Budu Wins Haskil Competition

Student of Wha-Kyung Byun Only Winner in Prestigious Event

NEC Pianist Cristian Budu ’12 MM, ’14 GD Wins 2013 Clara Haskil International Competition

Student of Wha-Kyung Byun Takes Home the Only Prize, 25,000 Swiss Francs, Plus Two Special Prizes

Cristian Budu, a pianist from São Paulo, Brazil and a student of Wha-Kyung Byun, has won the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Vevey, Switzerland. One of the most demanding and prestigious competitions in the world, the Haskil honors a talented young pianist who emulates the artistic values of its namesake—that is, musicality, sensitivity, humility, constant questioning, perpetual seeking for excellence, listening to partners and respect for the composer. Clara Haskil, a Swiss pianist of Romanian origin, who was born in 1895 in Bucharest and lived in Vevey until her death in 1960, was greatly admired for the profundity and poetry of her playing.

The competition, which takes place every two years and is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary, chooses only one winner and sometimes none at all. The prize is 25,000 Swiss francs. Besides the grand prize, Budu won the Audience Prize of 3000 Swiss francs and the “Children’s Corner” Prize of 2000 Swiss francs. Previous winners of the competition include Richard Goode, Cynthia Raim and Till Fellner.

Along with cash awards, the competition offers the winner concert performances and this year potential engagements include the Lucerne Festival, Verbier Festival and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande among others.

Budu, who received his Master of Music in 2012, is a candidate for the Graduate Diploma in 2014.  He is the recipient of the Nanna Rose Endowed Scholarship. He will perform a piano transcription of the Liebestod (as transcribed by Franz Liszt) from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde at the Music in Proust event that NEC will present at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, November 10 at 3 pm. To watch an excerpt from his performance of the Brahms Piano Quartet No. 3 Op. 60 at the Haskil competition, click below.


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Through its Preparatory School, School of Continuing Education, and Community Programs and Partnerships Program, the Conservatory provides training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students, and adults. Through its outreach projects, it allows young musicians to engage with non-traditional audiences in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes—thereby bringing pleasure to new listeners and enlarging the universe for classical music, jazz, and Contemporary Improvisation. Currently more than 750 young artists from 46 states and 39 foreign countries attend NEC on the college level; 1,400 young students attend on the Preparatory level; and 325 adults participate in the Continuing Education program.

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