Lang Lang’s sacked pianist wins Junior Cliburn

Lang Lang’s sacked pianist wins Junior Cliburn


norman lebrecht

June 11, 2019

The Australian pianist who was fired from Lang Lang’s China competition has snubbed his nose at the piano star by winning the Junior Van Cliburn.

Shuan Hern Lee, 16, went home to Australia with $15,000 and a happier frame of mind.


Second, with $10,000, was Eva Gevorgyan from Russia/Armenia, 15

Third was JiWon Yang, South Korea, 17.


  • Petros Linardos says:

    Congratulations. Nice to see a talented young person have a chance to move on. We’ve all have had our moments, but many of us were not exposed of the merciless echo chambers of social media.

    • V.Lind says:

      Once again language is used to undermine one of the unliked of SD. The header implies that this young man was fired from Lang Lang’s entourage, when in fact he had difficulties in a competition not directly involving Lang Lang.

      This is a blog and the owner can do what he likes but he comes from British journalism, and this is the sort that gives some quarters of British journalism a rather dubious reputation.

  • Peter P says:

    Lang lang is arrogant and disgraced to the classical community at time

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    Remember past decades when the Jews were dominant and conquered everything in music? Today’s it’s the Asian century.

    • Petros Linardos says:

      I remember Nathan Milstein deservedly command respect while onstage.

    • Paul Brownsey says:

      ” the Jews were dominant and conquered everything in music? ”

      Only some of them.

      And those who were successful didn’t conquer “everything”.

      What a sinister mind you have, referring to successful Jewish artists as “the Jews”.

      They didn’t all attain musical supremacy, you know, not even through the achievements of Horowitz and the rest.

    • anmarie says:

      Sue, you’re always a delight.

    • AnnaT says:

      I suppose you think “the Jews” are also behind global economic crises. Please, get a grip.

  • Pamela Brown says:

    Well, good for him!

  • Nick says:

    Lang Lang has NOTHING to do with the competition justy decision. Lang Lang give his name to the Festival which overall is a phenomenal event even by piano-loving China standards. A false title, as often from the politically correct.

    • SVM says:

      Allowing an event to trade on your name and reputation is a form of endorsement. If you choose to allow an event to use your name without exercising any oversight of its governance, then you have only yourself to blame when others associate the consequences of the event with your good (or otherwise) name.

      If a person wants “NOTHING to do with” the jury decisions at his/her eponymous competition, he/she should withdraw permission for the use of his/her name.

      Naturally, a competition jury and organising committee is not expected to be unanimous, but if a jury/committee member finds a collective ruling so egregious as to offend his/her good name, he/she should dissent publicly. In the absence of such public dissent, we can assume that the jury/committee member finds the outcome acceptable and reasonably fair (possible exception: if a jury/committee member is of relatively junior standing within the profession, and has qualms about the impact of dissent on his/her future career), even if it were not the exact outcome he/she might have felt to be individually correct.

  • rodolfo esquejo jr says:

    inward and outside challenge can propel you to unexpected horizons of success. Thats were Lang Lang have been, whom I admired most his unparalleled musical talents. Calling him arrogant is taboo in my world of music!

  • KP Leong says:

    Congrates! Hope he can work harder to compete the existing iconic pianists, the musical world needs more diversity.

  • RS says:

    Finally a clean and fair competition. You can quibble about the placement of the three finalists, but that’s a matter of taste. They were clearly superior to the rest.