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March 3, 2013
Media Contact: Laurie Townsend (604) 822-9161
Vancouver, BC ~ The Knigge Music Competition is pleased to announce the winners for the 2013 Knigge Piano Competition held at the UBC School of Music Saturday March 2, 2013:
First Prize: Pierre-André Doucet, Canadian from New Brunswick, studying at the Université de Montréal
Second Prize: Samuel Deason, Canadian from Saskatchewan, studying at Indiana University
Third Prize: Nan Gan, Canadian from Ontario, studying at The Juilliard School
Best Performance of Required Work: Pierre-André Doucet
First Prize winner Pierre-André Doucet is currently a doctoral candidate at the Université de Montréal, where he studies under Maneli Pirzadeh. He has performed with Symphony New Brunswick and Sinfonia de Lanaudière, and has been heard on Radio-Canada, CBC Radio and Espace musique. Doucet is Co-Artistic Director of the Barachois Historic Church Summer Music Series and will be in residence at Songfest (Los Angeles), where he will hold the prestigious Marc and Eva Stern Fellowship.
In the final round of this national competition, eight pianists each presented a 47-minute recital. The repertoire was their choice, with the exception of a work by Haydn (chosen from a list compiled by the competition) and an imposed piece by a Canadian composer: this year Souvenirs d’Europe by UBC alumnus, Jared Miller.
Prizes awarded this year were: First Prize, $7,000 plus a solo recital during the UBC School of Music 2013-2014 season; Second Prize, $4,000; Third Prize, $2,000 cash. There was also a $250 cash prize for the best performance of the required work.
Other competitors in the final round were: John Chan, Canadian from Alta., studying at the University of Calgary; Isabelle Chen, Chinese, studying at the Glenn Gould School; Olivia Musat, Canadian from Que., studying at Université de Montréal; Katherine Petersen, American studying at McGill; Bryn Wiley, Canadian from Alta., studying at McGill).
The three jurors for the final round, all distinguished soloists and chamber music artists, as well as professors at their respective universities are: Anton Nel (University of Texas at Austin), Arthur Rowe (University of Victoria), and Paul Stewart (Université de Montréal). Round one jurors were Jane Hayes and David Vandereyk.
The annual Knigge Piano Competition was founded, and is funded, by a generous gift from Dieter and Hanne-Lore Knigge. The Knigges are longtime supporters and friends of UBC. Mr. Dieter Knigge describes their vision, “For over 20 years we have supported the UBC School of Music and have seen it grow into a superior institution. For a long time we had a vision to establish an annual piano competition which would make it possible for gifted students to perform and demonstrate their talent.”
The competition weekend ends with a Winners Concert today, Sunday March 3 at 2:00 in the Roy Barnett Recital Hall.