The 2006 Competition
  1. Sunwook Kim (Korea)

  2. Andrew Brownell (United States)

  3. Denis Kozhukhin (Russian Federation)

  4. Siheng Song (China)

  5. Sung-Hoon Kim (Korea)

  6. Grace Fong (United States)

  • Chairman: Dame Fanny Waterman DBE

  • Dmitri Alexeev

  • Dmitri Bashkirov

  • Choi Sown Le

  • Bella Davidovich

  • Zhou Guangren

  • Klaus Hellwig

  • Ian Hobson

  • Renna Kellaway

  • Emanuel Krasovsky

  • Piotr Paleczny

  • Jacques Rouvier

  • Béla Síki

  • Xu Zhong

  • First Stage

Career Highlights
  • Sunwook Kim
    Sunwook Kim (Korea) - 1st Prize

    Kim’s 2013 was packed with exciting developments, including acclaimed debuts at the BBC Proms, with the London Symphony Orchestra, a world premiere performance of Unsuk Chin’s revised Piano Concerto, return projects with the Helsinki Radio Symphony, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic, as well as recitals at Salle Pleyel in Paris, to a sold-out house at Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn and on tour in Japan. He also completed a widely praised complete Beethoven Sonata cycle at LG Arts Centre in Seoul, and his debut recording, featuring Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto, was released on Deutsche Grammophone. Sunwook Kim is also a keen chamber musician.

    Future plans include two Schubert concerts at Salle Pleyel with members of the Berliner Philharmoniker, a trio tour in Asia with Jian Wang and Mayuko Kamio, and a piano quartet project with Nobuko Imai. In 2013, Sunwook was selected by the Beethoven-Haus Bonn to become the first beneficiary of its new Mentoring Programme, a status which grants him exclusive access to the house’s unique collections and resources.

  • Andrew Brownell
    Andrew Brownell (United States) - 2nd Prize

    Recent engagements have included recitals and concerts throughout Europe and North America, debuts at Wigmore Hall in London and the Gimhae Festival in Busan, and world premieres of works by Pierre Thilloy, Bryan Kelly, and Ying Wang. Mr. Brownell’s performances have aired on radio and television and has been a soloist with orchestras such as the Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Slovak Philharmonic, and the Hermitage State Orchestra; collaborating with such conductors as Sir Mark Elder, Owain Arwel Hughes CBE, André Bernard, and Murray Sidlin.

    Also an accomplished organist, Mr. Brownell was formerly assistant organist at St. James’ Episcopal Church, Los Angeles, and is a fellow of the Royal College of Organists.

    He teaches privately and at St. Paul’s Girls’ School, Hammersmith; the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp; and the University of Cambridge.

  • Denis Kozhukhin
    Denis Kozhukhin (Russian Federation) - 3rd Prize

    In the 13/14 season, Kozhukhin performs with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony with Alsop, Philharmonia with Temirkanov, Oslo Philharmonic with Hrusa, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse with Kristjan Järvi, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony with Sinaisky, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic with Payare, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic with Gulberg-Jensen, Hallé with Ryan Wigglesworth, BBC Scottish Symphony with Dausgaard and Orchestre National de Belgique with Boreyko. In February 2014, Kozhukhin will also be Temirkanov’s soloist on his major US tour with the St Petersburg Philharmonic which will include performances at the Carnegie Hall.

    In 2014/15, Kozhukhin makes his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Morlot, Philadelphia Orchestra/Denève, BBC Symphony Orchestra/Oramo, Houston Symphony Orchestra/Hrusa and Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo/Alsop; Kozhukhin will also tour to China with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

  • Siheng Song
    Siheng Song (China) - 4th Prize

    Siheng Song has toured extensively throughout Europe and Asia. His many festival engagements include festival de la Roque d'Antheron in France, Ruhr Festival in Germany, Beethoven Festival in Bonn and the Chopin festival in Duszniki in Poland. He has played with many orchestras including Orchestra Philharmonic de Radio France, Orchestra de Paris, Orchestra Nationale de France, Orchestra Nationale de Lille, Orchestra Phiharmonic de Monte-Carlo and Chamber Orchestra of Toulouse. Recently, he recorded several CDs for Radio France, DG to high acclaim. His first solo CD was recently released under the Passavant label.

    Despite his young age, Siheng Song has been invited to judge at various competitions, including the Morocco International Piano Competition, the Grand Prix Animato, and the Grandes Amateurs International Piano Competition in Paris.

  • Grace Fong
    Grace Fong (United States) - 6th Prize

    Dr. Fong is currently the Director of Keyboard Studies at Chapman University Conservatory of Music where she was awarded the faculty excellence award at the Conservatory of Music. An enthusiastic supporter of the education of young musicians, Dr. Fong has served as guest artist and teacher at several music festivals. She serves as adjudicator for various competitions and has been the pre-concert lecturer for the Innsbrook Institute Festival, the Chapman University Lectio Magistralis, and the Orange County Philharmonic Society.

    As a distinguished chamber artist, she has been invited to perform internationally and is currently the Artistic Director of the Chapman University Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music Presidentâes Piano Series, and the Executive Director of the Chapman University Global Arts Music Festival, seeking to advance the art of music through performance, education, and community