Jury revealed the list of 12 pianists who will participate in the
Semi-final from 29 July to 1 August inclusive in the Palace of Festivals
28 July 2015. The first stage of the XVIII Paloma O’Shea Santander
International Piano Competition concluded yesterday, Monday 27 July,
having been sponsored by El Diario Montañés.
At midnight, the Jury led by pianist and professor Gary Graffman and composed of prominent international figures such as Jian Li, Tomás Marco,
Luis Pereira Leal, Michel Béroff, Péter Csaba, Christopher Elton,
Homero Francesch, Márta Gulyás, Klaus Hellwig, Eldar Nebolsin and Blanca
Uribe, revealed the list of twelve participants who will continue to compete for the awards in the Semi-final.
12 SEMIFINALISTS OF THE XVIII PALOMA O’SHEA SANTANDER INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION
First name and Surname - Country - Age
Sr. D. Juan Barahona - Spain - 25
Sr. D. Albert Cano Smit - Spain / Netherlands - 18
Mr. David Jae-Weon Huh - Korea - 28
Mr. Jianing Kong - People’s Republic of China - 29
Ms. Ke Ma - People’s Republic of China - 20
Ms. Alexia Mouza - Greece / Venezuela - 25
Mr. Jinhyung Park - Korea - 18
Sr. D. Juan Pérez Floristán - Spain - 22
Mr. Kazuya Saito - Japan - 25
Mr. Akihiro Sakiya - Japan - 26
Mr. Alexey Sychev - Russia - 26
Mr. Andrey Yaroshinsky - Russia - 29
From 29 July to 1 August
inclusive these 12 selected participants will offer another solo
recital and will also undergo a chamber music exam where they will be
performing alongside the Cuarteto Casals in the concerts that integrate
the Semi-final, which are sponsored by Grupo Tirso, Textile
Santanderina, Café Dromedary and Hoteles Santos.
Final, which will take place on 3 and 4 August, features the six
finalists performing complete concertos with a full orchestra. These
performances will be part of the 64th Santander International Festival, festivalsantander.com.
The Radio Televisión Española Symphony Orchestra will accompany the
pianists under the baton of maestro Pablo González. These concerts will
be sponsored by Viesgo and Fundación Banco Santander.
All phases of the Competition will be broadcast live on classicalplanet.com and rtve.es.
The Final will also be broadcast live in the Classic Radio of National
Radio of Spain and in the Chanel 2 of Spanish National Television.
Likewise, the Awards Ceremony will be broadcast live by Chanel 2 of TVE.
The Santander Competition boasts substantial cash prizes totaling approximately 90,000
Euros. This includes First, Second and Third Prizes, the “Santander
Grand Prix”, honorary prizes and diplomas. But perhaps most importantly,
the Competition provides the winner and the finalists with the
opportunity to perform in various key music venues throughout the world,
which is a true kickstart to their music careers.
provides the Audience Prize, which was given for the first time in
1998. It will be awarded on the basis of the voting cast by the public
attending the concert in the Sala Argenta of the Palace of Festivals of
Cantabria and also by the listeners of Classic Radio of RNE and
spectators of Channel 2 of TVE, rtve.es and classicalplanet.com.
The spectators will have the opportunity to choose the winner after
each of the two concerts that integrate the Final of the Competition, on
3 and 4 August. In these cases the voting will be cast online on the sites www.classicalplanet.com and www.rtve.es.
Piano Competition benefits from the collaboration of numerous public
and private entities: Department of Education, Culture and Sport -
INAEM; Government of Cantabria; Santander City Council; International
Festival of Santander; Fundación Albéniz; Fundación Botín; University of
Cantabria; Publishing House Cantabria, El Diario Montañés; Viesgo;
Fundación Banco Santander; Café Dromedario, S.A.; Canon; Managerial
Group SADISA, S.L.; Grupo Planeta; Grupo Tirso S.A.; Yamaha España;
Hinves Pianos; Steinway and Sons, Hamburg; Hoteles Santos; Joyería
Galán; Joyería Presmanes; Textil Santanderina, S.A.; Agua de Solares;
Iberia; Alsa; Renfe; Volvo.
ACCESS TO THE CONCERTS and THE CLOSING AND AWARDS CEREMONY IN THE PALACE OF FESTIVALS OF CANTABRIA.
Semi-final (12 pianists)
Recital and Chamber music
29 July - 1 August
16:00 h - 22:30 h (14:00h UTC – 20:30h UTC)
Pereda Hall, free entry up to the maximum capacity of the hall
The Final (6 pianists)
Symphonic Orchestra of Radiotelevisión Española
Pablo González, conductor
on 3 and 4 August
19:00 h (17:00 UTC)
The Closing and Awards Ceremony
on 5 August
19:00 h (17:00 UTC)
Argenta Hall, free entry passes must be collected at the box office beforehand. Limited seating capacity.
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