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14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Announces 12 Semi-Finalists and Performance Schedule

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May 31, 2013 02:51 PM EDT | Logan K. Young (l.young@classicalite.com)

Van Cliburn

Van Cliburn, 23, at the 1958 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow. Cliburn died earlier this February from bone cancer. (Photo : The Van Cliburn Foundation)

After a week of intense preliminary competition, the field of 30 performers in the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition has been narrowed down to 12 semi-finalists.

John Giordano, jury chairman for this iteration of the Cliburn Competition, announced the following names Thursday night at Bass Hall:

Nikita Abrosimov, 24, Russia

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Sean Chen, 24, United States

Alexey Chernov, 30, Russia

Alessandro Deljavan, 26, Italy

Fei-Fei Dong, 22, China

Jayson Gillham, 26, Australia/United Kingdom

Claire Huangci, 23, United States

Vadym Kholodenko, 26, Ukraine

Nikolay Khozyainov, 20, Russia

Nikita Mndoyants, 24, Russia

Beatrice Rana, 20, Italy

Tomoki Sakata, 19, Japan

Here, then, is how the semi-final performance schedule will look:

SATURDAY, JUNE 1

Semifinal Concert 1
Recital #1 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Claire Huangci

Chamber #2 2:45-3:25 p.m.
Beatrice Rana

Recital #3 3:40-4:40 p.m.
Nikita Mndoyants

Semifinal Concert 2
Chamber #4 7:30-8:10 p.m.
Nikita Abrosimov

Recital #5 8:25-9:25 p.m.
Tomoki Sakata

Chamber #6 9:40-10:20 p.m.
Vadym Kholodenko

SUNDAY, JUNE 2

Semifinal Concert 3
Recital #7 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Nikolay Khozyainov

Chamber #8 2:45-3:25 p.m.
Alessandro Deljavan

Recital #9 3:40-4:40 p.m.
Jayson Gillham

Semifinal Concert 4
Chamber #10 7:30-8:10 p.m.
Alexey Chernov

Recital #11 8:25-9:25 p.m.
Sean Chen

Chamber #12 9:40-10:20 p.m.
Fei-Fei Dong

MONDAY, JUNE 3

Semifinal Concert 5
Chamber #1 1:30-2:10 p.m.
Claire Huangci

Recital #2 2:25-3:25 p.m.
Beatrice Rana

Chamber #3 3:40-4:20 p.m.
Nikita Mndoyants

Semifinal Concert 6
Recital #4 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Nikita Abrosimov

Chamber #5 8:45-9:25 p.m.
Tomoki Sakata

Recital #6 9:40-10:40 p.m.
Vadym Kholodenko

TUESDAY, JUNE 4

Semifinal Concert 7
Chamber #7 1:30-2:10 p.m.
Nikolay Khozyainov

Recital #8 2:25-3:25 p.m.
Alessandro Deljavan

Chamber #9 3:40-4:20 p.m.
Jayson Gillham

Semifinal Concert 8
Recital #10 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Alexey Chernov

Chamber #11 8:45-9:25 p.m.
Sean Chen

Recital #12 9:40-10:40 p.m.
Fei-Fei Dong

True, this is the first Cliburn Competition that Van Cliburn, himself, won't be alive to witness. That said, with each performance streamed online at the Cliburn's site, you, yourself, can take in every single pedalling, every last ivory.

Before the official word--her Schumann and Chopin in the prelims the best indications--American pianist Sara Daneshpour was Classicalite's favorite to win it all.

Now, we're not so sure. Who do you, Classicalites, think will win it all?

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