The Eighth Competition, April 1995


Prizewinners of the 8th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master
Competition, from right to left: Ohad Ben-Ari - 3rd Prize, Alexander
Korsantia - 1st Prize, Sergei Tarasov - 2nd Prize, Aleksandar Serdar - 4th
prize, Igor Roma - 5th prize, Shai Wosner - best performance of a
Beethoven Sonata.

International Jury:
Sulamita Aronovsky (Great Britain); Lazar Berman (Italy); Andre Hadju (Israel); Jerome Lowenthal (USA); Pnina Salzman (Israel); Mikhail Voskressensky (Russia); Guangren Zhou (China); Joachim Kaiser, Vice-Chairman (Germany); Alexis Weissenberg, Vice-Chairman (Switzerland); Arie Vardi, Chairman (Israel).

Laureates and Prizes:
First Prize:
Alexander Korsantia, Georgia - The Arthur Rubinstein Award, Gold Medal and
$ 10,000. "Audience Favourite" Prize $ 2,500 - sponsored by "Yediot Aharonot" (daily press). Best performance of an Israeli Composition $ 3,000

Engagements: orchestras, recitals, recording companies.

Programme performed: Scarlatti - Three Sonatas: E Major, K 380; D Minor, K 213; A Major, K 322; Avni - Tryptich (1993); Prokofiev - Sonata no.8 in B flat Major, op.84; Beethoven - Sonata in E flat Major, op.7; Chopin - Ballade no.4 in F Minor, op.52; Moussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition; Brahms - Sonata for piano and violin in D Minor, op.108; Mozart - Concerto in B flat Major, K.595; Rachmaninoff - Concerto no.3 in D Minor, op.30.

Second Prize:
Sergei Tarasov, Russia - Silver Medal and $ 5,000.

Third Prize:
Ohad Ben-Ari, Israel - Bronze Medal and $ 3,000.
Best Performance of Chamber Music $ 3,000.
Outstanding Israeli Competitor: $ 3,000.

Fourth Prize:
Aleksandar Serdar, Yugoslavia - $ 1,000.

Fifth Prize:
Igor Roma, Italy - $ 1,000.

Sixth Prize:
Cedric Tiberghien, France - $ 1,000.

The Yamaha Company Prize - an upright "silent" piano - for the best performance of a sonata by Beethoven was awarded to Shai Wosner (Israel).
The prize for the best performance of a large Chopin work $ 4,000 sponsored by the Fryderyck Chopin Society (Warsaw) was awarded to Alan Gampel (USA).

The initial announcement (1993) of the 8th Competition was followed by enquiries from 900 pianists (48 countries); of these, 184 (34 countries) completed official application forms. The Screening Committee selected 52 pianists (22 countries), specifically recommended by prominent international figures in music.

Surpassing the average "Podiumreife", the competitors who reached Stage III (chamber music and concerto) were lauded by a wealth of judges, critics, reporters and audiences for their demonstration of consistently professional and superior standards of performance.
The Israel Chamber Orchestra accompanied the contestants at the Semifinal Stage of the Competition. The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra accompanied the laureates at the Final Stage as well as at the Gala Concert and Award Ceremony.
Maestro Mendi Rodan conducted the orchestras on both occasions.

The Competition was transmitted live on "Voice of Music" and was closely followed by the TV and general media.

Kawai Company with its customary goodwill ensured individual practice facilities for the competitors, each of whom, through the generous services of Kawai’s Tel Aviv representatives, found an upright piano in his hotel room.

Consistent with their long-standing tradition, the world renowned piano manufacturers, Steinway and Sons, Yamaha Corporation, and Kawai Company provided superior concert grands along with expert maintenance teams throughout all stages of the contest.



	
Alexander Korsantia's concert roster
since his 1st prize victory in the
8th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, 1995

  • The Israel Festival - June 1995

  • International Colmar Music Festival - July 1995

  • Radio France Festival in Montpellier - July 1995

  • The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra - September 1995 & June 1996

  • Rimini Festival - 1995 & 1996

  • Fundacion Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional - Santo Domingo - November 15th , 1995

  • 1996
    January 4 - 12 Moscow Virtuosi, Spivakov - Shostakovitch Concerto no.1 - Israel.
    February 21 - 25 Recitals - Israel.
    February 29 Recital - Hercules Hall, Munich.
    May 30 Czech Philarmonic Orchestra - Beethoven "Emperor"
    June 4 Georgian National Symphony Orchestra - Tchaikovsky Concerto no.1.
    June 8 Recital - Tbilisi, Georgia.
    June 16 Recital - Sintra Festival, Portugal.
    June 29 Prokofiev Marathon Concert - White Nights.
    July 3 Recital - Mikkeli Festival, Finland.
    July 12 Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Prokofiev Concerto no. 3, Ravinia.
    August 3 Orquesta Sinfonica de Mendoza - Chopin Concerto no. 2, Argentina.
    August 9 Orquesta Sinfonica de Cordoba - Chopin Concerto no. 2, Argentina.
    August 14 Recital - Santiago de Chile
    August 17 - 18 Chile National Orchestra - Chopin Concerto no. 2.
    September 20 - 28 Rotterdam Festival - Prokofiev Marathon.
    October 1 - 3 Recital - Israel Camerata Jerusalem under Avner Biron, Mozart Concerto no. 27, Festival Hommage a Rubinstein, Geneva.
    November 3 Recital - Joliet, Chicago.
    November 21 Bartok Music for two Pianos and Percussion - Sweden Radio Festival Orchestra with A. Toradze, Stockholm.
  • 1997
    January 16 - 25 Mozart Concerto no. 9 and recitals - Israel.
    March 2 - 6 Puerto Rico - Recital / Masterclass.
    March 15 Elkhart Symphony Orchestra - Beethoven "Emperor".
    May 15 North - West Indiana Symphony Orchestra - Tchaikovsky Concerto no. 1.
    May 25 - June 7 Chile National Symphony Orchestra - Tchaikovsky Concerto no. 1 - recitals.
    August 4 Recital - Dinard Piano Festival, France
    August 15 - 20 Recitals - Edinburgh Festival.
    August 20 - 30 Chile National Symphony Orchestra, Santiago, Prokofiev.
    September 1 Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Ravinia Festival, Tchaikovsky.
    September 2 - 3 Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Concerto no. 1, Newark U.S.A.
    September 27 - October 14 Tbilisi, Georgia, Tchaikovsky Concerto no. 1, recital, Piano Competition.
    October 14 - 20 Recitals- Italy.
    October 25 Recital - Israel.
    October 26 -
    November 19
    Moscow Virtuosi, Spivakov - Saussone Concerto for Violin, piano and chamber orchestra, U.S.A.
    End of November Recital - Salle Gaveau, Paris.
    December 13 Recital - Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra series - Jerusalem.

  • 1998
    March 15 Recital - Serrata Musicale, Fazzari, Milano
    March 17 - 31 Israel Philarmonic Orchestra, Prokofiev no. 2 (6 concerts), Israel.
    April 5 - 10 CD recording with Israel Camerata Jerusalem - Arts Center, Jerusalem
    April 14 - May 11 USA tour with Israel Camerata Jerusalem.
    October 1 - 5 New World Symphony - Hommage a Rubinstein Festival - Miami
    November 16 - 21 Jerusalem Symphony - Concerts, Israel

Engagements in Holland; Finnish Radio Orchestra; Rotterdam Symphony Orchestra (98 - 99 season).




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