The 1984 Competition
  1. Jon Kimura Parker (Canada)

  2. Ju Hee Suh (Korea)

  3. Junko Otake (Japan)

  4. Louis Lortie (Canada)

  5. David Buechner (United States)

  6. Emma Takhmiazyan (Bulgaria)

  • Chairman: Dame Fanny Waterman DBE

  • Joan Chissell

  • Dean Elder

  • Rudolf Fischer

  • Orazio Frugoni

  • Hans Graf

  • Karl-Heinz Kämmerling

  • Hans Leygraf

  • John Lill

  • Tatiana Nikolaeva

  • Cécile Ousset

  • Pierre Sancan

  • György Sándor

  • Ding Shande

  • Arie Vardi

  • First Stage

    Competitors must choose one work from Group 1, one from Group 2, and two sonatas or one etude from Group 3:

    Group 1

    Haydn: Sonata in E flat, Hob. XVI No. 52

    Mozart: Sonatain B flat, K. 333

    Sonata in A min, K. 310

    Sonata in C min, K. 457

    Beethoven: Sonatain B flat, Op. 22

    Sonata in E flat, Op. 27 No. 1

    Sonata in G, Op. 31 No. 1

    Sonata in D min, Op. 31 No. 2

    Sonata in E flat, Op. 31 No. 3

    Group 2

    Chopin: Fantasie in F min, Op. 49

    Barcarolle in F sharp, Op. 60

    Polonaise-fantasie in A flat, Op. 61

    Polonaise in F sharp min, Op. 44

    Ballade No. 2 in F, Op. 38

    Ballade No. 4 in F min, Op. 52

    Group 3

    Scarlatti: Any 2 sonatas

    Liszt: Any study

    Debussy: One of the 12 Etudes

    Bartók: One of the 3 Studies, Op. 18

  • Second Stage

    Competitors must choose one work from each group:

    Group 1

    Bach: Partita in E  

    Beethoven: ‘Eroica’ Variations, Op. 35

    Sonata in E, Op. 109

    Sonata in A flat, Op. 110

    Sonata in C min, Op. 111

    Schubert: Sonata in E flat, Op. 122

    ‘Wanderer’ Fantasy in C, Op. 15

    Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6

    Sonata in F sharp min, Op. 11

    Liszt: Sonata in B min

    Brahms: Variations and Fugue on a theme of Handel, Op.24

    Franck: Prélude, Choral et Fugue

    Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit

    Group 2

    Bartók: Sonata (1926)

    Copland: Variations (1930)

    Falla: Fantasia Baetica

    Rachmaninoff: Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42

    Stravinsky: Sonata (1924)

    Tippett: Sonata No. 2

    Webern: Variations, Op. 27

  • Semi Final

    A recital programme of the competitor’s own choice lasting Approximately 45 minutes. The competitor must not repeat a piece previously played by him or her in the Competition. Competitors must choose one of the following sonatas for violin and piano, to be played with Erich Gruenberg:


    Sonata in E flat, K. 380


    3 Sonata in A, Op. 47 (Kreutzer)


    Sonata in D min, Op. 108


    Sonata in A

  • Final Stage

    Each of the six finalists will play one of the following concertos with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Edward Downes:


    No.3 in C min, Op. 37

    No.4 in G, Op. 58

    No.5 in E flat, Op. 73


    A min, Op. 54


    No.1 in G min, Op. 25


    No.1 in E min, Op. 11


    No.1 in D min, Op. 15


    No.3 in D min Op. 30

Career Highlights
  • Jon Kimura Parker
    Jon Kimura Parker (Canada) - 1st Prize

    A veteran of the international concert stage, Jon Kimura Parker has performed as guest soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Wolfgang Sawallisch in Carnegie Hall, toured Europe with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Andre Previn, and shared the stage with Jessye Norman at Berlin’s Philharmonie. Conductors he has recently worked with include David Afkham, Pablo Heras-Cassado, Claus Peter Flor, Jeffrey Kahane, Carlos Kalmar, Peter Oundjian, Larry Rachleff, Xu Zhong and Pinchas Zukerman.

    A true Canadian ambassador of music, Mr. Parker has given command performances for Queen Elizabeth II, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Prime Ministers of Canada and Japan. He is an Officer of The Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian honor. He performs as duo partner regularly and, an unusually versatile artist, Mr. Parker has also jammed with Audra McDonald, Bobby McFerrin and Doc Severinsen.

    A committed educator, Jon Kimura Parker is Professor of Piano at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. He has lectured at The Juilliard School, The Steans Institute, New York University, and Yale University. Mr. Parker is also Artistic Advisor of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, where he has given world premieres of new works by Peter Schickele and Jake Heggie.

    Jon Kimura Parker has recorded music of Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Chopin and PDQ Bach for Telarc, Mozart for CBC, and Stravinsky under his own label. His new recording, Fantasy, featuring not only the Schubert Wanderer Fantasy and the Schumann Fantasy but also William Hirtz’s brilliant fantasy on themes from The Wizard of Oz, is scheduled for release in early 2014.

  • Louis Lortie
    Louis Lortie (Canada) - 4th Prize

    In 2013-2014, Lortie tours in Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and returns to the BBC Proms, the orchestras of St. Louis, Atlanta, Dallas, Vancouver, Detroit, the Suisse Romande, Nurnberg, BBC Philharmonic, Dresden and Hamburg, play/conducts a Mozart program for the Toronto Symphony, and performs recitals in the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia, Warsaw, Montreal, Bournemouth, the Casals Festival, the Sydney Opera House, the National Arts Center, Duke University and in Milan.

    He has made more than 30 recordings for the Chandos label, covering repertoire from Mozart to Stravinsky, including a set of the complete Beethoven sonatas and the complete Liszt's Années de pèlerinage. His recording of the Lutosławski Piano Concerto and Paganini Variations with Edward Gardner and the BBC Symphony was released last year, as well as his latest Chopin album, which was named one of the best recordings of 2012 by the New York Times. Future recording include a disc of Liszt's transcriptions.

  • David Buechner
    David Buechner (United States) - 5th Prize

    Now living as Sara Davis Buechner, Buechner is one of the leading keyboard artists of our time. She has been praised on four continents for her “intelligence, integrity and all-encompassing technical prowess” (New York Times), “fascinating and astounding virtuosity” (Philippine Star), and “thoughtful artistry in the full service of music” (Washington Post). “Buechner has no superior” says Japan’s InTune magazine. Now residing in Canada, Ms. Buechner enjoys a vibrant international performance and recording career.

  • Emma Takhmiazyan
    Emma Takhmiazyan (Bulgaria) - 6th Prize

    Takhmizyan debuted at an international level at 11, representing Bulgaria at a concert series in Moscow. She has performed and recorded internationally regullarly since she won the 1977 Robert Schumann Competition and her subsequent prizes at the Leeds (1984) and the Van Cliburn Competition (1985). Tahmizian premiered Sebastian Currier's Piano Concerto in April 2007.