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Finals - Orchestra Round
2018 Alaska International
Piano-e-Competition

Performance of the Month

Pianists from around the world converged in Fairbanks to compete in the prestigious 2018 Alaska International Piano-e-Competition for more than $65,000 in prizes. Each of the final three performers chose a piano concerto from standard repertoire and performed with the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra. This program features Timur Mustakimov (Russia) performing Beethoven’s “Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 73, (Emperor)”; Su Yeon Kim (South Korea) performing Rachmininoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme By Paganini, Op. 43”; and KaJeng Wong (Hong Kong) performing Beethoven’s “Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37.” This uncut, unedited performance was originally broadcast live on May 30, 2018, from Davis Concert Hall in Fairbanks, AK.


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Timur Mustakimov (Russia), 2nd Prize
2018 Alaska International
Piano-e-Competition

Pianists from around the world converged in Fairbanks in May 2018 to compete in the prestigious 2018 Alaska International Piano-e-Competition for more than $65,000 in prizes. From an initial round of 24 contestants, the top three finalists vied for the grand prize over the 10-day competition.

This special rebroadcast consists of the solo piano performance from Second Prize winner Timur Mustakimov of Russia featuring works by Scarlatti, Haydn, Scriabin, and Mussorgsky. He began studying piano at the age of eight and won his first regional competition at the age of twelve. Timur attended the Professional Music School for Gifted Children in Kazan, entered Kazan State Conservatory in 2006, and in 2009 was offered a full scholarship for the Master of Music degree in at Mannes School of Music.

Timur enjoys frequent success at competitions, being awarded prizes at the Russian Piano Competition and the International Piano Competition. He participated in PianoSummer Festival in New Paltz and won 1st prize in the Jacob Flier competition. A winner of the Concerto Competition at Mannes, Timur was also Gold Prize winner and audience prize recipient at the Midwest International Piano Competition. He recently was a prize winner and audience choice recipient award at Italy’s Premio Internazionale Pianistico A. Scriabin. His latest CD, Late Russian Romanticism features works by Scriabin and Myaskovsky.

Timur completed his doctoral studies at Kazan Conservatory in 2015 and is currently a doctoral student at Temple University in the Piano Performance program with Dr. Charles Abramovic and is the assistant to Dr. Sara Davis Buechner.

This uncut, unedited performance was originally broadcast live on May 20, 2018, from Davis Concert Hall in Fairbanks, AK, where Timur was also awarded the Schubert Prize for best performance of a Schubert Sonata.


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KaJeng Wong (Hong Kong), 1st Prize
2018 Alaska International
Piano-e-Competition

Pianists from around the world converged in Fairbanks in May 2018 to compete in the prestigious 2018 Alaska International Piano-e-Competition for more than $65,000 in prizes. From an initial round of 24 contestants, the top three finalists vied for the grand prize over the 10-day competition.

This special rebroadcast consists of the solo piano performance from First Prize winner KaJeng Wong of Hong Kong featuring works by Schubert, Scriabin, Messiaen, Takemitsu, and Schumann. KJ rose to public attention due to an unexpected welcoming of his documentary “KJ: Music & Life” in 2009, which won Best Documentary at Golden Horse Awards. He spent four years studying under Prof. Emile Naoumoff at Indiana University Bloomington; participated in festivals such as PianoTexas and Verbier Festival Academy; received guidance from masters such as Menahem Pressler, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Claude Frank, John O’Conor; awarded twice as the concerto competition winner at IUB; and proceeded to the semifinals at competitions at Gina Bachauer, PianoFerrol, Hong Kong International, and to the finals at the Young Artist Audition in New York.

In 2017, he founded the trio SMASH, with saxophonist Timothy Sun and world harmonica champion Cy Leo. KJ is Artist Director for local creative force Music Lab, which has grown its own festival, celebrating artists with creative thoughts and promoting cultural talents of Hong Kong. KJ continues to develop original programs for Music Lab Festival, as well as touring in Taiwan, Macau, Malaysia, and China.

This uncut, unedited performance was originally broadcast live on May 21, 2018, from Davis Concert Hall in Fairbanks, AK, where KJ was also awarded the Chamber Music Prize for best trio performance in the semifinals.


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The Hot Sardines
Performance of the Month

“Take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a stride-piano virtuoso in the Fats Waller vein, and tie the whole thing together with a one-of-the-boys front-woman with a voice from another era, and you have The Hot Sardines." (www.hotsardines.com) Proclaimed as “one of the best jazz bands in NY today” by Forbes and “consistently electrifying live” by Popmatters, The Hot Sardines are a one-of-a-kind vibrant group of talent that bridge the gap to another era with their own unique style and sound.

Founded by bandleader Evan “Bibs” Palazzo and lead singer Miz Elizabeth, this powerhouse ensemble takes you back to the glamour and passion of hot jazz in the ‘20s, ‘30s and ‘40s. The Hot Sardines deliver a fun, energetic and transformative performance that you will not want to miss!

This uncut, unedited performance was originally broadcast live on January 17, 2015, from Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, AZ.


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Carol Welsman (Set 1)

Carol Welsman is an internationally acclaimed singer and pianist whose expressive vocal styling and dynamic stage presence have captivated audiences around the world. She has sold over 60,000 CDs in Canada alone, something few jazz artists in Canada have experienced.

Fluent in French, Italian and Spanish in addition to her native English, Carol blends languages (including Portuguese) and rhythms with a versatile repertoire including swing, samba, R & B, pop and jazz. She delivers a mix of American Songbook classics and original compositions in a style that ranges from sensuous and warm to infectiously energetic. Here, Carol is joined by Ramon Stagnaro (guitar), Rene Camacho (bass), and Jimmy Branly (drums/percussion).

This performance was originally recorded on June 20, 2012, in Long Beach, CA.


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