You may be one of those people who think that we have too many piano competitions…or you may believe that we don’t have enough. Either way, there’s a new competition starting – this time in Beijing with young competitors(who all have to be under 18 years old at the start of the competition) under the name of Arthur Rubinstein and the Israel Symphony Orchestra.

The first Arthur Rubinstein International Youth Piano Competition will be held in Beijing from Sept 29-Oct 9. The first Arthur Rubinstein International Youth Piano Competition will be held in Beijing from Sept 29-Oct 9.

Twenty-nine contestants from 13 countries will compete in the event, and 11 world-renowned pianists and music educators will be the judges. Israeli pianist Arie Vardi will be the jury chairman. Chinese pianist Wang Xiaohan will be the artistic director. The jury panel also includes Russian pianist Vladimir Ovchinnikov, who is jury chairman of the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition.

All the jury members will give master classes during the contest.

The competition will be opened at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. At the same venue, Chinese conductor Chen Lin will lead Israel Symphony Orchestra to perform with the final three competitors on Oct 8.

read more at chinadaily.com.cn