It’s as though my birthday has come early. A fortnight of blissful self-powered exploration awaits with the unveiling of Medici TV’s Leeds Piano Competition coverage.
Filmed in April, all of the first round performances of those through to the second round are now available on a dedicated Leeds Piano/Medici website. All performances will be available for catch-up for three years, plus live webcasts presented by the best in the presenting business, Mr Petroc Trelawny. Yay.
Enhancing not just supporting
I like having the preview material being made available now. It shows how content direction has been shaped to meet the demands of the audience rather those of the broadcaster/distributor.
Throughout the ‘revamping’ of the Leeds Competition this year, that informed approach has been reflected in the staging of events throughout the year (instead of just a few weeks before the main competition). If it’s seen to work, I think it could demonstrate how digital can enhance a brand like the Leeds rather than the strategy to date where digital has merely supported it.
Including those who have made it through to the second round provides audiences with some exclusive content and, importantly, gives 24 pianists more exposure ahead of the competition.
Second round competitors
Twenty-four pianists (selected from the 68 original competitors) will compete in the second round of the Leeds Piano Competition 2018 which starts on 6 September.
With that in mind, I’ve listed the second round competitors below and will include links to each video after I’ve watched them. I’ll post a series of reviews between now and the beginning of the second round.
Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula | Switzerland first round
Evelyne Berezovsky | United Kingdom first round
Florian Caroubi | France first round
Salih Can Gevrek | Turkey
Anna Geniushene |Russia
Taek Gi Lee | South Korea
Mario Häring | Germany
Yilei Hao | China
Wei-Ting Hsieh | Taiwan
Fuko Ishii | Japan
Aljoša Jurinić | Croatia
Yoonji Kim | South Korea
Siqian Li | China
Eric Lu | United States of America
Alexia Mouza | Greece
Jinhyung Park | South Korea
Tamila Salimdjanova | Uzbekistan
Samson Tsoy | Russia
Chao Wang | China
Xinyuan Wang | China
Andrzej Wierciński | Poland
Yuchong Wu | China
Yuanfan Yang | United Kingdom
Paul Zemen | Czechia