First Prize Winner, Nathalia Milstein, 2015
And the 2015 winner is Nathalia Milstein…
From 63 to 24 to 12 to four to one. After a marathon of musicianship over the last ten days, almost 4,000 minutes of listening intently to every note, closely watching the movement of hands and feet, the eleven-strong international jury of the 10th Dublin International Piano Competition have come to their very difficult decision in choosing the First Prize winner of the 10th Dublin International Piano Competition.
Reducing the 63 competitors in the First Round, which started on 15th May, to the 24 who proceeded to the Second Round was difficult enough, and required a re-vote by the jury. Reducing the 24 ‘Second Rounders’ to the twelve Semi-Finalists also required a re-vote. So, while the 59 excellent young musicians who have dazzled over the last ten days in the RDS and the National Concert Hall must move on to their next endeavours, the four finalists dazzled tonight at the National Concert Hall.
But, there was only one winner, the tenth winner and the first female one: Nathalia Milstein (18) from France.
Second Prize went to: Alexander Bernstein (26, USA)
Third Prize went to: Alexander Beyer (20, USA)
Fourth Prize went to: Caterina Grewe (27, Germany/Japan)
Of the six Irish competitors who took part in this 10th Competition, two made it to the Second Round (Sean Rooney from Newry and Peter Regan from Roscommon), and Sean was voted the highest placed Irish competitor in this DIPC, is awarded the Brennan Prize, which includes a cash prize, as well as several bursaries, debut recitals and other performances.
It has been one of the toughest Dublin competitions in terms of musicianship since the first Competition in 1988. When applications to participate were received last October, Artistic Director, John O’Conor, had the mammoth task of reducing the 158 entries to a manageable number to invite. Indeed, from the entries – the most ever – Dr. O’Conor could not whittle down those to be invited to less than 69.
Now, Nathalia Milstein will begin a career catalysed by the number of important debut engagements that come with the first prize: Carnegie Hall in New York, the Wigmore Hall in London, a series of Steinway recitals across Europe. There will of course be the debut recital with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin with a CD recording aswell.
For now, congratulations to Nathalia Milstein! Our tenth winner and our first female winner!