Dmitri Alexeev (Russian Federation)
Mitsuko Uchida (Japan)
Pascal Devoyon (France)
AndrÃ¡s Schiff (Hungary)
Michael Houston (New Zealand)
Myung-Whun Chung (United States)
Chairman: The Rt Hon Lord Boyle of Handsworth
Sir Charles Groves
Candidates must offer one from each group:
Bach: English Suite No. 6 in D min
Partita No. 4 in D
Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue
Haydn: Sonata in G, Hob. XVI No. 6
Sonata in C, Hob. XVI No. 50
Beethoven: Sonata in E flat, Op. 7
Sonata in B flat, Op. 22
Sonata in A flat, Op. 26
Sonata in F, Op. 54
Schubert: Sonata in E flat, Op. 122
Sonata in B, Op. 147
Chopin: 3 Impromptus (A flat, F sharp, G flat)
Scherzo No. 3 in C sharp min
Scherzo No. 4 in E
Schumann: Papillons,Op. 2
Brahms: Variations in D, Op. 22 No. 1
Scarlatti: One sonata
Debussy: One of the 12 Ã‰tudes
BartÃ³k: One of the 3 Studies, Op. 18
Competitors must offer one from each group:
Mozart: Fantasy, K. 475 and Sonata in C min, K. 457
Beethoven: ‘Eroica’ Variations, Op. 35
Sonata in C, Op. 53 (‘Waldstein’)
Sonata in F min, Op. 57 (‘Appassionata’)
Sonata in A, Op. 101
Schubert: ‘Wanderer’ Fantasy
Schumann: Fantasy in C, Op. 17
Liszt: Sonata in B min
Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin
Musorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
BartÃ³k: Out of Doors
Stravinsky: Serenade in A
4 Studies, Op. 7
Schoenberg: 3 Pieces, Op. 11
Berg: Sonata,Op. 1
Falla: Fantasia Baetica
Goehr: 3 Pieces, Op. 18
Sherlaw Johnson: Asterogenesis
Rodney Bennett: Scena
Boulez: Sonata No. 1
Competitors must choose one of the following pieces:
Nocturne in B, Op. 9 No. 3
Nocturne in C min, Op, 48 No. 1
Noctrne in E, Op. 62, No. 2
Intermezzo in E, Op. 116 No. 4
Intermezzo in E flat min, Op. 118 No. 6
Intermezzo in B min, Op. 119 No. 1
Impromptu in G flat
Duetto in A flat (from Op. 38 No. 6)
The rest of the programme is left to the competitors’ own choice, but they must not repeat any piece previously played by them in the Competition.
Each finalist will play one of the following concertos with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Charles Groves:
D min, K. 466
C min, K. 491
C, K. 503
No.1 in C, Op. 15
No.4 in G, Op. 58
A min, Op. 54
A min, Op. 16
No.3 in C, Op. 26
Highlights of recent seasons have included several performances at the Leeds International Recital Series, of which Alexeev was Artistic Director during 2009, a return to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Gatti, concerts with the Helsingborg Symphony, KBS (Korea) Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic and BBC Scottish Symphony orchestras, and a recital tour of Canada and North America. Alexeev has made many fine recordings for EMI, BMG, Virgin Classics, Hyperion and Russian labels. His discs include piano concertos by Schumann, Grieg, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Scriabin, Medtner and solo works by Brahms, Schumann, Chopin and Liszt.
Uchida is renowned for her interpretations of Mozart, Schubert, and Beethoven, both in the concert hall and on CD, but she has also illuminated the music of Berg, Schoenberg, Webern and Boulez for a new generation of listeners. Her recording of the Schoenberg Piano Concerto with Pierre Boulez and the Cleveland Orchestra won four awards, including The Gramophone Award for Best Concerto. Amongst many current projects, Uchida has recently been recording a selection of Mozart's Piano Concerti with the Cleveland Orchestra, directing from the piano: all of the discs in this series have received critical acclaim and one won a Grammy Award in 2011.
Highlights this season include performances with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony and Riccardo Muti, Bayerischer Rundfunk and Mariss Jansons, London Philharmonic and Vladimir Jurowski, and Tonhalle Orchestra with David Zinman. She will undertake a recital tour, with venues including Paris’ ThÃ©Ã¢tre des Champs ElysÃ©es, Vienna’s Musikverein, Chicago’s Symphony Center and New York’s Carnegie Hall; and a tour of Japan.
Mitsuko Uchida has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to aiding the development of young musicians and is a trustee of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. She is also Director of the Marlboro Music Festival. In May 2012 she was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Gold Medal. In June 2009 she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
Devoyon has performed with major orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony and Japan's NHK Symphony, and has given highly acclaimed recitals at the Carnegie Hall, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Berlin Philharmonie and the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. His repertoire is extensive and includes the complete Beethoven sonata cycle, major twentieth century composers such as Bartok and Messiaen and numerous works by contemporary composers. Chamber music has played an important part in Devoyon's career and he has recorded with cellists and violinists. In 2005 he recorded the Messiaen Quartet (“pour la fin du temps”) and the Hindemith Quartet . Since 2006, he has played regularly in piano-duo with his wife Rikako Murata in France, Germany, Japan, Mexico and Holland. Since 1999, he has been artistic director of one of the biggest music festivals in Europe, MusicAlp in Tignes, together with the violinist Dong-Suk Kang.
In 1996, Devoyon was appointed Professor at the Berlin University of the Arts and teaches as well at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Toho Gakuen School in Tokyo. Devoyon was created Chevalier de l’Ordre National du MÃ©rite, in2001, one of the most prestigious awards of his native country.
Indisputably one of the most prominent proponents of the keyboard works of J.S. Bach, Schiff has long proclaimed that Bach stands at the core of his music making. In 2013, Schiff embarked on The Bach Project in North America, comprising six Bach recitals and an orchestral week of Bach, Schumann and Mendelssohn with Schiff at the piano and on the podium.
Houston has amassed a large repertoire (40 concertos, the complete Beethoven sonatas etc) covering most styles from JS Bach to the present day and including chamber music, orchestral scores, song accompaniment, and many commissions from New Zealand composers. He was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Queen’s Birthday honours.
Although he has played in the USA, Europe and Asia he currently restricts his performing life to New Zealand, happily free from the burdens of international travel and large scale professional infrastructures.
After his musical studies at the Mannes School and Juilliard School in New York, he was appointed Carlo Maria Giulini’s assistant in 1979 at the Los Angeles Philharmonic and became Associate Conductor two years later. Myung-Whun Chung has conducted virtually all the world’s leading orchestras, including the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic, the Concertgebouworkest, all the major London and Parisian orchestras, Filharmonica della Scala, Bayerische Rundfunk, Dresden Staatskapelle, the Boston and Chicago Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras.
Myung-Whun Chung has been the recipient of many honours and prizes for his artistic work, including the Premio Abbiati and the Arturo Toscanini prize in Italy and the LÃ©gion d’Honneur (1992) in France. In 1991, the Association of French Theatres and Music Critics named him ‘Artist of the Year’ and in 1995 he won the ‘Victoire de la Musique’ prize three times. He was named a Commandeur dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 2011.