Alexander Schimpf Wins 2009 Beethoven Prize
The prizewinners of the 13th International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna have been determined.
Alexander Schimpf of Germany now ranks among the list of successful, famous prizewinners, including Mitsuko Uchida, John O'Conor, Stefan Vladar, Jasminka Stancul, Oliver Kern and Herbert Schuch.
After a cliff-hanging two rounds, Schimpf won over the jury in the finale with the Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor, Op. 37, and in the end won the first prize of € 7500 to frenetic audience applause -- and received the piano donated by the Bösendorfer piano company, a Bösendorfer model 200 grand valued at € 67,830, as a symbolic gesture.
Alexander Schimpf (left) receiving the main prize: a Bösendorfer model 200 cm - symbolically for the Bösendorfer model 200 grand that will be selected by the winner at Bösendorfer in July .
The lucky winner Alexander Schimpf (left) and Bösendorfer Sales Director Andreas Kaufmann
One of the most attractive prizes of international music competitions - the Bösendorfer grand 200
Performances at exceptionally high level
Alexander Schimpf was born in Göttingen in 1981 and began playing piano at the age of eight. He is currently a student in the master class of Bernd Glemser at the Academy of Music in Würzburg.
The third prize was shared between Ji-Hoon Jun and Chi Ho Han, both born in Seoul, South Korea.
Chi Ho Han - at 17 the youngest participant of the 13th International Beethoven Competition Vienna. He shares the third prize with...
... Ji Hoon Jun. Both of them were born in Seoul, South Korea.
The performances of all participants in this anniversary competition -- the competition looks back on a 50-year history -- were at an exceptionally high level. The top-class international jury made a finely graded decision with great responsibility.
The ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, conducted by Stefan Vladar, the only Austrian prizewinner of this competition to date, sensitively accompanied the finalists through this evening and inspired them to special performances.
The artistic esteem of performing musicians is determined to a high degree by the quality of their Beethoven interpretations. With the ongoing organization of the Beethoven Piano Competition by the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, the young generation of pianists is called upon to prove themselves in this demanding artistic discipline.
The Viennese piano company Bösendorfer has since its inception been committed to supporting talents. With the provision of a Bösendorfer model 200 grand piano for the Beethoven Competition, the company wishes to support the organizer in its ever-important fostering of talent and at the same time pass down the tradition of Viennese piano making to international music lovers in general and the young generation of pianists in particular. (rulö)
(Photo credits: "pictures born" Nessler, Bösendorfer)
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