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Nine pianists advance to the semi-finals of the 2012 William Kapell Piano Competition.

Following three days of exciting Preliminary Round performances, nine pianists have been selected from a field of 24 competitors to advance to the Semi-Finals of the 2012 William Kapell International Piano Competition and Festival.

The Semi-Finalists include:

Yue Chu - China

Jin Uk Kim – South Korea

Jeewon Lee – South Korea

Steven Lin - USA

Masafumi Nakatani – Japan

Misha Namirovsky - Israel

Jun Sun – China

Yekwon Sunwoo – South Korea

Diyi Tang – China

During the Solo Semi-Final Round of the Competition, held on Friday, July 13 – Sunday, July 15, each of the competitors will perform solo works from their chosen repertoire and will also perform part of a concerto with piano accompaniment by Collete Valentine. The Chamber Music Round will follow on Tuesday, July 17 and Wednesday, July 18. Three finalists will be announced after the Chamber Music Round is completed.

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About the Jury

Chaired by Santiago Rodriguez of the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, the international panel of jurors for the 2012 William Kapell International Piano Competition includes Richard Egarr, United Kingdom; Ming Qiang Li, China; Cecile Licad, Philippines; Noriko Ogawa, Japan; Peter Roesel, Germany; and Stewart Gordon, USA.

About the Kapell Competition

This quadrennial competition has taken its place among the most prestigious competitions in the world since it was founded in 1971 as the University of Maryland International Piano Festival & Competition. In 1980 it was formally recognized with admission to the World Federation of International Music Competitions, becoming the second American competition to join the Federation. In 1986 the competition was given its current name in recognition of the great American pianist William Kapell, whose life ended tragically in a 1953 plane crash. The mission of the William Kapell International Piano Competition and Festival is to support and nurture young pianists and promote diverse piano repertoire. In recognition of William Kapell’s mission to promote American works, semi-finalists are required to perform one work from a list of six American compositions. In line with the Kapell Competition’s mission to support diverse repertoire, semi-finalists will also perform one chamber sonata chosen from a list of eight.