Composing and piano competition

As part of their participation in the World Expo 2010 hosted by Shanghai, the "Austrian Pavillion" named Bai Lin as an honorary ambassador. Bai Lin opened a China-wide piano competition in which nine of the most prominent music schools entered, participating were 18 of their most talented students who were between of 14 and 18 years of age. The music ranged from old masterpieces to contemporary piano works composed by students from Austrian conservatories in Vienna, Graz and Salzburg.

 

The compositions were rehearsed during a four-month preparatory period by the students of the participating Chinese music conservatories (Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanxi, Shanghai, Shenyang, Tianjin and Wuhan). All competition pieces were performed on the "Pédale Harmonique" grand piano.

In August 28, 2010, the young musicians had the chance to put their talent to the test before an eminent jury and international EXPO-audience. Professor Wu Zu Qiang, honorary chairman of the Chinese music association and honorary chairman of the music conservatory of Central China, graciously accepted the post of honorary president of the competition.

The Austrian representatives were honorary president

Professor Paul Badura-Skoda and honorary jury member

Professor Elisabeth Leonskaja.

Winner of the piano competition was Zhang Ruixue from Central Conservatory, Peking

Live recording by C-Arts:

Winner of the composition competition was Sebastian Bahr, of Musikhochschule Wien, with a composition titled "Today and..."

Live recording by C-Arts:

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