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Cliburn chooses Junior Competition pianists

YOULAN JI
16, China.
Born in Beijing, Youlan Ji moved to New York in 2012 to attend The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division, where she studies with Yoheved Kaplinsky. She has won first prizes at the United States Open Music Competition (2011), Third International Rosario Marciano Piano Competition (2011), and Xinghai Cup Piano Competition (2008). She has been featured in recitals in Beijing, Shanghai, and New York, and performed the Beethoven Second Concerto with Juilliard’s Pre-College Orchestra as winner of its concerto competition. In her spare time, Youlan enjoys watching movies and swimming.
Source: The Cliburn
YOULAN JI 16, China. Born in Beijing, Youlan Ji moved to New York in 2012 to attend The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division, where she studies with Yoheved Kaplinsky. She has won first prizes at the United States Open Music Competition (2011), Third International Rosario Marciano Piano Competition (2011), and Xinghai Cup Piano Competition (2008). She has been featured in recitals in Beijing, Shanghai, and New York, and performed the Beethoven Second Concerto with Juilliard’s Pre-College Orchestra as winner of its concerto competition. In her spare time, Youlan enjoys watching movies and swimming. Source: The Cliburn The Cliburn

Twenty-four young pianists will travel from around the world to Fort Worth in June to compete in the inaugural Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival, the foundation said Wednesday.

The competitors, ages 13-17, were selected from 160 applicants and represent 12 countries in addition to the U.S.: Canada, China, Georgia, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Singapore and Tajikistan.

The Junior Competition will consist of four rounds, taking place at TCU on June 21-28. Winners, chosen by a jury chaired by Cliburn gold medalist Jon Nakamatsu, will receive cash prices and scholarships.

The competition and festival are open to the public; subscriptions cost $110 and individual concert tickets, $10-$40, available at www.cliburn.org or by calling 817-212-4280.

Click through the photos to learn more about each competitor.

Source: The Cliburn

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