Junior Competition: 2014, TBA

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Congratulations, 2013 Louisiana Piano Competition Winners!

Age: 29

2010-2012 Master of Music in Performance, the Royal College of Music in 
London

2009-2010 Artist Diploma in Performance, the Royal College of Music in London

2007-2009 Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Performance, the Royal College of
 Music in London
2003-2007 Bachelor of Music, Toho Gakuen College of Music in Tokyo

2000-2003 Toho Gakuen High School of Music in Tokyo

Kumi Matsuo was born in 1984 in Tokyo, Japan. She completed the Artist Diploma course in 2010 and the Masters of Music program in July 2012 at the Royal College of Music (RCM) where she studied piano with John Blakely and Ashley Wass. She was an RCM scholar supported by the Charles Napper Award and the Russell Gander and was generously supported by the Rohm Music Foundation.

Age: 25

2006-2010 Shanghai Conservatory of Music, with Bin Su
2010-2012 San Francisco Conservatory of Music, with Yoshikazu Nagai
2012-2014 University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory, with Awadagin Pratt

Julan Wang, born in Chongqing, China in 1988, started his music study at the age of 6. In 2003, he was admitted to the middle school of the Sichuan Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Professor Hanguo Yang. In 2006, he began to study with Professor Bin Su at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and subsequently received his Bachelor's Degree in Music in 2010. He then came to the United States, studying under Professor Yoshikazu Nagai at San Francisco Conservatory, where he finished his Master's Degree in 2012. He is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, studying with Professor Awadagin Pratt.

Age: 19

Shizhe Shen is a veteran of performing, having given recitals and concerto performances throughout China, England, Germany, and the United States, in such venues as Wuhan Bianzhong Grand Concert Hall; Wuhan Huangzhong Concert Hall; Hunan Theater Concert Hall; Hunan Grand Concert Hall; Xiangtan Concert Hall; Steinway Concert Hall (England); Wigmore Concert Hall; Constance Pilkington Concert Hall; and more.

Notable awards include:
2004: the Song Qinglin national scholarship in China;
2006: 1st Prize at the "Gold Melody" piano competition;
2007: 1st Prize at the "QinTai" piano competition;
2010: 1st Prize at the Christopher Duke piano competition in England; and
2010: 1st Prize at the Purcell School concerto competition.

Winners of the 2013 Louisiana International Piano Competition.

Julan Wang, Second Place (Age 25, China); wearing black
Kumi Matsuo, First Place (Age 29, Japan); wearing blue
Shizhe Shen, Third Place (Age 19, China); wearing turquoise

LIPC Guest Conductor - Roberto Gianola

Roberto Gianola – Guest Conductor

Roberto Gianola is considered as one of the most promising orchestral conductors of the new generation.  Despite being only 34, he has recently conducted a greatly successful concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City, receiving the the ovation of over 3,000 people attending.

He has already conducted more than 50 important orchestras, such as the New England Symphony Orchestra of New York; Orchestra of the State of Parana, Brazil; Orchestra of the State of Mexico; Orchestra of Guantano of Mexico; Orchestra of Krasnoyarsk of Russia; Orchestra Da Camera of Bari; Balkan Symphony Orchestra; Orchestra Sinfonica of Karov, Ukraine; Philhamonic Enescu of Bucarest; Jefferson Sympony Orchestra of New Orleans; Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina; I Solisti of Napoli; Orchestra Sinfonica di Maracaibo of Venezuela; Moravian Symphony Orchestra of Prague; Novi Sad Philharmonic Orchestra of Serbia; Orchestra Radio of Bucarest; Orchestra de Cascais of Portugal; and the Orchestra of Istanbul Turkey.

Winners of the 2013 Louisiana International Piano Competition.

Julan Wang, Second Place (Age 25, China); wearing black
Kumi Matsuo, First Place (Age 29, Japan); wearing blue
Shizhe Shen, Third Place (Age 19, China); wearing turquoise

The Semifinalists!



The Semifinalists, from left to right:
Shizhe Shen, Julan Wang, Kenny Broberg, Rina Sudo, Vladimir Khomyakov, Jun Sun, Esther Park, Kumi Matsuo

2013 Semifinalists

In order of performance, according to the original random drawing:

3. Jun Sun
6. Shizhe Shen
12. Kumi Matsuo
13. Rina Sudo
14. Vladimir Khomyakov
18. Julan Wang
19. Esther Park
22. Kenny Broberg

Once more, please see the detailed schedule for who is playing at exactly what time.
Congratulations to all competitors for their discipline, dedication, and love of music!

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