C. Bechstein Award Promoting Young Musicians Düsseldorf 2009
Students and young students compete in separate groups
Special feature of this competition was that prizes were awarded in two different age categories, namely for scholars and young students. At the 2009 competition it was noticed what excellent level the young students already possess. In neck-and-neck running, Hanni Liang (who was 15 years old at the time) impressed the jury just a little bit more than the also outstanding, talented Paul Zi Ye. By the scholars, a unanimous vote for Korean Suk-Yeon Kim positioned her in first place ahead of Amina Taikenova.
The seven-person jury headed by Gregor Willmes, Cultural manager of C. Bechstein Pianofortefabrik AG, Berlin, consisted of Prof. Georg Friedrich Schenck (evaluating only the young students), Michael Becker (Artistic Director of the Düsseldorf Tonhalle), Wolfram Goertz (Rheinische Post), Dr. Lars Wallerang (West German newspaper) und Dr. Christoph Vratz (West German Radio). Berenice Kuepper, Marketing Chef of C. Bechstein Pianoforte AG declared in the run-up to the competition. "We have been working together intensively for years with Robert Schumann University and and are happy that with the C. Bechstein Promotion Prize we can give students important impulses for qualification." Laureates introduce themselves in prize winner concerts in C. Bechstein's concert series.
The competition was held for the first time in 2009
There was still no difference between scholars and young students at the premiere of the competition for the C. Bechstein Promotion Prize for Robert Schumann University. In 2004 Yoo-Kyong Suck won ahead of Chin-Hsin Yi and So-Jin Kim. Furthermore, Sevki Karayela won special prize for his impressive stage presence.