Twelve lucky competitors will be moving on to the semifinal round in the Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition. They are:

  • Miao Huang, 29, China/Germany
  • Sara Daneshpour, 27, USA
  • KaJeng Wong, 23, Hong Kong
  • Artem Yasynskyy, 25, Ukraine
  • Chi Ho Han, 22, Korea
  • Marcin Koziak, 25, Poland
  • Alexander Gadjiev, 19, Italy
  • Dominic Cheli, 20, USA
  • Alexey Chernov, 31, Russia
  • EunAe Lee, 26, Korea
  • Daniil Sayamov, 30, Russia
  • Andrey Gugnin, 28, Russia

The first six will each perform a 60 minute program today, while the remaining six will play June 21. Start time for both days is 1 p.m. in the Jeanné Wagner Theatre in the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center.

After Saturday’s performance the nine-member jury will deliberate and announce the three finalists. The final round, in which each competitor will play a concerto, will take place in Abravanel Hall on June 25 at 7 p.m. with the Utah Symphony under guest conductor Thomas Hong.

Tickets for the semifinal round are $20 for a general admission all day pass and $8 for a student pass. Final round tickets are $30 for general and $15 for students. Tickets can be purchased through ArtTix at 801-355-2787 or 888-451-2787 or online at

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About Edward Reichel

Edward Reichel, author, writer and composer, has been covering the classical music scene in Utah since 1997. For many years he served as the primary music critic for the Deseret News. He has also written for a number of publications, including Chamber Music Magazine, OPERA Magazine, 15 Bytes, Park City Magazine and Salt Lake Magazine. He holds a Ph.D. in composition from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He can be reached at Reichel Recommends is also on Twitter @ReichelArts.

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