20 September 2022
By Ellie Palmer
Second and third prizes were awarded to pianists George Todică from Romania and Chun Lam U from China
Alexandra Segal has been announced as this year's winner of the piano section at the George Enescu International Competition. She won over the judges with a performance of Sergei Prokofiev's Concerto No 3 in C major Op 26, alongside the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Kensho Watanabe.
Segal now goes home with a prize worth EUR 15,000. Runner-up George Todică receives EUR 10,000, whilst third-placed Chun Lam U takes EUR 5,000. As part of her winning prize package, Segal also has the chance to perform in the 2023 and 2024 editions of the George Enescu International Festival and Competition, as well as in concerts organized during the Romanian Philharmonic seasons.
The jury for this year's piano section consisted of Nelson Goerner (President), Luiza Borac, Dana Borșan, Philippe Dinkel, Peter Jablonski, Andrea Lucchesini, Andrei Pisarev, Matti Raekallio and Josu de Solaun.
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Segal, representing Isral, was in fact born in Kyiv, Ukraine in 1995. She currently studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria, with Professor Milana Chernyavska. She has previously won 3rd prize at the Medici International Music Competition (2021), 3rd prize at the Chicago International Music Competition (2020), 1st prize at the Piano Forever Competition (2017, Israel), 1st prize at the by Arianne Katcz Piano (2017), 1st prize at the Pnina Salzman Competition for Young Pianists (2017), 3rd prize at the Riga International Piano Competition (2012), and 1st prize at the Crimean Spring International Piano Competition (2010).
Main image (left to right): George Todică, Alexandra Segal, Chun Lam U. ©Alex Damian