SIPCA 10 – Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia – a trainspotter’s notes

Finalists announced this evening. They are:

Ran Dank , Tomoki Kitamura, Tatiana Kolesova, Takashi Sato , Konstantin Shamray, Eric Zuber

which is nothing you couldn’t have found out from the ABC site yourself.

That means:
Mozart:
K466 – Dank, Kolesova, Zuber.
K595 – Sato, Shamray
K453 – Kitamura

Other:

Beethoven 4 – Kitamura
Beethoven 5 – Sato
Saint-Saens 2 Kolesova
Tchaikovsky – Zuber
Prokofiev 2 – Shamray
Prokofiev 3 – Dank

One might have hoped for a wider range of Mozarts (they also had K467, K503, K537 to choose from) but the range of 19th/20th century concerti is wider than has been the case in some recent years. Over all, the concerti seem sensible choices for all of them (subject to confirmation on the night for Zuber/Tchaikovsky – I’ve no reason to assume he isn’t up to it, but either it must be very good or it will be very bad). In particular, the disposition of Beethovens between the Japanese [boys/men] is just right.

Additionally, as a result of this week’s and the weekend after next’s scheduled concerts, the SSO will give 2 versions of Saint Saens No 2 within a week of each other, and 2 versions of Tchaikovsky No 1.

From memory, in his pick for the final 6 Gerard had Pham and Vacatello instead of Sato and Kitamura.

At this stage, I’m not sure if I’ll go to any of the Mozarts. D and I are both going to the 19/20th Century finals next Friday night and Saturday afternoon.

Update

Playing order (together with typos) from ABC site as follows:

Tuesday 29 July 20:00 – 22:00 Sydney Symphony conducted by Nicholas Milton.

Ran Dank : Mozart – Piano Concerto KV 466 in d minor
Tomoki Kitamura : Mozart – Piano Concerto KV 453 in G Major
Tatiana Kolesova : Mozart – Piano Concerto KV 466 in d minor

Wednesday 30 July 20:00 – 22:00 Sydney Symphony conducted by Nicholas Milton.

Takashi Sato : Mozart – Piano Concerto KV 595 in B Flat Major
Eric Zuber : Mozart – Piano Concerto KV 466 in d minor
Konstantin Shamray : Mozart – Piano Concerto KV 595 in B Flat Major

Friday 1 August 20:00 – 22:00 Sydney Symphony conducted by Kirill Karabits.

Tatiana Kolesova : Saint-Sea – PianoC oncertoN o 2 in g minor Op 22
Tomoki Kitamura : Beethoven – Piano Concerto No 4 Op 58 in G Major
Ran Dank : Prokofiev – Piano Concerto No 3 Op 26 in C Major

Saturday 2 August 14:30 -17:00 Sydney Symphony conducted by Kirill Karabits.

Konstantin Shamray : Prokofiev – Piano Concerto No 2 Op 16 in g minor
Takashi Sato : Beethoven – Piano Concerto No 5 Op 73 in E Flat Major “Emporer”
Eric Zuber : Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No 1 Op 23 in b flat minor

When Warren Thomson announced the finalists, he spoke of the possibility of re-arranging the order to avoid repetition of the same work on the same night. If the original playing order had been adopted, all performances of K466 would have been on the second night. Another solution could also have broken up the repetition of K595, and one wonders just a little why that was not adopted.

2 Responses to “SIPCA 10 – Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia – a trainspotter’s notes”

  1. TrueArtemis Says:

    the Brimer link appears Norwegian/Swedish, definitely not Icelandic.

    Thanks for your comments, they are entertaining.

    On further reflection, and revisiting their programmes,
    I would have put Vacatello in well before Zuber. And Pham before Sato.
    Hence: Kolesova, Vacatello, Kitomura, Shamray, Pham, Dank.

  2. marcellous Says:

    Since it is in fact a Swedish site, and there is a reference to the position in Sweden at some point in the text, I think you are right. The absence of any eth or thorn would also seem to be a giveaway that it is not Icelandic. Correction made, and thanks for your kind comment.

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