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The Korean Yedam Kim wins the First Paterna International Piano PrizeBack

The Spanish Enrique Lapaz Lombardo receives the special prize for best Spanish pianist and Marina de Lucas for best performance of Spanish Music

The jury recognizes the four finalists as winners for their high technical and professionalism.

Yedam Kim after recieving the Prize from Lorenzo Agustí Family Photo of the winners next to the grand piano. From left to right, Antonii Baryshevskyi, Yedam Kim, Ilya Rashkovskiy y Yoonjung Han. Without doubt, the jury has had a complex task to select the winners due to the high level that has characterized the First Paterna International Piano Prize. Finally, Kim Yedam convinced the seven members with her final interpretation of the "Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D minor BWV 903" by JS Bach, 'La Terrasse des Audiences au claire de lune "by Debussy and " Pictures at an Exhibition' by Mussorgsky. This Korean of 22 years will enjoy 3 concerts organized by the Valencian Institute of Music for the 2011-2012 season and a concert in Kerkrade (Holland) for Euriade Foundation, as well as the 8000 Euros of the first prize.

The second prize, elected unanimously by the jury and endowed with 4000 Euros, went to Ilya Rashkovskiy, the oldest of the four, while the third, of 2000 Euros, went to Antonii Baryshevskyi. Finally, the fourth prize of 1000 Euros, went to the Han Yoonjung.
For forty minutes each one, the four contestants showed a great technique and skill of the piano, that were responded with loud applauses at the end of each performance, as was the case of Ilya Rashkovskiy and Yoonjung Han, who had to come back on stage to receive a standing ovation.

The closing ceremony began with the thanks of the President of the Alink-Argerich Foundation, Gustav Alink, for the "grand organization of the prize, which has achieved a great participation with a very high level of the contestants, very difficult for a first edition."He also highlighted the great number of circumstances that have made the Paterna Piano Prize a "miracle “ass "the magnificent auditorium, the attention of the organization, the bus just for the participants and the jury, or the web site, all of which “have made very comfortable the stay in Paterna during these days," added Alink.

The director of the Valencian Institute of Music, Inmaculada Tomás, thanked on behalf of the Ministry of Culture, the offer of the city hall of Paterna to participate in this award, and the "positive challenge that has meant organizing this important event for culture in times of a difficult crisis."


The most important moment of the night, came when the Councilor for Culture, Elena Martinez, and members of the jury reveal the name of the winners. The first awards were granted by the Animato Association, represented by the jury Marian Rybicki, a special prize to offer a recital at the Salle Cortot in Paris during the 2011-2012 season. A recognition given to Nikita Volovan, Joseph Ki-Kyung Kim, Bo Kyung Kim, Olexandr Chugai and Spanish semifinalist Enrique Lapaz Lombardo.

During her speech, accompanied by the representative of Obra Social La Caixa, Pilar Sapiña, Martinez appreciated the great pianists who, for a week, offered "great performances in the international capital of classical music. The prize for the best interpretation of Spanish music was for Marina de Lucas from Madrid, who offered a varied repertoire including works by Albéniz, García Abril y Blasco de Nebra during her participation in the contest. Enrique Lapaz came to the stage to collect the award for best Spanish pianist from Luis Clemente, partners who provide all pianos for trials and testing of the contestants.

The most waited moment began with ovations when the names of the winners where reveal, and Kim Yedam´s tremendous joy when she found out she was the winner , receiving first prize from the mayor Lorenzo Agustí. All of them will also enjoy different concerts at the Salle Cortot in Paris offered by Animato Association. On the other hand, the public also had the opportunity to evaluate the performances of the finalists, giving the prize of Favorite Pianist to Ilya Rashkovskiy.

Finally, the mayor closed the event proved to be totally convinced that "classical music had got back to the prominence it deserves", and reiterating its appreciation for the support offered by all institutions, sponsors and partners. Also, Agustí addressed to all participants of this first edition highlighting the "high quality and professionalism, qualities that unanimously surprised both the public and the jury.

The First Paterna International Piano Prize was coming to an end, and the best way was to receive a with a huge applause the star of the night, Yedam Kim, who closed the ceremony playing 'La Valse "by Ravel.

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