I EDITION 2019 – JUNLIN WU
JunLin Wu, began his relationship with the piano at the age of four through his own youthful improvisations of popular tunes at the keyboard. At the age 6, he start to enrolled in lessons with renowned Chinese pianist Qi Li, Professor of Piano at China’s prestigious Xinghai Conservatory of Music. He loves music, especially the classical music from different masters. He shows strongly learning and thinking skill on understanding musical pieces and meanings, progresses in leaps and bounds. In 2009, JunLin became a student of music school attached to Xinghai Conservatory of Music with the 1st Prize.
In more than 12 years together with piano, with Professor Qi Li’s guidance, JunLin has kept on taking part in piano competitions, master classes, kinds of performance every year, has had 5 recitals, in the process tasting what is failure and success, learning the truth of life. JunLin is also getting the benefits from the continue help and guidance of Professor Jay Sun and Professor Vivian Li of Xinghai conservatory of Music, and with the honor to have lessons with international and national pianist, such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Craig Sheppard, John Perry, Antonio Pumpa-Baldi and so on.
JunLin had won the First Prize of 3rd Seattle International Piano Competition in USA, 12th Annual Russian Music Piano Competition in San Jose USA, 5th Asia Youth Music Competition in Hongkong, 14th Xinghai Cup National Piano Competition for Youth, 3rd Kayserburg National Piano Competition for Youth and 6th Steinway National Piano Competition for Youth.
In 2013, at the age of 15, JunLin had won the Bronze Prize in the Chinese Golden Bell Piano Competition and attend the winners concert after that. In 2014, JunLin was invited to attend the talents concert in Hamburg Germany and the Steinway China 10th anniversary Gala concert in Beijing. In 2015, JunLin won the First Prize in 1st Langlang Shenzhen Futian international piano competition. During 2011 to 2015, JunLin had been selected to take part in Canada Calgary Morning side Music Bridge as full scholarship student for 4 times.
JumLin had successes to get one place to study in Royal college of Music in Professor Dmitri Alexeev’s studio with 4 years full scholarship from Mr.&Mrs Bowermans. On 23rd Oct. 2015, he was delegated to perform piano pieces for China’s First Lady Ms. Liyuan Peng while she was visiting London. He also got the second prize of the Beethoven sonata piano competition and the first prize of the Chappell medal in college during his second and third year. During the summer in 2018, JunLin had achieved the first prize of the “In Musica” Roma International piano competition in Italy. At the end of the year, he got the first prize of the Jaques Samuel Piano competition in London.
II EDITION 2020 – PIOTR ALEXEWICZ
Piotr Alexewicz is one of the most talented Polish pianists of his generation, Piotr Alexewicz is a two-time winner of the Polish National Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition (2017, 2020). Born in 2000, he currently studies the piano under Professor Paweł Zawadzki at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław. He participated in master classes led by such distinguished piano teachers as Dina Yoffe, Dang Thai Son, Pavel Gililov, Arie Vardi, Jacques Rouvier, Viera Nosina, Dmitri Alexeev, Mikhail Voskresensky, Vanessa Latarche, Eugen Indjic, Michel Beroff, and Jan Jiracek von Anim. He is a prizewinner of more than a dozen Polish and international piano competitions.
His other artistic achievements include: 2nd prize of the Jeunesses International Music Competition Dinu Lipatti in Bucharest (2016); Grand Prix, Musideco Prize and Audience Award at the Ville de Gagny Competition in Paris (2017); and Złoty Parnas won at the 13th International Pianist Forum in Sanok, Poland (2018).
An active performer since his early years, in 2018–20 he played at the Chopin and His Europe Festival in Warsaw (2018, 2019), the 73rd and 75th International Festival in Duszniki Zdrój, Gdańsk Music Festival, and Chopin à Paris: Hommage à Clara Schumann. He also made an appearance at the International Classical Music Awards gala in Katowice and the Théâtre André Malraux in Paris. He has collaborated with cunductors such as Howard Shelley, Tatsuya Shimono, Marek Pijarowski, Nicolae Moldoveanu, Benjamin Shwartz, and Rune Bergmann.
Mr Alexewicz regularly performs at home and abroad (Germany, Denmark, the UK, Italy, France, Switzerland, Japan, Slovakia, Romania, Croatia). He is the recipient of the Young Poland scholarship awarded by Poland’s cuture ministry and a Mayor of Wrocław grant. In 2019 the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw released his debut album featuring music by Liszt, Beethoven, Chopin, and Ravel.
III EDITION 2021 – KASPARAS MIKUZIS & CLAUDIO BERRA