3 Americans, 2 Russians in last 20 of Chopin Competition

3 Americans, 2 Russians in last 20 of Chopin Competition


norman lebrecht

October 13, 2015

There are no frontrunners as the contest reaches round three, though local hearts are beating for three surviving Poles. Here’s the survivors list:

Mr Luigi Carroccia (Italy)
Ms Galina Chistiakova (Russia)

galina chistiakova
Mr Seong-Jin Cho (South Korea)
Mr Chi Ho Han (South Korea)
Mr Aljoša Jurinić (Croatia)
Ms Su Yeon Kim (South Korea)
Ms Dinara Klinton (Ukraine)
Ms Aimi Kobayashi (Japan)
Mr Marek Kozák (Czech Republic)
Mr Łukasz Krupiński (Poland)
Mr Krzysztof Książek (Poland)
Ms Kate Liu (United States)
Mr Eric Lu (United States)
Mr Szymon Nehring (Poland)
Mr Georgijs Osokins (Latvia)
Mr Charles Richard-Hamelin (Canada)
Mr Dmitry Shishkin (Russia)
Mr Alexei Tartakovsky (United States)
Mr Zi Xu (China)
Mr Yike (Tony) Yang (Canada)


  • young says:

    No frontrunners? Definitely not.

    Please listen to Seong-Jin Cho’s performances. “He(Cho) has raised the bar very high in this competition. He showed all the details that are hidden from the ears of other pianists. This is a boy with imagination, and that Chopin also had a fantasy” Professor. Andrew Ratusiński said.

    Please find out how the gazette from Chopin Institute describe Cho in the title: Seong-Jin Cho. Everything under control.”
    (url: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CQ8OkAOWEAADYRd.jpg)

    • Andrea says:

      Seong-Jin Cho is just already well known after Tchaikovsky and Rubinstein competitions. So that’s why people talk about him, as well as write articles… People like sensations.
      No doubt he also plays good, but “frontrunner”?.. Szymon Nehring and Galina Chistiakova (for instance) are not worse and even have more to do with Chopin style/sound etc…

  • debussyste says:

    Ksiazek and Richard-Hamelin are in ! My little darlings have survived, I am so proud of them …

  • JONG.S says:

    Ksiazek is my definite favorite.

  • Holger H. says:

    5 americans for sure, not 3. Canada is in America too.

  • Holger H. says:

    And the 3 from the US seem to be of Russian and Oriental origin. I don’t care, but someone having such extreme fetish about nationalities like the blog owner, should then be precise at least.

  • Tweettweet says:

    I love Aimi Kobayashi’s playing 🙂 Pure artistry!

  • Kats says:

    “3 Americans, 2 Russians” .. bothersome introduction to Polish competition 😉