After three rounds in the Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition, the nine-member jury has narrowed down the field of 37 pianists to three finalists.

Advancing to the final round are: Artem Yasynskyy, 25, Ukraine; Chi Ho Han, 22, Korea; and Andrey Gugnin, 28, Russia.

Bachauer Finalists (Photo Courtesy Gina Bachauer Piano Foundation)

The final round takes place June 25 at 7 p.m. in Abravanel Hall with the Utah Symphony under guest conductor Thomas Hong. For this round Yasynskyy will play Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 3 in C major; Han will play Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini; and Gugnin will perform Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3 in D minor.

After the concert, after the judges have deliberated, the prize winners will be announced. Among the international judges this year is pianist and University of Utah faculty member Susan Duehlmeier.

First prize includes a cash award of $40,000 along with concert engagements in New York, Shanghai and with the Utah Symphony, as well as a recording contract with the Steinway & Sons label.

Second prize includes a $20,000 cash award as well as concert and master class engagements and a Bachauer CD recording.

Third prize carries a cash award of $10,000 as well as concert and master class engagements and a Bachauer CD recording.

After the concert audience members will be able to vote for their favorite finalist, and the winner of that award will receive an additional cash prize of $1,000.

Tickets for the final round are $30 general and $15 students. They can be obtained by calling ArtTix at 801-355-2787 or 888-451-2787 or by logging on to

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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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