PRESS RELEASE: TI International Piano Competition Winners 2014
Winners in the 1000 Islands International Piano Competition were announced Sunday, September 7, 2014 at the conclusion of the three day event. The competition was in Cape Vincent NY on the grounds of the historic Maple Grove Estate.
In the Junior category first place went to Raymond Feng (age 12) from Pittsford, NY. The second place award went to Jerry Chen (age 16 ) from Toronto, Canada. Hongxi Li (age 17) from Beijing, China was named third place winner and honorable mention went to David Geng (age 17) of Princeton, NJ.
In the Senior category first place went to Elisabeth Pion (age 18) from Montreal, Canada. Tania Rivers-Moore (age 20) won second place. Tania is a student at Harvard University and comes from Seattle, Washington. Third place went to Soeun Lee (age 22) who studies at Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY and is from South Korea.
Audience members were encouraged to vote for their favorite pianist in each division. In the Junior Division Noah Landers (age 17), from Watertown, NY won this award. In the Senior Division, audience award went to Kevin Wang (age 20) . Kevin is from Portland, Oregon and studies at the Eastman School of Music.
Adjudicators for the competition were Thomas Davidson of McGill and Queens Universities, Ireneus Zuk of Queens University and Francois Germain of Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. Brian Preston is the artistic director of the competition. He has his own piano studio in Rochester, NY and is on the faculty of Nazareth College.
Once again, the community of Cape Vincent extended a warm welcome to all of the competitors and their families. Committee member express many thanks for all the generous monetary donations from individuals, local civic groups and businesses! Thanks also go out to families who hosted the contestants and all the volunteers who worked during the three day event. Without this support the Cape Vincent Arts Council alone could not provide this program for young people.