July 28-August 4, 2012
As music emerges into and evolves through the twenty-first century, the synthesis of the pianistic traditions of the past with the artistic aesthetics of the future lies in the minds, hands, and hearts of a new, young generation of pianists. The recognition and promotion of the achievements of these young musicians is an important step in building the foundation for both the preservation and the development of our musical heritage.
Since the inaugural competition in 1997, the Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition has been committed to promoting high artistic standards through the sponsorship of festivals, concerts, master classes, and educational programs. These events not only provide performance and career development opportunities for the participants, but also serve as a valuable resource to the global community at large.
Winning an international piano competition with all of the attendant performance opportunities, prizes, and notoriety is an honor of the highest distinction. All of this year’s participants will have the opportunity to perform in historic Kilbourn Hall, to compete with the best of their peers, and to share their talent with other young artists representing a wide array of backgrounds. In this setting, the language of music consistently bridges the differences of geography and culture. Three competitors will return home with prizes, but all of the contestants will benefit from spending many rehearsal hours honing pianistic skills and refining musical sensitivities. In this regard, each participant is intrinsically rewarded for his or her efforts. By definition, the purpose of a competition is to select specific performances that demonstrate exemplary artistic achievement; however, it is important to remember that even the best individual performances provide only a momentary glimpse into a much longer process of lifelong musical development.
Welcome to the Thirteenth Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition. I hope that you will find the process of preparing your audition to be a rewarding artistic experience. The Screening Committee is looking forward to listening to the results of your hard work and musical preparation. Best wishes for success in all of your endeavors.
Professor Douglas Humpherys
Artistic Director, Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition
Chair, Piano Department
Eastman School of Music