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  • Top Of The World
    2 These are the times for the performances in the Semi Final Round 2 To watch Read more The contestants that qualified for the Semi Final are The contestants that made it to the Semi Final are as follows 3 Igor Andreev Read more Live streaming from all the rounds If you want to view the first round of Top of the World 2015 you Read more The running order of the contestants Schedule for 1st round Sunday 14 June Music Conservatory University of Tromsø Krognessveien 33 The contestants play in the order determined by the draw Draw Last name First name 1 Robert Bily 10 00 2 Read more Opening Concert with Lukas Vondracek Today Saturday 13 June at 7 30 Top of the World 2015 kicks off with an Read more Contestant 22 Jackie Jaekyung Yoo Acknowledged as one of the future leaders of the Korean music scene pianist Jackie Jaekyung Read more Contestant 21 Oda Hjertine Voltersvik Oda has the heavy task of defending the Norwegian colors at this year s Top of Read more Contestant 20 Georgy Tchaidze Georgy Tchaidze had a talent both for violin and piano but isn t sad he chose Read more

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  • Top Of The World » Live streaming of all the performances from Top of the World 2015
    live streaming All you have to do is click here Enjoy Tromsø on top of the world Tromsø The Gateway to the Arctic the place with the most northern lights activity in the world two months of midnight sun in the summer and a lively and colourful downtown Great arctic history surrounded by the drama of the Lyngen Alps the calmness of the blue fjords and hundreds of islands Tromsø

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  • Top Of The World » Programme
    Programme for Top of the World 2015 Download the programme here PDF file Saturday 13 June Sparebankens Festsal 7 30 PM Opening concert given by Prize Winner 2013 Lukas Vondracek Official opening by the Mayor of Tromsø Jens Johan Hjort followed by a reception where the contestants draw their playing order in the competition Sunday 14 June Faculty of Art UIT Krognessveien 33 10 am 5 30 pm First round Monday 15 June Faculty of Art UIT Krognessveien 33 10 am 4 30 pm First round continues 5 30 Announcement of contestants going to the 2nd round Tuesday 16 June Tromsø Domkirke 10 am 7 30 pm Second round Semifinal Wednesday 17 June Tromsø Domkirke 10 am 4pm The Second round continues 5 pm Announcement of the finalists Friday 19 June Kulturhuset 7 00 PM Program for the Grand Finale Arctic Philharmonic with conductor Olaf Henzold Ketil Vea Ocean Jong Hai Park with Arctic Philharmonic Brahms no 1 Georgy Tchaidze with Arctic Philharmonic Prokofiev no 3 Evgeny Starodubtsev with Arctic Philharmonic Rachmaninov no 2 Tromsø on top of the world Tromsø The Gateway to the Arctic the place with the most northern lights activity in the world two months of

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  • Top Of The World » The Rules
    or J Haydn and a romantic work from the 19th century including Scriabin and Rachmaninov A national jury chooses 24 contestants to be invited to the competition s live rounds in Tromsø Norway The invited contestants must be present to draw his her number which will determine the order of performance This procedure will be held 13 June 2015 after the opening concert in the evening Failure to be present at the draw will lead to disqualification from the competition The contestants will keep their number throughout the competition Contestants must be available to participate in all stages of the Competition up to and including 20 June 2015 Competition Repertory First round with 24 contestants Free choice of pieces maximum total playing time of 30 min Semifinal with 12 contestants Free choice of pieces maximum total playing time of 55 min Finale with 3 contestants One of two submitted concertoes with orchestral accompaniment chosen from this list Beethoven No 3 4 5 Brahms No 1 Chopin No 1 2 Grieg a minor Liszt No 1 2 Prokofiev No 2 3 Rachmaninov No 2 3 Ravel G Major Schumann a minor Tsjaikovskij No 1 The Winner of Top of the World 2015 will also get to play the Opening Concert at Festspillene i Nord Norge in Harstad Practical information Invited contestants will be provided with free hotel accommodation in Tromsø for the whole period of the competition even if they fail to qualify for the second or final rounds Travel Invited contestants must book and pay their own travel to and from Tromsø Recording The Top of the World International Piano Competition reserves the right to authorise sound and film recordings of the Competition The TWIPC also reserves the right to stream the live rounds TWIPC will hold the copyright to

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  • Top Of The World » The contest
    idea of starting a piano competition in what he saw as the most exotic place on Earth Tromsø Ten years later Tori Stødle was ready with what was going to be the most important classical music event in Northern Norway Top of the World International Piano Competition Not only had she managed to attract a World Class Jury 361 applicants from 56 Countries spread across 5 Continents made sure the Competition could table the best pianists in the World under the age of 35 in short the Lionel Messi s and Magnus Carlsen s of the Classical World When Top of the World was arranged the second time in 2011 the pressure from the Elite was even greater Everyone wanted to take part No competition in the Nordic region could match the popularity The distinguished Jury Members claimed that Top of the World now had the highest performance level of any piano competition Both the Opening Concert with the winner from 2009 Mariangela Vacatello and the Grand Finale with three finalists and KORK was sold out And across the Globe more than 10 000 people followed the live streaming from the trials In many ways one seemed to have revitalised the classical music interest among both the Norwegians the Russians and the Chinese In 2012 Top of the World extended to also have a Masterclass Youth arrangement that is happening every second year inbetween the piano competitions The idea is to give the greatest talents of the Barent region in the agegroup 12 17 Masterclass education by the Top of the World winner the previous year A vitamin jab for a coming top pianist one would imagine The contributions from Top of the World to the region have not gone unnoticed Artistic DIrector Tori Stødle was awarded His Majesty the

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  • Top Of The World » The Jury
    and Barbican Hall include critically acclaimed performances of Rachmaninov s Second and Third Piano Concertos and Paganini Rhapsody as well as concertos by Beethoven Tchaikovsky Grieg and Schumann He has ap peared in Paris and throughout France as concerto soloist with the Ensemble International and has per formed many of Mozart s piano concertos in Europe and USA A prizewinner at the Leeds International Piano Competition he also won many prizes including the pres tigious Chappell Medal whilst a student at RCM Other awards include the Vlado Perlemuter Piano Prize and a special scholarship from the French government inviting him to spend a year in Paris His teachers included Maria Curcio Gyorgy Sebok Phyllis Sellick Jerome Lowenthal and Alain Planès He has broadcast for radio and television networks in many different countries and his World Première performances and recordings of music by British composer Rebecca Clarke on Dutton Digital have re ceived much enthusiastic attention on radio and in the music press On the recent release of his CD Chopin Summer in Nohant London Independent Records Classic FM magazine drew comparison with Rubinstein and Arrau and claimed that Jones possesses the pearl touch that marks out the finest Chopin exponents his timing remains immaculate whatever the technical pres sure International Piano praised some magically veiled sonorities and exquisite pianissimo reminiscent of 1970s Pollini and noted he knows exactly how far to allow phrases room to dream and breathe before being gently reined back into focus Gramophone praised his ability to transform passages often treated as superficial rhetoric into something thoughtful and communing and BBC Music Magazine described his playing as having a lyrical elegance and unselfconscious purity of expression Ian Jones is much sought after as a teacher and his students have enjoyed international success He is Artistic Director of the World Piano Teachers Association International Piano Competition and often serves on the juries of other international piano competitions He frequently examines and adjudicates at other leading conservatoires including the Royal Academy of Music in London and is Diploma Examiner and Syllabus Consultant for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music He regularly conducts international masterclasses most recently in Serbia Japan Ireland Greece Italy and Moscow and at con servatoires such as Sweden s Royal College of Music and many keyboard faculties in USA He was piano coach music advisor and composer performer on the Oscar nominated film Hilary and Jack ie and has also written and performed music for France s two national theatres in Paris and Strasbourg A fine sense of line volatility and rapt concentration informs Ian Jones s performances Classicalsource com Lukas Vondracek Czech pianist Lukas Vondracek has been acclaimed as one of the greatest pianistic talents of our times Stuttgarter Zeitung remarkably mature artist whose performances tempt the word perfect Cincinnati Post and superbly equipped pianist with an ability to maintain intensity of presentation at the white heat The West Australian Since his debut at the age of 14 with the Czech Philharmonic Lukas has performed with many of the world s renowned orchestras including BBC Philharmonic Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin Gulbenkian Orchestra Helsinki Philharmonic Hong Kong Philharmonic London Philharmonic NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg the NHK Symphony Orchestre National de Belgique Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo Orquesta Sinfonica de Euskadi St Petersburg Philharmonic the Philharmonia National Taiwan Symphony Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Royal Scottish National Orchestra Sydney Symphony Tonhalle Orchester Zürich Trondheim Symfoniokester Wiener Symphoniker Warsaw National Philharmonic as well as Baltimore Charlotte Cincinnati Colorado Dallas New Jersey and the National Symphony orchestras in the United States He has also worked with conductors such as Marin Alsop Vladimir Ashkenazy Jiri Belohlavek Manfred Honeck Pietari Inkinen Paavo Järvi Theodore Kuchar Zdenek Macal Vasily Petrenko Krzysztof Urba ski and Antoni Wit Performing regularly in concerto and recital appearances Vondracek has performed at Auditorio Nacional in Madrid Carnegie Hall in New York Concertgebouw in Amsterdam Konzerthaus in Vienna Kennedy Center in Washington D C La Cite in Paris Opera House in Sydney Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels Philharmonie in Berlin Royal Festival Hall in London Rudolfinum in Prague Suntory Hall in Tokyo Symphony Center in Chicago Tonhalle in Zurich and in major cites throughout Europe America Asia Australia and Africa Festival highlights include Prague Spring La Roque d Antheron Gilmore BBC Belfast and Boston Celebrity Series Born in Opava Czech Republic in 1986 Lukas Vondracek s musical ability was spotted at the age of two by his parents both professional pianists He gave his first concert at the age of 4 first international tour at the age of 10 and made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall s Issac Stern Auditorium at the age of 16 He moved to the U S in 2009 and received an Artist Diploma from Boston s New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with Hung Kuan Chen His other teachers include Vladimir Ashkenazy Peter Barcaba Rudolf Bernatik and Andrzej Jasinsky Now 27 he has visited 35 different countries giving in excess of 1000 concerts First prize winner at the Hilton Head San Marino and UNISA international piano competitions Lukas is also recipient of the Raymond E Buck Jury Discretionary Award at the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and the Hanno R Ellenbogen Award for the most exceptional young artist in Europe Michail Markov Born in Moscow in 1951 Michail Markov began studying piano at the age of 7 Tree years later he performed his first solo concert in his hometown with an orchestra in the Concert Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow The pianist continued his musical education with Professor Victor Merzhanov at Moscow s Tchaikovsky Conservatory At the same time he studied with Alexej Liubimov in his chamber ensembles class In 1975 M Markov graduated with honors at the Conservatory These honors included mentions for concert and chamber piano accompaniment as well as for professorship In the following years Michail Markov successfully performed in the countries of the former Soviet Union Along with his career as a soloist he taught music in various institutions and music schools In the years just before leaving Russia he was a piano teacher and deputy director at the famous Gnessin special music school for gifted children in Moscow Since 1991 the musician has been living in The Netherlands where he has continued his successful mix of pedagogy and musical performances His students have often been awarded prizes in national and international piano competitions The artist himself has given many recitals and chamber music concerts in the Netherlands Germany France and Russia M Markov has made CD records in France and Germany with works of D Schostakovitch J Galperine and R Shchedrin In 2008 he completed CD recording with Variations by J Brahms J Haydn C Czerny S Rachmaninov and A Schnittke Since mid nineties he has been working as a professor at the piano department of the Conservatory in Enschede the Netherlands He is also the co founder of the special Young Talents department of this Conservatory Nowadays he continues to work as professor at the piano department of the ArtEZ Conservatory in Enschede the Netherlands M Markov has been invited to give Master Classes at many International Music Festivals and Summer Schools in the Netherlands USA Mexico Austria Greece Poland Italy and Ukraine He has also been invited as a jury member in different national and international piano competitions in The Netherlands Germany Belgium Croatia Serbia Poland Indonesia and others M Markov is the founder and president of the Foundation Russian Music Tradition in the Netherlands and also the founder and the artistic leader of the International Piano Competition for Young Musicians in Enschede the Netherlands Janina Fialkowska Beloved the world over for her exquisite pianism Janina Fialkowska has enchanted audiences for almost forty years with her glorious lyrical sound her sterling musicianship and her profound sense of musical integrity Blending her vast experience with her refreshingly natural approach Fialkowska has become an artist of rare distinction as well as retaining all the virtuosity of her youth La Presse Montreal Celebrated for her interpretations of the classical and romantic repertoire she is particularly distinguished as one of the great interpreters of the piano works of Chopin and Mozart She has also won acclaim as a champion of the music of Franz Liszt as well as of twentieth century Polish composers both in concert and on disc Born to a Canadian mother and a Polish father in Montreal Janina Fialkowska started studying the piano with her mother at the age of five Eventually she entered the Ecole de Musique Vincent d Indy studying under the tutelage of Mlle Yvonne Hubert The University of Montreal awarded her both advance degrees of Baccalaureat and Maitrise by the time she was only 17 In 1969 her career was greatly advanced by two events winning the first prize in the Radio Canada National Talent Festival and travelling to Paris to study with Yvonne Lefebure One year later she entered the Juilliard School of Music in New York where she first studied with Sascha Gorodnitzki and later became his assistant for five years In 1974 her career was launched by Arthur Rubinstein after her prize winning performance at his inaugural Master Piano Competition in Israel She has performed with the foremost North American orchestras among them the Chicago Symphony the Cleveland Orchestra the Los Angeles Philharmonic the Philadelphia Orchestra the Houston Symphony and the Pittsburgh Symphony as well as with all of the principal Canadian orchestras including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra the Toronto Symphony Orchestra the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra In touring Europe and Asia Ms Fialkowska has appeared as guest artist with such prestigious orchestras as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam the Halle Orchestra the London Philharmonic London s Philharmonia Orchestra the BBC Symphony the Royal Philharmonic the Scottish National Orchestra the Warsaw Philharmonic and the French and Belgium National Radio Orchestras as well as the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra She has also performed with the Israel Philharmonic the Osaka Philharmonic and the Hong Kong Philharmonic and has worked with such renowned conductors as Sir Andrew Davis Charles Dutoit Hans Graf Bernard Haitink Kyril Kondrashin Lorin Maazel Zubin Mehta Sir Roger Norrington Sir Georg Solti Leonard Slatkin Stanislaw Skrowaczewski and Klaus Tennstedt as well as those represented by the younger generation such as Yannick Nézet Séguin Thomas Dausgaard Eiji Oue Fabien Gabel and Grzegorz Nowak She has won special recognition for a series of important premieres most notably the world premiere performance of a newly discovered Piano Concerto by Franz Liszt with the Chicago Symphony in 1990 She has also given the world premiere of a Piano Concerto by Libby Larsen with the Minnesota Orchestra 1991 and the Piano concerto by Marjan Mozetich with the Kingston Orchestra 2000 and recently in 2010 with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra the world premiere of the Chopin inspired piano concerto Prelude Variations by John Burge written for and dedicated to Janina Fialkowska In addition she played the North American premiere of the Piano Concerto by Sir Andrzej Panufnik with the Colorado Symphony 1992 and the Canadian premiere of the Piano Concerto by Witold Lutoslawski with the Toronto Symphony 2013 Janina Fialkowska was the Founding Director of the hugely successful Piano Six project and its successor Piano Plus This latest project brought together some of Canada s greatest Classical pianists instrumentalists and vocalists with Canadians who for either geographical or financial reasons would otherwise be unable to hear this calibre of live classical performance In 2000 Piano Six won one of Canada s top Arts awards the Chalmers Award In 1992 the CBC produced a sixty minute television documentary The World of Janina Fialkowska that aired to great acclaim throughout Canada This program won a Special Jury Prize at the 1992 San Francisco International Film Festival More recently the CBC produced in 2013 the 45 minute performance documentary An evening with Janina Fialkowska based on a recital she gave in Montreal in February that year Janina Fialkowska is much sought after for hermaster classes worldwide She is the founder of the International Piano Academy held annually at the Bavarian Music Academy in Marktoberdorf Germany There she passes on the traditions of her own teachers from the Russian piano school of Anton Rubinstein and the French school of Alfred Cortot as well as her unique musical experiences as Arthur Rubinstein s protégé She also serves regularly as a jury member of some of the world s most famous international piano competitions Ms Fialkowska is an Officer of the order of Canada and holds honorary doctorates from Acadia University Queen s University and Wilfrid Laurier University She is the recipient of the 2012 Governor General s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement in Classical Music Canada s foremost honor for excellence in the performing arts She was the first woman instrumentalist to be so honored In January 2002 at the onset of a major European tour encompassing eight different countries Ms Fialkowska s career was brought to a dramatic halt by the discovery of a tumour in her left arm After successful surgery to remove the cancer Ms Fialkowska underwent further surgery in January 2003 a rare muscle transfer procedure After 18 months of performing the Ravel and Prokofiev concertos for the left hand which she transcribed for her right hand she has resumed her two handed career beginning with a tremendously successful and highly emotional recital held in Germany in January 2004 Ms Fialkowska has recorded for RCA Red Seal Naxos CBC Records Opening Day and since 2008 she has worked exclusively for the ATMA classique label producing ten tremendously successful recordings with them so far Her discography includes CDs with several solo albums featuring music by Chopin Liszt Schubert and Szymanowski as well as the highly praised CD La jongleuse Salon pieces and encores She has also recorded her popular CD of the Paderewski piano concerto with the Polish National Radio Orchestra the rarely heard piano concerto by Moritz Moszkowski the three Liszt piano concertos with the Calgary Philharmonic Hans Graf conducting and a live recording of the two Chopin piano concertos with the Vancouver Symphony Bramwell Tovey conducting Definite concerto disc The Guardian Released to the highest critical acclaim were performances of piano concertos by Chopin and Mozart in authentic versions consisting of piano solo and string quintet accompaniment Chopin Recital made it into the Gramophone classic charts as well as among the London s Sunday Times Top 10 Best classical recordings of the year It also won a nomination for the International Classica Music Award 2011 Bryce Morrison raved in Gramophone Magazine about her double album Chopin Etudes Impromptus Sonatas Indeed lesser mortals may well weep with envy at such unfaltering authority Her CD Liszt Recital was hailed as The most beautiful Liszt CD of this decade Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and the London Times stated the playing is magical In 2013 she received the coveted Instrumentalist of the year award from the BBC Music Magazine for her recording Chopin Recital No 2 During the past two seasons Ms Fialkowska was heard in concert in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as well as in recital at Wigmore Hall and in performances in New York City Houston Montreal Toronto Berlin Bremen and Düsseldorf amongst others Highlights from the 2014 2015 season include the release of her much anticipated recording of the complete Chopin Mazurkas two recitals at London s Wigmore Hall a tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and concerts with the Vancouver Symphony She will continue with the 4th edition of her own International Piano Academy in Bavaria and she is scheduled to record three new CDs for ATMA classique Ms Fialkowska and her husband cultural manager Harry Oesterle reside in Bavaria Germany as of September 3 2014 Ilja Scheps Ilja Scheps completed his studies at the Moscow P I Tschaikowsky Conservatory under Prof Lev Vlassenko and Prof Evgenij Schenderowitch From 1982 to 1992 I Scheps was soloist of the Moscow Philharmonic Society He gave concerts with orchestras and solo recitals and also appearing as accompanist of renowned singers and instrumentalists there This resulted in his acquiring a large repertoire including works by Bach Mozart Beethoven Chopin Debussy Skrjabin Prokofjeff and Tschaikowsky as well those by Schnittke Silvestrov and Denisov At the same time I Scheps taught at the Moscow P I Tschaikowsky Conservatory From 1992 I Scheps lives in Germany Besides his performing in many countries round of the world he is an enthusiastic pedagogue Many years I Scheps was a professor at the Rostock University and at the Darmstadt Music Academy Now he is a professor of the Musikhochschule in Cologne Aachen Cologne Music University Students of Prof Scheps are winner of important international piano competitions so as exclusive artists of Sony and Universal Records I Scheps also conducts workshops and master classes at the international music academies and as a visiting professor in many universities he is an Artistic director of Paderewski International Piano Academy in Bydgoszcz Poland the unique masterclasses for pianists playing piano concertos with a symphony orchestra Prof Scheps is jury member of international piano competitions and a chairman of Prix Amadeo International Piano Competition in Germany Ilja Scheps has recorded more than 10 CDs with MCA USA Le Chant du Monde France Melodia Russia Coriolan Teldec Deutsche Welle ECM Records Germany Jury guidelines for the 4thTop of the World International Piano Competition 2015 1 Members of the Jury The jury is international and consists of 7 members appointed by the Artistic Director All jury members are contracted to adjudicate each round of the competition A jury member who is unable to be in attendance throughout any portion of a round of the competition shall not vote at the conclusion of that round 2 Jury members 2015 Minsoo Sohn USA Michail Markov The Netherlands Ian Jones Great Britain Janina Fialkowska Canada Tori Stødle Norway Lukas Vondracek Czech Republic Ilja Scheps Russia

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  • Top Of The World » The Contestants
    Korea Lindsay Garritson USA Liana Gevorgyan Russia Margaryta Golovko Ukraine David Jae Weon Huh South Korea Yurino Izumi Japan Mariam Kharatyam Armenia Yuki Kondo Japan Vasyl Kotys Ukraine Yun Yang Lee Taiwan Marcos Madrigal Soto Cuba Szymon Nehring Polen Jong Hai Park South Korea Evgeny Starodubtsev Russia Jenna Sung United Kingdom Alexey Sychev Russia Georgy Tchaidze Russia Oda Hjertine Voltersvik Norway Jackie Jaekyung Yoo South Korea SPONSORS WE WOULD ALSO

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  • Top Of The World » The Prizes
    to give a solo recital in Nordlysfestivalen January 2017 Furthermore one of the Winners will be offered to play a concert at Nordland Musikkfestuke 4 August 2015 in Bodø All decisions by the Jury will be final and beyond appeal In the event of any recordings during the competition the contestants shall renounce all claims and fees All rights belong to Top of the World International Piano Competition SPONSORS WE

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