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The 15th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition Returns to Tel Aviv


Once again the Jury Chairman is pianist, educator and recipient of this year's Israel Prize for Music - Professor Arie Vardi.

Ten international adjudicators will join him: Hui-Qiao Bao (China), Josef Bardanashvili (Israel), Michel Beroff (France), Peter Donohoe (UK), Janina Fialkowska (Canada/Poland), Ian Hobson (UK/US), Menahem Pressler (Israel/UK), Eliso Virsaladze (Russia/Germany), Ramzi Yassa (Egypt/France), Dina Yoffe (Israel/Germany).

The Artistic Director of the Competition since 2003 is pianist and radio personality Idith Zvi.

This year's Competition will host 31 competitors, 8 female and 23 male, from 16 countries, 7 competitors will be coming from China. There are three Israeli competitors: Tomer Gewirtzman (27), Yevgeny Yontov (28) and Rafael Skorka (28).
The youngest competitor is nearly 18 (South Korea) and the two oldest competitors are 30 (US).

The first two stages consist of solo piano recitals; in the finals, competitors will play chamber music, classical concertos and "grand" concertos.

As in previous competitions, each competitor must perform, either in Stage I or in Stage II, one of two Israeli works, written especially for the Competition. The pieces composed for the 15th Competition, are Piano Sonata No. 5 by Avner Dorman and "On Water, Wind and Bells" by Betty Olivero.

The Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition was founded in 1974 at the initiative of Yaakov Bistritzky, after Rubinstein agreed to lend his name to the Competition. The idea was to unite the artistic legacy of Arthur Rubinstein with the cultural life of Israel.
The Arthur Rubinstein Competition sets high standards and provides an international stage to promote the careers of talented young pianists. The jury's task is to choose pianists of the highest order, with intellectual maturity and emotional expression, who can handle diverse styles and whose unique musical personality raises them above their peers.

Dates and Stages of the Competition:

Opening Concert, Tuesday, 25-April
Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center, 20:00

Antonii Baryshevskyi, 1st Prize Winner of the 14th Arthur Rubinstein Competition (2014).
Winners of the 1st Arthur Rubinstein International Youth Piano Competition, China 2016:
Suah Ye (S. Korea, age-16), Elizaveta Kliuchereva (Russia, age-17), Davit Khrikuli (Georgia, age-15).

The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon Lezion.

Conductor: Yaron Gottfried

Full program:

Tickets: NIS 160, 210

27- 30 April, STAGE I - Recitals, 32 Competitors
Tel Aviv Museum of Art

27 April, Thursday, 12:30 and 17:00
28 April, Friday, 10:00 and 14:30
29 April, Saturday, 12:30 and 17:00
30 April, Sunday (eve of Independence Day), 10:00 and 14:00

Tickets: NIS 90

2 - 4 May, STAGE II - Recitals, 16 Competitors
Tel Aviv Museum of Art

2 May, Tuesday (*Independence Day), 14:00, 17:00 and 20:30
3 May, Wednesday, 14:00, 17:00 and 20:30
4 May, Thursday, 11:00, 14:00

Tickets: NIS 110 *On Independence Day, the first two recitals are on special offer: 1+1

5 - 6 May, Chamber Music Finals (Piano Quartets), 6 Competitors
Tel Aviv Museum of Art

5 May, Friday, 14:00
6 May, Saturday, 11:00

Tickets: NIS 200

Orchestral Finals, 6 Competitors
Charles Bronfman Auditorium (Heichal Hatarbut), Tel Aviv

8 May, Monday, with the Israel Camerata Jerusalem, 16:30 and 21:00, Tickets: NIS 100 - 210
10 May, Wednesday, with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, 20:30, Tickets: NIS 150 - 450
11 May, Thursday, with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, *19:30, Tickets: NIS 180 - 500
*Including Awards Ceremony

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