2024 Competition Videos

Round I

Sponsored by Enterprise Holdings Foundation

Eleven contestants performed 50-minute recitals during four sessions over the course of two days at the University of the Incarnate Word. Yungyung Guo of China won the Junior Jury Award of $2,500, sponsored by Mary Ann Winden.

1:00 - 1:50 PM • Yongqiu Liu (China)

Program
PROKOFIEV Sarcasm, Op.17
GERSHWIN Selections from Songbook, transcribed for piano solo by Gershwin
  Clap yo’ hands
  The man I love
  Strike up the band
SCHUMANN Sonata No.1, Op.11

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2:00 - 2:50 PM • Zihao Wu (China)

Program
BEETHOVEN Sonata in E major Op.109
CHOPIN Rondo à la Mazurka in F Major, Op. 5
STRAVINSKY Three movements from Petrushka

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3:00 - 3:50 PM • Chi-Jo Lee (Taiwan)

Program
MOZART Piano Sonata No. 2 in F major, K 280
LISZT Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
RACHMANINOFF Six Moments Musicaux, Op. 16

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6:00 - 6:50 PM • Young Sun Choi (South Korea)

Program
MOZART Sonata in C Major, K. 309
VINE Sonata No. 1
CHOPIN Fantasy in F minor, Op. 49

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7:00 - 7:50 PM • Zifan Ye (China)

Program
RACHMANINOV Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 36
PROKOFIEV Piano Sonata No. 6, Op. 82

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8:00 - 8:50 PM • Nathan Cheung (USA)

Program
BACH Italian Concerto
DE FALLA Fantasia Baetica
CÉCILE CHAMINADE 6 Etudes de concert, Op. 35

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1:00 - 1:50 PM • Rachel Breen (USA)

Program
BACH Goldberg Variations

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2:00 - 2:50 PM • Yungyung Guo (China) - Junior Jury Award

Program
MOZART Andante in F Major, K. 616
BARTÓK Study for Piano, Op. 18 No. 3
SCHUBERT Sonata No. 21 in B-flat Major, D. 960

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3:00 - 3:50 PM • Tatiana Dorokhova (Russia)

Program
LISZT “Après une lecture du Dante”, Fantasia quasi Sonata, S. 161 No. 7
MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an exhibition

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6 - 6:50 PM • Jialin Yao (China)

Program
BACH Toccata in G Major, BWV 916
SCHUMANN Kreisleriana, Op. 16
  I. Äußerst bewegt
  II. Sehr innig und nicht zu rasch
  III. Sehr aufgeregt
  IV. Sehr langsam
  V. Sehr lebhaft
  VI. Sehr langsam
  VII. Sehr rasch
  VIII. Schnell und spielend
SCRIABIN Fantasy in B minor, Op. 28

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7 - 7:50 PM • Min Joo Yi (USA)

Program
BRAHMS Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Bk. 1
MOZART Sonata in C major, K. 330
  I. Allegro moderato
  II. Andante cantabile
  III. Allegretto
TCHAIKOVSKY/PLETNEV Concert Suite from “The Nutcracker”
  I. March
  II. Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy
  III. Tarantella
  IV. Intermezzo
  V. Trépak (Russian Dance)
  VI. Tea (Chinese Dance)
  VII. Andante maestoso (Pas de deux)

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8 – 8:50 PM • Deliberations & Announcements

Round II

Sponsored by Rachel & Jonathan Gurwitz 

1:00 - 1:50 PM • Zihao Wu (China)

Program
SCHUMANN ‘Abegg’ variations Op.1
SCRIABIN Fantasy in B minor Op. 28
JIANZHONG WANG Liuyang River (1972)
ALBÉNIZ Malagueña from Rumores de la Caleta Op. 71 No. 6
LISZT  Réminiscences de Don Juan, S. 418

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2:00 - 2:50 PM • Chi-Jo Lee (Taiwan)

Program
TYZEN HSIAO “Prelude” and “Memory” from Memories of Home
DEBUSSY Préludes, Book 1, L. 117
    IV. “Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l’air du soir”
    V. “Les collines d’Anacapri”
GINASTERA Piano Sonata No.1
SCRIABIN Sonata No. 3, Op. 23

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3:00 - 3:50 PM • Young Sun Choi (South Korea) - Best Performance of a Work by a Spanish or Latin Composer

Program
GRANADOS No. 4 ‘Quejas o la Maja y el Ruiseñor’ from “Goyescas”
UNSUK CHIN Piano Etude No. 5 “Toccata”
PROKOFIEV Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28
SCHUMANN Sonata No. 1 in F-sharp minor, Op. 11

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6:00 - 6:50 PM • Rachel Breen (USA)

Program
PROKOFIEV March from Love for Three Oranges
KURTAG Prelude and Waltz in C
SCRIABIN Prelude in F Op. 11 No. 23
PROKOFIEV Intermezzo from Cinderella Op. 95 No. 1
BEETHOVEN Bagatelle Op. 126 no. 3
ALBÉNIZ Evocation
CHOPIN Impromptu No. 1 in Ab
BERIO Wasserklavier (1965)
CHOPIN Impromptu No. 2 in F sharp
MEDTNER Fairy Tale Op. 51 No. 5 (1928)
RACHMANINOFF Etude Op. 39 No. 4
DESYATNIKOV Prelude No. 4
LISZT Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6
BARBER After the Concert (1960s)

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7:00 - 7:50 PM • Yungyung Guo (China)

Program
FEDERICO MOMPOU
Jeunes filles au jardin (from
Scènes d’enfants)
  El Lago (from Paisajes)
MOZART Sonata No. 1 in C Major, K. 279
ZHENBANG LEI, Tajik Folk Song “Why Are the Flowers So Red” arr. ZHAO ZHANG
CÉSAR FRANCK Prélude, Choral et Fugue, Op. 21
LIGETI
    Etude No. 11 “En suspens” (1988–1994)
    Etude No. 13 “L’escalier du diable”(1988–1994)

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8:00 - 8:50 PM • Tatiana Dorokhova (Russia)

Program
FRANCK Prélude, Choral et Fugue
ALBÉNIZ “El Puerto” from Iberia, Book I
PROKOFIEV Sonata No. 7 in B-flat Major, Op. 83

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Round III, World Music

Sponsored by Ben Jones

Young Sun Choi (South Korea)

Program
KELLY-MARIE MURPHY Star Burning Blue (2000)
AARON PRADO El Colibrí y la Cempasúchil (2023)

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Yungyung Guo (China)

Program
ELENA KATS-CHERNIN Butterflying (2003)
CARL VINE The Anne Landa Preludes Selections (2006)
Prelude No. 4 “Ever After Ever”
Prelude No. 9 “Tarantella”
Prelude No. 11 “Fughetta”
AARON PRADO El Colibrí y la Cempasúchil (2023)

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Tatiana Dorokhova (Russia) - Audience Favorite

Program
GABRIELLA SMITH Imaginary Pancake (2020)
AARON PRADO El Colibrí y la Cempasúchil (2023)

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Round IV

Sponsored by Malú and Carlos Alvarez, City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Cultura and the Global Engagement Office

Young Sun Choi (South Korea) - Bronze

Program
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58

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Yungyung Guo (China) - Gold

Program
SCHUMANN Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54

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Tatiana Dorokhova (Russia) - Silver

Program
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23, TH 5

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Barry Brake, 2024 Gurwitz Broadcast Host

Barry Brake became a professional musician at 14. By his senior year of high school, he was playing piano gigs 5 nights a week. He earned a Composition degree from Baylor University, and then a Master’s in English literature from UTSA. He is now a freelance composer, arranger, performer, and producer of music. He’s a co-founder of the San Antonio trio the Jazz Protag- onists. His clients include the San Antonio Sympho-
ny, Texas MedClinic, Carlsberg Beer, Subaru, Jeep, SeaWorld, KFC, and the Wall Street Journal. He is also a bandleader and booking agent for events in San Anto- nio and all over the state. For over thirty years he has put together musical entertainment for hundreds of events and dozens of corporate clients. Barry Brake is a 29-year radio veteran, and current classical music host of Texas Public Radio’s “Classical Connections,” which reaches 130,000 listeners every week. He and his wife of 20 years, Cate, have two daughters, each into music.