Saetbyeol Serena Kim Claims First Prize of the Dallas International Piano Competition 2015.
Saetbyeol Serena Kim who performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, will receive a cash prize of $1,500 and a concert engagement to perform her piano concerto with the Dallas Chamber Symphony the during the 2015-16 season at Dallas City Performance Hall.
Kristyan Benitez claimed the Second Prize, and will receive a cash award of $1,000 for his performance of Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor. Anna Arazi took Third Prize, and will receive a cash award of $500 for her performance of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-Flat Major.
Finalists Nathan Ryland and Inyoung Kim both received Honorable Mentions for their performance of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2, respectively. Both will receive a cash prize of $400.
The Dallas International Piano Competition was held in three rounds at Caruth Auditorium at Southern Methodist University’s Owen Arts Center March 11-14, 2015. The Dallas Chamber Symphony presents its annual International Piano Competition in community partnership with the SMU Meadows School of the Arts.
Jurors David Korevaar, Marina Lomazov and Ran Dank adjudicated the competition.
Quarter-finalists of the competition took advantage of opportunities to work with the Meadows School’s piano faculty, including public master classes taught by Alessio Bax, Joaquin Achucarro and Dr. Carol Leone.