China International Music Competition announces its three finalists

20 May 2019
By Ellie Palmer
Three pianists from America, Canada and Russia will take part in tonight's grand final in Beijing

Alexander Malofeev (Russia, featured above), MacKenzie Melemed (USA), and Tony Siqi Yun (Canada) have reached the final of the first ever China International Music Competition. The final takes place tonight, 20 May, in the concert hall of Beijing's National Centre for Performing Arts with Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra. Alexander Malofeev will play Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26, MacKenzie Melemed will perform Rachmaninoff  Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 4 and Tony Siqi Yun will play Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23.

Finalist Tony Siqi Yun

This inaugural competition began with 22 competitors from around the world back on 4 May. Six of those were then chosen to compete in the competition's semi-finals over the weekend before again being whittled down to just three.

The three pianists will compete for the chance to win $150,000USD alongside representation by two major international artist management companies: Opus 3 Artists in the United States and Armstrong Music and Arts in China which, combined, will coordinate three years of international concert tours. 

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Finalist MacKenzie Melemed

Pianist editor Erica Worth is currently in China covering the event, and we remain the only British press invited to the event. Follow all our updates of tonight's grand final over on our Facebook!

The Final will be available to watch on from 21 May.