Winners of Beijing Chopin Competition Visit Chopin's Homeland
In August 2017, winners of the 1st Beijing International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Young Pianists toured Poland at the invitation of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. The young Chinese pianists visited places related to Fryderyk Chopin, including Warsaw and the composer’s birthplace in Żelazowa Wola.
In 2016, the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing hosted the 1st Beijing International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Young Pianists. The senior group title was won by Chen Xuehong, while in the junior group two Chinese pianists, Tie Shunshun and Ye Fangzhou, tied for the first place. The competition will be held in Beijing as a triennial event.
Between 14th and 23rd August 2017, the winner of the senior group Chen Xuehong and one of the winners of the junior group, Tie Shunshun, paid a visit to Poland at the invitation of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, who is the supporting partner of the competition. The tour, funded jointly by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Fryderyk Chopin Institute, was a part of the prize for taking first place in each group.
During their visit, the pianists took part in the International Master Course for Young Pianists in Radziejowice, where they trained individually under the guidance of excellent piano teachers such as Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń and Ewa Pobłocka. On 19th August 2017, both Chinese pianists played recitals in Żelazowa Wola. They also had the opportunity to visit Warsaw, in particular the places related to Fryderyk Chopin.
The young Chinese pianists were accompanied by representatives of the Beijing 21st Century China-Poland Culture & Arts Exchange Center, who is one of the competition's organisers.
Tie Shunshun was born in 2000 in Jinzhou, Liaoning Province, China. He is the winner of the 1st Prize in the junior group at the 1st Beijing International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Young Pianists, as well as many other piano awards in China. He has been playing the piano since he was 3 years old and started his professional training in piano performance at age 8. In 2011, he enrolled at the Elementary School attached to the Central Conservatory of Music and was taught by Professors Zhang Jin, Ling Yuan and Zhang Xinning. Since 2013, he has been studying under the pianist Quan Hongbo. Tie Shunshun has given concerts as a volunteer for public service activities and performed at the Scarlatti Baroque Music Festival held by the Italian Embassy in Beijing, at the closing concert of the Xing Hai Piano Competition, at the concert for outstanding students at the Central Conservatory of Music, as well as at the special concert held by the Polish Embassy in Beijing.
Chen Xuehong was born in 1999. He was among the students covered by the Top Talent Training Plan of the Secondary School attached to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, and is currently training under Zhang Xinning and Wei Danwen. He has received many prizes, the most important of which are the First Prize in the senior group at the 1st Beijing International Fryderyk Chopin Competition For Young Pianists (2016), at which he also won a special prize for Best Mazurka Performance, as well as the Rector's Award of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute Award, 1st Prize at the 2nd Astana International Competition for Young Pianists (2014), 1st Prize and special prizes at the 10th International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz (Ukraine, 2013) and 1st Prize at the 8th International Competition of Young Pianists A Step Towards Mastery in St. Petersburg (Russia, 2011). Chen Xuehong has performed at such renowned concert halls as the Goldener Saal of the Wiener Musikverein, Shostakovich Philharmonic Great Hall in St. Petersburg (Russia), Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Stravinsky Hall in Montreux (Switzerland), Astana National Grand Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts and the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. He has worked with many orchestras, including the Moscow Philharmonic, Ukraine Philharmonic, Astana Philharmonic and Ningbo Symphony Orchestra. Chen Xuehong took part in the Golden Dream 2012 China Central Television Spring Festival Concerts and Symphony Night concerts at the Wiener Musikverein's Goldener Saal. He gave a solo piano concert at the Festival de Musique Classique in Montreux-Vevey (Switzerland). He also performed a solo concert entitled The Night of Poland during the Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło's visit to China in 2017.
Written by AO, 10 Aug 2017, translated by AW, 11 Aug 2017