San Jose competition hosts 30 pianists from around the world

Thirty young pianists from 13 countries will put their classical skills to the test in the 19th Annual San Jose International Piano Competition, which runs from Sunday, June 16, through the next Sunday, June 23 — and the public is invited to listen to many of the events for free.

How talented are these young musicians? The pianist who took top honors in this competition in 2012 at the age of 8 — Shuan Hern Lee, of Australia — has just won the Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition.

San Jose’s eight days’ worth of competition will be held at the historic Trianon Theatre — a venue marking its last days as a public space — and at San Jose State University.

Tickets are available at for the opening concert, “A Night in Napoli,” this Sunday ($40-$50, with wine and appetizers); the June 21 Master Class with Antonio Pompa-Baldi ($20); the June 22 final round of competition ($20-$25); and the June 23 concert and awards ceremony ($25-$35).

The public can stop by to listen for free from Monday through Thursday, starting at 10 a.m., at the San Jose State Concert Hall.

Details: Trianon is at 72 N. Fifth St., and the SJSU Concert Hall is on Seventh Street.

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


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