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  • Finale YPF Piano Competition 2013

    Sunday, November 24, 2013: Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ brimmed with up-and-coming international talent for the grand finale of the Young Pianist Foundation (YPF) Piano Competition 2013, part of the very first edition of the Young Pianists Festival Amsterdam. Tchaikovsky and Chopin resonated throughout the Grote Zaal; fellow musicians and concert habitués listened on in awe. The three specially culled finalists — Rosalía Gómez Lasheras, 19, from Spain, Bobby Mitchell, 28, from the U.S.A., and Sofia Vasheruk, 25, from Russia — passionately displayed their flair for piano alongside the Netherlands’ oldest professional symphony orchestra, the Noord Nederlands Orkest (NNO).

    Lasheras deservingly walked away with the handsome first-place prize and Laureates Prize; Mitchell, the audience favorite, received both second place and the Public Prize; and Vasheruk came in third. Despite the daylong finale of impressive concerto performances, the nine-member competition jury decided that the first-place winner did not qualify for the Grand Prix Youri Egorov. In our eyes, she did.

    The YPF has passionately supported piano education for the past 15 years, giving the crème de la crème of the international piano world the chance to develop their repertoires and be discovered. A lover of piano myself, I’m pleased to have been able to honor the famed Dutch-Russian classical musician, Youri Egorov, while witnessing a young pianist’s dream become a reality.

    Visit http://www.ypf.nl for more information on the Young Pianists Festival Amsterdam and to help support the YPF.


    By Eleni Menoutis


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