November 16, 2012
NEC Pianist Wenbin Jin Takes Top Prize in China Shanghai International Piano Competition
Wenbin Jin ’13, a native of Beijing, China and a student of Hung-Kuan Chen, shared the second prize in the China Shanghai International Piano Competition (CSIPC), Nov. 2—11. The prize, which carried with it a $20,000 cash award and a number of concert engagements, was the highest bestowed as no first prize was given. In addition to the overall second prize, Jin was cited for Best Performance of the Chinese Commissioned Work and as Best Chinese Contestant.
The CSICP, which was established in 2001, is held every three years. It was co-organized by the Center for China Shanghai International Arts Festival and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Its purpose is to highlight the events of the Shanghai International Arts Festival, to broaden cultural understanding among nations, and to facilitate the development of domestic piano education by providing a broadened stage for young talented pianists.
Jin, who received a Certificate in Performance from Yale University before coming to NEC, studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. He has performed many recitals around the world including in the US, Holland, Italy, Canada, Japan, Korea, France, Germany and Taiwan. ln 2004, he was soloist in the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra. Besides his solo activity, Jin is well-known as a collaborative pianist and chamber player, and for the last three years has been the official accompanist of the Great Mountain Music Festival in Korea. He has worked closely with many world-acclaimed musicians, including Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, Ani Kavafian, David Shiffrin and Alfred Brendel.
To hear Jin performing, click on this YouTube clip where he performs the Beethoven Spring Sonata for violin and piano with NEC violinist Dami Kim.
For further information, check the NEC Website at: http://necmusic.edu/piano
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