Winner of the Beethoven Competition 2017: Rudolfo Leone



The Italian pianist Rodolfo Leone wins the finals of the 15th International Beethoven Piano Competition, performed on the 8th of June, 2017 in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein Vienna.


Rodolfo Leone wins the Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna


The Italian pianist Rodolfo Leone wins the final of the 15th International Beethoven Piano Competition, performed on June 8, 2017 in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein Playing in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein is probably a big dream for most musicians. This dream came true for the three finalists of the competition, playing together with the RSO Radio Symphonic Orchestra Vienna, conducted by Alejo Pérez. The Golden Hall was well filled and the audience listened intently to the introductory words of Jan Jiracek von Arnim, professor at the Music University and chairman of the jury. Then it started. Bolai Cao from China played first the concerto No. 4 in G major, op. 58, and received much applause from the audience. He was followed by Sahun Hong from the USA with concert No. 3 C minor op. 37 and also got much recognition from the audience. After a short break, Rodolfo Leone presented the concert No. 5 in E flat major, op. 73. He received frenetic applause for his performance. The jury withdrew for consultation and left a speculative audience. Half an hour later, the jury's chairman Jan Jiracek von Arnim redeemed the audience and finalists as he announced: "The winner of the 15th International Beethoven Piano Competition is Rodolfo Leone".

Beethoven Klavierkonzert Nr. 5 in Es-Dur | opus 73 - Emperor


Der 25-jährige Pianist präsentierte das Konzert für Klavier und Orchester Nr. 5 Es-Dur, op. 73 ("Emperor") zusammen mit dem RSO Radio Symphonie Orchester Wien unter der Leitung von Alejo Pérez. Leone erhält einen Flügel der Firma Bösendorfer (Modell 200) und 10.000 Euro Preisgeld. Sabine Grubmüller, Geschäftsführerin von Bösendorfer, überreichte dem strahlenden Sieger eine Zubehörbox. Den passenden Flügel dazu sucht Leone in den nächsten Tagen in der Bösendorfer Manufaktur aus. "Ich bin sehr glücklich, denn Ludwig van Beethoven gehört seit meiner Kindheit zu meinen Lieblingskomponisten. Ich habe versucht, tief in Beethovens Musik einzutauchen und sie bestmöglich zu interpretieren", freut sich der frischgebackene Preisträger Rodolfo Leone. Leone wurde 1991 geboren und studiert zurzeit am Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. Den 2. Preis erhielt Sahun Hong (USA) in Höhe von 6.000 Euro. Den Rita-Medjimorec-Gedächtnispreis in der Höhe von 4.000 Euro ging an den chinesischen Pianisten Bolai Cao.

"Die letzten Tage haben mir die Hoffnung auf eine nächste Generation wunderbarer Beethoven-PianistInnen gegeben", freut sich auch Jan Jiracek von Arnim, künstlerischer Leiter des Wettbewerbs. Die weiteren Preisträger sind: Hans H. Schuhger 4. Preis, Alexander Bernstein 5. Preis, Kyubin Chung 6. Preis. Der Molly Joó-Máthé Sonderpreis in der Höhe von 1.200 Euro für den jüngsten Teilnehmer der 2. Runde, der das Finale nicht erreicht hatte ging an Kyubin Chung aus Südkorea.

Maximilian Kromer wurde als bester Österreicher ausgezeichnet und erhielt gleich zwei Sonderpreise: Er freut sich über den Klemens Kramert Spezialpreis in der Höhe von 1.500 Euro für den bestplatzierten Österreicher sowie über den Erika Chary Sonderpreis in der Höhe von 2.000 Euro für den bestplatzierten Kandidaten der mdw – Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien.


I am very happy because, since my childhood, Ludwig van Beethoven has been one of my favorite composers. I have tried to immerse deeply into Beethoven's music and to interpret it as best I can.

Rudolfo Leone


The 25-year-old Leone won a Bösendorfer Grand Piano Model 200 and a financial award of 10,000 €. Sabine Grubmüller, Managing Director of Bösendorfer, symbolically handed over an accessory box to the happy winner. Leone selected his Bösendorfer Grand shortly afterwards at the manufactory.

Congratulations!


"I am very happy because, since my childhood, Ludwig van Beethoven has been one of my favorite composers. I have tried to immerse deeply into Beethoven's music and to interpret it as best I can," rejoices the freshly-baked winner Rodolfo Leone. Born in Italy in 1991, he is currently studying at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles.The second Prize of 6,000 € was awarded to Sahun Hong. The Rita Medjimorec Memorial Prize of 4,000 € went to Bolai Cao. The other winners are: Hans H. Schuhger 4th Prize, Alexander Bernstein 5th Prize, Kyubin Chung 6th Prize. The Molly Joó-Máthé Special Prize for the youngest participant of the second round, who had not reached the final, went to Kyubin Chung from South Korea."The last days gave me the hope of a next generation of wonderful Beethoven pianists," rejoiced Jan Jiracek von Arnim. Maximilian Kromer was honored as the best Austrian and was awarded two special prizes: He is pleased with the Klemens Kramert Special Prize for the best Austrian and the Erika Chary Special Prize for the highest ranking candidate of the mdw - University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
We sincerely congratulate all the prize winners and wish them all the best for their future careers!