the New Helsinki.

The orchestra in the finals will be the Helsinki Philharmonic conducted by Anna-Maria Helsing.

The orchestral finals will be transmitted live to the new media wall of the Helsinki Music Centre overlooking the Kansalaistori square. They will be the first event to be projected onto the media wall. Kansalaistori is the park-like square between the Helsinki Music Centre and Kiasma and is open free to the public.

The whole competition will be streamed worldwide by the Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yle) and broadcast in Finland on Yle Radio 1 and the Teema & Fem TV channel. (https://yle.fi/aihe/klassinen/maj-lind)

SCHEDULE
Helsinki Music Centre, Concert Hall

Chamber Music Finals

Sun 27 Aug at 16.00 (no intermission)
Alasaarela, Hannu (Finland)
Bouterey-Ishido, Jun (New Zealand)
In, So Hyang (South Korea)

Sun 27 Aug at 19.00  (no intermission)      
Kim, Jiyoung (South Korea)
Melemed, Mackenzie (United States)
Park, Hyo-Eun (South Korea)

Orchestral Finals 30 and 31 Aug

Orchestral Finals 1
Wed 30 Aug at 19.00           
Alasaarela, Hannu (Finland)
Bouterey-Ishido, Jun (New Zealand)
In, So Hyang (South Korea)

Orchestral Finals 2
Thu 31 Aug at 19.00            
Kim, Jiyoung (South Korea)
Melemed, Mackenzie (United States)
Park, Hyo-Eun (South Korea)

 

The competition jury will have eight members: Dmitri Bashkirov, Dang Thai Son, Janina Fialkowska, Ralf Gothóni, Ewa Kupiec, Alberto Nosè, Roland Pöntinen and Dina Yoffe.

The first prize is worth €30,000, the second €25,000 and the third €20,000. The other three finalists will each receive a consolation prize of €8,000. Special prizes totalling €10,500 will also be awarded, and the winner will give a solo recital at the PianoEspoo festival on 9 November 2017.

Altogether 37 pianists played in the first-round. The competition received a record 195 applications by the deadline on 24 April. The participants in the first round were selected by a competition team on the basis of video recordings. The competition is open to pianists the world over born in or after 1987, regardless of nationality.

The competition is being organised by the University of the Arts Helsinki, the Sibelius Academy, and financed by the Sibelius Academy Foundation out of the Maj Lind Fund. Tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster.